Two long, deep blue lakes framed by steep mountain slopes and high peaks – that is the Interlaken region. Here you can stroll comfortably along the lake and let your feet dangle in the water – or you can lace up your hiking boots and conquer the surrounding mountain peaks. In the middle of Switzerland and less than two hours from the German border, you can explore the natural landscape of the Berner Oberland on your own on exciting or leisurely hikes. We have selected our 18 favorite tours for you: with a leisurely family hike, themed trails in the nature park and demanding mountain hikes, this results in a varied hiking menu. No matter which tour you choose: the view of steep mountains and the two lakes are your constant companions. Aroused in anticipation? Then take a look at the tours first.
The best way to experience the picturesque Lake Thun is on the panoramic circular route. The exciting path offers you fantastic views and leads you partly over airy suspension bridges. The 40-miles route (around 60 kilometers) is divided into four sections, which you can also comfortably take as a single day tour thanks to the excursion steamers – the circular route is of course perfectly suited as a four-day multi-day tour. Exciting paths and great views also await you on the other hikes: Experience one of the most exciting sections of the route around Interlaken on the summit ridge to Augstmatthorn. Let yourself be enchanted by three roaring waterfalls around Lake Brienz or explore the moor area on Lombachalp. No matter which tour(s) you choose: On the way, unique views of picturesque mountain ranges and idyllic lakes await you. And you will also come across cozy inns and alpine huts, where you can fortify yourself with regional delicacies.
If you are planning several hiking days in the region, Interlaken is the perfect starting point for your tours. Here you will find a good selection of accommodation, from youth hostels to wellness hotels. The location between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz is perfect to end the evening on the lake shore after a hard day's hiking. Of course, including a wonderful mountain panorama. Is your legs tingling already? Then look forward to your next hiking holiday in the Berner Oberland.
The first section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you a good eleven kilometers from Thun to Sigriswil. You hike the first piece along the lake shore before you climb higher and higher and the panorama gets better and better.The tour starts at the train station in Thun. You cross the Aare and then walk directly along the bank of the river. You will soon have reached the end of the canal and will be standing directly on the shimmering lake. All around you can already see the high mountains that surround Lake Thun.At the pier in Hünibach you leave the bank and turn left. The path gradually leads you to higher realms. On the way you always enjoy fantastic views of the lake, for example from the lookout at the walnut tree. You can take a break on the benches along the route.A very special highlight awaits you shortly before the end: the suspension bridge over the Gummital. There are two of these panorama bridges around Lake Thun. Exciting routing and wonderful views - what more is needed?Once in Sigriswil you can either look for accommodation for the night or take the bus back to Thun in less than half an hour. The trip back to Thun by boat is of course particularly idyllic. You can walk from Sigriswil to the jetty in Gunten in around half an hour and from there you can comfortably take the excursion steamer back to the starting point. You can find departure times at bls.ch/schiff.
The second section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you a good 17 kilometers from Sigriswil to Interlaken. From the starting point you hike downhill to Merligen to the lake shore. You can take a first break in the small town.Then you hike at the foot of the Niederhorn and past the St. Beatus caves. It is a network of stalactite caves below Beatenberg. During a tour you can explore the branched cave network. Who knows, maybe you will actually see the fire-breathing dragon that is supposed to live here. A visit to the cave is definitely exciting.Back in the daylight, you hike on a beautiful riverside path through the Weissenau nature reserve, where the Aare flows into Lake Thun. At the Weissenau ruin you leave the lake and turn to Interlaken. There you can find accommodation for the night.If you want to do the route as a day tour regardless of the panoramic circular route, then take the excursion steamer to Gunten in the morning with a wonderful view and embark on the hike there. From the destination in Interlaken you can also reach all locations around Lake Thun by boat. If a boat tour is not your taste, you can also take the bus from Interlaken to Thun and change in Gunten to Sigriswil. You can find ship timetables at bls.ch/schiff.
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On section 3 on the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun you hike in a beautiful up and down from Interlaken to Spiez. It starts at the train station in Interlaken West. At the beginning, the path leads you along the Aare Canal to the lake shore.Via Därligen you hike uphill to the Meielisalp above Leissigen. Then you can look forward to a special section: the suspension bridge over the Spissibach. The bridge is 144 meters long and up to 60 meters high and offers a fantastic panorama on the way.You will soon have reached the highest point of the tour and from now on you will only hike downhill, past Krattigen and Faulensee to Spiez, your destination today. At the end of the day you can enjoy the picturesque bay - "the most beautiful bay in Europe" - with its castle and vineyards to the fullest.From Spiez you can either come leisurely on the excursion steamer or quickly return to Interlaken by train. You can find ship timetables at bls.ch/schiff.
