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10 day trips from Bern
You have a free day and would like to explore not only the city of Bern but also the other highlights in the region? Then let’s go! From adventures in the mountains to relaxation on the water and culinary experiences, there’s plenty to discover in the canton of Bern. These are our recommendations.
Who doesn’t know the well-known Emmentaler cheese with the holes (which, by the way, are on average 3 cm in size). Discover an enticing world that’s all about Emmentaler cheese at the Emmental Show Dairy. Watch the cheesemakers at work and try your hand at making your own cheese.
If you enjoy being out on the open water, the Region of Bern is the place for you: there are countless water worlds to discover – from the river Aare to high waterfalls and magical gorges. Not to mention the many lakes, for example Lake Thun and Brienz in the Interlaken holiday region. One of the best ways to explore them is by boat, with views of castles, fishing villages and mountain panorama.
Icy air sweeps over your face, snow crunches underfoot, and the panorama almost takes your breath away: on one side the view of the Swiss Mittelland towards the Vosges, on the other the Aletsch Glacier, lined with four thousand metre peaks. On the Jungfraujoch, 3,454 metres above sea level, you are in a different world.
The Schilthorn – Piz Gloria is world-famous for its 360° revolving restaurant and as the setting for the classic Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Once on the summit, you can dive into the world of James Bond, enjoy a brunch or simply marvel at the view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Numerous mountain streams of the Engstligenalp join together to form the Engstligen Falls. These drop around 600 metres in height in two stages and offer a wonderful natural spectacle. A mule track along the cliff face gives visitors a close view of the waterfalls, which are among the largest ones in the Alps. The ascent can also be done on a via ferrata. Once at the top, you will be enchanted by the largest high-altitude plateau in Switzerland.
In the Fondueland Gstaad, it doesn’t get better than enjoying a fine fondue in the middle of the mountains, where fresh air and succulent herbs provide the basis for the excellent cheese. The Fondue Backpack is the perfect companion for this relaxing culinary excursion! Tip: Enjoy the national dish in one of the oversized fondue caquelons with a view of the mountains.
The northern shore of Lake Biel is intensively cultivated with vines. A leisurely hike among the vineyards from Biel/Bienne to La Neuveville will give you some insight into the work of the local vintners. The romantic panorama with views of the lake and St. Peter’s Island just adds to the ambience.
How about culture? The city of Bern offers a wide range of exciting museums. Are you interested in alpinism, history, art, or simply fun and games? Then discover the fascinating collections and exhibitions the museums of the city of Bern have to offer with the Bern Museum Card!