Posts about Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland, Berner Oberland or Oberland bernois is a mountainous region in the centre of Switzerland.

A million people on top of Europe

High in the Swiss alps, the Aletsch glacier, various mountain climbers’ huts and the Sphinx observatory all seem to be impossibly high above the real world. However, the statistics for 2015 from the Jungfrau Railway show that they’re not as far from the everyday world as they feel.

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Evening light on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

The luck and beauty of life

We are ever grateful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country. For the luck which means that we are of sufficient means to decide, based on a weather forecast, to drive for fifteen minutes and ascend in a rattling funicular cabin to a place which feels like the top of the world. All to […]

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Oeschinensee, Switzerland

One of the more spectacular mountain lakes in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland is at Oeschinensee, in a hanging valley easily reached by cable car from the town of Kandersteg. If you’re feeling lazy, then the walk to the lakeside restaurant is a fairly easy one. If you’re more adventurous, then there are a network of paths leading […]

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The necessary evil

The Swiss need foreigners to keep their tourism industry afloat, but many resent the fact enough to complain about it, publicly and loudly.

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Aeschiried to Greberegg

The hill above Aeschiried has been calling to me ever since we moved to Faulensee. It’s immediately obvious, when looking up the hill, that the views across the lake must be great. There are a few houses dotted across the hillside, and the sharp-eyed will notice a small ski lift leading up into the trees. […]

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Bire, Beatenberg

The Bire is a rock promontory amongst the cliffs above Waldegg, at the eastern end of Beatenberg. The name – local dialect for Birne, meaning “pear” – will give you an idea of its shape. I saw some photos from the hike to the viewpoint on the Instagram stream of a local holiday chalet owner last […]

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Giessbach Falls in spate

Giessbach Falls in spate

The name “Giessbach” translates literally as “pouring stream”, and pour it does, magnificently and powerfully, when there is a lot of rain.

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Faulensee to Meielisalp

In which we start the hiking season as early as we possibly can, with the longest route we’ve done to date.

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Treasure Hunt

Kenneth Kendall hosts a British t.v. game show from the 1980s, in which Anneka Rice chases around the Swiss Bernese Oberland in a helicopter.

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Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

I just came across a short film I made in January and posted to YouTube at the time. Filmed with my X100 and edited quickly in iMovie, it shows the publicly accessible lake-shore nature reserve at Gwatt, some fifteen minutes’ drive from home.

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Schlächtenwald

There are plenty of little, almost unnoticeable roads around here, which lead up valleys and through forests to remote farm buildings and dead-ends. I like to pore over the Kümmerly + Frey maps – the Swiss equivalent of the British Ordnance Survey – to see whether there are any worth driving up.

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Kleine Scheidegg to Lauberhorn

A steep and stony path from the mountain hamlet of Kleine Scheidegg leads to the top of the world-famous Lauberhorn, from which the intrepid author gets an unparalleled view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

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Chüematta

A higher-resolution version of the panoramic view from my previous post about our hike from Isenfluh, photographed from high above the southern end of the Lütschine and Lauterbrunnen valleys as they open into the Bödeli plain near Interlaken and Lake Brienz. This part of the mountain is called Chüematta: Swiss German for “Cow Meadow”.

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Lobhörner

Hiking in the Suls alp region above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, far from the more popular tourist destinations of the Jungfrau Region.

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Big old hill

One of the most challenging hikes I’ve done: up the steep and winding path through the forest from Beatenberg to the summit of the Niederhorn.

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Hike to Steingletscher

A long-held ambition fulfilled: to hike to my favourite glacier near the Susten Pass in Switzerland.

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Taking to the water

A group of canoeists, kayakers and stand up paddle-boarders in a range of coloured boats on Lake Thun this morning.

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The road less travelled

A solitary hiker walks the remote, single-track high alpine road between the Oberaarsee lake and the Grimsel Pass road, in canton Bern.

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