JUNGFRAU PEAKS & GLACIERS | WHERE YOU STAY
Hotel Baeren ***
Wilderswil, Days 1+8
Hotel Baeren Wilderswil is a rustic idyll dating back to 1756, whose facade has hardly been altered. The hotel is located close to the train station with excellent connections up to all the ski areas. The hotel also specialises in trout and raclette on a wood fire every evening, served with great care, something guests will really remark on this fabled valley.
Hotel Baeren Wilderswil's rooms are spacious and comfortable and offered at reasonable price. The Tavern Law is a guarantee of quality in hospitality. Hotel Baeren Wilderswil offers 50 comfortable rooms with shower or bath and WC, all tastefully decorated.
Hotel Baeren Wilderswil's guests can enjoy their breakfast buffet and dinner. Perfect for an evening's entertainment, events and banquets for up to 130 people. Experience the Hotel Baeren Wilderswil to provide all the flair of a contemporary hotel while offering the full-service features and needs.
Day 1 Arrive in Wilderswil
We meet you at Interlaken West station and take you to your hotel in time for dinner.
Day 2 Wilderswil to Mürren 16km/10mi/6hr
A valley path climbs through oak forest (look out for red deer) to the sleepy hamlet of Isenfluh for the first view of the Jungfrau, over 3000m of ice-clad, rocky wilderness! Walking through meadows dotted with golden hawksbeard, you reach our hotel in Mürren with great views over the Eiger and Jungfrau.
Hotel Alpenruh ***
Murren, Days 2+3
Mürren is a car free village so it is very peaceful. It is a marvellous mountain village Perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film. Rooms here are cosy but modern with television, minibar, cd stereo and hairdryer and with shower rather than bath. Most rooms have a terrace or balcony with views of the Jungfrau and Eiger.
Day 3 At Mürren
With its pretty pedestrian streets, and stunning views over the 'Big Three', Mürren has inspired famous travellers for centuries. It’s easy to laze the day here, or there are various walks, from a fragrant ramble in the Blumental meadow to a hike up Sefinenfurgge pass (2612m). Alternatively, take the cable car to the James Bond revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn for views over Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
Day 4 Mürren to Wengen 18km/11mi/6hr
A long descent past cows munching green meadows (they still cut hay with scythes here) into the Lauterbrunnen valley and the Trümmelbach falls, an amazing ‘corkscrew’ waterfall thundering inside the mountain. Ascending past the Mönch, choked with rock and ice, takes you past Agnes and Willi’s farm. Why not stop for a cool drink under the shadow of the Jungfrau before arriving in Wengen?
Hotel Bellevue ***
Wengen, Days 4+5
The Hotel Bellevue was built in 1890. It is situated on the edge of the village in very quiet surroundings with stunning views of the Jungfrau and Lauterbrunnen valley. Cosy chalet style accommodation is combined with modern comforts, there are no hairdryers in the rooms here but the hotel reception will be happy to provide you with one. The views from the rooms are incredible.
Further details on the hotel website.
Day 5 At Wengen
You could relax savouring the view over Lauterbrunnen valley from the hotel terrace complete with whirlpool bath (pay locally), but it’s a shame not to take Europe’s highest railway to the icebound Jungfraujoch (3454m), for a panorama over the Great Aletsch glacier , Germany’s Black Forest and the Italian Alps. Alternatively take the Bira cable car for 360 degree view over the whole region.
Day 6 Wengen to Grindelwald 18/km/11mi/6hr
Today’s walk over the Kleine Scheidegg Pass follows the footsteps of Goethe, Byron and Tchaikovsky. The ascent enjoys views over the ice walls of the Mönch. After lunch, you descend in the shadow of the Eiger’s sheer north face - stunning views all round.
Chalet Hotel Alte Post ***
Grindelwald, Days 6+7
The Alte Post is a lovely chalet style hotel, located at the foot of the First gondola, with wonderful views across to the mountains. Rooms are furnished with television, direct dial telephone, minibar and safe. Most have a balcony.
Day 7 At Grindelwald
The most exciting option is to take the cable car to Pfingstegg from where you’ll enjoy the most spectacular views of the Grindelwald Valley. You then follow a path hewn out of pink, purple and green marble to the sun trap restaurant terrace at Baregg, an oasis of green in the lower of Grindelwald’s twin glaciers. A good chance of spotting ibex on the slopes and golden eagles circling overhead.
Day 8 Grindelwald to Wilderswil 16km/10mi/5hr or 18km/10mi/6hr
By gondola to the start of the one of the Alp’s most panoramic walks. First stop, Bachsee Lake, then a climb through rocky high-mountains bright with saxifrage to the Faulhorn (2680m), and a heart-lifting panorama over the Bernese Oberland. After lunch in the restaurant, you descend through grassy marmot country to the railway station at Schynige Platte (2067m) to arrive in Wilderswil and your hotel in the timber-clad houses of the old town.
Day 9 Return home
Superbly varied and well signposted walking along valley bottoms and in the high mountains (up to 2700m). A good fitness level is required. Walking boots are essential, and we strongly recommend wet-weather gear and a compass.
Note: The walk on day 8 is not possible in early/late season, however full route notes will be provided for alternative options.
For extra nights we recommend Grindelwald, Wengen or Wilderswil.