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Let it snow! Winter hikes in the Bernese Oberland

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Let it snow! Winter hikes in the Bernese Oberland

Hiking Collection by Interlaken

You hear the crunch of snow under your shoes accompanied by your rhythmic breath. The temperature is crispy cold, but you hardly feel that. You wander through a wintry wonderland in the Bernese Oberland, leaving behind all the stresses of everyday life – it’s only you, the crystal clear winter air and the white snow. In this Collection, we present twelve winter hikes around the resort of Interlaken and Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. You wander through the snowy mountain peaks and the glittering seascape, a magical natural idyll. Welcome to winter wonderland!

The Bernese Oberland offers a lot of variety for your winter adventures: hiking on well-groomed winter trails through idyllic alpine landscapes and icy forests. Frozen ice crystals on streams and lakes sparkle in the winter sun. You can enjoy fantastic panoramas from Niederhorn, Windegg or Stockhorn. Immerse yourself in the hidden Justistal and enjoy the lively atmosphere in the ski regions around the Niederhorn and the Axalp. The hikes differ in length and difficulty, so you can find the right route for you. Many of the hikes are also suitable for children.
Remember to pack the right equipment for your winter hikes: Sturdy and waterproof footwear is mandatory. We also wrapping up warm – the more layers the better. You should also pack sun protection and sunglasses in your backpack. The beautiful mountain panorama can be enjoyed even better with a hot mug of tea in your hand, so bring along your thermos flask. If you pass the village of Sigriswil, then you can reserve a fondue backpack at Amstutz Dairy and pick it up – probably the most perfect winter picnic. In the backpack you will find everything you need for cheese fondue, from the lighter to the bread. On most hikes, you will also pass cozy restaurants or alpine huts en route or at the end. So you can warm up during or after your walk beside the fire or enjoy the warmth of the winter sun on the terrace. Many of the starting points of the hikes can be reached with the cable car and gondelst over the snowy mountain landscapes – what a fantastic start to an active day in the mountains!

A special tip for the Advent season – the Christmas journey in Aeschi. There are several stations along the circular route set up with festive story telling. The trail is especially beautiful in the dark when the way is lit up for Christmas and the white snow reflects the lights. Festive cheer is guaranteed!

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:08
    6.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    225 ft
    2,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This ten kilometer long winter hike over well-tended paths starts on one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Bernese Oberland, the Niederhorn. From Beatenberg you go up by gondola, the summit is just a few steps above the mountain station. You have an overwhelming panorama: to the east rises the chain of the Brienzer Rothorn, next to the Bernese High Alps with the proud triumvirate Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as the innumerable peaks of Kander, Engstligen and Simmental.From Niederhorn you continue to run below the Güggisgrats. Then follows a fairly steep descent to Oberburgfeld. The path is broad and groomed with groomers. Sleigh riders and hikers have enough space.Through open terrain you continue hiking down to Unterburgfeld. You enter a forest path that leads you through loose pine and spruce stands. Again and again you have fantastic views of the mountains of the Jungfrau region.From Chüematte the path leads you back down through open terrain. Above the Hohwald ski lift you hike over the Waldeggallmi into the settlement area of Beatenberg / Waldegg. What about a break in the Enzian Bar before heading back to your starting point on the PostBus?

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    Easy
    01:02
    2.28 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You are today after a relaxed walking tour? Then this four-kilometer round is just right for you. Start of the prepared path is at the parking Senggiweid. Just follow the pink hiking mark.After only a few meters you reach the idyllic Blauseeli. The deep blue color of the Seelis looks just beautiful - but only to see if the lake is not covered with a layer of ice. But even in the snowy winter landscape Blauseeli is an idyllic spot.You continue hiking on level ground and soon you will be opened by the Seehorenweid a beautiful view over the mountain village Schwenden. Not far away, you reach the romantic chapel near the former Grandhotel Kurhaus Grimmialp. The last kilometer is on flat terrain back to the starting point.If you want to extend the tour, then you can go from Senggiweid to Würzi (1.5 kilometers) or from Seehoreweid via Oberematte, Seeboden to Anger (3.5 kilometers).The winter hiking trail takes you partly along the cross-country ski trail. Please do not enter the trail, there is enough space for all winter sports enthusiasts. Even if the tour is quite short: good shoes are important for the round, there can always be icy places.

