Berner Alpen Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Berner Alpen Things to Do

  • Parish church Erlenbach

    Erlenbach, the main place in the lower Simmental valley, is a very beautiful village with a parish church that is well worth seeing. The church was first mentioned in the 11th century, enlarged in the 13th century. The location above the village is very picturesque, an impressive covered wooden staircase from 1818 leads up to the church...

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  • Simmental valley - most beautiful...

    Anyone visiting the Bernese Oberland has that image with the cute wooden houses (called chalets) with the flowers blooming in the boxes in mind. In the most touristy parts of the Bernese Oberland it is pretty hard to find such places, but here and there you can find a motif for your camera, sometimes with a snow-capped mountain in the...

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  • Interlaken - former Augustine monastery

    At the eastern end of the large meadow "Höhematte" are the grounds of the former Augustine monastery, founded in the 12th century. Quite some old buildings are still preserved; some were replaced in previous centuries. The present "New Manor" (pic 1) with a nice courtyard was built 1747-51 according to plans of Albrecht Stürler, it is nowadays...

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  • Interlaken - greetings from the Belle...

    The town between the two lakes of Thun and Brienz is the hub for the Bernese Alps, the Jungfrau region in particular. Interlaken is very busy, in certain times in summer even crowded, attracts from backpackers over families to luxury travellers all sorts of people. Many tourists only know the train station Interlaken-Ost, where they change to the...

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  • Lake Thun cruise

    What's better than watching the landscape passing by while lounging on a deckchair or sipping on a glass of wine in the restaurant of a boat on Lake Thun? I did several boat trips on that lake; my latest was from Interlaken (West) to Merligen. The boat company also has a steamboat on Lake Thun, but I took one of the motorboats for schedule...

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  • Staubbach waterfall

    The Lauterbrunnen valley is well-known for its waterfalls. One of them is the Staubbach waterfall, easily to see from the village and from the mountain ridge on the other side. The walk from Lauterbrunnen train station to Staubbach fall is only 10 minutes on a convenient trail.As you can see on the picture you see - not much. :-) I took the photo...

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Berner Alpen Restaurants

  • Sea Lounge Hotel Beatus

    When we did a cruise on Lake Thun we spotted a very nice looking hotel with lakeside terrace in Merligen (pic 1). Turned out it was the five-star hotel Beatus, and since the landing stage was right by the hotel (see pic 5) we hopped off the boat. How else would I describe this place as heaven on earth? It was a sunny, warm day in September, view of...

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  • Grosse Scheidegg

    We reached this restaurant after a day of hiking in the First/Bachalpsee region. The weather was cloudy, quite cold, and we were very happy to find a warm, cosy place where some food was offered.It's a traditional mountain restaurant/hut on the Grosse Scheidegg pass between Grindelwald and Meiringen, with huge mountains towering above, glaciers in...

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  • Hotel Silberhorn dining room

    To clarify: The restaurant I'm talking about here is the dining room of the Hotel Silberhorn in Wengen, where you have dinner if you booked half-board with your hotel stay there. I did not have a meal in their restaurant Silberhorn-Stube. However, you can choose to have dinner in the latter, too, if you booked half-board (for which they charge 35...

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  • fondue also for just 1 person

    Hotel Baeren is one of the most beautiful and romantic restaurants in Unterseen and interlaken. The building dates back to 1674 - see some pics of the great interior on their webpage !Hotel Baeren in Unterseen (the old part of Interlaken, north of the river Aare) has a great local restaurant with great swiss specialities. You will not meet plenty...

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  • Try some Raclette

    When visiting Switzerland, try some Raclette - melted cheese with potatos and mixed pickles! I loved it!!!

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  • On the pistes...

    A nice restaurant with self service (special of the day is around CHF 17.50) offer great view on the Alps thanks to a sunny terrace. A snow bar (Schirmbar) is also waiting you with good local beverages and armchairs ;-)

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Berner Alpen Transportation

  • BOB railway

    The Berner Oberland Bahnen AG (BOB) operates the cog-trains from Interlaken-Ost to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. It is important to know that the trains split in Zweilütschinen - one half of the train goes to Lauterbrunnen, the other half to Grindelwald. Make absolutely sure you sit in the right one, it is clearly displayed on the outside of the...

