Switzerland : The Bernese Oberland

Walking the Bernese Highlights East

Trip code: W07BE 5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

15.0Kg CO2e

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Due to the popularity of the Bernese Highlights East, we recommend you book well in advance of travel. Please do call for further advice.

SUMMARY

  • 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

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and two dinners
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

Terrain

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-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

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.

You stay at Trail Hotel.

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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.

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Day 2: Engelberg to Engstlenalp (12km/7.5mi)

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.

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You stay at Chalet Engstlenalp.

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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!

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Day 3: Engstlenalp to Meiringen (22km/13.7mi)

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.

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You stay at Parkhotel du Sauvage.

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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.

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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.

You stay at Parkhotel du Sauvage.

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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.

Day 5: Meiringen to Schwarzwaldalp (11km/6.8mi)

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.

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You stay at Chalet Schwarzwaldalp.

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Chalet Schwarzwaldalp, Schwarzwaldalp

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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.

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Day 6: Schwarzwaldalp to Grindelwald (13km/8.1mi or 6km/3.7mi)

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.

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You stay at Central Hotel Wolter.

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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.

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Day 7: Grindelwald to Murren (24km/14.9mi or 10km/6.2mi)

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

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You stay at Hotel Edelweiss.

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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.

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Day 8: Depart Mürren

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

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £292.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £292.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Zurich with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways London Heathrow to Zurich, then rail Zurich Airport to Engelberg via Luzern.

Return: Rail from Mürren to Grütschalp, cable car from Grütschalp to Lauterbrunnen and rail from Lauterbrunnen to Zurich Airport via Zurich Central, then British Airways Zurich to London Heathrow.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Standard transfers
Flight inclusive package includes rail tickets from Zurich airport to Engelberg and from Murren to Zurich airport, plus a Swiss Half Fare Card (50% off all public transportation in Switzerland, including most mountain railroads; valid for one month).

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

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.

Margaret Darlington, 4 Sep 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.

Winfried Meier, 4 Sep 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

15.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

7 nights from £1899

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