Bern & The Berner Oberland
The region of Bern is home to two stops that you should not miss: The first is Bern, the historic UNESCO-protected capital city of Switzerland, which we often refer to as a large open-air museum. Here, you can roam the cobbled streets, pop into the local boutique showcasing handmade Swiss crafts, and walk along the fast-flowing Aare river… to name a few!
Then, just under 30 minutes away, you have the Berner Oberland, the essence of what people think of when they think of Switzerland: green rolling hills, rustic chalet villages, lakeside historic castles, the Swiss flag shining in the wind at every turn, majestic mountain peaks, glistening lakes and striking waterfalls. And the good news is that while a few parts of it have been taped to the tourist map, there are still many hidden valleys that have beautifully kept their natural authenticity. This region is also a heaven on earth not only for those looking to dip their toes in Swiss culture, but for adventure seekers too: the Berner Oberland offers some of the best hiking, hard adventure and soft adventure opportunities in the country!
Meet one of Switzerland’s last alphorn makers for an insider look at this tradition
Drop by a family-owned cowbell workshop and make your own to take home
Visit a local alpine farm at sunrise to observe the traditional cheese-making methods
Enjoy a private Swiss cooking experience, and get your ingredients from the local farms
Explore the region’s best kept secrets with a local
Home Away from Home
A historic castle boutique hotel overlooking the lake and the alps
A luxury chalet alpine hotel with world-class dining and a magnificent spa
A very “heidi-esque” cozy and authentic chalet set in the remote great outdoors