Last updated on January 30th, 2021 at 09:00 pm
We will tell you all the things you need to know before getting to Gurten Bern Hike. Since hiking Gurten Bern is one of the most popular things to do in Bern. When you reach to the top you will have the best views of Bern and Aare river it’s so impressive!
Full information from how to get to Gurten in Bern and step by step guide hiking to The Gurten Bern viewpoint. From where to where to start your Gurten hike to the activities that you can do. Gurten one of the the most instagrammable places in Bern so keep reading below when it’s the best time for visiting and what to bring!
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Gurten Bern Hike Travel Guide
How To Get From Bern to Gurten
There are daily buses and trains going from Zurich and Lucern to Bern. If you drive from Zurich to Bern and from main of the places around will be 1-2 hours by car. I went during my road trip in Switzerland from Interlaken to Bern and it was less than 1 hour driving.
The Gurten Mountain is located in South Bern and you can get from Bern to Gurten to the beginning of the hike walking from city center as I did 40 minutes or by public transportation to The Gurtenbahn’s (funicular). You can also park your car close to the hike.
WHERE TO START
The starting point for the hike will be at Gurtenbahn’s (funicular) station. You can take the funicular we will tell you later the schedule and prices. You can hike Gurten and you can also go by bike. There are a few trails for both hiking and biking.
The Gurten is 858 meters high and you will get the best views of Bern from the top to Aare river and the city of Bern. You will also find other facilities like a hotel, restaurants, a viewing tower and a children’s playground.
You will see many people going upstairs and around the trails everything is well indicated and you will always have the reference of the funicular. You will go up zig zag parallelly to the funicular. You will not get lost!
If you think that you aren’t fit or it’s rainy you can take the funicular. Once you are on the top you can enjoy if you are going with kids since it’s paradise for them. You can also do activities like: downhill biking trail and a summer-toboggan, an open-air art gallery. Of course you can also do more hikes and tails from the top of Gurten.
WHAT TO BRING FOR GURTEN BERN HIKE
Gurten Bern hike is steep and it will take around 1 hours going up and less than 30 minutes going down. Make sure you are wearing proper shoes since it can be slippery. Make sure you bring water and you can bring a small picnic to enjoy the viewpoint. If it’s winter for sure winter clothes and don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures.
GURTEN FUNICULAR PRICES AND SCHEDULE
Gurten Bern funicular prices is 11 CHF return ticket per adult and one way ticket is 6 CHF. For kids 5.50 CHF for return ticket and 3 CHF for one way ticket. Gurten Bern opening hours from 7 am until 11.45 pm from Monday to Saturday. And from 7 am 8.15 pm on Sunday. The funicular leaves every 15 minutes. It will take only 10 minutes to get to the viewpoint. Once there you will have to walk 5 minutes!
Do I Recommend Hinging to Gurten in Bern?
Yeah I totally recommend this hike in Bern. If you do the hike and enjoy the views from the top or any other activities especially if you are traveling with kids in Bern. After the hike it would be nice to go down close to the River Aare and enjoying Freibad Marzili (Pool In The River) since they are free of charge and it’s only a few minutes walking distance. It could be a different day than sightseeing in Bern!
WHERE TO STAY IN SWITZERLAND
There’s no lack of hostels, backpacker inns, and budget hotels anywhere in Switzerland. These rooms can go anywhere between 50-100 CHF per night for accommodation in Switzerland. If you are looking for mid budget and luxury hotels prices are starting from 200-300 CHF.
There are also Airbnb for 60-80 CHF and you can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND
On average a meal in a sit-down restaurant in Switzerland will cost around 20-40 CHF and that might not even include drinks. Breakfast will usually be cheaper and dinner will usually be the most expensive.
Watch out for lunch specials and promos that many cafes offer, as this is one of best ways to eat cheap. The other is things like kebabs, pizzas, Asian food, and small takeaways found near train stations can costs around 6-10 CHF.
CASH AND ATM IN SWITZERLAND
Switzerland is one of the largest banking centers in the world. Credit cards are widely accepted. Cash will be needed for some small boutiques or perhaps for tips, but there will be no problems with any kind of payment in the country. The exchange rate €1 = 1.08 CHF.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SWITZERLAND
Switzerland is beautiful all year round. Timing your travel highly depends on what exactly you want to experience and, to a certain degree, how much cold you can tolerate. There are four seasons in Switzerland, and each one has its pros and cons.
Summer is the most crowded and winter if you are looking for sky resorts. We would say the best time to visit Switzerland is Autumn and Spring can be the least crowded and where you will find the best deals for accommodation.
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