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Berner Alpen – on the foothills of the Alps

The Bernese Alps lies in the cantons of Bern and Wallis of Switzerland. It is a subgroup of Western Alps. In terms of glaciers, the Aletsch and Fiescherglestscher flowing are the longest rivers of ice and are in the south side of Bernese Alps in the Valais. The southern end of canton Berne has the tallest and famous peaks. The Finsteraarhon is of a height of 4274m, which is the highest peak.
Switzerland has four main languages. In Berner Alpen mostly Swiss-German (Alemannic) is spoken but the official language is German. English is also spoken but not by a majority of the population.

The nine Four-thousanders (mountain peaks), the Bernese Alps on the whole are as below:
• Finsteraarhorn, 4274 m
• Aletschhorn, 4195 m
• Virgo, 4158 m
• Monk, 4107 m
• Schreckhorn, 4078 m
• Gross Fiescherhorn, 4049 m
• Lauteraarhorn, 4042 m
• Gross Green Horn, 4043 m
• Behind Fiescherhorn, 4025 m

There are other major mountain peaks which are as below in order of height
• Glacial horn, 3983 m
• Eiger, 3970 m
• Ebnefluh ( Ebnefluh ) , 3963 m
• Agassizhorn, 3946 m
• Bietschhorn, 3934 m
• Gross Wannenhorn, 3905 m
• Small Fiescherhorn ( Ochs) , 3895 m
• Mittaghorn, 3892 m
• Nesthorn, 3822 m
• Schin Horn, 3797 m
• Lötschentaler Breithorn, 3785 m.
• Lauterbrunnen Breithorn, 3780 m
• Saddle horn, 3745 m
• Balmhorn 3698 m
• Wetterhorn, 3692 m

Cities and villages around to see:
• Interlaken –This is a higher ski village.
• Spiez — a town surrounded by picturesque scenery.
• Gimmelwald, it is a Swiss mountain village on a Cliffside.
• Grindelwald, this is a resort town in a valley.
• Lauterbrunnen,This is a town in the valley that leads to Murren and Gimmelwald.
• Murren This is a resort town in Lauterbrunnen valley.
• Some other are Thun, Gstaad, Wengen, Niederried, Kandersteg

Places to see :
• Kleine Scheidegg: It is a hotel and train station for the highest railway in Europe.
• The Jungfraujoch: Is the endpoint of the highest railway in Europe. In Jungfrau Mountain sledding on the glacier is done. The ice palace is beautiful. One can shop & dine in the complex built right into the side of the mountain. The train stops at view stations inside the mountain giving a view point to the glaciers.
• The Truemmelbach Waterfalls: The Truemmelbach Fall is the sole outlet for glacial melt in the area. The inside of the mountain can be accessed on foot using a lift. One can reach by bus to these falls.
• The Brienzer Rothornbahn: Train runs up the mountain overlooking Brienz, with fantastic views of the Brienzersee. It is also the last mountain railway in Switzerland to exclusively use steam engines (although they also have one diesel unit).
• Lake Cruises: The clarity of the blue water and stunning mountain scenery make cruising on either the Thunersee or Brienzersee is great.
• Cable cars: Another great thing to do is ride the many cable cars that cress-cross the valleys, providing awesome vantage points.
• Biking: One can rent a bike in Murren and ride down the valley. On way back up ride the cable car.
• Hiking: One of the best is hiking a mountain ridge parallel to the Brienzersee.
• Chair lift: 100s of chair lifts, gondola, funiculars, drag lifts, button lifts all over the Alps. They work in the winter and open in the summer for walkers and for viewing from top.
• Snow Train: The overnight snow train can be picked up in Waterloo, London to all the way to the Alps. It stops at stations local to various ski resorts.
• Walking: Walk to the hills and stay overnight in a tent if one wants and enjoy the view.
• Canoeing down the Ardeche River: This ride is very laid back and serene, fantastic scenery.

How to get there:
There are many transport links to the city of Berne by road, rail and air. Direct trains are available from Zurich and Geneva airports to the city.

By car: The city is linked both to the European long-distance E4 motorway.
Basel is 60 miles away; from Basel, take the A2, which connects to the A1 and the A6 for Berne. Zurich is a little less than 80 miles away; take the A3 and connect to the A1 just after Wettingen. Geneva is around a 1-hour, 30-minute drive from Berne via the A1.
Southern Switzerland and Italy can be reached via the Lötschberg Tunnel or the St Bernard road tunnel.

By air: Berne is connected by a small airport, Berne Belp from other major cities. This is six miles from the city centre. From Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Munich, Paris and Vienna there are a few international flights to and fro. The regular shuttle of buses and trains to the city from the airport, and taxis that are available outside the terminal can help with the transportation to reach Berne.
From Zurich and Geneva international airports, there are hourly trains to Berne. One can find more flights for Zurich and Geneva.

By rail: Berne connects to the international rail network. It is the only capital city in Europe which has the route of the three high-speed trains – TGV, ICE and Cisalpino. From Basel, every hour there are two quick trains. It takes below one hour to Berne. From Zurich also there are many trains with the journey of 1 hour. From Geneva there is a faster train every quarter to the hour and the journey will take about 2 hours.
There are trains from Paris (5-7 hours), Lausanne (5hours) also.
From Milan to Berne there are five trains a day, and the journey time is 3 to 4 hours.

By bus: Berne is on the Euro lines route and so bus is the best way to reach the place. There is one bus a day from Munich and services to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain. Buses can be used especially for reaching mountains.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Berne is summers which are generally mild and very pleasant around.
Mild summers: The best of the weather is in July and August and busiest in the place. The other time is June and September as weather is still pleasant and above all hotel prices are cheaper and tourists are less.
Cold winters: If one is interested in enjoying white snow Christmas, December to February would be the right time. It is rather important to know that temperature can fall below zero because of snow. It would nice to enjoy with a warm coffee and a view of snow falling. People also come in early February to Easter and enjoying skiing in the region.

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1 comment to Berner Alpen – on the foothills of the Alps

  • Gstaad is an area that is linked to high-class in regards to travel destinations. This picture postcard community is placed in several of the finest scenery found while offering lots of adventures.

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