Highlights of the Bernese Oberland Traverse

Lauterbrunnen on Bernese Oberland Traverse

So after many hours spent trying to whittle down our highlights from the Bernese Oberland Traverse, here is what we consider the best bits. It was no easy task narrowing down what Backpacker Magazine recently proclaim as the “World’s Best Hike” . But you will just have to join us one summer to see if you agree!

1 – Lauterbrunnen waterfalls

We start the hike with a gateway to one of the most spectacular valleys in Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen is home to the impressive Staubbach Falls, one of Europe’s highest freefalling waterfalls (287m). As the snow melts or after heavy rainfall, the waterfall foams and thunders over the 417m high Mürrenfluh cliff. 72 waterfalls in total gush down into the valley from the vertical cliff faces. Some of which are several hundred metres high. We spend the morning walking amongst these wonders. We even get the chance to visit the magnificent glacier fed Trümmelbach Falls. A series of 10 waterfalls in a cave-like environment. They are hidden inside a mountain in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It’s a natural UNESCO World heritage site, and rightly so. On hot summer days and after heavy thunderstorms, up to 20,000 litres of water per second thunder through the narrow gorge. The sound of it is truly astonishing.

Lauterbrunnen on Bernese Oberland Traverse
Panorama with alpine roses on the Isenfluh near Lauterbrunnen, Bernese Oberland. Photo by Martin Maegli at Switzerland Tourism.

2 – Grisalp, Alpine cheesemaking

As with every Alpenwild trip, we taste wonderful cuisine and try regional food specialties from which we travel. Our Bernese Oberland Traverse is no exception. Everyday you get to sample some of the local cheese’s. It’s even better to see first hand exactly how its made. Getting a local insight into how the Swiss make the different cheese’s we savour each day is a fascinating experience.

Watch cheese production on bernese oberland traverse
The chance to learn about traditional cheese making is a highlight of the Bernese Oberland Traverse. Photo by Andre Meier, Swiss Tourism.

3 – Öeschinensee Lake

There is no better reward after a big day hiking than the view you capture as you come over the summit. Öeschinensee Lake is one the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. It’s a deep-blue jewel that is prepared radically beautiful through the steep-sided walls. As you descent towards it you can’t help but be enchanted by its beauty. It is perfectly placed under a mighty glacier. High cliffs on one side and bright green forest on the other. Some can even be tempted to have a dip in the cooling water before a relaxing drink lakeside to revel in the days achievements.

Oeschinensee Lake on Bernese Oberland Traverse
Autumn mood at Oeschinensee Lake near Kandersteg. Photo by Ivo Scholz at Switzerand Tourism.

4 – Peak Walk, Glacier 3000

And how do you conclude such an epic hiking trip? Well you take a stroll in the sky of course! The Peak Walk at the top of Glacier 3000 is a 100 m long suspension bridge that connects two peaks together. You can walk from peak to peak and breathe in the mountain air. Remember to take time to marvel at the incredible views of the mountains you’ve just hiked over. What a way to finish an amazing hiking trip.

Now these are just a few of the highlights of the Bernese Oberland Traverse, but I’m sure each and every person hiking the trail would make their own lists of favourites. Why not join us and see?

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Sophie Nolan

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