Knowledge & culture

Obersimmental House Trail

Skilled carpentry and facade paintings of the highest order

Along the Simmental House Trails, many of the Simmental houses express the great wealth that the breeding and export of the world-famous Simmental cattle brought to the sunny mountain valley. The ornate and decorative facade paintings impressively show the craftsmanship of the master builders at that time as well as the social status of the owners.

The train takes you directly to Boltigen every hour from Bern. From there, the House Trail is marked with brown signs.

Route description

The House Trail is partly on asphalt roads with little traffic and partly on nature trails. Good footwear is recommended. From Boltigen train station, the paths are marked with brown signs. These provide information about the age, architecture and special features of historically important houses. Depending on your stamina, enthusiasm and the time of year, the Obersimmental House Trails can be hiked in their entirety or in sections.

Key information

Start Boltigen train station
End Lenk im Simmental train station
Distance approx. 20.7 km
Duration of sections Boltigen–Beret–Zweisimmen: 4 hours
Zweisimmen–St. Stephan–Lenk: 4 hours
Lenk–Oberried–Lenk: 2 hours
Lenk–Gutsch–Lenk: 2 hours
Level of difficulty difficult

Availability Today (Tuesday) open

Upper Simmental House Trail

The Upper Simmental House Trail is accessible daily from May to October.

Local History Museum

The “Heimathuus” Museum in Zweisimmen is open at the following times from May to October:

Wed/Sat/Sun 14.00–17.00 hours

Guided tours from six or more people on request

 

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Upper Simmental House Trail

Visitors can follow the Upper Simmental House Trail free of charge.

“Heimathuus”

  • CHF 5.00 Adults
  • free of charge Children up to 15.99 years

 

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

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Zweisimmen Local History Museum

Would you like to see the inside of a typical Simmental house? In the "Heimathuus" in Zweisimmen you will gain exciting insights. The local history museum summarises the history of the Upper Simmental. The building dates back to 1647 and has been preserved almost in its original state.

Opening times

From May to October Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m.
Groups of 6 or more by appointment.

Admission

Adults pay CHF 5.00 for admission; children visit the museum for free.

Healing plant garden

The Simmental healing plant garden in Adlemsried (municipality of Boltigen) is home to more than 70 medicinal plants.

Opening times

Mid-June to end of September
Wednesdays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Admission free.

Arrival

Travel comfortably by train to Boltigen and follow the brown signposts.

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