Featured holiday Bernese Oberland winter snowshoe holiday Switzerland

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided, winter snow-shoe walking holiday based in the stunning Bernese Oberland. Spend a week in the pretty Swiss village of Grindelwald, which sits below the dramatic north face of the Eiger, exploring the snow trails in the surrounding mountains. Cross-country skiing is also possible here.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Zurich return, economy, and return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Bernese Oberland winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Highlights

• Choice of several snowshoe trails • Take the train to the Jungfraujoch • Views of the Eiger in the snow • Visit Interlaken

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,415 by air and rail

£2,470 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £300 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £155 per person.

Bernese Oberland winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,415 by air and rail

£2,470 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £300 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £155 per person.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
● Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in Grindelwald, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Snowshoe walks in Grindelwald

Wetterhorn trail

Wetterhorn trail (easy) – Grindelwald Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes, distance: 4 km This trail begins and ends at Hotel Wetterhorn which is easily reached by bus from Grindelwald train station. The trail snakes through snowy meadows and woodlands towards the Grosse Scheidegg pass. Begin the trail at the “Upper Glacier” car park. Take in the view over the Grindelwald-First, the Schynige Platte and the Grosse Scheidegg pass. The route then branches to the right passing through snowy fields towards Weidli. After your first ascent, you will reach Ischboden hut. Pause to sample local produce if the hut is open and enjoy the view of the Eiger. After a short downhill, you will approach the final ascent to the highest point of the trail, Unter Lauchbühl before returning to your starting point.

Aspen trail

Aspen trail (medium) – Grindelwald Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes, distance: 4.3 km Begin the trail on the Aspen, passing over snowy meadows up to Moosgaden. The route then climbs parallel to the ski slope until you reach the forest road continuing towards the lower part of Itramenwald forest. At the Vorsassi, the track splits towards Holenstein and Brandegg. Take the path towards Holenstein which continues through Itramenwald forest for about 1.5 km. The trail then takes you over snowy meadows until you reach the forest road again. The route is very flat from here in the Waldstagel area and you will end at Holenstein middle station.

Mühlebach trail

Mühlebach trail (easy) – Grindelwald Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes, distance: 2.83 km Begin this trail at the reformed church of Grindelwald. The track travels over gentle hills and through small gullies to Hotel Wetterhorn. Take in the view from the Schwarzhorn over the Gemsberg to the Grosse Scheidegg. The trail ends at upper Grindelwald glacier and is suitable for beginners.

Panorama trail

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes, distance: 7.28 km The Panorama Trail begins at the Bussalp bus station where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Bernese Alps. After crossing the Bussalpbach stream, the path forks to the right and ascends to the Steessiboden area via Paffenegg. A highlight is the spectacular views of the Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn. The descent will take you through snowy meadows to Spätenboden and on to Restaurant Rasthysi. The trail then goes through Holewand to the Nodhalten area before reaching the end point, the First – Waldspitz – Bort sledging run.

Eiger trail

Eiger trail (easy) – Grindelwald Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes, distance: 5.38 km This marked trail offers remarkable views of the north face of the Eiger and leads over open landscape, past alp huts towards Hubelwald forest. The trail twists towards the Tschuggen ski piste continuing the forest path to the Brandegg mountain restaurant.

Leiterhorn Trail (easy) – Wengen

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, distance: 5.17 km This reasonably flat trail begins in Wengen and leads via Ledi to Hunnenfluh. Enjoy views of views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley over Lütschental and Interlaken. Snowshoes are required from Hunnenfluh before you start the ascent for 20 – 30 minutes through the woodland to Leiterhorn. Admire views of Wengen and the Jungfrau. There’s a striking view of an almost 700m vertical drop to Zweilütschinen. Return via Ussri Allmi and Flielenboden down a wooded pathway to Wengen.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,415 by air and rail

£2,470 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £300 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £155 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Bern and Interlaken to Grindelwald. It is also possible to use flights into Basel or Geneva. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and then connect onto regional services via Interlaken to Grindelwald.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in Grindelwald, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,415 by air and rail

£2,470 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £300 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £155 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Bern and Interlaken to Grindelwald. It is also possible to use flights into Basel or Geneva. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and then connect onto regional services via Interlaken to Grindelwald.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in Grindelwald, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Holiday prices

Holiday prices
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Date By air and train By rail
3 Jan 2021-14 Feb 2021 £2,415 £2,470
15 Feb 2021-21 Feb 2021 £2,675 £2,730
22 Feb 2021-12 Apr 2021 £2,545 £2,600

Supplements
Supplements are per person in total
Description Date By air and train By rail
First class rail 3 Jan 2021-12 Apr 2021 £155 £300


Room upgrade supplements
Supplements are per person per hotel stay in total based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Hotel Description Date Price
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald Eiger view room 3 Jan 2021-12 Apr 2021 £224

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£2,415 by air and rail

£2,470 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £300 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £155 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Bern and Interlaken to Grindelwald. It is also possible to use flights into Basel or Geneva. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and then connect onto regional services via Interlaken to Grindelwald.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in Grindelwald, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Bernese Oberland winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Highlights of the Bernese Oberland

As a place of incredible natural beauty and the birthplace of skiing, the Bernese Oberland is a destination with a host of possibility for active and cultural activity. Essential to any visit to this region is the Jungfraujoch glacier, known as the Top of Europe, accessible via the narrow cog railway (Jungfraubahnen) up to the Jungfraujoch train station, standing at 3,454m above sea level. The Peak Walk suspension bridge, crossing between two peaks above Glacier 3000, reaches a thrilling 107m long and affords walkers magnificent views of the Matterhorn, the Mont Blanc Massif, the Eiger, the Monch, and Jungfrau. We also recommend visiting the area around Grindelwald, from which it is easiest to board a rail trip to Jungfraujoch, to see the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, and begin a hike or mountain walk through the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The adventure sports centre of Interlaken is perfect for lake swimming, boat cruises, hiking, biking, horse-riding, and water sports. One of the area's quirkier landmarks is the Big Pintenfritz, Europe's longest toboggan run, reaching 15km in length and descending a total of 1,631m.

Festivals in the Bernese Oberland

The festivals and celebrations in the Bernese Oberland tend to revolve around the prominence of winter sports, such as the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in Adelboden and the International Lauberhorn ski races in January; yet, during the summer and autumn months, there are many more that celebrate Swiss culture and tradition. Unique in the winter months, however, is the Belle Epoque week in Kandersteg, when the Belle Epoque era is embodied in a series of sporting and social events. In July and August, the Lake Thun Festival brings the peaceful lakeside alive with musicals and productions from all over the continent. In October, the AlpKultur Festival in Lenk im Simmental pays homage to all aspects of the region's traditions for a period of two weeks, with an Alpine festival, Hornussen tournaments (a type of Swiss ball game), and a range of interactive workshops.

Gastronomy in the Bernese Oberland

Like much of Switzerland, cheese makes up a large part of the regional food production. The Diemtigtal, in the west of the Bernese Oberland, is the largest Alpine cheese-making area in Switzerland, and so is the optimum place to visit an authentic mountain dairy. Many farms will serve breakfast or lunch alongside a cheese-tasting, or allow visitors to watch the cheese as it is made. The organic dairy on the Schwarzenberg Alp in the Wiriehorn area is one such as this. The AlpKultur Festival in Lenk in Simmental offers visitors the opportunity to briefly live life as a mountain farmer: helping with milking, cheese-making, looking after the animals, visiting farmsteads, and sleeping in the Alps.

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