The Bernese Alps can be found in the western part of Switzerland. Parts of it are located in Fribourg, Valais and Vaud. They are in the Bernese Oberland region of Bern canton. They extend from Saint – Maurice to the River Reuss passing through Rhone, Lake Geneva, and Grimsel Pass. Of all the mountain ranges, the longest is the Alectsch. Many peaks are about the height of 3650 m (12,000 feet). The highest are the Finsteraarhorn, Jungfrau and Aletschhorn.
History of the Alps
The first ever settlers in the Alps were the Romans. They settled around water bodies like the lakes and rivers. They were either traders or hunters. Development was seen in the High middle ages when various villages came up along with churches and various centers. The rule of Burgundy was first found here and was followed by Zahringen. After them many barons ruled over the Alps. By the 19th century most of the part was developed and gave rise to tourism due to the development of transportation links, hotel industry and cable cars.
Why Visit Bernese Alps
The Bernese Alps provide excitement in any season of the year. What attracts tourists to the place is of course the natural beauty that lays spread for thousands of miles. You simply cannot have enough of the snow capped mountains, the valleys, forests and the blue sky above.
The attractions vary and you can go to the mountain excursion, the city excursion or visit a number of places that are very prominent and a must see by visitors. Various events are also organized here for tourists so that they can know the culture and the tradition and lifestyle of the people living here.
There are 9 destinations where tourists can enjoy and visit the scenic towns and villages along with the sparkling lakes that can be found nowhere in the world. Some of the attractive places are Gstaad, Zweisimmen, Adelboden-Frutigen and Interlaken. The panorama is quite stunning and Lake Thun region is where most tourists love to start their journey.
The mighty Jungfrau
The Jungfraujoch is a col or saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps on the boundary between the cantons of Bern and Valais, and is the the lowest point on the mountain ridge between Mönch and Jungfrau, at 3,466 meters (11,371 ft). The Jungfraujoch railway station, at an elevation of 3,454 meters (11,332 ft) is the highest railway station in Europe and is connected to the Top of Europe building. (Source: Wiki)
What not to miss in the Bernese Alps
There is no dearth of activities in the Bernese Alps. You can enjoy multitude of sports that can be played on the mountains or water or anywhere else. Here you can get the best facilities as it is a world renowned holiday destination.
Here you can explore the wildlife as well as the city life, which is as much exciting. The climate around the Lakes like the Brienz and Thun are great for all types of water sports. One can indulge in dialing, swimming, windsurfing, diving amidst the eye candy natural surroundings. You can also hire a cruise that will then take you to one beautiful spot to another.
For those who love adventure can take up mountain biking, Paragliding, skydiving, bungee jumping or white water rafting as well. Everything is well planned and you get to enjoy what you have paid for. Besides, skiing is the main attraction here and you simply cannot miss the fun that can be had here in the Alps.
Bernese Alps are a very popular destination for the whole year. Therefore, one has to book hotel rooms in advance. This place comes with all types of accommodations ranging from high-end hotel to budget rooms. You can choose according to the view provided or the proximity to a certain area or city. Most of the hotels offer sports facilities and all kinds of reservations as well. There are restaurants in the hotel, along with guest kitchen, coin laundry, bar, grocery store etc. You can enjoy intercontinental food and special menus at most of the hotel restaurants.