Nowhere else in the world do beautiful moments last as long as in the canton of Berne. Among the 26 cantons in Switzerland, Bern is known for its cosiness and versatility. This also applies to hiking: Take a step back and enjoy the varied landscape. Traditional mountain huts, imposing glacier gorges and numerous theme hiking routes for families with children await you here. Put on your hiking boots and discover the most diverse canton in Switzerland!
In June 2019, six adventurous bloggers will each be exploring a spectacular hiking route in various Swiss regions: Climb the Mythen near Lucerne, enjoy the view from the San Salvatore in Ticino or a relaxed rail hiking trip? Switzerland also has something for every type of hiker in the Valais, Graubünden and Bern region, with a wide variety of hiking trails to choose from — the path quickly becomes the destination! Discover here the different tours in the Bern region and visit glittering mountain lakes with "Freiseindesign" (bhc2019.myswitzerland.com/region/bern)!
There's also a great competition: Test your knowledge of Switzerland and win your very own personal trip to Switzerland for two: With SWISS you fly to Switzerland, where you will explore the Bern region and Ticino. A total of five overnight stays await you at the Handeck Hotel and Natural Resort and the Hotel Belvedere Locarno. On top of that, you'll get two Swiss Travel Passes, with which you can use buses, trains and ships on your journey free of charge.
The first hike takes you across the meadow-covered ridge of the Wispile and down to the Lauenensee. It is also perfect for a longer break with a refreshing swim, a hearty picnic or a relaxed rowboat tour.Take the gondola up to the Wispile. The beautiful mountain hike with a fascinating view of the Saanenland and the surrounding mountains leads you over the ridge to the Chrinetritt. It follows a short steep descent towards Chrinepass, from where the path continues to Lauenensee. The Lauenensee is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and romantics and is one of the strongholds of Switzerland. Among the highlights are the Lauenensee circular hiking trail, the beautiful nature reserve and the view to the Tungelschuss waterfall.Our insider tip: Enjoy a fondue in the oversized fondue pot with a beautiful view of the Saanen mountains. Order the day before a fondue backpack at Berghaus Wispile. The rental rucksack includes everything you need for a hearty outdoor fondue and can be handed over after your walk at the mountain station of the cable car.If you want to explore the mountain landscape around the Wispile and the Lauenensee longer, then the Hotel Alpenland is the perfect base for your tours. Either you hire an e-bike here, go hiking on your own or discover special treasures together with a mountain guide. Everything else about the hotel can be found at alpenland.ch.
From Kandersteg, this route takes you along the Kander up to the incomparable natural wonders of the Blausee: the deep blue waters, crystal clear to the ground, will astonish you as well.
Out of the valley on the trail to the left of the Kander along to the dam and on the left side of the Kander through meadows and forests to the Blausee. The 20-hectare nature park around the lake has a lot to offer: an organic trout farm, mystical walks, fire pits, picnic areas and a children's playground. A shop selling organic trout products and gift items can be found at the entrance to the park.If you feel like a little thrill, you should take a look at our two detours: These lead you uphill to the fast-paced summer toboggan run and to mountain tubing at the ski jump.Do you stay longer in Kandersteg? Then, in any case worth the hiking pass. So you can use the local buses and cable cars and discover the most beautiful natural areas around Kandersteg. All information about the Kandersteg can be found at adelboden.ch/en/s/wanderpass.
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The mountain hike around the Gelmersee provides fascinating insights into the high alpine mountains and the valley of the young Aare. Along the lake, original streams and huge rock slabs invite you to linger.At the beginning of the tour, you will first take the adventurous Gelmerbahn from Handeck up to the Gelmersee. Here you then start your lake tour in breathtaking mountain scenery. With the partially steep rocky areas, surefootedness and a head for heights help to enjoy the view down to the turquoise-blue lake.Our tip: If you do not want to return to the valley so early, then you can extend the tour with a climb and an overnight stay at the Gelmerhütte.Not far from the Gelmerbahn valley station you will find the cozy hotel and nature resort Handeck. The hotel, with its direct contact with the alpine pastures, is a perfect stay for families and nature lovers. Thanks to its ideal location, you can start several hikes from here. You can find out more about the Hotel Handeck at grimselwelt.ch/grimselhotels/hotel-handeck.The Gelmersee is part of one of the most complex hydropower systems in the Alps - the Oberhasli power plant. A total of 13 power plants, eight reservoirs, 160 kilometers of galleries and hundreds of kilometers of piping make Oberhasli a masterpiece of engineering. Interested parties can visit the facility throughout the year. Here you will find all the information: grimselwelt.ch/besuch-im-kraftwerk.