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Basic information about the Bernese Oberland

Numerous deep valleys descend from the main ridge of the Bernese Alps through the Bernese Oberland and the waters of these valley flow into the Aare, the longest river in Switzerland. The two crystal clear lakes Brienzer and Thun are irrigated by the Aare. Of lakes and peaks: there is a lot to discover and experience in the lower as well as higher areas of the Bernese Oberland during hiking holidays. The beautiful region offers unique adventures, especially in the higher elevations. You can experience the Jungfraujoch, also known as the Top of Europe, which is accessible via a cogwheel train, or discover the 2,343-metre-high Männlichen Arial cableway. For alpine mountain lovers, the Bernese Oberland offers a particularly popular long-distance hiking trail – the Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’. Experience the unique alpine adventures and challenging stage tours on our hiking tours with luggage transfer in Switzerland.

The most popular hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland

Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’

The popular Eurohike hiking tour on the Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’, 8 days and the Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’ with Charm, 8 days are as diverse as Switzerland itself. Countless highlights await hikers along the way, including great views, breathtaking gorges and wonderful alpine landscapes in Switzerland. The starting point of the holiday is Meiringen and from there you go directly over the Große Scheidegg to Grindelwald. Even on the first stage of the day, impressive panoramas open up in front of you: the view of the three peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The next day the route takes you to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where you can enjoy the view of the spectacular, vertical walls and the imposing waterfalls. From Wengen/Lauterbrunnen you hike along the beautiful alpine scenery to Griesalp/Kiental.

Day five is the crowning glory of this hiking holiday: the route from Griesalp/Kiental to Kandersteg including the ascent to the Blüemlisalp at around 2,843 metres above sea level. Successful summiteers can look forward to a wonderful lunch at the Blümelisalphütte before they continue. The next day’s stage leads from Kandersteg to Adelboden and guarantees fantastic distant views during the cable car ride to the Allmenalp. On the last day of hiking, you will walk from Adelboden over the Hahnenmoospass to Lenk in the Simmental. Enjoy the special comfort with additional ‘extras’ on your hiking tour on the Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’ with Charm, 8 days. Selected hotels and accommodation, some with great award-winning restaurants or spa and wellness areas promise perfect relaxation after a demanding day of hiking. Read more about our hiking tours with charm here.

Useful information about the Bernese Oberland

Facts and details

  • Location: The Bernese Oberland is located in the Alps in the Canton of Bern
  • Length: Around 100 hiking kilometres (Eurohike hiking tour Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’)
  • Time to travel: Best time to hike is from June to September
  • Summit: The highest peak in the Bernese Alps is the Finsteraarhorn (4,274 metres above sea level)
  • Special feature: Great glacier panoramas, unique passes and hiking routes. Views of well-known ‘triumvirate’ Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. At around 4,158 metres, the Jungfrau is the third highest mountain in the Bernese Alpine region.
  • Climate: In the summer months from June to September there are ideal hiking conditions for the trekking trip with Eurohike.
  • Cuisine: Hearty cuisine including Bernese Rösti, Bernese platter (a sumptuous meat dish) and sweet specialties such as the Bernese braid.

Tour character

The Eurohike trekking tour on the Via Alpina ‘Bear Trek’, 8 days is the ideal active trip for demanding and experienced mountain enthusiasts in good physical condition. Endurance, surefootedness and a head for heights are required to enjoy the mountain adventure. In the event of bad weather, there is the possibility of shortening the daily stages by bus transfer or cable car. Experienced mountain hikers will definitely get their money’s worth during these hiking holidays.

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in the Bernese Oberland

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Since our hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland lead through the alpine region, these trekking tours can be booked from July to September.

A special highlight awaits all experienced mountain hikers in the Bernese Oberland – the Via Alpina „Bear Trek“. The trekking tour takes you from Meiringen to Grindelwald, on a wonderful mountain trail to Wengen, on to Pochtenalp or Griesalp, up to Hohtürli in the Bernese Alps and to Kandersteg, to the well-known winter sports resort of Adelboden and finally over the Hahnenmoos Pass to Lenk in the Simmental.

We offer the following hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland:

These alpine trekking tours require a good level of fitness, sure-footedness and a head for heights.

Our hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland are also suitable for hiking with a dog. Since our hiking holiday Via Alpina „Bear Trek“ and the hiking tour Via Alpina „Bear Trek“ with Charm are demanding trekking tours, your dog should be in the right condition and health. Please clarify these important requirements with your veterinarian before booking the hiking holiday.



Impressive mountain trails, impressive passes and glaciers, quiet valleys and beautiful natural landscapes – countless highlights await you on our multi-day hiking tour in the Bernese Oberland.

A spectacular stage of our trekking tour on the Via Alpina „Bear Trek“ is the route over the Große Scheidegg to Grindelwald. A magnificent panorama of the Bernese triumvirate Eiger (3,970 m), Mönch (4,107 m) and Jungfrau (4,158 m) awaits you here.

The ascent to the Hohtürli is another highlight when hiking in the Bernese Oberland and at the same time the king's stage of our eight-day trekking tour. After a demanding ascent to 2,843 meters, a wonderful lunch awaits you in the Blüemlisalphütte. The route then leads via the Hohtürli down to the Öschinensee, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.

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