The Lauterbrunnen Valley: regional geographic centerpiece of the Bernese Alps Switzerland — the Heart of Switzerland, and part of the Bernese Oberland World Heritage Site.
Photo looking south up the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the wall of north faces of the Bernese Alps copyright Home At First.
Explore Switzerland from Your Swiss Mountain Home in the
Heart of Switzerland — The Bernese Oberland
Home At First’s Bernese Oberland Region of Switzerland (the “Highlands of Bern”) is a mountainous region just west of the geographic center of Switzerland. The region is bordered on the south by an impressive range of vertical mountain walls fronting famous climbing peaks including Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and Blüemlisalp. This line of glaciated high peaks with forbidding north faces comprise the Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site, a UNESCO-designated landscape of awe-inspiring natural beauty: the formidable 4,000-meter-high Bernese Alps.
THE BERNESE ALPS ARE CHEESE ALPS. THESE MIGHTY HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC — COWBELLS.
Swiss Cheese — The mountains of the Bernese Oberland are cheese alps. Their grassy slopes are the prime meadows for grazing Braun Swiss and Simmental cows that famously roam the heights, filling the valleys with the cacophony of their large bells, and producing fat-rich milk that alpine farmers transform into richly-flavored cheese: alpine alchemy.
The cheese, potatoes, pork, veal, beef, and vegetables of many small alpine farms make up the staple cuisine of the Bernese Oberland and the hearty, delicious fare found on restaurant menus through the region. Cheese is made throughout alpine Switzerland. Here in the Bernese Alps the local mountain cheese can be purchased in local dairy stores and groceries. Visitors also enjoy buying fresh mountain cheese at the source when hiking past alpine dairy farms.
Home At First’s Heart of Switzerland — The Bernese Oberland —
How it Works: Locations & Lodgings in Alpine Villages
HOME AT FIRST’S BERNESE OBERLAND LODGINGS: CLASSIC CHALET APARTMENTS WITH FABULOUS BALCONY VIEWS, LIKE THESE IN KANDERSTEG.
Explore Switzerland from your own Swiss mountain home in the Heart of Switzerland — The Bernese Oberland.
Home At First guests in the Bernese Oberland have their own chalet apartments in either of two chocolate-box-pretty alpine villages. Located in the heart of Switzerland, these villages make excellent bases for exploring the Bernese Oberland and beyond into other regions of Switzerland.
Equipped with our exclusive New Swiss Dream Book activity guide and using the Swiss Travel Pass (valid for transport throughout Switzerland on intercity trains, postal buses, city transit, the lake boats of the Bernese Oberland), you explore Switzerland independently, taking day-trips throughout much of Switzerland and even into northern Italy.
After full days of exploring and activity, you return to your cozy Swiss chalet apartment in your delightfully homey Swiss village each evening. Our two Bernese Oberland lodging locations are picture-postcard villages providing peace, beauty, transportation, and all the services you need for a safe, independent, relaxing visit to Switzerland.
Where in the Heart of Switzerland are the chalet apartments? What are they like?
Home At First‘s vacation chalet apartments are located in two chocolate-box-pretty alpine villages in two different areas of the Bernese Oberland in two picture postcard alpine villages sequestered from tourist throngs: Kandersteg and Mürren.
Both locations are outdoorsy: deservedly popular with skiers, hikers, and climbers. Both villages are also cheese producing, their alpine meadows alive with the joyful noise of cowbells and small cheese farms where you can see cheese made traditionally, and buy cheese from the producers.
All Home At First Bernese Oberland apartments have English-speaking hosts either on-site or available nearby for questions, information, recommendations, and help should a problem or emergency arise.
While both villages share many characteristics, there are some key differences that may make one more appealing to you than the other. Click on MÜRREN or KANDERSTEG for greater detail and to see a selection of Swiss mountain home lodgings in each village: