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  • self guided walk
  • 7 nights in a 4* hotel
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1230GBP


Trip Code: HSM

Meiringen Centre-Based Trip highlights

  • Meiringen is the perfect centre for 6 days of walking for all grades
  • Hike Beneath the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau
  • Panorama's of the Swiss Alps
  • Lakes, Gorges, Glaciers and Dramatic Alpine Scenery
  • Wide choice of walks for all weather conditions & levels of fitness
  • Base yourself in a pleasant 4* hotel with wellness centre and unpack only once

This is a 'centre based' self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Alps. Unpack only once in our inviting, independent 4* hotel in Meiringen and choose from a wide selection of walks to undertake in the next 6 days. Getting around in Switzerland is so easy that you can fill your time with excellent day walks.

Meiringen is the perfect centre for walking holidays for all grades. There are over 300km of well-marked footpaths, which range from gentle strolls to high ridges and even glacier exploring. In spring you can follow the melting snows into meadows of glorious Alpine flowers. In summer the high ridges and rugged glacial scenery become accessible. In autumn the landscape is painted with a riot of colour as the first frosts come. The potential for walking is limitless and our team have prepared for you route notes, maps and GPX files for the best routes in the area. Come rain or shine and whatever level of fitness you prefer each day, there'll be a suitable route to choose from.

Meiringen has none of the trappings of mass tourism. It is a small market town with excellent shops, banks and facilities. Thankfully, it remains unspoiled and very Swiss. The local people are welcoming, kind and hospitable.

The Alpine town is a natural transport hub situated at the convergence of three of Switzerland’s major passes. From here it is possible to set out each day in a different direction using the incredible network of cable cars, postbuses and mountain railways. You can reach the high places quickly and easily without the necessity of long uphill climbs out of the valley.

*Meiringen is on the main railway line from Luzern to Interlaken and trains run to and from those towns on an hourly timetable. Interlaken is a 30-minute journey and Luzern is 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfers from Zürich airport are a pleasure with the last leg of the journey into the mountains possible on the spectacular narrow-gauge Brünig line. (Departures will vary as the Interlaken route is more direct). Meiringen is also the centre for Postbus routes in the Eastern Oberland.



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Make your own way to our 4* hotel in Meiringen: your base for the next eight days. This pleasant little town is excellent for a centre-based walking tour, being central to a lot of fine walks in the Bernese region. The Haslital, one of the large valleys in the Central Alps, stretches from the Grimsel Pass to the Lake of Brienz. Along this valley you will find Meiringen. The town suffered a disastrous fire in 1875 and there remains little except for the old church with archaeological remains lying underneath it and a mediaeval watchtower in the 'upper' part of the town. Meiringen is the home of the Meringue. There are a couple of bakeries along the 'high street' where these are much in evidence in all shapes and sizes. Meiringen is also known for the spectacular Reichenbach Falls into which Sherlock Holmes and his foe Moriarty, the master criminal, fell locked in each other’s arms. You can visit the 'Sherlock Holmes Museum' which is housed in the old Anglican church in the open area by the Park Hotel, which is itself a national monument. You may want to use a funicular railway to take you to the top of the Reichenbach Falls, otherwise it is a 30 minutes’ walk out of town. Accommodation: Hotel Alpbach - this 4* hotel has warmly furnished rooms with with free Wi-Fi, TVs and room service. Other amenities include a spa area with a sauna and a steam room, in addition to an upscale restaurant featuring 4 cozy, wood-panelled dining rooms, a bar and a terrace.

