Walking Holidays in Switzerland - Bernese East - Short Break Walks


Holiday Highlights
  • Discover some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Switzerland has to offer
  • Walk within sight of some of Switzerland’s most stunning peaks; Jungfrau and Eiger


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Our Bernese East Short Break begins in 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 you (everywhere is inspiringly picturesque here) as you head into the magnificent valley of Grindelwald sitting at the foot of the Eiger.

If you choose to add an extra night in Mürren, you last days walking offers unparalleled views of the Eiger and its infamous North Face, before dropping down into the picture-perfect valley of Lauterbrunnen. From there you take a cable car, followed by an unforgettable mountain railway journey skirting the Eiger up to the peaceful (car-free) and extraordinarily beautiful village of Mürren.

The Area

Cross alpine meadows and skirt crystal clear lakes set high amongst the mountains. Pass through beautiful green valleys with rushing mountain streams and waterfalls tumbling from high above. 

The paths are all good 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. 

You will view magnificent glaciers as you walk 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.

Day 1: Arrive at your chosen Swiss airport and take the train to your first hotel in Meiringen. Overnight Meiringen.

Should you arrive early, we have a choice of day walks exploring this amazing walking area or you can visit Ballenburg Switzerland’s greatest open-air museum take the steam railway to the top of the Rothorn or just cruise on Lake Brienz.

Day 2: A short day albeit energetic early on, with opportunities for diversions. You walk up past the Reichenbach Falls famous for the death of Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's classic, before walking the stunning Rosenlaui valley. Overnight Schwarzwaldalp.

Ascent: 860m. Descent: 0m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 4 - 5 hours.

Day 3: Take the superb high-level route via First and Bussalp, alternatively you can take the more leisurely lower-level crossing of Grosse Scheidegg. Overnight Grindelwald.

High-level – Ascent: 950m. Descent: 700m. Distance: 8 ¾ miles. Time: 6 hours.

Lower-level – Ascent: 510m. Descent: 890m. Distance: 6 ¾ miles. Time: 4.5 hours.

Day 4: Take the train from Grindelwald back to your chosen Swiss airport. Alternatively, continue your holiday with an extra night (see below).

Alternative Day 4: There are again two options today. Either take the Eiger Trail along the foot of the North Face, or the less challenging route over Kleine Scheidegg - both with stunning views.  Mountain railways also offer alternative starts and ends. Overnight Mürren.

Higher-level – Ascent: 1120m. Descent: 1410m. Distance: 13 ¾ miles. Time: 7 hours.

Lower-level – Ascent: 650m. Descent: 1500m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 7 hours.

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. Breakfast is buffet style.   

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, wash basin and shared bathroom with WC and shower.

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Hotel Meiringen 3*, Meiringen

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Felix and Rosy Tschan have been welcoming New Experience guests for over 10 years. They speak brilliant English and they, and their staff, pride themselves in giving a high standard of service. There is a generous buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner with excellent vegetarian options for half board guests. The hotel is conveniently located for buses and the train station.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Lauberhorn 3*, Grindelwald

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Your lovely hosts Coni & Beni will welcome you to their simple 3* hotel which has well furnished rooms and a small terrace. They have a communal indoor/outdoor lounge area where you can relax. Breakfast only is served here whilst dinner is taken at our higher grade 4* hotel about 10 minutes’ walk away as this hotel does not serve dinner. 

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Hotel Bellevue 3*, Murren

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Ruth and Othmar Suter run an immensely homely 3* hotel with comfortable rooms and a good restaurant. In warm weather dinner can be taken outside on the terrace to watch the sun go down over the Jungfrau. Dinner is 3 courses without a choice so check with Reception if you have concerns or special requests. In the morning a superb breakfast buffet is served.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Availability Information

Available from mid-June to the beginning of October with a stronger chance of snow affecting the walking on some days in June and October. In this period there are usually local transport alternatives that operate close to the walking route.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.  

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