The last section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you from Spiez to Thun in just over 13 kilometers. Look forward to idyllic sections, great views and a refreshing conclusion.You leave Spiez and soon immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape of the Rebhalden. On the way you will learn a lot about the vine growing in the region and you can enjoy the wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding mountains on one of the benches.You hike a little along the Jakobsweg and enjoy the gentle up and down, before you cross the train tracks and continue walking directly on the shores of Lake Thun. Looking for refreshment? Then you can cool off in the seaside resort of Thun. From here it is not far to the train station in Thun, your destination today and the end of the circular route. In Thun you will find numerous restaurants to stop for a bite to eat.If you want to do this hike as a day tour, i.e. regardless of the circular route, then that's no problem either: you can get to the start and finish point in a sophisticated way with the excursion steamer and quickly and comfortably by train. You can find ship timetables at bls.ch/schiff
This 16-kilometer mountain hike takes you across magnificent alpine meadows to one of the most beautiful viewpoints over Lake Brienz and to the largest ibex colony in the Bernese Oberland. You can also look forward to an exciting stretch of path over a narrow ridge. The circular hike starts at the Post in Habkern.Right from the start, the path climbs crisply. You continue to hike up and after five kilometers you will pass the Jägerstübli and the Lombachalp. Time for a break on the sun terrace. With fresh energy you tackle the next part of the climb.The path zigzags up to the ridge height and then runs as a clearly visible path to the Augstmatthorn lookout point. The view from up here is one of the most spectacular in the region. The lake lies deep below you, behind it are the giants of the Bernese Alps. Just beautiful!You hike further over the ridge and enjoy great views down to Bödeli, the alluvial plain between Lake Brienzer and Lake Thun. Then it's very steep down to the hut in Horet Läger. The last part of the tour you hike back to Habkern over magnificent meadows.You can get to Habkern from Interlaken in a relaxed manner by Postbus. If you want to shorten the hike a bit, you can also book the "Bus Alpin" call bus from Habkern to Lombachalp or vice versa. You can find all the information here: busalpin.ch/regionen/habkern-lombachalp/sommer.
The steep mountain slopes around Lake Brienz are a paradise for waterfall lovers. The signposted "Path of the three waterfalls" leads you along the south bank and to the most beautiful and famous waterfalls. The hiking trail can be divided into two stages. The small village of Iseltwald or the Grand Hotel Giessbach are suitable as a stopover. Since ships go back to Interlaken from here, you can easily plan the individual stages as a short day tour for the whole family.The starting point is Bönigen, a small neighboring town of Interlaken on the shores of Lake Brienz. First it goes a bit along the shore and then uphill into the rustic forests. After a short time you will reach the enchanted disappearance case. In constant up and down it goes on to the Mülibach waterfall. From here you can also descend to Iseltwald if you want to split the tour into two stages or if you want to take the boat back to Interlaken. Otherwise it goes on to Giessbachfall, where you can also change to the ship. Most of the time you hike through shady forests, but you can always look forward to beautiful views of the dramatic mountain backdrop. After the last waterfall, the hiking trail leads you down to the lake shore and to the Brienz tour destination. Then take the train or the ship back to Interlaken.
The Morgenberghorn forms the southern end of a striking summit ridge high above the southern shore of Lake Thun. The impressive summit pyramid offers enduring mountain hikers a breathtaking view and since there is no lift to the summit, it is usually wonderfully lonely here. The way is quite long - you should plan around four to five hours for the ascent. The descent through the Suldtal will make things easier again and the Pochtfall restaurant will tempt you to take a well-deserved rest.From Aeschiried, which is approached by the PostBus, the signposted hiking path leads you first over alpine meadows and then through rustic mountain forest. You reach the tree line at the Brunnihütte, which is open on weekends in summer. Now it goes on a partially cable-secured path up to the summit - surefootedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary here. For this you will be spoiled with a unique view above. Afterwards it goes less steeply down to the Suldtal via the south ridge. On a beautiful hiking trail you follow the route gently downhill to the starting point Aeschiried.
