Lakes and mountains go together like strawberries and chocolate. And when it comes to both, the Bernese Oberland sparkles. Two of the most beautiful Alpine lakes are sitting smack dab in the middle of a wreath of mountains that soar up to over 4000 m (13.123 ft).
I never cease to be amazed by the stunning panorama that greets me when I drive from Bern to Thun. On a sunny day, the view to the famous trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau lets my jaw drop and my attention to traffic falls equally low. I have to force myself to keep my eyes on the road if I don't want to end up in the ditch or cause a tale behind me.
The Lake Thun Region is an ideal starting point to explore the Bernese Oberland. It offers a combination of city charm and natural wonders. Chill out on the lakes, immerse yourself in the magical mountain world, take a train, a funicular or gondola to one of the summits to enjoy the stunningly beautiful views or hike the lovely hills that surround the lakes.
In the Bernese Highlands, you've got the mild and the wild side by side: the climate around the Lakes of Thun and Brienz belongs to the mildest in the Swiss Alps. Ideal for all kinds of water sports, leisurely walks along the shores or to enjoy the scenery from one of the many lakeside outdoor cafés.
Then you've got the craggy beauty of the Alps where nerve-racking climbing, hiking amidst breathtaking scenery, paragliding or thrilling white water rafting adventures serves your need for the wild.
When you hear Bernese Oberland, you most likely think Jungfraujoch, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and maybe Gstaad. As beautiful and indescribably stunning these places are, there are even more equally beautiful corners to brag about.
All the side valleys leading away from Lake Thun are diverse and each has a little something different to offer:
As you can see on the map below, the Bernese Oberland (or Highlands) are centrally located in the western part of Switzerland. The region is easy reachable by public transport or by car.
If you stick around for more than three days, and you don't already have one of the Swiss Passes, check out the regional train passes:
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