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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 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).
Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is steps away from Swiss Alps and Mystery Rooms. Kletterhalle Interlaken and Kunsthaus Interlaken are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swiss Alps, Allmendhubelbahn and Schilthornbahn Cable Car. Schilthorn is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Located in the mountains, this Wengen hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Swiss Alps, Wengen-Mannlichen Cable Car and Mini Golf Wengen. Mannlichen Mountain and Staubbach Falls are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Wilderswil, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Swiss Alps, Skydive Interlaken and Seilpark Interlaken. Heimwehfluh and Tell-Spiele are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located near the slopes, this Wengen hotel is in the mountains, and within a 5-minute walk of Mannlichen Mountain, Mini Golf Wengen and Wengen-Mannlichen Cable Car. Staubbach Falls is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Adelboden hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adelboden Ski Resort and Choleren Gorge, and close to winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Blausee and Oeschinen Lake are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in Central Interlaken, this apartment is steps away from Swiss Alps, Kletterhalle Interlaken and Hoeheweg. Kunsthaus Interlaken and Interlaken Casino are also within 10 minutes.