Swiss nature parks — Adrian the Goatherd of Bern

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Lush mountain meadows and romantic woods against the fascinating backdrop of the Bernese Alps await you on your hike to Alp Bire. The "Alp Birehubel" circular hiking trail winds its way through the middle of the Gantrisch nature park, and we will take you along on this collection.

You will be accompanied on the family-friendly hiking trail by the ringing of little bells carrying the goats and cows of the alp around your neck. Already on the way at Gantrischseeli you can meet the animals that can move freely around the alp in summer. Maybe you'll also meet the goatherd of Bern and his cattle dogs. 13-year-old Adrian Mäder prefers to spend his summer holidays on the alp with his 13 goats. Together with his father, he herds a total of 86 goats — his own and those of local farmers.

At the large alp table in front of the hut, you can take a leisurely break with the girls. The family will spoil you with homemade goat cheese and refreshing drinks. Enjoy the unforgettable view of the striking Gantrisch and the idyll of the nature park.

In addition to the Gantrisch Nature Park, there are 17 other Swiss Nature Parks. In this collection we present six experiences in the most beautiful parks. From the several-day circular hike in the UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere to the panoramic high-altitude hikes in the Jura or Thal Nature Parks, to the fantastic pass hikes through the unique landscapes of the parks, you will find everything your heart desires — above all lots of untouched nature.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    00:47
    1.51 mi
    1.9 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The beautiful, family-friendly "Alp Birehubel" circular route starts at the post bus stop "Gurnigel, Gantrischhütte". From here you hike past lush mountain meadows and idyllic woodland pastures to the Upper Gantrisch Hut. Then it goes gently downhill to the picturesque Gantrischseeli. Surrounded by green meadows and the high Bernese Prealps, the small lake is located in a vast moor area. On the shore you can take a relaxing break and enjoy the unique moment in nature.Maybe you'll meet some of the animals of the Alp Bire, like goats or cows, and the 13-year-old Adrian Mäder, who guards her during the summer holidays. The animals are allowed to move freely around the alp and enjoy their freedom here. If possible, they are rounded up once a day for milking. But sometimes they stay in such steep terrain that even Adrian and his crab dogs can not reach them.From the lake, after your idyllic break, you will hike a few meters up to the Alp, where the Mäder family awaits you. At the large alpine table in front of the hut, they serve you fresh goat cheese, which Adrian and his mother made themselves. After you have strengthened and enjoyed the view of the striking Gantrisch, you wander relaxed back down to the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    10.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this wonderful hike in the Thal Nature Park you will enjoy, in addition to untouched nature, spectacular views of the Alps, the Basel area and beyond the country's borders to the Black Forest and the Vosges.The starting point of the tour is the mountain station Wasserfallen at 925 meters altitude. Here you can comfortably reach the gondola lift from Reigoldswil. From waterfalls you hike through the quiet nature. About sun-kissed pastures and through romantic forests, it goes towards Passwang. Here you can take a break at the viewpoint and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view.Then it goes downhill and you wander across the Barenflue, where you can make a detour to the rocky summit. Then the ascent to the Scheltenpass begins, from where you continue to the 1,118 meter high Brunnersberg, the destination of the tour. On the way you will always have the opportunity to stop off in traditional farm inns, where you will be spoiled with mostly local products. From Brunnersberg the BusAlpin takes you down to Balsthal.

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    4.83 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the circular walk from Obergmeind over the Glaspass you get an exciting insight into the unique landscape, which was shaped both by nature and by human hands. On countless information boards you can find out more about the history of the landslides on the Heinzenberg on the way, illuminating the topic in all its facets. Your constant companion on this beautiful hike is the magnificent view of the Piz Beverin and the Safiental.Let's start the circular hike in Obergmeind. From here you walk in the direction of Glaspass along the huge landslide area. Over the Glaspass, which was once the most important connection from the Safiental to the Domleschg, you ascend to the Glaser ridge. From the easy-to-reach summit you can enjoy beautiful views that can be enjoyed from a cozy bench. After a short break you descend towards Obergmeind. On the way back to the starting point, you pass the former Lüschersee, which was drained in 1910.