Meals:  D

Over six days there are many walks that you can choose from. We have prepared hiking routes of varying difficulty and length in the Meiringen and Bernese area. You will receive a set of route notes & GPX files with clear introductions to help you choose a walk for each day. The excellent local transport system enables you to shorten or lengthen the walks if you wish. Below are just a sample of the possible walks that are included in your route notes. You decide on your exact programme, which will vary according to weather conditions and your own preference each day. A) Hasliberg (Panorama Way). 12 km/7.5 miles, starting with a 10-minute train ride from Meiringen (600m) up to Brünig Pass (1100m) where the walk starts. Views stretch to the Bernese Oberland peaks and glaciers. This is an ideal introduction to the area in almost any weather. There is no need to carry a picnic for lunch if you want to try the “Rosti House” at Wasserwendi. After lunch, continue on the Panorama way to Reuti (1045m) and either take the cable car or walk through the forest down to Meiringen. B) Reichenbach Valley Circular Walk. Take the bus up to the little hamlet of Gschwantenmad. There is no rush to cover the first 5 km along the Reichenbach River to Schwarzwaldalp where you can have lunch in the cosy mountain restaurant. The standard fare is a cauldron of delicious goulash soup served with fresh crusty bread or a vegetarian alternative. Thus fortified, walk the circular route via Rosenlaui finishing at Kaltenbrunnen from where you take a bus or taxi back to Meiringen. This is a fabulous walk right in the heart of the mountains. The Wetterhorn north face dominates the skyline and the beautiful blue Rosenlaui Glacier towers above you. C) Hasliberg Heights. To gain initial height, take the cable car to Käserstatt (1524m) above Meiringen. Set out on the magnificent high-level walk across the Hasliberg. There is an option for lunch at Bidmi before completing the walk across the alpine meadows and descending through the forest to Meiringen. D) Across the Brünig Pass. 12 km/7.5 miles. Once more leave Meiringen by train, but this time over the Brünig Pass to the village of Lungern with its beautiful lake. The hiking route takes you up a steady gradual incline to the pass where there is the option of a restaurant lunch. There is a little more ascent through the forest after lunch before descending to Meiringen. E) Wengen to Kliene Scheidegg. Travel to the chic resort of Wengen by train and then walk up through the forest and pastures to the pass at Kleine Scheidegg. Return by train either to Wengen or Grindelwald. You can always opt to walk down rather than up or, for a longer day, walk up and down. There are great views towards the Eiger and Jungfrau from the Kleine Scheidegg. F) Have an easy day. Take a short local walk or travel further afield. Visit the city of Luzern or Bern by train or head up to the Jungfraujoch, or to the Piz Gloria of James Bond fame. G) Other possibilities near Meiringen include the Ballenberg open-air museum at Brienzwiler where you can see a variety of traditional farm buildings from all over Switzerland. There's also the beautiful old lakeshore town of Brienz, where you can sit at a waterside cafe and admire the view across the lake to the mountains of the Oberland. H) The Romantic Way. 15 km/9.3 miles. Take the postbus from Meiringen to climb on spectacular twisting roads to Grosse Scheidegg (2000m) at the heart of the mountains. The 12,000' peak of the Wetterhorn towers above and you'll have views of the north-face of the Eiger. During the walk there are spectacular views of the Rosenlaui Glacier. This is a gentle contouring walk, not at all strenuous. A visit to the Reichenbach Falls can be incorporated into the itinerary during the afternoon. I) Paradise Way. 17 km/10.6 miles. Head northeast on the bus to the picturesque mountain lake of Engstlenalp beneath the pass. From here walk all day through meadows of wonderful flowers and beneath rugged limestone crags where eagles nest. The grand panorama ahead is the Bernese Oberland Massif with literally hundreds of peaks and glaciers in view. The walk ends at the cable car station above Meiringen.

Meals:  B,D

Depart Meiringen by train for your onward journey.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX files of the walks will be emailed to you

  • Lunches & Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Water (tap or bottled) there is a charge for this, particularly if you order in the evening with your dinner
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday




We grade the tour as 'Moderate' (Grade 3), but in practice any day can be as easy or (up to a point) as hard as you care to make it. Day Stages: Anything from 2 to 8 hours or more - depending on your preference.

Departure dates

Daily from 15 May to 17 Oct


High Season
High season is from 18 Jun to 17 Sept. A supplement applies for high season departures.
5-day version available (code HPS) - or request a quote with us for your preffered length of stay.
Price per person is based on a twin-bedded room. If you prefer a double bed, there is an upgrade option for this.
It may be possible to travel with a start date of 9-16 June against a supplement, please enquire with us for further details.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade to a Double RoomGBP£170
  • Single/Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£270
*Prices listed are per person

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes it is easy to reach your accommodation in Meiringen. Fly in to Zurich from where there are hourly trains via Interlaken or Luzern - taking 2.5 to 3 hours.

Meiringen is a small town central to the Bernese Alps with good transport connections to a lot of different walks and other villages.

It is an independent, small 4*hotel in the quiet backstreets of Meiringen. With warmly furnished rooms with with free Wi-Fi and TVs and room service, it is a good place to relax.

Other amenities include a spa area with a sauna and a steam room, in addition to an upscale restaurant featuring 4 cozy, wood-panelled dining rooms and a bar. You can also sit with a drink on the outside terrace.

Some of the walks start or finish in Meiringen itself, but for most of the hikes you will need to take a train or bus to/from the start/end. Bus tickets are not included, so it is worth investigating rail discount cards before travelling.

Yes, it is possible to take the train up the Jungfraujoch. Please note however to reserve a very long day for this: it will take between 2hr30mins and 3hrs20mins each way to reach the station. This is not included in the trip.

Yes, we have prepared for you GPX files for all walks on this holiday in the Swiss Alps. Please note that GPS signals can be affected by mountains, gorges, forests and even rain.

No, this is a centre-based walking holiday in Meiringen. You will only have to unpack once and are based in the same, pleasant 4* hotel throughout your holiday.

The double rooms in our hotel in Meiringen are superior rooms while the twin rooms in this hotel are standard room types.

Meiringen Centre-Based Trip reviews

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