Berns famous clock tower has become an icon at the western city gate. Climb 400 cathedral steps for imposing views of distant, snow-capped Alps. Extraordinary myths and legends surround Gruyères Castle that sits on Fribourg’s imposing Alpine foothill. Vineyards, a lake, wild gorges and gushing waterfalls envelop Neuchâtel to the west of Bern.
The Bernese Highlands, nestled in the heart of Switzerland and commonly known as the Bernese Oberland, is a region that enchants everyone with its breathtaking landscapes, charming alpine villages, and rich cultural heritage. As you look around, all the towering peaks, pristine lakes, and majestic glaciers, make Bernese Highlands perfect for those seeking a connection with nature.
The Bernese Highlands are truly blessed with its diverse range of awe-inspiring landscapes and natural wonders that will leave you spellbound. Let’s start with the Swiss Alps that clearly dominate the region’s skyline e.g., Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. These incredibly majestic mountains provide both a stunning backdrop as well as offer a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Today, adventurous climbers often challenged themselves via Eiger North Face, while most of us normal/casual hikers explore the scenic Swiss trails that wind through alpine meadows and offer breathtaking panoramic views.
The Bernese Highlands offer some of Switzerland’s most impressive glaciers e.g., the Aletsch Glacier which is a UNESCO World Heritage site as being the largest glacier in the Alps that spans 23+ kilometers. Today, many marvel at its icy splendor via viewpoints or take guided hikes to experience the sheerness up close. Now what’s more impressive than towering mountains? The answer is their lakes that are nestled amidst the mountains! Bernese Highlands boast several breathtaking lakes e.g., Lake Thun and Lake Brienz with their crystal-clear waters that reflect the surrounding peaks offer opportunities for boating, swimming, and leisurely lakeside walks. As for the the turquoise-hued Oeschinensee that is tucked away in a scenic valley – this gem offers captivating moments that won’t disappoint with its serene beauty.
Now to top off the Swiss lakes and their towering mountains are the cascading waterfalls, that add a touch of Swiss magic to the landscape. If you have the time, and if you love waterfalls, then you need to make time for the Trümmelbach Falls that are hidden within a mountain! Yes, within in mountain there are a series of impressive waterfalls formed by glacial meltwater. Folks can explore the thunderous cascades from inside the mountain through a series of tunnels and platforms.
Bern has a cohesive collection of journeys that will take you on charming Bern city tours. The much-loved 15th-century city is brimming with ahistory and fascinating tales and delicious food such as the Bernese Haselnusslebkuchen. Picture postcard perfect, the ancient town flourishes as it burrows into the protective River Aare as wild meadows lead to the imposing Alps.
Bernese Oberland (Bern)
Explore Eiger’s north face, Unterer Glaciers and the crown-like peak of Wetterhorn in the Interlaken and Grindelwald region. The diversified landscapes boast lakes, snow-capped mountains, walking trails, valleys and remote mountain villages in the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland. It is one of Switzerland’s oldest resorts due to its breathtaking Oscar-worthy backdrop.
Discover the intriguing history of Bern following the devastating fire in 1405. The rebuilt sandstone city has an abundance of fascinating places to visit. The flag-swathed cobbled streets lead the way to covered arcades, 16th-century fountains, Einstein’s house and other historical buildings. Pay homage to the beautiful bears in their vast park.
What to do in Bern?
Day tours from Bern include ‘Top of Europe’, the Jungfraujoch tour that journeys through Europe’s highest-altitude railway station at the heart of UNESCO heritage site the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Take the train from Bern to Lucerne and watch glistening lakes, soaring mountains and medieval towns flash past on your travels.
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