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Slow Travel Google Map: Switzerland, Berner Oberland

Author: Pauline
Notes: January 2007: The mountains towns of the Berner Oberland and the Valais, including the cantons of Berne, Obwalden, Vaud and Valais.

Towns

Bern - Interlaken

Well known town situated between two lakes at the base of the Bernese Oberland. If you do not want to stay in the mountains, this is a good place to base yourself.

Villages

Bern - Adelboden

Pretty village at the end of a valley near Kandersteg. The train does not go to this village.

Bern - Grindelwald

A beautiful, good sized, mountain town which gets a lot of tourists in the summer, but is well-worth visiting. It is one of my favorite towns in Switzerland. We have been there a few times. Great walking, lots of shops and restaurants. This is a good base for seeing the Eiger and the Jungfrau.

Bern - Gstaad

A famous ski resort that is also a great place in the summer. It is a beautiful town with lots of restaurants and shops. Nearby Saanen, where we spent two weeks, is smaller and also charming. There are many easy to reach small towns in this area. Excellent hiking - this is my current favorite spot is Switzerland.

Bern - Kandersteg

A small town at the end of a valley. We spent two weeks here. Very good hiking - many low level walks as well as higher hikes. The train goes from Kandersteg, through a long tunnel, and comes out in the Valais. You can put your car on this train.

Bern - Kiental

A small village up from the main valley that goes to Kandersteg. We spent a week here years ago at a Macrobiotic summercamp.

Bern - Lauterbrunnen

A village in a valley near Grindelwald. Many people love Lauterbrunnen, but I prefer Grindelwald as a base in this area. Grindelwald is on the side of the valley and seems brighter to me. Lauterbrunnen is deeper in the next valley.

Bern - Lenk

A village in a small valley off the main valley that goes to Gstaad. We spent a few nights here. Nice hiking, but not as much as in Gstaad.

Bern - Meiringen

Famous for the fictional setting of a Sherlock Holmes novel. Lovely town with good hiking. We have not stayed here (yet).

Bern - Murren

Village perched on the edge of a mountain looking down on Lauterbrunnen.

Bern - Wengen

Village perched on the edge of a mountain looking down on Lauterbrunnen. From Grindelwald, you take a sky ride up and then down to Wengen, or you can take the train.

Obwalden - Engelberg

In my mind this is the unofficial start of the Bernese Oberland. We spent a week here and loved it. Charming town and good hiking. The Swiss Alpine Pass walk starts here. You can do a day hike from Engelberg to Meiringen (and take the train back).

Valais - Saas Fee

Ski village in a valley off the valley to Zermatt. We have not stayed here, but did a day trip. It looked like the hiking would be more difficult than in Zermatt. The train does not go to Saas Fee.

Valais - Val d'Anniviers

Grimentz, a village in the Val d'Anniviers, a beautiful valley in the Valais. It is similar to the Val d'Heren.

Valais - Val d'Herens

Evolene, a village in a beautiful valley with interesting small villages. This is not a ski area, so the villages are not developed.

Valais - Verbier

Village up in the mountains on the south side of the Rhone valley, near the road to the St. Bernard pass. We have not been here, but will visit in 2007.

Valais - Zermatt

Famous ski resort and tourist town at the foot of the Matterhorn. Good hotels and restaurants. Full of tourists, but still lots of fun. No cars allowed - park in a town 10km away and take the train. Good hiking.

Vaud - Leysin

Ski resort in the mountains south of Gstaad, near the Valais, close to Lake Geneva. We will be here summer 2007.

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