If you had to describe the Bernese Alps in just one word, 'sublime' would be a good start. This dramatic mountain range in western Switzerland is famed for its snow-capped peaks, cosmopolitan resorts and superb outdoor activities. In winter it offers world-class skiing and snowboarding, while the summer months open up magnificent hiking trails and plenty more adventure sports, including water sports on Lake Thun.
Finding a Hotel in the Bernese Alps
You can find more than 200 hotels in the Bernese Alps, ranging from simple one-star hostels to grand five-star mountain resorts. Families will find a great range of child-friendly properties and spacious apartment hotels, while those travelling for outdoor activity can choose from dozens of adventure sport hotels that offer ski storage, equipment hire and easy access to hiking trails.
Getting Around in the Bernese Alps
If you plan to hire a car you can find various rental companies at the nearest airports of Bern and Zurich, or in resorts such as Interlaken or Gstaad. However, the great advantage of holidaying in the Bernese Alps is that you can easily get by without a car. An extensive public transport network will bring you to many of the most beautiful viewpoints in Switzerland, from the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe – to the Heider Krum observation deck above Interlaken.
Exploring Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
Overlooked by medieval castles, traditional Alpine huts and grand houses, the turquoise lakes of Thun and Brienz are ideal for day trips by boat. Visit the medieval castle of Thun, then take a cruise across Lake Thun to the picture-postcard town of Spiez, which has a huge open-air pool open between May and September. Or cruise across lake Brienz to the picturesque resort of Brienz, whose Ballenberg Open-Air Museum explores centuries of Bernese Alps history.
Bernese Alps Accommodation in Interlaken
The lakeside town of Interlaken is the gateway to the Bernese Alps, and offers a town-centre base with easy access to mountain resorts. It is also convenient base for business travellers thanks to its proximity to Bern Airport, about a 45-minute drive away. Interlaken has a wide range of hotels, including business-friendly properties with conference facilities.
The Jungfrau Region: A Great Base for Outdoor Adventure
The mountainous Jungfrau region covers key Bernese Alps ski resorts such as Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen. It’s also a hotspot for summer hiking – try walking the Kleine Scheidegg route or trekking to the impressive Trümmelbach Falls. Jungfrau is home to some of the Bernese Alps’ best ski hotels, sport hotels and family hotels, especially in the popular resort of Grindelwald.
Alpine Luxury in Gstaad
Gstaad is the place to go for luxury Bernese Alps accommodation. This chic resort has some of the most exclusive hotels in the Bernese Alps, including five-star spa properties with spectacular mountain views. The town is renowned for its upmarket shops, fine-dining restaurants and superb skiing, and also hosts the Swiss Open tennis tournament.