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  • Railway

    The most convenient mode of transportation to get to the Bernese Alps are certainly the trains. Several international routes cross/end in the area: You can travel w/o changes from Germany (Berlin, Rhineland e.g.), France, Italy (Milan e.g.) Hubs are the railway stations of Bern, Thun, Spiez and Interlaken-Ost. From there other trains, run by BLS...

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  • Schynige Platte Bahn - electrified since...

    The cog-wheel-train to Schynigge Platte is another highlight in the Berner Alpen .The train to Schynige Platte starts in Wilderswil, just about 3 km from Interlaken Ost. At first you take the ordinary train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and change to the cog-wheel-train to Schynige Platte in Wilderswil.The train to Schynige Platte dates back to...

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Berner Alpen Local Customs

  • Bakerstreet 221b is in the Berner Alpen

    Plenty of fans of Sherlock-Holmes are coming to Meiringen, in the east of Berner Alpen, simply in order to see the only existing replika of the home of Mr. Holmes :Meiringen is a must for all fans of Sherlock Holmes : In der very centre of Meiringen you may see the world's first authentic replica of the living-room of Sherlock Holmes in Bakerstreet...

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  • Tschäggätä / Fasnacht / Carnival

    Tschäggätä Tradition in the LötschentalThe word Tschäggätä refers to the piebald costumes worn at this carnival custom in the Lötschental (canton Valais). The unmarried young men wander through the villages in old clothes turned inside out, sheep or goatskin tunics, a cowbell on a leather belt, a colourfully painted wooden mask, coarse gloves and...

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  • test hiking-boots before you buy them

    LOWA-Testcentre is an excellent place to test new mountain-boots for a whole day, before you buy them. This shop and renting-station for hiking-boots is inside the top-station of Schynigge Platte-bahn and you may choose a pair of mountain-boots there, leave back your Manolo Blahniks and test the mountain-boots before you will eventually buy them !!...

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Berner Alpen Warnings and Dangers

  • Hands off!!!

    Please - please don't pick any of the alpine flowers since many of them are endangered! Just enjoy seeing them, do take pictures or take a noseful of the smell with you - but leave them where they belong!

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  • NO smoking in Brienz during Foehn !!

    This is NO JOKE !!!In Brienz and many other places with lots of wooden buildings Smoking is absolutely forbidden in the streets - and it is also rather dangerous during the FÖHN - ( foehn in engl.? ) - Foehn is a warm wind that is typical for alpine areas, and it could even happen in wintertime.The old wooden buildings obviously catch fire very...

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  • Don't count on the shelter-huts !!

    There might be plenty of "Shelter Huts" in your mountain-maps but according to my personal experience it really makes sense , NOT to count on any of the various shelter-huts that you may find along your hiking-routes! Most of them might be good for a short break in nasty weather, BUT as a place to spend the night they will mostly be totally out of...

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Berner Alpen Tourist Traps

  • by sabsi Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Interlaken - OK it's situated beautifully between two lakes and its got a great view of the famous mountains of the 'Berner Oberland'. But because of that it's packed with tourists and really hectic. Stay at a village close to it (like Spiez or the other places that are at the 'Brienzer' or 'Thuner See' to have the similar nice views and less traffic and noise!

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Berner Alpen What to Pack

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    by tini58de Written Aug 30, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring some good walking/hiking shoes with you, because there is so much to see!!

    The photo shows the open air museum of Ballenberg

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Berner Alpen Off The Beaten Path

  • Merligen

    This cute little village enjoys a sunny setting on the northeastern shore of Lake Thun, protected from cold winds by the mountains. The village has many beautiful, typical wooden houses, in summer and fall with flower boxes. Mass tourism has not yet discovered Merligen (and probably never will), so it is a pleasure to stroll along the small alleys,...

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  • Interlaken - catholic church

    The catholic church Interlaken is right next to the former Augustine monastery. It was built 1906-08 after plans of the German architect Wilhelm Hector in neo-Gothic style. The originally pretty ornate interior of the church was removed during renovation works 1965-68 - it is now quite spartan, a simple wooden ceiling instead of vaults, the massive...

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  • Iseltwald - mostly overseen by tourists

    Iseltwald is a small village at the southern bank of Brienzer See and it is mostly overseen by most of the tourists coming to visit Berner Alpen. Untill only 15 years ago Iseltwald was a quite remote and almost totally unknown village, because the only road leading there was a "cul de sac" from Interlaken and most of the tourists came by...

