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The Bernese Alps rise in the southwest of Switzerland, looming over the turquoise waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Boats chug back and forth across the lakes, carrying visitors to towns and villages full of pretty traditional buildings and quaint shops and cafes. Hiking trails lead out into the foothills, and from the main gateway of Interlaken ski lifts whisk you into the mountains themselves, with the promise of jaw-dropping views and world-class winter sports.
In the winter-sports season, skiing and snowboarding are the main draw of the Bernese Alps, with the main Jungfrau resorts of Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren providing many miles of excellent slopes. Traffic-free Mürren is the place for family-friendly skiing – this traditional village, only reachable by train and cable car, is the highest in the region and has spectacular views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains.
Further west, the glamorous resort of Gstaad has a good range of slopes and is close to the spectacular Glacier 3000, a popular ice-climbing destination. For a quieter atmosphere with more adventurous slopes, consider the resorts of Lenk or Adelboden.
Summer brings a different character to the region. As the snow retreats to the highest peaks, the Bernese Alps become a hiking haven, with hundreds of miles of routes to explore. For a full range of outdoor activities base yourself in the Interlaken area, which offers everything from paragliding and sky-diving to canyoning and rafting. In the dramatic Lauterbrunnen valley, discover more than 70 waterfalls, and take the spectacular Jungfrau railway from Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg to the 3,454-metre Jungfrau peak, nicknamed the 'Top of Europe'.
For a final look at those stunning Bernese Alps views, round off your trip with a meal in the mountains – try the revolving restaurant at the top of the 2,970-metre Schilthorn, which treats you to a 360-degree panorama over the course of an hour. It’s the perfect way to end a stay in this charming and spectacular corner of the Alps.
Located in the heart of Leukerbad, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torrent Cable Car and Burgerbad Thermal Baths. Gemmi Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away.
Located near the slopes, this Adelboden hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Choleren Gorge and Blausee, and close to winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Oeschinen Lake is 18.9 mi (30.4 km) away.
Situated in Reichenbach im Kandertal, this hotel is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from Tropic House and within 20 miles (32 km) of Spiez Castle and Blausee. Niesen and Elsigenalp - Metschalp Frutigen Ski Resort are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Situated in Saillon, this spa hotel is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Casino de Saxon Theater and within 12 miles (20 km) of Ovronnaz Thermal Baths and Chatillon Ski Lift. Saint-Bernard Museum and Batiaz Chateau are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hohfluh Gondola and Moosfluh Gondola. Pro Nature Center and Bettmeralp Ski Resort are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Grindelwald is within a 10-minute walk of First Cable Car and Sportzentrum Grindelwald, and close to winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Grindelwald Grund Gondola is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
Situated in Wilderswil, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Skydive Interlaken and Seilpark Interlaken. Heimwehfluh and Tell-Spiele are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and First Cable Car. Grindelwald Grund Gondola and Kleine Scheidegg are also within 6 mi (10 km).