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Grand Tour of Switzerland

From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to bustling cities – the Grand Tour of Switzerland packs in an incredible number of sights.

Along the lines of such dream routes as Route 66 in the US, the Grand Tour combines Switzerland’s tourist highlights while showcasing the diversity of our country on a journey of discovery that covers more than 1,600 kilometres. The Grand Tour passes through the canton of Bern for a total of 208 kilometres taking you past numerous tourist attractions and hidden gems. Scenic Emmental
The loveliest way to see the mystery-enshrouded Emmental is on the country lanes that weave through the valley. The region is home to a host of exciting cultural and culinary attractions. Picturesque hamlets, landscaped gardens and extensive pastures bear witness to everyday rural life. At the Show Diary in Affoltern learn first hand about the production of the world-renowned AOC Emmentaler cheese. Follow this with a visit to the Kambly Experience Trubschachen.

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Charming Swiss Capital
The route takes you on to Bern, the economic centre and capital of the canton of Bern. Because of its largely unchanged medieval townscape, Bern was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1983. Enjoy a relaxing stroll as you explore the streets of Bern with their arcades and numerous quaint cafes. Pass the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and the imposing Cathedral (Münster) before a visit to the BearPark, home of three of the animals that serve as Bern’s symbol.

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Diverse Bernese Oberland
As you leave the urban area you come to the Interlaken holiday region, where the road skirts Lake Thun. From here you have views of the Niesen and enjoy some of the most impressive sights imaginable of the famous Bernese Oberland mountain panorama. Do be sure to take the very worthwhile side trip from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. For over a hundred years now, the Jungfrau Railway has been carrying passengers to Europe’s highest railway station at 3,454 metres above sea level or how about a discovery tour by motorcycle?

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Next, you come to the chalet village of Gstaad Saanenland. Gstaad might well be world famous, but there is still an atmosphere of peace and serenity at this resort with its traditional chalets and luxury boutiques. It is ultimately the simplicity and authenticity of the place that are its greatest luxury.

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Grand Tour of Switzerland

Insider Tips: Nature

Majestic peaks, wild gorges, thundering waterfalls and mystical moorlands – nature in the Bern offers fascinating contrasts and delightful diversity.

Insider Tips: History

Whether in the historic Old Town of Bern or on "The Story of Switzerland" tour - in Bern you will experience the history of the canton in a refreshingly lively way.

Insider Tips: Fine Dining

A homemade beer from the copper vat, a gigantic caquelon filled with fondue - in the Bern Region, food provides both an experience and a reminder of the local customs.