Holidays with a view from the sun terrace of the Bernese Oberland
Beatenberg is situated high above Lake Thun at an altitude of 1200 m above sea level and offers its guests a ring-side view of the Bernese Alps. The snow-covered peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rise majestically into the steel-blue skies. The blue-green waters of Lake Thun glisten in the sunlight. Untouched mountain valleys, breathtaking views, luscious alpine meadows and bubbling mountain streams provide the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday close to nature.
Beatenberg’s distinctive beauty was already appreciated by princes and emperors at the turn of the century, during the so-called "Belle Epoque" era. Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, the later German Emperor Frederick III, was a welcome guest in Beatenberg. Beatenberg enjoys a mild, pleasant climate thanks to its south-facing position well-protected from the wind. The long hours of sunshine – seven and a half hours on the shortest day – make this attractive village with its 1250 inhabitants a popular holiday resort. Beatenberg is rightly known as the sun terrace of the Bernese Oberland. The village of Beatenberg is seven kilometres long and thus one of the longest villages in Europe, not counting Sundlauenen, down by Lake Thun, which also belongs to Beatenberg.
Not too big and not too small, Beatenberg has over 1600 beds in 10 hotels and guest-houses, 1 convalescent home, about 200 holiday flats and 6 holiday chalets or group accommodation. Accommodation can be found to suit every taste. There are several restaurants waiting to offer you a warm welcome. A conference room and seminar rooms are available for various events.
In summer Beatenberg’s main attraction is its wonderful hiking paths. In the hiking paradise Niederhorn-Beatenberg, accessible by cable car to an altitude of 1950m, ibex, chamois and marmots are at home. The good thermals and the easy starting and landing places make Beatenberg an eldorado for paragliders.
In winter a cable car and four ski-lifts transport skiers and snowboarders to two clearly laid-out skiing areas offering excellent value for money. In addition to this Beatenberg has a Swiss Ski School, 20 km of cross-country ski runs, marvellous winter hiking-paths, a sledge run, a natural ice-rink and an indoor swimming-pool with sauna and solarium.