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  • Easy
    00:34
    1.28 mi
    2.2 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You are not really in the Christmas mood yet? Then the Christmas path between Aeschi and Aeschiried, high above Lake Thun, is just right for you. Starting point of the Christmas round is in Aeschi at the stop Wachthubel.The two-kilometer-long path is laid out as a round and tells a Christmas story in several pictures. The pictures are housed in small barns. On the way you meet donkey and sheep and can strengthen yourself in the "Wiehnachtswäg-Beizli" at the Lama and Alpaca Farm.Ideally, you start the hike when it is already dawning. Between 17 and 22 o'clock the way is illuminated lit with candles and lights. So you really have no choice but to get into the Christmas spirit.The trail is groomed and marked. From December to the first week of January you can walk through the Christmas Wonderland. The route runs almost flat and is therefore also great for families with small children.

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    Intermediate
    02:11
    4.69 mi
    2.1 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost seven-kilometer winter hike takes you through the snow-covered forests and pastures of the Diemtigtal southern slope, high above the valley floor of the Diemtigtal nature park. The starting point of the route on well-maintained hiking trails is the Gasthaus Gsässweid near Springenboden.You walk the first few kilometers leisurely uphill. So you will be nice and warm even in winter minus degrees. After the ascent offers you an impressive view of the rear Diemtigtal and the Simmental. Enjoy the great view and wintry wonderland that surrounds you. Best with a hot tea from the brought thermos.Back at the starting point, you can warm yourself up in the guest house with a warm meal in the parlor.

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    Easy
    01:55
    4.08 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start of this seven-kilometer winter hike is the church square in Aeschi. If you arrive by bus, the bus stop Aeschi Post is the nearest one. The trail leads you mostly over side roads, which are plowed in winter. Nevertheless, it makes sense to wear winter-proof footwear.The path will take you past the indoor pool and on the Suldhaltenstraße out of the village. Always in view: the imposing Niesen pyramid with its 2,362 meters in height. The path branches off to the left after a good kilometer. Then it's a short steep uphill until you reach the promising Seenegg. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view into the Kander and Engstligental.It continues between the cross-country trail (please do not enter) and the edge of the forest to Aeschiried. If you want to extend the lap a bit, then you can add an additional loop to the Schitmatti.On the right past the school building Aeschiried the trail leads you downhill. It opens up a magnificent view of Lake Thun and far into the Mittelland. Over the open field you walk on to the houses of the Tannenmattlis and continue gently downhill to Aeschi.

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    Difficult
    02:55
    5.34 mi
    1.8 mph
    250 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Winter hiking with a beautiful view of Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountain landscape awaits you on this almost six-kilometer tour. Start of the hike is at the mountain station Windegg.With the chairlift from the Axalp, you can relax on the wintry landscape to the starting point of the hike. Arriving at the mountain station, it's worth stopping in the restaurant Spycher. Here you can warm up again with a great view, before the actual hike begins.The path is well prepared and leads you relaxed downhill through snowfields and forests to Chrutmettli, where the restaurant Hilten is located. From there you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the turquoise blue Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountains.After a break in the warm dining room, it goes through snowy forests back to the Axalp.

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    Intermediate
    02:34
    5.52 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This good eight-kilometer winter hike takes you through the remote Justistal, a snow-sure winter paradise. You walk along the Grönbach, past the place of the well-known Chästeilete. The path continues up the steep mountain slopes and you quickly realize where the Sickle Pass gets its name from. Start of the groomed winter hiking trail is in Grön.The Justistal, whose entrance is well marked by the distinctive Niederhorn, takes its name from the monk Justus, who once spread the gospel with his companion Beatus on Lake Thun. The path runs parallel to the cross-country ski trail with easy ascent along the Grönbach, which flows down into the valley in the Lake Thun. Glittering ice formations accompany you along the way and provide the perfect winter backdrop.Continue past the Spicherberg. Every year in autumn, the legendary Chästeilete takes place here. By lot, the produced cheese is divided among the farmers in proportion to the milk yield of the cows during the spectacle. In front of you opens the impressive and mystical valley floor of the Justistal with views to the alpine hut Hindersberg. At the very back you can already see the Sichle, the pass crossing, which leads west of the Seven Stallions to Eriz in Zulgtal.The return route of this hidden and picturesque winter hike leads via the same route to the starting point.

