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  • By Rail to the Bernese Oberland Holiday

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

    Bernese Oberland. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

    By rail to the Bernese Oberland holiday
    7 nights/ 8 days

    Stay for seven nights in the charming village of Grindelwald in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. Dominating its own valley, and surrounded by hiking trails and iconic mountains, Grindelwald captures the best of the stunning panoramas this region has to offer and attracts active as well as leisurely guests.

    We recommend travelling to Switzerland by train from London to Grindelwald, via Paris, Basel, and Interlaken. Return flights from the UK with rail travel in Switzerland can also be arranged. Your destination is Grindelwald, in the shadow of the Jungfrau and just a stone’s throw from other picturesque villages such as Wengen and Lauterbrunnen, and the perfectly poised town of Interlaken. Use your time here to explore the surrounding mountain peaks on foot or by funicular, rack railway, or cable car, taking in the views across the Swiss Mittelland and Valais and Ticino south of the Jungfrau. The peaks of the Monch and the Eiger, the caves around Interlaken, the undulating green hills and agricultural fields, and the chocolate box villages nestled in the narrow valleys provide plenty of sporting and cultural activity to populate your stay here. This region of Switzerland is arguably the most scenic, and a stay of any less than seven nights would undoubtedly require an extension.

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    Day-by-day summary
    DAY ONE

    Travel from London to Grindelwald by rail on your first day; or fly into Zurich and travel the rest of the journey by rail. The Eurostar leaves early in the morning for Paris, where you change to a TGV train headed to Basel. Here, change for Interlaken, and then join the cogwheel railway up the mountainside to Grindelwald. Check into your resort hotel.
    DAYS TWO TO SEVEN
    Spend seven nights enjoying the highlights of the Bernese Oberland, first making the most of your eight day rail pass to explore the surrounding villages, lakes, and mountains.
    DAY EIGHT
    On your eighth day, board a morning train from Grindelwald back to Interlaken, Basel, and Paris. Spend up to two hours in Paris before catching your connection back to London, arriving in the early evening.

    Choice of hotels
    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald – 5 star
    4 star options are available in neighbouring Wengen.

    Prices
    Rail (standard class on Eurostar and second class on all other trains) from London and throughout back to London, from £2,650 per person
    Supplement: Standard premier on Eurostar and first class on all other trains £420 per person

    Flights to/from Switzerland and second class rail travel in Switzerland at, from £2,590 per person
    Supplement: First class rail in Switzerland £210 per person

    What’s included:
    Rail travel London to Switzerland via Basel in standard/ second class (first class can be booked at a supplement) return, or scheduled return flights from the UK to Geneva
    8 days Swiss rail pass
    7 nights’ bed and breakfast in your resort hotel

    What’s not included:
    Transfers in Paris
    Transfers in Switzerland station to hotel unless offered by your hotel

    Dates 
    This rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Rail timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.
    For more information regarding rail services to and within Switzerland, view our
    train guide.
     

    Optional extensions:
    Combine this holiday with one of our Iconic Swiss Rail Journeys or another long stay in a different part of the country.

    Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland

    Grindelwald sits in the eastern of the two valleys below Interlaken, Lake Brienz, and Lake Thun. With the Eiger directly to the south east, Grindelwald is not only enveloped in phenomenal views, but over 90km of hiking paths for all abilities. The Schwarzer Lutschine River runs to the south of the main street, which adds to the idyllic feel. To the west of the Grindelwald Valley is the Lauterbrunnen Valley, unusually square in shape, and sculptured over time by glaciers. Here, you will find waterfalls that cascade over the entrance to caves, as well as more hiking paths and the village of Wengen.

