Bernese Oberland

Utterly entrancing in the still of early morning, with its perfect reflection of the white pyramid of Schreckhorn (4078m), this glacial lake is less than an hour's walk from the First cable-car top station, through high meadows brushed with wildflowers and chiming with cowbells.

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1. First Cliff Walk by Tissot

2.19 MILES

Next to Berggasthaus First at around 2200m, this new lookout platform, jutting out 45m into the void, provides heart-pumping views of the valley and…

2. Gletscherschlucht

4.03 MILES

Turbulent waters carve a path through this craggy glacier gorge. A footpath weaves through tunnels hacked into cliffs veined with pink and green marble…

3. Giessbachfälle

4.57 MILES

Illuminating the fir forest like a spotlight in the dark, the misty Giessbachfälle plummet 500m over 14 rocky ridges. Europe’s oldest funicular, dating to…

4. Alpengarten

5.35 MILES

Atop the Schynige Platte plateau, the Alpengarten nurtures 600 types of Alpine blooms, including snowbells, arnicas, gentians, anemones and edelweiss…

5. Männlichen

5.42 MILES

Rising between the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen Valleys, 2230m Männlichen has sensational views deep into the glaciated heart of the region. These are…

6. Schweizer Holzbildhauerei Museum

5.93 MILES

Homing in on the tradition of woodcarving in Brienz, this museum contains the prized collection of the Jobin workshop, which has been in business since…

7. Rothorn Bahn

6.03 MILES

This is the only steam-powered cogwheel train still operating in Switzerland, climbing up to Rothorn at 2350m, from where you can set out on hikes or…

8. Brunngasse

6.05 MILES

In town, mosey down postcard-perfect Brunngasse, a curving lane dotted with stout wooden chalets, each seemingly trying to outdo its neighbour with window…