Niedersimmental - Stockhorn - Diemtigtal

Bernese Oberland

Traveling from Lake Thun in a westerly direction, the Simmen Valley opens up. The pyramid-shaped Niesen and the Stockhorn preside over the imposing entrance to the valley. The hiking-mountain and vantage point beckon with an imposing panoramic view of 200 peaks. The verdant green Simmen Valley and the Diemtig Valley, a side valley, have richly decorated farmers’ houses and offer many hiking and snow sports opportunities.

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The Simmen Valley stretches in a long arch up to Lenk with its lush green meadows. The Niedersimmen Valley is the main rail and road link to the Saanenland. Near Boltigen the road turns toward the Jaun Pass and leads into Freiburg’s Jaun Valley. The small but lively Simme River is ideally suited for canoeing and wild water rafting. The Simmen Valley House Trail between Erlenbach and Weissenburg is dedicated to the abundantly decorated farmers’ houses of the Simmen Valley.

A three-partite Diemtig Valley House Trail is dedicated to the farmers’ houses in the idyllic Diemtig Valley. The side valley branching off from Oey offers over 200 kilometers of marked hiking trails. Deep-blue mountain lakes such as the Seeberg Lake in the Spillgerten Nature Reserve, and the Aegel Lake with its protected high moorland on the Diemtigbergli, are well worth a hiking tour. At the Wiriehorn, mountainbikers will find their downhill paradise: Riding comfortably with the cable car to the starting point and dashing down into the valley on one of several trails. The hiking and skiing area Schwenden-Grimmialp lies at the back of the Diemtig Valley. On the Games and Adventure Trail, children hear the exciting story of Grimmimutz and the Pepper Witch.

Summer

A 20-minute cable car ride takes you from Erlenbach to the Stockhorn summit with its unforgettable panorama of the Aare Valley, Lake Thun, the pre-Alps, the Emmen Valley and over 200 Jurassic and Alpine peaks. Paragliders appreciate the breezes on the mountaintop, while families enjoy the interactive adventure trail “The Stockhorn - world of mountains and lakes”. Climbers are in their elements on the 120 climbing routes near the mid-station.

Highlights

  • Stockhorn (2190m) - The hiking mountain and vantage point (2190m) lures visitors with its impressive panorama of 200 Jura summits and Alpine peaks.
  • Villages in the Diemtig Valley - authentic mountain villages in an idyllic landscape. The Swiss Heritage Society has recognized Diemtigen for its long-term and far-sighted town planning that preserves the original settlement character of the valley in an exemplary manner.
  • Rinderberg ob Zweisimmen - a mountain hiking center accessible by gondola train (2079m). The skiing area is linked to the skiing region “Gstaad Mountain Rides”.
  • Leiterli ob Lenk - Mountain Station of the Gondola Train with a cozy mountain house. It is the starting point of the Marmot Trail (3km) with authentic marmot burrows, and the Lynx Trail (6km).
  • Simmen Falls, Simmen Springs and Iffig Falls - unusually beautiful trick fountains at the source of the Simme River near Lenk.

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