    Places of interest in the Bernese Oberland:
    • Jungfraujoch – the ‘top of Europe,’ this is the highest railway station in Europe, at 3,454m above sea level, and is accessible via a narrow cog railway
    • Aletsch Glacier – the longest glacier in Europe
    • First – hiking routes from First will take you to Schwarzhorn, Grosse Scheidegg, the Upper Glacier, Lake Bach, Faulhorn, or back to Grindelwald in under three hours each way; a longer hike of over five hours will take you to Schynige Platte
    • Upper Glacier – accessible on foot in an hour and a half, or by postbus, with ice grottoes naturally decorated with ice bubbles that create colourful patterns; a track and a series of wooden ladders from the grottoes allow you to walk alongside the ice
    • Glacier Gorge – within walking distance of Grindelwald
    • Cable cars in the local area facilitate access to Pfingstegg and the local mountain summits
    • Pfingstegg – offers the option of shorter hiking trails and access to the Lower Glacier
    • Yodelling Festival – held in Grindelwald in July each year
    • Staubbach Falls, outside Lauterbrunnen
    • Trummelbach Falls – best viewed from inside the mountain, where the water is illuminated; rocks have been sculpted by the huge amount of water
    • Schilthorn – at 2970m, the Schilthorn offers fantastic views across the mountains and valleys below, and the summit can be reached by the Stechelberg cable car; it was here that the famous scenes from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were filmed
    • Piz Gloria Restaurant – a revolving restaurant set on the hiking path up to the summit of Birg; breaks up the long hike
    • Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – head to Thun, Brienz, or Interlaken to begin a lake cruise
    • St Beatus Caves – impressive rock formations and a museum lie within
    • Harder Kulm – a funicular railway takes you up past the panoramas on the way to the summit
    • Chasdorfli – this dairy near Hoheweg offers demonstrations during the summer for visiting groups
    • Big Pintenfritz – Europe’s longest toboggan run

    Local sports suggestions:
    • Hiking and walking along the many hiking trails
    • Water sports – Interlaken, Faulensee, Darligen, and Gunten are good destinations for water sports
    • Tobogganing outside Interlaken

    The abundance of available activities, from exploring picturesque villages to scenic walks and hiking, will ensure that each of your days in the Bernese Oberland is unique and memorable. This seven night rail holiday allows you to make the most of this variety and get to know the region in-depth.

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    Hotel Information

    As part of this single centre rail touring holiday, we include a seven night stay at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald. Other options in the Bernese Oberland are available on request, and additional nights can be added here or in other destinations.

    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
    A five star property in the chocolate box village of Grindelwald, the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof is an authentic and charming option in the Bernese Oberland. Jagged icy mountains and towering pine forests provide an imposing and sublime backdrop to the very traditional main hotel building, adorned with Swiss flags, red shutters, and carved wooden balconies. Flanking this grand, authentic chalet are several smaller luxury chalets, connected to each other and to the main building by underground passageways, which are built out of modern light wood, and house bright, contemporary guestrooms within. ‘Mittellegi,’ ‘Ostegg,’ and ‘Rotstocki,’ are the affectionate names of these chalets, which can be booked as a whole for large groups, or by floor for couples or families seeking large suites. In Chalet Rotstocki, look out from your Superior Suite furnished in cutting-edge Italian design onto the Eiger North Wall and its neighbouring mountain peaks. In the main ‘Residence’ hotel building, the rooms have a much more traditional air. Rich fabrics and colours contrast the neutral palette of the chalets. Wooden furnishings, all of which have been beautifully finished, sit beside plush, regal armchairs and coffee tables topped with fruit baskets. Those travelling with children and who still prefer the traditional style have the option of the two or three bedroom suites in the ‘Residence.’ The Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof has three main restaurants, the Schmitte, the Gaststubli, and the Alpterrassen. Each has its own unique character. Schmitte serves a varied a la carte menu in a colourful setting, and is represented in the Michelin guide by three forks. Gaststubli serves very authentic and hearty Grindelwald and Bernese Oberland specialities in a homely dining room reminiscent of the famous Swiss stublis. The Alpterrassen restaurant serves a complimentary mix of regional and international dishes in a very light and airy setting. In the summer, guests can also dine in the Schweizerhof Gardens, or on the romantic terrace. Hot drinks, aperitifs, and cocktails are served in the Hotel Bar throughout the day. The specially crafted Swiss wood seen on the exterior and in the rooms is used again in the bar to create the warm, welcoming feel of a mountain lodge. The Schweizerhof Spa is a chic haven of tranquillity, centred around the relaxing pool. Whirlpools and saunas, with atmospheric mood-lighting, are tucked into steamy corners, and indulgent massages and beauty treatments are administered in private treatment rooms. With two different hotel styles, which both channel two aspects of Swiss culture, the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof has something to offer each of its guests. Luxurious accommodation, food, and spa facilities come together to create a truly special five star hotel.
    Click here to find out more about the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof. 

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    By Rail to the Bernese Oberland Map 

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

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