This hike is a mountain tour for real connoisseurs and also for families. The funicular and the gondola lift take you comfortably up to the promising summit of the Niederhorn and then downhill along beautiful hiking trails to the Beatenberg cable car station. On the way, a stop in the Bärgrestaurant Vorsass is worthwhile, where you can take a break with a wonderful view.The tour starts at the Niederhornbahn mountain station. To do this, take the funicular from Beatenbucht station to the middle station and change here to the gondola. At the summit you can first enjoy the wonderful panorama and then set off. First across wide mountain meadows and then through dense forests, the hiking trail leads you to the view at Restaurant Vorsass. Now it goes parallel to the cable car down to the middle station Beatenberg.If you fancy a change of pace, you can also rent a scooter from the chairman and roll casually to Beatenberg station.
The Unterseener Uferweg leads you from Interlaken first on the Aare and then along the shores of Lake Thun to Neuhaus. On the way you can discover the impressive castle ruins Weissenau and the nature reserve of the same name. Arriving at the destination, you will end up with a lido and several cozy restaurants where you can enjoy the panoramic view over the lake. Also nice: a boat trip on Lake Thun.Starting point of the tour is the train station Interlaken West. Here you briefly cross the Aare, which you then follow in the direction of Lake Thun. Soon you have left the city behind you and wander under trees along the riverbank. At the confluence with the lake, the castle ruins await you for a little discovery tour. Afterwards you follow the route on beautiful paths and boardwalks through the nature reserve Weissenau, where you can observe many birds. From the goal of the tour, the Unterseener district Neuhaus, you can either take the PostBus or the same way back to the starting point.
The Lombachalp on the outskirts of Habkern is characterized by a mystical moor landscape that is of national importance. Large areas of the raised bog are under nature protection and are a dream destination for smaller and larger hikes. Young and old can explore the unspoilt landscape on the observation path and also enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Bernese Oberland.Your hike begins at the hiking car park in Lombachalp. If you are traveling without your own car, take the Postbus to Habkern and change to the Ruftaxi Bus Alpin, which takes you to Lombachalp. From here you follow the signposted path over the gentle hills, which are covered by wide bogs, primeval spruces and gnarled mountain pines. The well-developed path must not be left here for reasons of nature conservation. After about two kilometers, the observation path branches off to the left onto a narrow hiking path and leads you back to the starting point of the hike over the flat, but promising summit of the winter beauty. Here you can eat and relax in the Jägerstube.
The Spiez circular hiking trail allows you to explore the diverse nature and beautiful landscape around Spiez. The path is excellently developed and also suitable for families with prams. Since the path leads past bus stops again and again, you can shorten the tour as you wish. As befits a circular route, the Spiezer circular route can of course also be hiked in the opposite direction.The circular hiking trail begins at the Schlosspark in Spiez and is divided into four parts. The first part, the Strandweg, leads you from the castle park along the bank to the Faulensee pier. Along the beach path you can discover various sculptures on the subject of “Miracles of Bern”. Because the German national soccer team stayed in Spiez in 1954.Then the high path begins, which leads you from the bank up into the Seeholzwald and then with a great view to Spiezwil. The Spiezwilerweg, the third section, runs through small forest areas and brings you back to the lake shore. This is where the fourth and last part of the tour begins, the vine path. Wine has been grown on the sun-drenched slopes of the Spiezer Rebberg for centuries. The process of growing wine over the course of the year is also told on several information boards. More information can be found at spiez.ch/de/gemeinde/tourismus-freizeit/Erlebnispfad-Spiezer-Rebberg.php.
The hiking trail from Brienz up to the Brienzer Rothorn is especially suitable for very fit mountain hikers. The varied routes are sometimes steep, but otherwise good to commit - with more than 1,700 meters in altitude ascent yet a real challenge. The Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn offers a shortcut that will take you up to the middle station Planalp. Here you only have half of the tour ahead of you. From the summit, the steam cogwheel train takes you back to the valley.Starting point of the hike is Brienz-West station. On the bank of the Milibach you climb steadily uphill on a narrow hiking trail. Soon the signposted route leaves the stream and meanders in countless hairpin bends through the mountain forest to Planalp. Here the forest opens and over wide alpine pastures it goes on upwards. With a wonderful view, you finally climb the summit and are rewarded here with a magnificent panorama over the Bernese Oberland. Satisfied, you can finally drive from the historic Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn back to Brienz.
