Bernese Oberland

Featured Hikes

The Jungfrau from Tanzbodeli

Tanzbodeli

Distance: 7.7 - 8.6 miles (One Way)

The best hike in Lauterbrunnen climbs steeply to Tanzbodeli, an spectacular overlook atop a high grassy plateau with jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the high peaks towering above the Lauterbrunnen and Sefinen Valleys. The return via Obersteinberg is packed with visual delights.

Schloss, Spannort and Titlis

Altdorf to Engelberg via Surenen Pass

Distance: 8.9 - 13.0 miles (One Way)

The trail from Altdorf to Engelberg ascends through meadows framed by rugged peaks to Surenen Pass where Titlis, the Schloss and Spannort massifs dominate the view. The scenic descent features views of a dramatic cirque, towering jagged peaks and waterfalls.

Views of the Bernese Alps from the hike to Schynige Platte

First to Schynige Platte

Distance: 10.2 miles (One Way)

My favorite hike in the Grindelwald area features fabulous views of the Bernese Alps stretching from the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and the Breithorn in the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys to the Bluemlisalp massif in the southwest.

The big three, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, from the overlook

Mannlichen to Wengen

Distance: 10.8 miles (One Way)

A triad of giants, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau, dominate the incredible views along this scenic hike from Mannlichen to Wengen.

Ober Bergli and the Bluemlisalp glacier

Hohturli Pass

Distance: 9.8 - 10.4 miles (Round Trip)

The highest pass on the Alpine Pass route, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Swiss Alps and bird’s-eye views of a dramatic glacier are some of the scenic rewards of this steep, strenuous hike to Hohturli Pass from Kandersteg

Schlossberg, Spannort and Kronton massifs

Unterschachen to Hoch Fulen

Distance: 9.6 - 12.0 miles (Round Trip)

This long, challenging hike visits the lovely Brunnital and then ascends a wild, seldom visited valley to Hoch Fulen, a summit with stunning views of the Schachental Mountains, Scharhorn/Clariden peaks, Windgallen and the summits towering above the Reuss Valley.

Fine views of the Scharhorn and its neighbors

Klausen Pass to Eggberge

Distance: 9.5 - 13.9 miles (One Way)

Running between Klausen Pass and Altdorf, the Schachental Hohenweg trail travels high above the north side of the Schachental Valley with panoramic views of the Glarus Alps to the south and the rugged cliffs of the Windgallen massif towering overhead.

Close-up of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

Sefinenfurgge Pass

Distance: 8.4 - 12.0 miles (Round Trip)

This beautiful walk showcases the high peaks soaring above the Lauterbrunnen and Sefinental Valleys. The trail ascends through pastures and pretty meadows with almost nonstop views to Rotstock Hut and then climbs a wild valley to the Sefinenfurgge Pass where views open to the Kiental Valley and beyond.

Doldenhorn and Altels

Kandersteg (Sunnbuel) to Adelboden

Distance: 7.3 miles (One Way)

This challenging trail features panoramic views of the high peaks towering above the Spittlematte, Uschenen and Engstligenalp Valleys. The path is best suited for sure footed hikers who like demanding trails that cross exposed passes, travel along airy ridges and include steep ascents and descents.

Great views of theWestterhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

Murren to Griesalp via the Sefinenfurgge

Distance: 10.4 miles (One Way)

This splendid hike over the Sefinenfurgge, the second highest pass on the Alpine Pass Route, enjoys impressive views of the high peaks towering above the Lauterbrunnental, Sefinental and Kiental valleys.

The Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Fiescherhorn massif and the Eiger

Grosse Scheidegg to Bussalp

Distance: 3.5 - 8.9 miles (One Way)

Panoramic views of the 4,000-meter peaks, glacial cirques and deep gorges to the south of Grindelwald are the highlights of this terrific hike between Grosse Scheidegg and Bussalp.

Amazing sheer walls along the flanks of the peaks ringing the Oeschinensee

Griesalp to Kandersteg via Hohturli

Distance: 9.1 miles (One Way)

A scenic pass, the dazzling Bluemlisalp glacier and jaw-dropping views of the stunning cirque towering above the beautiful Oeschinensee are ample rewards for this very strenuous hike over the highest pass along the Alpine Pass route.

The Bernese Oberland peaks dominate the view to the southwest

Engstlenalp to Meiringen

Distance: 6.4 miles (Round Trip)

This beautiful hike from Engstlenalp to Planpatten visits the scenic Tannersee, takes in the terrific views atop the Balmeregghorn and then travels to the overlook at Planplatten with incredible panoramic views of the high peaks towering above five valleys

High peaks to the southwest: Eiger, Monch, Junfrau and the Breithorn

First to the Faulhorn

Distance: 7.2 miles (Round Trip)

Amazing views of the glacier clad Bernese Oberland peaks towering above Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen along with views of Lake Brienz and beyond are the highlights of this popular trail climbing to the historic Faulhorn Berghaus and the summit of the Faulhorn.

View of the Monch and the Jungfrau

Panoramaweg: Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

Distance: 2.8 miles (One Way)

The Panoramaweg, between Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg, is an easy, popular hike with nonstop views the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau soaring above Grindelwald and Wengen. Extend the hike with a walk to the Mannlichen summit for more breathtaking views of the area.

Close-up of the Schreckhorn

First to the Bachsee

Distance: 3.8 miles (Round Trip)

This very popular hike packs a ton of scenery into a very short distance. Nonstop views encompass Grindalwald’s iconic peaks towering above the south side of the valley. These summits form the backdrop for the Bachsee, a gorgeous lake set amid beautiful alpine meadows.

