Hiking & nature

Hiking in the Diemtigtal Valley

The hiking options in the Diemtigtal Nature Park are plentiful and diverse. We’ve compiled the nicest routes for you here.

There’s a lot to discover in the Diemtigtal Nature Park. Here you can get active in the midst of breathtaking nature and fresh air whilst enjoying many interesting and amazing experiences. Simple mountain eateries invite you to fuel up along the way and spoil you with regional delicacies.

You can easily reach the starting points in the valley by train and post bus.

Go on a hiking tour, stop now and then, enjoy the view, the peace and nature. And in the evening you return home tired but satisfied.

Diemtigtal House Trails

On the trail of traditional Simmental architecture

The Diemtigtal valley owes its impressive collection of buildings to wealthy farmers and skilled craftsmen. The splendid architecture is testament to the flourishing cattle trade and the success of horse-breeding and dates back as far as the 16th century. Each house has its own history and particular features. The Hausweg brochure and the new app are the ideal companions and provide you with all the important information along the way.

The architectural sights are spread along a route of more than 30 kilometres. Since this is too far for one single hike, they are divided into three circular routes, which you can comfortably hike in three to three and a half hours. Those who want to can travel the entire route by e-bike on quiet back roads.

Route 1

Front valley

Walking route Oey–Feld–Hasli–Sälbeze–Bächlen–Grund– Diemtigen Dorf–Bergli–Diemtigen Dorf–Oey
Distance 8,9 km
Walking time 3 h
Elevation difference 438 m 
Difficulty level easy 

Route 2

Middle valley

Hiking route Horboden–Entschwil–Riedern–Rothbad–Walkenmatte–Rüti–Wattfluh–Horboden
Distance 10,2 km
Walking time 3 h 15  m
Elevation difference 434 m 
Difficulty level easy 

Route 3

Rear valley

Hiking route Zwischenflüh/Riedli–Oeyen–Boden–Houete–Schwenden/Tiermatti–Kapelle–Kuhrhaus–Schürmatte–Rain–Tiermatti
Distance 11,2 km
Walking time 3 h 15m
Elevation difference 380 m 
Difficulty level easy

Theme trails

Hiking for the inquisitive

Would you like to discover exciting things about the culture and nature of the Diemtigtal valley whilst you are hiking? Then the following themed trails are perfect for you. Here you will find suggestions for short and easy circular hikes that are enlivened with comprehensible and interesting information, and which are also suitable for children.

Bird trail

From Rotmilan to Wasseramsel

The bird trail takes you through numerous habitats for native bird species. Observe the nesting site of a pair of swifts using a nest camera or check your knowledge of bird calls. On this circular trail, you’ll learn lots of amazing facts about our birds.

Hiking route Marktplatz Oey–Grafestei–Zälg–Bächlen–Gruebi–Marktplatz Oey
Distance 6,2 km
Walking time 2 hours 45 minutes
Elevation difference 220 m
Difficulty level medium
Catering facilities Ofehüsi im Gruebi
Covered barbecue site (Katzenloch)

Albert Schweitzer Circular Trail

Virtual themed circular trail on Grimmialp

Albert Schweitzer spent his holidays at the Grimmialp spa resort no fewer than eight times. A walking trail with multiple benches and quotations by the famous holiday guest was created in his honour. Download the new app on your smartphone before the walk and learn all about the rich life of the doctor, philosopher, theologian and organist. Along the virtual circuit you’ll be confronted with questions that will get you thinking about individualism, vocation, orientation, daring and destiny.

Hiking route Kurhaus Grimmialp–Blauseeli–Schwenden–Kurhaus Grimmialp
Distance 4,8 km
Walking time 1 hour 45 minutes
Elevation difference 121 m
Difficulty level easy
Catering facilities Restaurant Eggli

Wrestling Trail Springenboden

Insight into the world of Swiss wrestling: “Hoselupf” and “Wiiberhaggä”

Did you know that three greats of Swiss wrestling came from the Diemtigtal Valley? On this circular trail around the home turf of Kilian Wenger, you’ll find out all about this popular and rustic national sport. This includes an insight into the various techniques and holds used in Swiss wrestling.

Hiking route Haseloch–Springenboden–Haseloch
Distance 2,5 km
Walking time 1 hours 30 minutes
Elevation difference 120 m
Difficulty level easy
Catering facilities Covered barbecue site
Restaurant Gsässweid
Restaurant Springenboden
Gasthaus Rothbad

Wiriehorn Geology Trail

How a sea became a cultural landscape

The rock of the Wiriehorn was formed about 240 million years ago, in the time when dinosaurs still lived on our planet. The geological discovery trail is dedicated to the formation of this impressive landscape over millions of years. On the geological trail around the Wiriehorn, you’ll learn lots of interesting facts about mountain and valley, glacier and water, rock and stone.

Hiking route Bergstation Wiriehorn–Gurbs Mettelberg–Abendmatte–Tubelfärrich–Bergstation Wiriehorn
Distance 9.2 km
Walking time 3 hours 30 minutes
Elevation difference 622 m
Difficulty level medium
Catering facilities Berghotel Wiriehorn
Bergrestaurant Alp Schwarzenberg

Kraftort Grimmiwasser Alpine meadow

The healing springs of the Diemtigtal Valley

This hike impresses not only with its breathtaking high alpine landscape and rare alpine flowers. But above all, it is the red, ferruginous springs that make this place so special and have given it the reputation of a place of power. High up on Grimmialp, the spring bubbles out of the stony ground at the foot of a huge rock face with incredible clarity. The healing waters are said to have given countless sick people lasting healing and a new lease of life.

Hiking route Postautohaltestelle Schwenden i. D., Grimmialp-Senggiweid-Würzi-Alp Grimmi-Kraftort Grimmiwasser-Alp Nidegg–Postautohaltestelle Schwenden i. D., Grimmialp
Distance 10,8 km
Walking time 3 hours 50 minutes
Elevation difference 621 m
Difficulty level medium
Catering facilities Bergrestaurant Grimmi

Valley hiking trail

Hike along the Fildrich and Chirel rivers

This valley hiking trail follows the Fildrich and Chirel rivers and takes you over 11 bridges, through shady forests, and across lush flower meadows. On hot days, it remains pleasantly cool along the riverbank and in the shade of the trees, so the trail is ideal even in high summer, too. Along the route, five barbecue sites invite you to take a rest and enjoy a picnic. The approximately 15-km-long hiking trail runs away from the road, but does lead to eleven Postbus stops at intervals of between 20 and 40 minutes. This offers you countless shortcut options and hiking variations.

Hiking route Sennggiweid (Grimmialp)–Schwenden–Grundwasser–Oey
Distance 15 km
Walking time 4 hours
Elevation difference 140 m 
Difficulty level medium 
Catering facilities  5 Barbecue areas

Availability Today (Monday) open

The hiking trails are accessible daily from April to November, depending on the weather and snow conditions.

How to get there

From Bern, you can reach Oey-Diemtigen train station on the Regio-Express. Once an hour it even runs direct, so you don’t need to change in Spiez. Depending on the hiking trail you choose, the post bus will take you from Oey-Diemtigen train station to the starting point of your hike.

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