The avalanche winter 1998/1999 and the hurricane Lothar left a lot of devastation in the mountain forests of the Bernese Oberland. At the Axalp, regional wood sculptors came up with something very special. They carved innumerable wooden sculptures from the stumps that remained, which you can discover today on the Schnitzlerweg. At the end of the tour, the romantically located Hinterburgseeli awaits you.The starting point of the hike is the mountain village of Axalp, which you can reach by post bus or your own car. The signposted Schnitzlerweg begins here - but even without signs you can hardly miss the wooden figures. The hiking path leads you through the mountain forest and on the edge of open alpine meadows to the Hinterburgseeli, where you can jump into the clear water on hot summer days. Freshly cooled, the way back to the starting point is the same.More demanding variant: If you want a little more variety, you hike from Hinterburgseeli via Alp Hinterburg to the Uf der Flue huts. From here it goes west below the steep rock faces of the Oltschiburg and up to the Hilten mountain inn. From here it is only a few meters downhill until you meet the Schnitzlerweg, which leads you back to the Axalp.
The Güggisgrat stands for pure mountain enjoyment. At lofty heights and on quite good mountain hiking trails you can hike from the Niederhorn with breathtaking views over the entire ridge and finally descend to Habkern. Only a few places are exposed and therefore require surefootedness. In addition to the view lures on the Güggisgrat yet another highlight: namely, on the steep slopes, many, quite curious ibex.From Beatenbucht station, take the funicular railway to Beatenberg, where you change to the gondola lift to Niederhorn. Arrived at the Niederhorn, the ridge path begins immediately. With every step, the view accompanies you to the Justistal below you, to the parallel running Sigriswilergrat and to the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. At the Gemmenalphorn begins the descent towards Habkern. First, you follow the ridge a bit, but then a trail branches off to the right into the valley. Over barren mountain meadows, through sparse forests and over wide alpine pastures, you descend to the tour destination. From here you take the postbus back to the starting point of the hike or just after Interlaken.
The bird walk takes you on a leisurely stroll through the romantic cultural landscape of the Diemtigtal nature park. You will cross the habitats of many native species of birds in a variety of ways. Attentive observers can spot circling red kites, curious chaffinches, swift-swifts, chirping wrens, and the rare dipper. In addition, there are several stations where you can inform yourself about the bird life.The signposted bird walk starts at Oey-Diemtigen station and leads you first through the village of Oey up to wide alpine meadows. On a barely traveled road you walk along pastures and individual farms, until the bird path branches off shortly after Bächlen into Chireltal. Now it goes through the natural river valley gently downhill to the starting point of the hike.
The Niesen, also known as the Swiss Pyramid, is a fantastic panoramic mountain on the southern shore of Lake Thun. You can easily reach the striking pyramid-shaped summit with the Niesenbahn. The funicular takes you from Mülenen with a great view up to the mountain. From there you can make beautiful walks around the summit. This tour takes you from the Niesen through beautiful landscape downhill to the cable car middle station Schwandegg. If you like a summit panorama with a proper ascent, you can of course also run the reverse.After you have taken the cable car up to the rocky summit and here you have admired the panorama in peace and quiet, you can hike down the Nordgrat on a good mountain hiking trail. Soon a hiking trail branches off to the left, which leads you across open mountain meadows evenly down towards Schwandegg. There you climb again in the cable car, which drives you comfortably down into the valley.
A relaxed walk awaits you on the “Spiezer Rebberg Adventure Path”, which is possible all year round. Along the route you will discover twelve information boards that tell you a lot of interesting facts about the Spiezer winegrowing year. If you don't want to read all the texts, you can easily scan the QR codes on the signs with your smartphone and watch the short explanatory film. You can also become active yourself at six experience stations and, for example, test your sense of smell.If you want to extend the tour a bit, you can, for example, make a detour up to the viewpoint on Spiezberg or enjoy the view from Katzenstein to Lake Thun. And since the short hike is so short, you still have enough time to explore the area or to cool off in the outdoor and lake pool by the lake.
On this walk you will experience art and culture on a unique sun and viewing terrace over Lake Thun. Thanks to the creative commitment of the residents of Krattigen and regional artists, you will experience a lot of art along the short route between the Eyeried and the Schützenhaus.On your walk you will encounter a wide variety of art objects: some to smile at, others to think about. At the same time, the works of art show you which scenic features you can experience in Interlaken.After the art, you can then devote yourself to culinary delights in one of the restaurants in the village or find a cozy spot on the lake shore. By the way, you can easily reach Krattigen with the Postbus from Spiez.