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    8.45 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Through quiet forests and over picturesque Alps, this beautiful hike takes you from the Grand Chalet in Rossinière to the Auberge de la Croix de Fer in Allières. On the way you can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding peaks: the Dent de Corjon, the Vanils and the Gummfluh.The hike starts in Rossinière at the station. From here you can take a short stroll through the village and admire the magnificent wooden buildings, such as the Grand Chalet. Then you walk out of the village past the Lac du Vernex, where you always have a nice view. You walk uphill through romantic forests. The higher you get, the more often the shady trees of the forest alternate with sun-drenched pastures. Halfway up and around the highest point of the hike you will reach Alp Corjon. From here you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Dent de Corjon and the chain of Gummfluh.From now on, it goes downhill, through quiet forests and lush green pastures to Allières, which lies in a pretty valley. Here you can fortify yourself with traditional specialties at the end of the hike at Auberge de la Croix de Fer.

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    8.00 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful mountain hike takes you from the Ofen Pass to Il Fuorn. For the most part, the paths lead you through the magnificent landscapes of the oldest nature park in the Alps - the Swiss National Park.It starts at the Ofenpass, where you can take the PostBus. From here you walk down to Alp Buffalora and then up to the entrance of the National Park. It goes through the barren, treeless landscape that the National Park holds for you on this route. On the way you can let your gaze wander over impressive rock formations and towards the mountain giants on the horizon. These show up in the most beautiful colors, ranging from chalk-white over rust-red to anthracite.A narrow path leads you down to Alp La Schera, where you can take a break at the only resting place of the tour. Through enchanting pine forests you descend on a quite technical way to Il Fuorn. Here there is a bus stop of the Postbus, with which you can start the journey home.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    10.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Col du Mollendruz you walk on the Chemin du Mont Tendre to the Col du Mollendruz. It starts at about 500 meters up to the Mont Tendre and then gently down to the Col du Marchairuz.It starts at the Col du Mollendruz at 1,180 meters altitude. From here you climb several steps up to Mont Tendre. The path leads you through the middle of the Natural Park Jura Vaudois. Just before the summit you can take a break in the Chalet du Mont Tendre, where you will be spoiled with hearty and varied home cooking. From the huge terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Lake of Geneva to the Alps.Freshly strengthened, you climb the last few meters to the summit. From the top you will be enchanted by a similarly unforgettable view as from the hut. From the summit, however, you have a spectacular all-round view that stretches from the Savoy to the Bernese Alps and from the Vosges to La Dôle.Through a park-like landscape, you gently descend to the Col du Marchairuz. On the way you will always come across dry stone walls, which are typical of the high pastures of the Jura. They were built as property boundaries and fencing of pastures and are ideal habitats for lizards and insects.The start and end of the hike can be reached by PostBus.

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  • Difficult
    26:59
    49.9 mi
    1.9 mph
    12,400 ft
    12,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The moorland trail takes you on 80 kilometers through the moorland of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch. You will hike on five stages past barren raised bogs, flower-filled lowland moors and pristine moorland landscapes. Start and finish of the round trip is Sörenberg. The stage destinations are Kemmeribodenbad, Flühli, Gfelle (Finsterwald / Entlebuch) and Stäldili (Flühli). All waypoints can also be reached by public transport, so you can also plan individual stages as day hikes.On the way, you will alternately walk on old pass routes, stony mountain paths and alpine and forestry development paths. The landscape changes constantly. Sometimes you walk on soft ground through sparse forest of a haunted moorland and sometimes past impressive rock formations high peaks. Along the long-distance hiking trail countless rest stops in alpine huts, restaurants or cafes await you, so that you can always strengthen yourself with regional specialties.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    93.7 mi
  • Duration
    49:32 h
  • Elevation
    21,725 ft

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Swiss nature parks — Adrian the Goatherd of Bern
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