The Eiger partially covered by a cloud

Eiger Trail

Distance: 3.8 - 8.5 miles (One Way)

Up-close and dramatic views of the sheer north face of the Eiger, along with fine views of the Grindelwald Valley and nearby peaks, are the highlights of this interesting hike traveling along the base of the iconic Eiger. Several options extend the hike, adding to the scenic delights of the trail.

Bristen (10,082-ft.)

Golzern - Hohenweg Maderanertal

Distance: 5.0 - 9.8 miles (Loop)

This is another of Switzerland’s wonderful high routes with almost nonstop views. The trail loops around the Maderanertal, a pristine valley surrounds by soaring mountains, and visits the Windgallen Hut. Waterfalls, wildflowers and small hamlet add interest to the hike.

Gross Lohner and the Tschingellochtighorn

Ammerten Pass and the Ammertenspitz

Distance: 5.5 - 6.5 miles (Round Trip)

Ascend the beautiful Engstligenalp valley to scenic Ammerten Pass with great views of the cirque rimming the valley and the high summits to the east. From the pass a steep trail leads to the Ammertenspitz summit with great views encompassing the Adelboden area and beyond.

Schmadri Falls and the peaks rising to the southeast

Obersteinberg Loop

Distance: 6.7 - 10.2 miles (Loop)

This loop hike travels to Obersteinberg, a pretty alp with impressive views of the glacier-clad summits rimming the head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Views stretch from the Jungfrau in the north to the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn in the south. Extend the hike with a trip to the Oberhornsee, a small lake.

Great views of the peaks forming the cirque above the Oeschinensee

Oeschinensee Loop

Distance: 5.2 miles (Loop)

This terrific loop trail features ever-evolving views of the magnificent glacial cirque towering above the Oeschenensee, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Swiss Alps.

Waterfall at Trummelbach Falls

Lauterbrunnen to Trummelbach Falls

Distance: 2.2 - 4.4 miles (One Way)

This lovely walk up the Lauterbrunnen Valley travels through emerald green meadows and passes photogenic waterfalls on the way to Trummelbach Falls, a World Heritage Site. The dramatic falls are a true natural wonder, showcasing a series of waterfalls thundering down a slot canyon flowing within a mountain.

Chilchbalm Basin and cirque at the head of the Sefinental Valley

Chilchbalm

Distance: 5.8 - 8.9 miles (Round Trip)

The trail to the Chilbalm, a pretty basin set at the base of a rugged cirque at the head of the Sefinental Valley, is the perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful, relatively easy day hike. The trip is accompanied by fine views of the high peaks rimming the south side of the valley, pretty streams, waterfalls and rugged cliffs.

First view of the Daubensee

Gemmi Pass

Distance: 10.8 miles (Round Trip)

Gemmi Pass boasts panoramic views of the high peaks in the Valais, stretching from Monte Rosa to Dent Blanche and beyond. A pretty valley, rugged cliffs, soaring peaks and the Daubersee, a photogenic lake below the pass, add scenic interest to the hike.

High peaks towering above Oeschinensee

Allmenalp to Bunderspitz

Distance: 4.4 miles (Round Trip)

Hikers completing the very steep climb to the summit of the Bunderspitz are rewarded with amazing views of the cirque soaring above the Oeschinensee along with the high peaks towering above the head of the Kandertal and Entschligetal valleys.

Dundehorn and Schwarzhorn to the north

Frunden Hut

Distance: 7.8 miles (Round Trip)

Frunden Hut is set atop a rock knoll beneath the Frundenhorn and Frunden Glacier, over 3200-ft. above the Oeschinensee. Dramatic views from the overlook encompass Bluemlisalp and its satellite peaks, adorn with glaciers, along with the high peaks towering above the north side of the Oeschinensee.

Altels, Balmhorn and Rinderhorn from First

Allmenalp to First

Distance: 4.0 miles (Round Trip)

A very steep climb leads to First, a great overlook high above the west side of Kandersteg with 360-degree views of the high peaks towering above Oeschinensee, Spittlematte and the Adelboden Valleys.

Impressive peaks rising to the south of Grindelwald

Grosse Scheidegg to First

Distance: 3.5 miles (One Way)

The trail between Grosse Scheidegg and First follows an undulated path through bucolic meadows with evolving panoramic views of the massive peaks, adorn with glistening glaciers, towering above the Grindelwald Valley. Along the way waterfalls, wildflowers and small alps add interest to the hike.

Staubbach Falls

Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg

Distance: 4.3 - 8.6 miles (One Way)

This hike travels up the lovely Lauterbrunnen Valley, a classic glacial valley lined with sheer cliffs and soaring glacier-clad peaks, passing many beautiful waterfalls on its way to Stechelberg near the head of the valley. Pretty meadows, small alps and the Weisse Lutscheine river add to the scenic delights.

View Hikes by Area:
GrindelwaldLauterbrunnenGriesalpKanderstegEngelbergMeiringenAltdorf

The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps

The Berner Oberland in western Switzerland is best known for the Bernese Alps. While not as high as the peaks in the Valais, this spectacular range is famous for a trio of massifs – the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau, along with splendid scenery and excellent hiking trails. The most spectacular portion of the Alpine Pass Route, a long distance hiking trail, passes through the heart of the Bernese Alps from Meiringen to Kandersteg. Each day the route travels through breathtaking scenery, crosses panoramic high passes and wanders through lush meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. Along the way hikers are treated to a diversity of Swiss villages from small hamlets, such as of Lauterbrunnen, to the popular ski resort of Grindelwald.

It should be noted that the region is rainier than the Valais but the extra moisture enhances the scenic beauty of the region with a verdant landscape creating magical contrasts with the rugged, glacier clad peaks.

Base Camp Information: Grindelwald / Lauterbrunnen / Griesalp / Kandersteg / Engelberg / Meiringen / Altdorf