From one highlight to the next, via the region’s mountain passes
The passes in the Bernese Oberland are much more than just link stations. At a height of up to 3,466 metres, they offer hikers unique views and experiences.
The Brünig Pass not only leads from the Bernese Oberland to Obwalden and back, but is also the venue of the national Swiss wrestling sport “Brünigschwinget”. Hikers consider what is in a name on the Gemmipass. Whether this name is derived from “chemin”, path, or “gémir”, sigh, will probably remain an eternal mystery. The ten-kilometre descent is without doubt a trail that one should have trodden.
Travelling passes becomes an experience
The Grimselpass, the north side of which is home to three reservoirs and a rock laboratory, is also worth a side trip. Motorcycle and cross-country skiing fans, on the other hand, should visit the Gurnigel. The Susten Pass is a place of superlatives: the pass road is 46 kilometres long and part of the Alpenbrevet. Visitors to the Jungfraujoch venture out at a height of just under 3,500 metres. The lowest point in the connecting ridge from Mönch and Jungfrau is the ideal starting point for excursions to the Aletsch Glacier, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, or to the Ice Palace.
Picking up pace
At Mont Crosin, guests can look at Switzerland’s first wind farm. Those who want to travel the route somewhat faster can simply hire a scooter. The Schnidejoch and Col de Pierre Pertuis lead far back into the past. The latter already played an important role in Roman times, while the Schnidejoch is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Here there is also the Wildhornhütte, which offers hikers a chance to take a welcome rest.