A road trip across Switzerland, over mountain passes, through valleys and along lakes
An abundance of sights to see: explore Switzerland from the convenience of your car or motorbike on the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
1,643 kilometres, 22 lakes, 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 5 mountain passes: the Grand Tour of Switzerland puts Switzerland’s diversity on display. The tour’s route, which goes around Switzerland once and passes through its centre, offers a relaxing way to explore the different sights. The Grand Tour is also the world’s first road trip route which is in its entire length geared for electric vehicles. Along the way, there are 300 charging stations for electric vehicles. A Snack-Box with local delicacies is sold at 45 official points of sale and is ideal for gourmets. The many photo spots accentuate the different sights even more and invite visitors to capture the moment with a photograph.
A road trip across the Canton of Bern
The Canton of Bern also has an abundance of sights in store. The Grand Tour of Switzerland guides visitors from Gstaad via Bern to Trubschachen in the Emmental. A stop to stretch out and enjoy the views is always worthwhile. In Gstaad, visitors can wind down from everyday life, Interlaken trumps with the Jungfraujoch – including beautiful views of the UNESCO World Heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch – and the delightful cafés in Thun invite guests to linger. Bern’s Old Town has a lot to offer for fans of culture. The UNESCO World Heritage site boasts fountains with colourful figures, the cathedral “Bern Münster” and the famous “Zytglogge”, the city’s clock tower. The trip through the Emmental offers special delights for gourmets. A stop at the Emmentaler show dairy in Affoltern im Emmental is always worthwhile, and in Trubschachen, everything revolves around the Kambly biscuits.
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?
Next, you come to the chalet village of the Destination 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.
Stretch Neuchâtel – Bern
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.
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.
Stretch Bern – Zurich