Get ready for a walk of a life time as this region undoubtedly has the views of views. Snow-capped Swiss alp mountains as a back drop and villages that look like they have come straight out of a fairy tale. We came across this region many years ago and have recommended to many. In all cases we have suggest that they will want to stay longer than first planned, we were right. This is truly a magical place for the senses and the alpine air will refresh and invigorate.
Expect to be excited as you will be walking some of the magnificent scenery you have seen on your travels to Interlaken.
Day 1 – Arrive Interlaken
Interlaken is a well-known tourist destination located in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. It is easily accessible by train from both Zurich (2hrs 15mins) and Geneva (3hrs) – both involve one change of train usually in Bern. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. It is surrounded by the three mountain peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
Day 2 – Interlaken – Faulhorn
Today starts with a spectacular train ride from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte with dramatic views of the mountains – Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau along the journey. A spectacular walk awaits to Faulhorn along the high route to the mountain guesthouse atop the peak, where you are rewarded with magnificent 360o views. The fabulous historical hotel provides mountain accommodation at its best as not much has changed in 180 years.
If you want to experience remoteness in Europe, then here it is. As the highest hotel in Europe is basic but offers traditional hospitality, food and of course the incredibly rewarding views.
(Note: No luggage transfer is included today, due to the remoteness of Berghotel Faulhorn. A great experience).
Walk: 11 km, 4.5hrs, 800m ascent / 100 m descent
Overnight: Berghotel Faulhorn – DB&B
Day 3 – Faulhorn – Grindelwald
Today’s walk heads down from the mountain to your destination of Grindelwald. You first walk to Lake Bachsee – a famous sight with a backdrop of the Wetterhorn peak. From here you can walk down to Grindlewald with fabulous views over to the north face of the Wetterhorn – one of the most difficult walls to climb in the Alps (don’t worry you don’t need to climb it). Alternative options are available to reduce the time via cable car, zip line, tricycles and scooters or a combination of them.
Walk: 20 km, 6 hrs, 100m ascent / 1750m descent (Options available to reduce walk time)
Overnight: Grindelwald B&B
Day 4 – Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg
Today you climb quite a steep ascent with striking views across to the Eiger which towers above your head. It is worthwhile taking the short detour to visit the impressive gorge called Gletscherschlucht. You can join the train for sections to Kleine Scheidegg at a few stations along the way, if need be. Today, you have spectacular views across to the North Face of the Eiger.
Walk: 10 km, 4.5 hrs, 1140m ascent / 100m descent
(Options available to reduce walk time)
Overnight: Kleine Scheidegg DB&B*
*It is possible to upgrade (at a supplement) at Kleine Scheidegg to a first-class hotel – contact us for details.
Day 5 – Kleine Scheidegg – Murren
Today you walk to Murren via the famous Tummelbach Falls.
(Tummelbach Falls – ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside a mountain made accessible by a tunnel-funicular, built 1913 or stairs)
Note- This track is very step in places and also negotiates some very exposed spots. It is recommended if you suffer from vertigo or the ground is wet that you bypass this section an alternative route will be provided.
Once at Tummelbach falls you can elect to walk to Lauterbrunnen for a quick visit to the highest waterfall of the region before the walk up to Murren (Cable car option available). The village of Murren will be your base for the next 2 nights. A traditional village which is completely free of cars. This beautiful little village and the surrounding scenery will confirm that you are in Switzerland.
Walk: 14km, 5.5hrs, 720m ascent / 1250m descent
Overnight: Murren – B&B
Day 6 – Today can be a rest day or we suggest taking the cable car up to the Schilthorn, weather permitting, which has become famous all over the world as its where the James Bond Film ‘On her majesty’s secret service’ was filmed. A revolving restaurant and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains awaits. Alternatively, you can take a number of short walks around beautiful Murren.
Overnight: Murren – B&B
Day 7 – Back to reality
You can take the train from Murren to Grutschalp where a cable car runs down to Lauterbrunnen. If you did not have the time to visit here on day 6, we suggest you take the time today to explore this beautiful village with its towering water fall. From Lauterbrunnen continue on the train to Berner Oberland Bahn to Interlaken Ost where the trains now connect to Bern and onwards to Basel of Zurich/Geneva.
- Detailed Route Notes
- Tour is exclusive to your group
- Information on the Villages/Towns/Cities and surrounding area
- Accommodation 6 nights
- Multi fit SIM card, including data for your phone
- Luggage transfers (apart from day 2 as not required)
- Any scheduled transfers as per Trip Notes
- Emergency support
- 2 Dinners
- Train transfer Day 2
What’s not included:
- All meals not mentioned above
- Lunch and Dinners not mentioned above
- Any entrance/park fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses along the way
- Any train / bus rides in case of bad weather or for shortcuts – we can help with shortcut ticket options, where available and on request
Costs for 2020
Interlaken to Murren
7 days / 6 nights
$1716 AUD per person (2 – 3 people)
$1673 AUD per person (4 – 5 people)
$1630 AUD per person (6 – 8 people)
Getting to Interlaken
Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and can be accessed by the following transport:
By Air – You can either fly into Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport (both in Switzerland). Many low cost and charter airlines fly from both the UK and Europe.
From Zurich – You can take a train from Zurich to Interlaken – (approx. 2hr 15mins, usually involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.
From Geneva – You can catch a train from Geneva to Interlaken – (approx. 3hrs usually, involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.
Tours run from May to October 2020.
No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.