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Berner Oberland in early March - suggested duration to stay?

Hello Rick Steve's Community,

I (solo, late 20s male) will be visiting the Berner Oberland (BO) region in March as part of an 8-day visit to Switzerland (first time, I will be purchasing the Swiss Travel Pass). This will be sandwiched between visits to Lucerne (coming to BO from Lucerne) and Bern (going to after BO). Originally, I was planning on spending up to 3 days, arriving on a Saturday. I plan on ascending the lifts (assuming clear weather per webcams). I am looking forward to the landscape views most of all. I also enjoy hiking (if trails are open, great fitness level) and experiencing traditional Swiss culture. I have no interest in winter sports.

One website I found from the forum ( seems to indicate there are only one winter trail open (Grütschalp-Mürren-Weg). If so, I'm eager to hear the community's thoughts on approximate time you recommend spending in BO this time of year, and if any of the 3 days would be better allocated elsewhere in Switzerland.

Thank you very much for your insight.

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Early March is prime ski and winter sports time. Not sure if your logic with traveling to Switzerland at this time with no intention to do winter sports. Your non-snow options will be limited.

Posted by
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More winter hiking trails in the Jungfrau region can be found here

The Grütschalp - Mürren will give you great views, but it is more just a walk and maybe not the hiking experience you are looking for.

Definitely expect to have winter conditions - perhaps in the Tessin, in the south, it will be warmer. I have gone there in late March to experience their spring.

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Emily – I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland until Summer 2024 so I figured why not in March where costs and tourist traffic may not be as high as in summers. I don’t mind not doing winter sports as I am expecting and prefer beautiful scenery and relaxed immersion.

myswisslife thanks for the website. It is reassuring to know several winter trails are available. Short walks or rewarding hikes are OK with me, and I hope to have many to choose from. I’ll be dressed appropriately.