Bern and the Bernese Oberland: Making Family Memories

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Kid-friendly fun in Switzerland's capital and big outdoors

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Family travel is a breeze in the relatively compact Bernese Oberland region, packed with typically excellent transport infrastructure and jaw-dropping wilderness views.

Lots to do in Bern

The best place to start a family tour is in Bern, a capital city that’s small enough to do on foot (or stroller) and close enough to the mountains and activities that make Bernese Oberland a byword for adventure.

Green spaces. In the city itself, the must-visit for young folk is the famous Bärenpark. Discover a wonderful 6000 sq-meter (64,583 sq. ft.) terraced space on the banks of the Aare River.

If you’re in the city in summer and you happen to chance upon a scorching-hot day, the fountains in the front of the Federal Parliament building are a magnet for little kids looking to cool off. Furthermore, the wonderful Marzili Pools down by the riverfront, with have picnic tables, kiosks and free entry.

Kids who love a bit of history will enjoy to the Bern Historical Museum, out at Helvetiaplatz. Moreover, the Einstein House museum may also appeal to older kids, although some scientific knowledge will help.

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Into the Bernese Oberland

Out of the city, you will find the best combination of information and entertainment at the Swiss Open-Air Museum at Ballenberg. Here the country’s vernacular architecture is re-created in one easy location.

Schynige Platte appeals to bigger kids due to its epic scenery (especially if you do the easy Panoramaweg walk) and 19th-century train. It’s an easy trip from Interlaken Ost station, and you can do iton the way to Grindelwald.

Grindelwald is an excellent place for family travel, with a range of activities and a spell-binding trip up to First, with its new First Cliff Walk by Tissot attraction. Above all, between Grindelwald and First, you’ll find Bort, with its fantastic playground made from local wood and free! Also, it has excellent views (and a nearby cafe-restaurant).

Summer Skiing and a Peak Walk

Close to the glitzy resort of Gstaad, Glacier3000 offers summertime skiing.  Discover also some fun distractions, like the Alpine Coaster (the world’s highest toboggan run) and dogsled rides (winter only).

That said, the big daddy of all non-snow sports attractions in the spine-tingling Peak Walk by Tissot. This suspension bridge between two peaks affords wonderful views of mountains near and far.

Booking Accommodation

To book a suitable hotel or other accommodation in or around Bern, you can use the map below, which shows current prices for hotels and apartments. If you wish to book further afield, then just enlarge the map (+/-) to see more properties or, if you have somewhere particular in mind, enter your preferred resort/town/village in the ‘Where are you going?’ box.


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