Hiking & nature

Twannbach Gorge

A varied hike with a unique view over the Three Lakes Region

The hike from Magglingen over Twannberg and down to Twann is one of the classics of the region. The panoramic heights, imposing gorge and sleepy lanes of the wine-growing village make this tour unforgettable. The Twannbach flows through the striking gorge, with high rock faces towering to the left and right, and the water cascades down to Twann where it flows into Lake Biel.

You can reach Biel quickly and easily by public transport. From the train station it's a short walk to the valley station of the Magglingen cable car.

Hiking through the Twannbach Gorge

The Twannbach Gorge leads from Lamboing to Twann and gets its name from the Twannbach stream, which flows through this breathtaking gorge landscape. Well-marked hiking trails lead from Magglingen over Twannberg and from Prêles through flowering meadows and shady forests down into the gorge, which was opened up in 1892.

This wild and romantic gorge is especially popular in the hot summer months, as the temperatures are pleasant and the high rock walls and trees provide shade. In spring, when a lot of water flows through the Twannbach, the waterfalls are particularly impressive.

At the end of the gorge it suddenly becomes quieter, and hikers are offered a breathtaking view of the wine-growing village of Twann as well as Lake Biel, the picturesque St. Peter's Island and the snow-covered Alps in the distance.

At the upper entrance to the gorge there's a glass workshop and bistro. In Twann, numerous terraces with culinary delights and wines from the region await hungry hikers.

To walk the trail safely, you should wear good shoes and take care in wet, slippery areas. The trail may not be left when in the nature reserve.

Key figures

Hiking route  MagglingenTwannbergTwann
Distance  10 kilometers
Duration  approx. 3 hours
Elevation difference  Ascent: 131 m / Descent: 576 m
Difficulty level   easy, but with some steep downhill parts

  • Hike for the entire family
  • Not suitable for pushchairs
  • BBQ spots available


The hike can also be started from the Prêles mountain station. Prêles can be reached by the Ligerz-Prêles cable car (vinfuni).

Availability Today (Thursday) open

The Twannbach Gorge is open every day during the summer months.

Subject to change without prior notice


Twannbach Gorge

  • CHF 2.00 Adults
  • CHF 1.00 Children

Food & Drink

At the upper entrance to the gorge there's a glass workshop and bistro. In Twann, numerous terraces with culinary delights and wines from the region await hungry hikers.

There are also BBQ areas and resting places situated along the trail.

BLS suggestion

  • Take the boat for the return trip to Biel
  • How about a visit to the vinotheque in Twann
  • Enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants in Twann

How to get there

Travel to Biel/Bienne in comfort by train. Then there's just a short walk to the Magglingen cable car. The cable car takes you from Biel up to Magglingen.

You will start your return journey from Twann train station after completing your hike through the gorge.

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