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Berner Alpen Sports & Outdoors

  • Paragliding in the Berner Alpen

    In the Berner Alpen you may go paragliding in various places :1)Grindelwald is an excellent place to go paragliding. The most common places to start from are Pfingstegg and First, but also from Maennlichen , Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn. In Grindelwald you may also book Tandem-flightsFrom First you may take a tandem-flight of 20 min for 160sfra 45...

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  • Tobbogganing in Grindelwald II

    Bussalp is a really scenic route. Great views of the gorgeous mountains while you go down to Grindelwald at high speed. I nearly broke my ankle here when there was a hole in the snow. Only a few minutes later we had an encounter with the ski bus. The people inside the bus must have died laughing to watch us crash and panic while trying to break! Oh...

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  • Tobbogganing in Grindelwald I

    The 'Eiger Run' is quite an easy track to start your tobbogganing career but be careful: it has a leathal end!! I had a bad crash there but it was so much fun!! :-)You can buy a "Schlittelpass" which is basically like a ski pass just for people with a tobboggan instead of skis. You use the same train as the skiers - and in the end you even share...

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Berner Alpen Favorites

  • Murren - Northface Trail

    A most enjoyable and easy hike giving details of some of the mountains on view, their height and when they were first climbed can be found in Murren - the highhest village in the Jungfrau region, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. From Murren theere are wonderful views of the Bernese Alps.There are more details in a travelogue on my main...

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  • Niesen Funicular Ride

    Take an incredible ride up here for an amazing 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and view of Lake Thun. According to the Guiness Book of World Records the stairway of 11674 steps running the length of this cable-way is the longest in the world. Climbing the steps is prohibited on safety grounds. We also met the exiled Tibetan leader up...

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  • Meiringen

    Meiringen, the town renowned for Sherlock Holmes, makes a good base for sightseeing in the Bernese Oberland being at the convergence of three of Switzerland's major passes, Grimsel, Susten and Brunig. Here there is the cable-car that goes up to Planplatten to the Alpen Tower, via Hasliberg and Magisalp for more of those swiss alpine vistas and...

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Bachalpsee
Things to Do
Kleine Scheidegg
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Männlichen
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Mystery World in Interlaken closed down now !
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Ballenberg
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Lötschberg Tunnel
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Lötschental valley
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Panorama on the Alps
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Open Air Gampel - Swiss Top-Festival
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Go skiing!!!
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Oberhofen - a great watercastle in Berner Alpen
Off The Beaten Path
Public transportation
Transportation
Almabtrieb
Off The Beaten Path
Ringgenberg
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Hoehematte in Interlaken
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My favorite place to eat
Restaurants
self-service at Ost-Bahnhof
Restaurants
Brienz - lovely houses in Brunngasse
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The alpine Museum of Soerenbergbahn
Off The Beaten Path
Dirrengrind - a wild rock high above Brienz
Off The Beaten Path
Planalp - high above Brienz
Off The Beaten Path
A chapel of 1486 in Meiringen
Off The Beaten Path
Museum der Landschaft Hasli
Local Customs
Meiringen - a lot more than Sherlock Holmes
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Aareschlucht - a great place for a rainy day
Off The Beaten Path
Sherlock Holmes in the Borough of Meiringen
Local Customs
Sherlock Holmes died at Reichenbachfall
Off The Beaten Path
Meiringen - THE place for Sherlock-Holmes-Fans
Local Customs
Meiringen - home of Merinques
Local Customs
Almabtrieb - a great festivity in Berner Alpen
Local Customs
Drink the water from the faucet & the wells
Local Customs
James Bond at Schilthorn & in Interlaken
Local Customs
Always stay at the marked paths !!!
Warnings and Dangers
Saegistalsee - not far from Faulhorn
Off The Beaten Path
touch the belly of the mermaid in Oberhofen
Local Customs
Schloss Huenegg in Huenibach / Thunersee
Off The Beaten Path
Schloss Schadau & the gastronomy-museum
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St. Beatushoehle
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Berner Alpen are no place for high heels
Warnings and Dangers
Axalp - my very first visit in Berner Alpen
Off The Beaten Path
Map of Berner Alpen

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