Berner Oberland

Planning a trip to the Bernese Oberland Alpine region of Switzerland

The gateway to the Berner Oberland is Interlaken, a bustling resort town in the foothills of the Alps that is flanked by a pair of lakes and is just a one-hour train ride from Bern.

Interlaken itself doesn't have too much to hold your interest, but it makes an optimal base—and a requisite stop—for forays into the Berner Oberland.

The Alps are scattered with tiny villages and quaint resort towns. Two of the most visitor-friendly of these are Mürren and Wengen.

Although I think the region deserves at least three or four days, especially for hikers, on the tightest of schedules you could take an overnight train to Interlaken, switch for a train up to Jungfraujoch to spend the day, and make it back to Interlaken by evening for another overnight train out—but that's pushing it.


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in December 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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