Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights (Inn-to-inn combo hiking tour)
Length: 8 days, 7 nights. 2 nights 4-star hotel, 4 nights 3-star hotels, 1 night in a mountain inn.
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous, 5-8 hours/day, 1500'-3500' elevation gain/loss
The Switzerland of fairy tales resides in heart of the Bernese Oberland. If you're interested in hiking inn-to-inn, but would like just a couple of remote nights to go with the comforts of distinctive village hotels, the Bernese Oberland Highlights tour is for you. On this tour, we've combined stops at outstanding village hotels with our favorite inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. Starting with 2 nights in Wengen, we'll see the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains before hiking to the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley for 1 night at the charming Tschingelhorn mountain inn (no luggage for this night, private room, bathroom/shower down the hall). We'll continue the next day to Mürren for 2 nights there, followed by 2 more in quiet Kandersteg. With 4 stops in 7 nights, this tour strikes a perfect balance of comfort and adventure in perhaps the most breathtaking region of the Alps.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel - a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice - which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.
You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You'll have your own room every night, with private bathroom for all nights except at Tschingelhorn. After that, you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, and will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave one dinner in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
You'll have many hikes to choose from, but here are some of our favorites:
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Wengen, a peaceful village high in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. Take a stroll through the village enjoying the views and fresh mountain air before dinner at your hotel. (Wengen)
Want a guided tour? Check out our guided Bernese Oberland Highlights tour, our similar Bernese Oberland Traverse, or ask about a private guide for your family or group.
Read Herb Terns' account of his Obersteinberg hike on an Alpinehikers self-guided tour in 2011.
Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights, details:
Standard tour: 6 nights in 2-3 star village hotels with private room and bathrooom, 1 night mountain inn with private room and shared bathroom, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2nd class Swiss Card railpass for 2 free days of rail travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cablecars.
All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.
Not included are lunches, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), the cost of luggage transport (about $10 per bag), or transportation not covered by your railpass. The train from Mürren to Kandersteg is a required trip that will cost about $25 per person.
If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over Switzerland, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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