Idea 5: Alpine live with charm and cheese

Bernese Oberland, Fribourg Region

Rustic Swiss tradition and Gallic charm merge seamlessly in the holiday region of the Bernese Oberland. Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds in this region bordering the French-speaking cantons of Vaud and Fribourg.

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Gruyère Pays d’Enhaut Nature Park:
cheese and much more besides

Say cheese! Straddling the regions of Vaud and Fribourg, the Gruyère Pays d’Enhaut Nature Park is the home of traditional cheese production. Nature reserves like Tal von L’Etivaz and La Pierreuse are just as unique and authentic. Don't miss the one-of-a-kind paper cutting museum in Château-d’Oex!

Diemtigtal Nature Park:
organic Alpkäse cheese and nature academy

Remote? Forget it. This Simmental side valley is brimming with life. People live in harmony with the natural environment here, and there is plenty to discover - from the nature park academy and organic Alpkäse dairy to the Swiss Alpine wrestling trail. The walk to Seebergsee lake is a highlight.

AlpKultur Lenk: what's up in the Alps?

Ever fancied yourself as an Alpine farmer? At AlpKultur in Lenk Simmental, you can get a first-hand experience, rising bright and early to milk the cows, muck out the sheds and make cheese. At the bovine beauty contest "Miss Wahl", the most beautiful cow is chosen.

Walking, cycling and mountain biking

SwitzerlandMobility gets the country moving. The only one of its kind in the world, this network of marked walking, cycling and mountain biking trails makes Switzerland a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Our tip: Chemin de la Sarine au Pays d’Enhaut walk

Taking care of yourself and others and respecting the natural environment will ensure you get the most of your outdoor experience.More information

Sweet dreams

Jugendherberge Gstaad SaanenlandThe sleek new Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel is a great choice for families, with its play area and playground. It is also a fine base for solo travellers, sports enthusiasts and culture vultures, with accommodation ranging from comfortable double rooms to six-bed dorms, and excellent infrastructure.

Regional specialities

Gruyère *

Gruyère AOP is a classic hard cheese that tastes just as good with bread as it does grated on or melted in other dishes. It's a staple of Swiss cuisine and no fondue would be the same without it!

(Greyerzer) double cream *

Greyerzer double cream ruins all good intentions! Traditionally served in a wooden pot, the irresistible cream pairs well with meringues and berry desserts and adds a creamy touch to Soupe de Chalet.

Berner Alpkäse / Hobelkäse *

Two very different Bernese cheeses. Berner Alpkäse is a hard, full-fat cheese made from raw milk, while Hobelkäse is an extra-hard, more mature version of the same cheese.

* Part of Switzerland's culinary


Relax, Switzerland's extensive public transport network will ensure your journey runs to plan.
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