From the Gürbetal valley into the Schwarzenburgerland


Nature Park Gantrisch

Nature Park Gantrisch

Schwarzenburg BE: Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

Schwarzenburg BE: Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

The Jakobsweg leads from Wattenwil in the Gürbetal valley through the rural landscape of the Schwarzenburgerland up to Schwarzenburg. There are fantastic views of the Stockhorn mountain range all along the way, whilst on the other side you can see over towards western Switzerland. You walk through small villages with picture-postcard churches. In Rüeggisberg there are some impressive ruins of a former monastery.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Bären bus-stop, Wattenwil
End of tour: Schwarzenburg train station
Access to starting point: S3 from Bern or Thun to Wattenwil train station. By bus from there.
Access to destination: Trains to Berne
Technical requirements: Easy
Physical fitness: Medium difficulty
Total altitude gain: Approx. 470 m
Walking time: 5 hrs 15 min.
Season: March to November
Catering: Wattenwil, Burgistein, Riggisberg, Rüeggisberg, Wislisau, Schönentannen, Schwarzenburg
Accommodation: Schwarzenburg
Various: Former monastery building in Rüeggisberg
Tour literature:


Wattenwil - Burgistein - Riggisberg - Mättiwil - Rüeggisberg - Wislisau - Elisried - Schwarzenburg

Always following the brown signs of the Jakobsweg, the route firstclimbs up from Wattenwil to Burgistein and then on to Riggisberg. Thescene is one of open country with wide fields. The path continues toclimb gently up to Rüeggisberg. Then you go down past the monasterybuildings to the Schwarzwassergraben. On the other side of the valley,a short but steep climb takes you up to a high plateau. You carry onwalking westwards and eventually reach the regional capital ofSchwarzenburg.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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