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    Easy
    00:46
    1.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely stroll begins at the middle station Chrindi. From Erlenbach, the gondola takes you to 1,642 meters in seven minutes. The nearly three-kilometer circular trail leads you past the igloo village and then along the frozen Hinterstockensee.Back at the middle station, you can warm up in the restaurant. If you do not have enough, you can take the gondola up to the 2,190 meter high Stockhorn. After a five-minute drive, you'll stand on the highest peak in the Stockhorn Range and enjoy a breathtaking panorama.The hiking tour at the middle station runs exclusively on a prepared route, just follow the pink mark. If you want to know the snow depth and the condition of the trail, then look under stockhorn.ch.

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    Intermediate
    01:17
    2.75 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular walk leads you around the small mountain village Habkern. At the foot of the Hohgants and the Seven Stallions you will find many impressive views. The four-kilometer round starts at the post office in Habkern. You can reach the starting point quite relaxed with the PostBus from Interlaken (line 106).Right at the beginning you wander up some steep stairs to warm up. After a short break, continue towards Säge, where you will stop at several restaurants to stop by. Shortly before the saw, the path then turns right after the work yard into the forest. You continue hiking on a beautiful path with many great views. The silence of the forest is interrupted only by the leisurely roar of the Traubachs.You cross the brook over a wooden bridge and then climb a short distance uphill. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of Habkern. A nice place to pause and enjoy the idyllic winter landscape.The route continues through the Bohlseite, past old, pretty houses and over the Traubach Bridge back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    625 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the lively winter sports area Beatenberg / Waldegg to the quiet Habkerntal Valley: on this high-altitude hike you will experience both, laced with beautiful nature experiences. The eight-kilometer route runs along pristine winter hiking trails. Starting point is at the Postautohaltestelle Beatenberg / Waldegg.At the beginning you walk along the edge of the forest towards Amisbüel. The route is marked with tablets of natural wood. The path leads you gently up the hill along the hill. Further up you can watch the snowboarders and skiers. You will enjoy a magnificent mountain scenery with the striking peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.The groomed winter hiking trail leads you along the cross-country trail into the forest. Soon you turn right and run slightly uphill. In between, you have always adventurous views into the Lombachtal.You leave the forest and let your eyes wander over even more wintery mountain panorama. Soon you will already see the church tower of the scattered settlement Habkern in front of you. On a small road, it goes down to Bort, from there you walk along the slope on a level track to the village center of Habkern.How about a short detour to the pretty church with its organ from the Biedermeier period? The goal of the tour, the Postbus stop Habkern / Post, is right next door. In the decorated with carvings Gasthof Bären you can stop by the end of the tour.

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    Easy
    00:49
    1.81 mi
    2.2 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost three-kilometer winter hiking trail leads you through the beautiful landscape of Lombachalp. Start of the relaxed round is at the car park Lägerstutz. In the winter season you can also easily reach the starting point with the "Bus alpin" from Habkern.The groomed winter hiking trail leads you through the unique landscape of the Lombachalp and offers you wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and snowy peaks. On the way you can rest on the bench by the alpine hut and let the sun warm you.After one and a half kilometers the trail forms a small loop and takes you back to the starting point on the same way. In the restaurant Jägerstübli you can warm yourself up at the end and let it go with regional delicacies.

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    Intermediate
    01:35
    2.76 mi
    1.7 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this four-kilometer-long winter tour you hike from Heiligenschwendi to the lookout tower on the Blueme. You will be accompanied by beautiful views of the snowy peaks. The starting point for the hike is the rehabilitation center in Heiligenschwendi.Heiligenschwendi is located on a wonderfully sunny terrace high above Lake Thun, the ideal starting point for a hike in the most beautiful winter weather. Up to your destination, the 16 meter high observation tower on the Blueme, it goes uphill. This keeps you nice and warm even in freezing temperatures.Usually a track has already entered, which facilitates the ascent. From the tower you will be rewarded with a wonderful view over Lake Thun and the surrounding mountain ranges. Just beautiful! Best to pack a thermos of hot tea, then you can enjoy the wonderful view in the cold even longer.On the way back you make a small arc to the three countries stone. From here you will again have a fantastic panorama of Thun, Lake Thun and the Alps. If you've had enough, you'll walk back to the rehab center the same way.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    43.7 mi
  • Duration
    21:11 h
  • Elevation
    5,175 ft

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