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Walking the Bernese Highlights East

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  • Holiday code
    W07BE
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $3050per person, tour only
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    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts and two dinners
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, high peaks, lake & river routes
      from 2 reviews

Margaret Darlington says...
An excellent holiday. Good routes with options Useful information about cable cars, public transport and places on route for refreshments. The map app ...
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Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking the Bernese Highlights East

  • Discover some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Switzerland has to offer
  • Walk within sight of some of Switzerland's most stunning peaks; Titlis, Jungfrau and Eiger
  • Cross two major mountain passes and stay in small, traditional Swiss villages

This 7-night self-guided tour takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Switzerland has to offer, crossing two major passes and combining stays in small Swiss towns and villages with hotels high on the passes. You walk within sight of some of Switzerland's most stunning peaks: Titlis, Jungfrau and Eiger to name but a few, with magnificent glaciers which feed many of the mountain streams you cross. At the end of a day's walking, you are assured of a friendly welcome at each of our hotels with meals prepared from fresh local ingredients.

Starting in the peaceful mountain village of Engelberg, you climb the Joch Pass passing the turquoise blue waters of Trubsee Lake before descending to Engstenalp. Walk above the beautiful Gental valley, pressing on to the diversely rich valley of Meiringen, a true haven for walkers with lush pastures, dazzling cascades from tight gorges and exquisite mountain paths. Set off on your picturesque route up to the famous Reichenbach Waterfall before walking through the stunning Rosenlaui valley to the scenic mountain village of Schwarzwaldalp. Another picturesque route awaits as you head into the magnificent valley of Grindelwald sitting at the foot of the Eiger. Your last days walking offers unparalleled views of the Eiger and its infamous North Face, before ending the walk in the relaxed atmosphere of the car-free village Murren.

Why not extend to 15 days and continue walking to Gstaad for a tougher challenge?

Please see W07BW - Walking the Bernese Highlights West.



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Walking information

The paths are all excellent quality and are well waymarked. The route has many options for shortening by taking a cable car or post bus to take the strain out of the climbs or pressure off the knees for the downhill sections.




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Day 1: Arrive Engelberg

It is a good idea to add an extra day or two in Engelberg before starting your Bernese Highlights walk to get used to walking at high altitudes.
Overnight Trail Hotel 3*, Engelberg.

Day 2: Engelberg to Engstlenalp 12KM/7.5MILES

Todays walk takes you up past the Trubsee Lake from where you climb to the Jochpass before descending to Engstlenalp. A demanding first day because of the total ascent involved, which can be reduced by using one or more cable cars. From Engelberg, you walk along the right hand side of the picturesque Engstlensee, where a profusion of wild flowers and shy marmots may catch your eye. Take some time to enjoy the beautiful Trubsee Lake before continuing to Engstlenalp.
Overnight Hotel Engstlenalp 3H, Engstlenalp (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 3: Engstlenalp to Meiringen 16KM/10MILES

Follow the trail past lake Tannensee up to a ridge walk that leads you over Balmeregghorn. Wonderful views on the snow-covered peaks of Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau await. The setting is truly amazing and make for one of the most scenic walks in Switzerland. To avoid the long way down to Meiringen, you can use the cable car from Planplatten down into the valley. Meiringen is a little town on the shore of river Aare.
Overnight Parkhotel du Sauvage 3*, Meiringen (breakfast included).

Day 4: At Leisure in Meiringen

There is a choice of day walks exploring this amazing walking area or take a day off from walking and visit Ballenberg Switzerland's greatest open-air museum, take the steam railway to the top of the Rothorn, visit the stunning gorge Aareschlucht, or just cruise on Lake Brienz.
Overnight Parkhotel du Sauvage 3*, Meiringen (breakfast included).

Day 5: Meiringen to Schwarzwaldalp 11KM/7MILES

A short day albeit energetic early on, with opportunities for diversions. Leaving Meiringen behind, you cross the River Aare and head up past the Reichenbach Falls, famous for the death of Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's classic before walking through the stunning Rosenlaui valley to Schwarzwaldalp.
Overnight Chalet Schwarzwaldalp 3H, Schwarzwaldalp (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 6: Schwarzwaldalp to Grindelwald 11KM/7MILES OR 14KM/9MILES

Today, you can either take the high-level route via First or the more leisurely crossing of Grosse Scheidegg.

