Bernese Oberland in Switzerland is a Great place to be.
Switzerland is one of Europe's natural wonders set in the heart of Europe. And we are set in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Located near the beautiful town of Interlaken set between two lakes , (Lake Thun & Brienz) Thunnersee and Breinzersee. In a region rich in history culture and of course known for its healthy alpine fresh air. Why not browse our pages to give you a small introduction to the beauty of the region.
Switzerland IS Child friendly. Your children are FREE to travel the transport Swiss system with the unique Swiss "Junior Card or Family Card" it can be free of any charges if you buy the right two adult travel reduction tickets, or they are available for a small charge. Charges apply to each for the first two children from 5-15 the rest are FREE when you book with Altogold.
PLUS the "Guest Card" in and around Interlaken offers free Bus travel to various villages locally. Plus subject to the agreement each year the Town swimming pool is also available Free of charge.
The Bernese Oberland is one of the place to be with almost endless lists of things to do and see from simple stroll in the meadows, sun-bathing to night clubs, relaxing walks to alpine hikes Explore the culture visit caves. May be you seek more then try our active packages. River rafting paragliding or rope walks. it's all here with a service you come to expect from the Swiss and Altogold Travel.
Where is Switzerland?
Switzerland is situated in central Europe approximately 1.5 hours flying from Gatwick or London, and 9-11 hours Drive from Calais. Who is next to them? Switzerland borders France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein all surrounding Switzerland, they are a multi language nation French, German, Italian yes most speak English to. What has Switzerland have to offer? With excellent efficiency they have probably some of Europe best national and private networks of transport, Some of Europe finest scenery, a fantastic variation in Climate, Hot summers reach 30+ and Cold winters for the skiing, and that the Alps. The Swiss system promotes Families and great savings for families. PLUS they welcome the tourists just like you and me. The Currency? The Swiss franc (now the Euro is accepted in some areas).
What makes Switzerland interesting?
Wooden cookoo Clocks, Watches, Wood carving, Alpine Horns, Chocolate, Cheese, Swiss Culture, Reliable transport system, Children friendly transport system (some trains even have kiddie carriages), Take your bike the trains, busses, cable cars carry them up you just relax and peddle home. Railways and trains, Chair lifts, Gondola Bahns, Arial cable cars, Funicular trains lift you to the Swiss Alps and its Snow capped mountains, spectacular low land and alpine walking, modern day activities for all the family and of course all beautifully maintained towns and landscape that can only compare to a classy model layout. Top that with birds, flowers, animals even star gazing in valleys with beautiful waterfalls, all within a short drive from our fantastic holiday locations Manor Farm near Interlaken.
We can offer a wide choice of accommodation from the campsite reservation, Static Holiday homes to Hotels. It's worth browsing through to see which suites you. If you require any help email our friendly staff that will offer their assistance.
The Bernese Oberland
Alpine tourism was born in Bernese Oberland in the18th century with people like Albrecht von Haller, from Bern, followed closely by the railroads, paved roads which then made it possible to travel safely and comfortably to the mountains
The Bernese Oberland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful regions of Switzerland. It is well worth a visit. The combination of snow-capped mountain peaks, fresh air, jagged rocks and lush rolling green hills will quickly fascinate you. If you like hiking you will find your "Eldorado" in the Bernese Oberland. You will be rewarded with 100% pure nature. From the romantic shores of Lake of Thun until the endless forests until the freezing cold in glaciers, one highlight follows the other.
Interlaken is a good place from which to explore the central region of the Bernese Oberland. This small town lies between two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is at no distance from the three peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. Take a train or cable car to one of the many vantage points from which to view the incredible surroundings in the Bernese Oberland.
A 40-minute train trip east of Interlaken you will find the skiing and hiking centre of Grindelwald. This typical Swiss village is situated at the northern face of the Eiger. Unlike Wengen or Muerren over the ridge, Grindelwald is accessible by car and bus, and gets much more tourist traffic than the Lauterbrunnen resorts. From Grindelwald you can take the Jungfrau Railway up to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level! Only a short bus trip away is the Obergletscher (Upper Glacier) with the ice grottoes. Grindelwald has a network of cable-cars leading up to numerous short- and long-distance trails throughout the region and beyond. Skiing is excellent, but there are also plenty of hiking trails which stay as such all winter, making this a top choice for non-skiers on a winter holiday.
It's difficult to overstate how stunning the Lauterbrunnen Valley is - even seasoned Alpinists shrug their shoulders and call it the most beautiful valley in Europe! An immense U-shaped valley (the worlds deepest) with bluffs on either side rising 1000m sheer, doused by some 72 waterfalls, it is utterly spectacular. However long you stay, two hours or two weeks, you won't want to leave. Lauterbrunnen village itself lies on the valley floor, while the slopes above host two of Switzerland's most appealing resorts. Muerren to the west is the transfer point for a dramatic ride up the longest cable railway in the Alps to the Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn peak, while Wengen to the east is a stop on the train line up to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. Both are car-free, perched on narrow shelves of pasture way above the world below, and both offer some of the best hiking and skiing to be enjoyed in the Alps.
The western area of the Bernese Oberland is best known for the ski resort town of Gstaad, and the Simmental, Frutigenland and Hasliberg regions. Gstaad is a one-street village, a rather charming, attractively located place full of restored weathered-wood chalets. Its high-roller status makes it a village like no other. If you fancy being snubbed by the world's richest people, come here for Christmas week, scene of a heady round of sparkling soirées and lavish banquet-style dinner parties all but barred to ordinary mortals.
Thun and the area around it enjoy a unique combination of lake and mountains. Blessed with a mild climate that lasts well into autumn, the region is often referred to as the "Riviera of the Bernese Oberland" and perfect for a relaxing time in a beautiful environment. Indeed, where else do guests have such a multitude of opportunities to travel through and explore such a well-defined region and enjoy all kinds of activities, with something to suit each and every one? In and on the water, on land, along the lakeshores, in the villages and in town, on panoramic mountain tops and even in the air. Lake Thun offers excellent wind conditions for sailing and windsurfing. Divers appreciate the unique feeling that floating in crystal-clear water offers. And of course, there are many possibilities for mountain bikers, rock climbers, mountaineers and tennis players. For those who prefer a more tranquil pace, there are opportunities for swimming, golf, horseback riding and strolling or hiking along the lakeshore and in the nearby hills.