The Canton of Berne is like a miniature Switzerland: to the north, the Jura chain and the vineyards of the Three Lakes region; to the south, the Alps with their wild peaks, some of which are over 4,000 metres high. In between, the Swiss Plateau, or Mittelland, and the Pre-Alps. And of course the magnificent city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.
Swiss capital of sugar, where sugar beets of the whole country are transformed, Aarberg has kept an old town with a covered wooden bridge built in 1566 giving access to a vast market place where good restaurants abound. A sweet stopover!
Adelboden is a traditional Swiss mountain village on a terrace looking south to the Engstligen waterfalls. A hiking and winter sports paradise: 200 km of hiking trails in summer, from family walks to alpine routes, and in winter ski runs and cross-country ski trails.
1,542 m (5,059 ft) above the sea, a beautiful area for easy hikes around the lake as well as for mountain treks. Mountain restaurant with terrace and lake view. Toll road (CHF5.00) from Feutersoey above Gstaad, open usually mid-May till end of October.
A stroll through the past: more than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional gardens and fields, local crafts and special events for a vivid impression of Swiss rural life in days gone by.
Capital of Switzerland, a modern city with a picturesque old town enclosed within a meander of the Aare river. It is in Bern that the German physicist Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity.
Biel / Bienne
The biggest bilingual town of Switzerland, headquarter of the Swatch Group and manufacturer of the Rolex watch movements, lies on the shore of Lake Biel, at the foot of the Jura mountain range.
This picturesque village lies on the eastern, upper shore of the turquoise-hued Lake Brienz. It is famous for its romantic cobblestone-paved Brunngasse and a longstanding wood carving tradition.
This little town is the gate to the Emmental valley, production area of one of the most famous cheese of Switzerland. Overlooked by a picturesque medieval castle, its old city is really worth the visit.
Büren an der Aare
A medieval town dating back to the 13th century, Büren an der Aare is located as its name suggests along the Aare, in the navigable part of the river, between Biel and Solothurn. Beautiful old town and covered wooden bridge, rebuilt in the old style after an arson in 1989.
Cerlier / Erlach
Erlach (Cerlier, in French) is located on Lake Biel (lac de Bienne) at the end of the long tail of St Peters Island (Ile St-Pierre - St. Petersinsel). A very nice village surrounded by vineyards and an ideal starting point for a hike on the island.
1,607 m above sea level, one of the highest summits of the Jura Mountains. Overlooking Lake Biel (Bielerseee), it is a wonderful starting point for hikes in a preserved environment, with breathtaking views of the Jura mountain range, the lake and, way south, the snow-covered majestic Alps.
It's in Frutigen you'll see the northern portal of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, currently the world's longest land tunnel. Its geothermal energy powers a tropical greenhouse producing exotic fruits, sturgeon meat and caviar!
An incredible cascade near Brienz, in the Bernese Oberland, in a fairytale setting. Saved by the Swiss ecologist Franz Weber, it's a really beautiful place for a small hike in the forest and in the park of a historic hotel.
The Grimsel is a Swiss high mountain pass, 2,165 m above sea level, connecting the Haslital (upper valley of the Aar river, in Bernese Highland) to the Rhone Valley, in Valais. It is situated near the source of the Rhone River.
Gstaad is located in the south-west of Switzerland, right on the border with the French-speaking part of the country. It is one of the most famous touristic destinations of Switzerland, in winter as well as in summer.
Gsteig bei Gstaad
The village of Gsteig, protected as a Cultural Heritage, lies above Gstaad in the valley of the Saane, on the road to Pillon Pass leading to Les Diablerets, surrounded by the Diablerets mountain range and the Sanetsch region.
A holiday resort rich in tradition, in the heart of the Swiss Prealps, between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and North of three famous peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau. A starting point for many hikes in a most breathtaking landscape.
1509 m over sea level, the Jaun Pass connects the German-speaking village of Jaun, in Gruyère (Fribourg Prealps), to the village of Reidenbach, in Simmental (Simme River Valley, Berne Prealps).
Situated along the valley of the Kander River, west of the Jungfrau area, Kandersteg is famous for its spectacular alpine landscapes. All year round, it's a mecca for hiking and mountain climbing as well as, in winter, for downhill and cross-country skiing.
Many mountain passes connect north and south of the Alps, but most are not accessible by car. Loetschberg Tunnel car shuttle train, between Kandersteg and Goppenstein, is the only connection open all year long between Bern and Valais.
A small town in Upper Aargau, crossed by the river Langeten, a tributary of the Aare. Upper Aargau is the north-eastern part of the canton of Bern, bordering the cantons of Solothurn, Aargau and Lucerne.
A proud medieval castle, that can be visited and even rented, an old town full of charm... Close to the canton of Fribourg, where the Sense river flowing from the Prealps flows into the Aare river, the little Bernese city of Laupen is full of nice surprises to those who dare to take the small roads of Switzerland...
High in the Simmental Valley, at the foot of the Wildstrübel massif, lies the village of Lenk, a nice winter sports and summer hikes destination. A paradise for families and nature lovers!
Deep in the Bernese Oberland, at the foot of 3 Alpine passes, the village near the Reichenbach waterfall where, according to Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes won his last battle against the devilish Dr Moriarty.
Mont-Soleil (Sun Mountain), just north of the little town of Saint-Imier, could be nicknamed Windy Mountain too: on this nice Jura summit, you'll see many wind turbines and solar cells. It's the most important r&d power plant of Switzerland for photovoltaic and eolian energy production.
Neuveville (La)
Points of interest of this historical city are the Schlossberg Castle, the city walls, the military defence towers, and the white church. Burgundian cannons captured by the Swiss after the Battle of Grandson in 1476 are today housed in the historical museum, which features one of the largest collections of medieval artillery in the world.
An alpine lake above Kandersteg, in the Bernese Oberland. A fishing spot where you'll find arctic char, lake trout and rainbow trout. A family hike too, as you can go there with a gondola lift from Kandersteg, then with a 20-minute walk.
When crossing the linguistic border, the Pays-d'Enhaut valley changes name and becomes the Saanenland (or Gessenay in French). The village of Saanen is the capital of this area and - believe it or not - nearby Gstaad is just a village among others in the Township of Saanen!
A town in the Jura bernois (French-speaking part of Canton of Bern), in a valley between Chasseral and Mont-Soleil mountains. It's the hometown of the Longines watches, and the Breitling watchmaking company was founded there too. A very nice starting point for many hikes in the Jura mountains!
Nestled between hills and vineyards, dominated by a magnificent castle, a little town set in a beautiful landscape. Above Lake Thun, the Niederhorn mountain range stretches as far as the Bernese Alps and forms an impressive panorama.
At the lower end of Lake Thun, the gate to Bernese Oberland. The old town is situated about one kilometer from the lakeshore, on the river Aare, dominated by a beautiful 12th century castle hosting a history museum.
Twann / Douanne
A beautiful winegrowers village on Bielersee (Lake of Biel/Bienne), one of the three lakes at the foot of the Jura mountain range. Nice stopover to taste te wines!
Once a small fortified city organized around a central square, Wiedlisbach was subsequently divided into two sets of streets and an old tower, vestige of the ancient fortifications: the Städtli, main street, and the charming Hinterstädtli.
In summer, Zweisimmen offers you no less than 200 km of hiking trails... In winter, a cable car runs directly from the town center to a snow paradise offering 22 ski lifts and 124 km of groomed slopes in all degrees of difficulty.
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