The high-level route is a truly scenic walk to the cable car station at First, offering spectacular views of the Berner Oberland giants. Alternatively, you can hike up on a steady ascent to the Grosse Scheidegg pass with magnificent mountain views behind you and then down to the village of Grindelwald.
Overnight Central Hotel Wolter 3*, Grindelwald (breakfast included).

Day 7: Grindelwald to Murren 16KM/10MILES OR 22KM/14MILES

There are two options today. Either follow Via Alpina over the pass Kleine Scheidegg, or take the Eiger Trail, a more challenging route along the foot of the North Face, or the more challenging route over Kleine Scheidegg - both with stunning views. Mountain railways also offer alternative starts and ends.

If you choose to walk via Kleine Scheidegg, this will be the longest day of your trip, with unmatched views of the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau mountains. Walking by the Eiger Trail is a truly magnificent route which brings you so close to the many scenes of triumph and tragedy - it would be worth reading the story of the great Eiger climbs before your trip
Overnight Hotel Edelweiss 3*, Murren (breakfast included).

Day 8: Depart Mürren

Say fond farewells to Switzerland as you depart on the train.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199, use our live webchat or email sales@headwater.com


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Trail Hotel, Engelberg

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Situated in the lively village of Engelberg, this family-run accommodation offers comfortable rooms, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a tranquil getaway.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Chalet Engstlenalp, Engstlenalp

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This hotel has great history as a mountain inn and the atmosphere reflects just that. Rooms are comfortable but simple in style and decor. There is a communal bar area for coffees, drinks and snacks and dinner is ‘mountain style’ served in the delightful wooded restaurant. You certainly feel as though you’re amongst the mountains tonight!


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Parkhotel du Sauvage, Meiringen

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In Parkhotel du Sauvage guests will enjoy comfortable rooms with a touch of elegance. The hotel is located amidst the centre of the village and provides easy access to local attractions and outdoor activities. You can make use of the lovely garden or enjoy a beer in the hotel pub in the evening. The outdoor and indoor pools are just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. With the hotel guest card you have free entry to the indoor pool and benefit from a 50% discount in the outdoor pool.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Chalet Schwarzwaldalp, Schwarzwaldalp

This chalet is presented in a traditional Swiss style all wood and very charming. Rooms are small and cosy but without private bathrooms, they do have wash basins in the rooms with shared showers and toilets nearby. Some guests may stay in an adjacent building with dormitory style accommodation which are all private (advised at booking time). Dinner will be traditional mountain food most likely featuring cheese from the alp and all meals are well presented and are fresh, seasonal, local products.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Central Hotel Wolter, Grindelwald

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Central Hotel Wolter is a family run hotel, located in the heart of the lively town of Grindelwald. The impressive Eiger North-Face is just a stones throw away from this town, so you can enjoy incredible views from your room or when having dinner in the à la carte restaurant.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Edelweiss, Murren

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Boasting the best views on the snow-covered peaks of Bernese Oberland, Hotel Edelweiss offers a charming mix of cosy rooms together with a modern ambience. Since 1991 Mr & Mrs Kuster-von Allmen have welcomed guests from all over the world to enjoy car-free village of Murren. Hotel guests have complimentary admission to the Alpine Sports Centre, just a few minutes walk away with swimming pool and whirlpool.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Margaret Darlington, 04/09/2023

An excellent holiday. Good routes with options Useful information about cable cars, public transport and places on route for refreshments. The map app didn't show enough information for us but the paper maps sent were a necessary addition.


Winfried Meier, 04/09/2023

I know you have taken these over from New Experiance, but I believe you current staff should do or participate in this walk to get first hand knowledge.

Unfortunately Eurotrak App walked along slightly different routes to the walking book, for example from Schwartzwalt Alp we wanted to walk the Romantic Track to First not covered by Eurotrak, Otherwise this is a wonderfull walk.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts and two dinners

Agent supplied navigation app for your smartphone

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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Holiday details

Solo travellers
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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Daily Departures from 29th Jun 2024 to 8th Sep 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and two dinners

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' button above.

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To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'Check availability' button below.

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