Once a year everybody shakes off for a while the yoke of labour, and travels. This makes a Guide necessary.<br><br>Conspicuous among the thousands of happy hunting grounds that offer their attractions to the holiday maker, the Bernese Oberland well deserves attention. This fact is fully acknowledged by the 300,000 visitors who annually make a pilgrimage to this magnificent, natural wonderland.<br><br>What a variety of charms, what continual changes it offers! Above, at almost inaccessible heights, are gigantic masses of eternal ice; below, in the sunny lakeland, the fruitful vine. Yea, more; on the sheltered bays of the two lakes, fig and chestnut trees flourish throughout the winter in the open air. Owing to its extraordinary mild climate, the tract of land bordering on the lake and extending from Thun to Beatenbucht, including the stations Hilterfingen, Oberhofen, Gunten and Merligen, is frequently termed the Riviera of the Bernese Oberland. It is particularly to be recommended for spring and fall sojourns. In the winter season Grindelwald, Adelboden, Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Zweisimmen and Gstaad attract a crowd of those who indulge in the charming winter enjoyments of tobogganing, skiing and skating.