Hiking & nature

Gstaad walking paradise

Discover the most beautiful hikes in the Gstaad region

The walking trails in Destination Gstaad lead through highly varied landscapes and give walkers the opportunity to explore moorland, deep ravines, Alpine valleys, lofty mountain peaks and, of course, the beautifully situated mountain inns along the way. Thanks to the cable cars and public transport, the trail network is highly accessible and offers the right route for every walker.

Walking highlights

The hiking network around Gstaad is over 300 kilometres long. We have put together some suggested routes for you:

Rinderberg–Lengebrand–Ried (St. Stephan)

The ascent of Mt. Rinderberg (2,004 m) can be enjoyed in the comfort of a gondola lift from Zweisimmen. From the mountain station, the walk predominantly leads downwards into Simmental and to Ried in St. Stephan.

In Lengebrand, the well-known Chemistube invites you to enjoy a delightful meal.

Key figures

Level of difficulty  easy
Length 5.6 km
Elevation difference 1038 m
Duration 2 hours
Start Rinderberg mountain station
End Ried (St. Stephan)

Rinderberg-Horneggli panorama trail

This easy high-altitude walk offers breath-taking views of the Bernese Alps and is especially suitable for families and seniors, as the steepest climbs can easily be mastered by cable car. The route takes you past the Hornberg and Hornfluh restaurants. The mountain inns also feature a playground. 

Key figures 

Level of difficulty  easy 
Walking time  Approx. 2 hours
Ascent 77 m
Descent 310 m

Rinderberg-Horneggli panorama trail

Wispile cheese trail

Wispile is the right place for anyone wanting to learn more about traditional cheese-making. The cheese trail features new and interesting information boards. There is a petting zoo and a large new children’s playground by the mountain restaurant at Wispile.

Key figures 

Level of difficulty
very easy 
Walking time  Approx. 45 minutes
Length 1.9 km
Descent 328 m
 

Wispile–Lake Lauenen

Walk over the Wispile mountain ridge and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view over the Saanenland and the 3,000-metre peaks. The famous Lake Lauenen awaits you as a reward at the end of the trail. 

Key figures

Level of difficulty  medium
Length 9,53 km
Duration 3 hours
Start Wispile
End Lake Lauenen

Flower trail (Horneggli–Hornberg–Horneggli)

The chairlift carries you easily from Schönried to Horneggli, where your walk begins. The Flower Trail (or “Blumenweg”) is an easy circular trail that takes you around the Hornfluh. Along the way, walkers will encounter green spleenwort – a kind of fern – along with many other fascinating plants. The route gives you an impression of just how many species bloom at an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level. Those with less of an interest in the native flora can enjoy the magnificent views across the green Saanenland and the pristine Turbachtal Valley. To the north, the Gastlosen range can be seen, while the Wildstrubel and Wildhorn glaciated mountains dominate the southerly view. The best season for the walk is between late June and mid-September. 

Key figures

Level of difficulty  very easy
Length 2,7 km
Duration 1 hour
Start Horneggli
End Horneggli
Ascent/Descent  +/- 101 m 

La Videmanette circular walk

In Rougemont, take the gondola cableway up to La Videmanette. From the mountain station, you can enjoy the wonderful and far-reaching views of Rougemont and all the way to Pays d’Enhaut. In the opposite direction you can see the Bernese Alps, from the Wetterhorn to the Oldenhorn. The walk starts out virtually level for the first 800 metres before the steep descent towards Les Prax, later followed by the ascent back to the mountain station. Some or all of this route follows mountain walking trails. Sturdy mountain shoes are recommended. After your walk, treat yourself to a good meal at the mountain restaurant and enjoy the fantastic and far-reaching views of the Bernese and Vaud Alps. 

Key figures

Level of difficulty  medium
Length 6,6 km
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Start La Videmanette
End La Videmanette
Ascent/Descent  +/- 430 m 

Availability Today (Wednesday) open

Zweisimmen-Rinderberg gondola cableway

18 June to 16 October 2022: daily from 09.00 to 16.30 hours

Last ascent to the top station at 16.15 hours
Last ascent to the middle station at 16.30 hours

Schönried-Horneggli chairlift

18 June to 16 October 2022: daily from 09.00 to 16.30 hours

Gstaad-Wispile gondola cableway

18 June to 16 October 2022: daily from 09.00 to 16.30 hours

Rougemont-La Videmanette gondola cableway

9 July to 16 August 2022: daily from 09.00 to 16.30 hours

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Zweisimmen-Rinderberg gondola cableway

  • CHF 32.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 45.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults, GA travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Adults, GA travelcard, return
  • CHF 16.00 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), return
  • Buy now in the BLS Webshop

Schönried–Horneggli chairlift

  • CHF 21.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 33.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 10.50 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 16.50 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, return
  • CHF 10.50 Adults, GA travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 16.50 Adults, GA travelcard, return
  • CHF 10.50 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), one-way
  • CHF 16.50 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), return
  • Buy now in the BLS Webshop

Gstaad–Wispile gondola cableway

  • CHF 32.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 45.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Adults, Half-Fare travelcard, return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults, GA travelcard, one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Adults, GA travelcard, return
  • CHF 16.00 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), return
  • Buy now in the BLS Webshop

La Videmanette gondola cableway

  • CHF 32.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 45.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 16.00 Children (6-16), Half-Fare and GA travelcard one-way
  • CHF 22.50 Children (6-16), Half-Fare and GA travelcard return

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

BLS suggestion

Alpenkräuterweg by Swiss Alpine Herbs

Direkt neben der Mittelstation der Rinderberg-Bahn befindet sich duftende Kräuter, farbige Blüten und plätscherndes Wasser: Der Alpenkräuterweg by Swiss Alpine Herbs ist ein Ort für alle Sinne.

Plan journey

With the RegioExpress Lötschberger you can travel comfortably to Zweisimmen. This is a connection with several train sections and different destinations. When boarding, look out for the information on the train.

Gondelbahn Zweisimmen-Rinderberg

5 minutes' walk from Zweisimmen railway station.

 

Sesselbahn Schönried-Horneggli

With the Regio you travel on to Schönried. The bottom station of the chairlift is located 5 minutes on foot from Schönried station.

 

Gondelbahn Gstaad Wispile

With the Regio you travel on to Gstaad. The valley station of the gondola lift is a 20-minute walk from Gstaad railway station or 7 minutes by local bus.

 

Gondelbahn La Videmanette

Take the Regio to Rougemont. From Rougemont station it is a 5-minute walk to the valley station of the gondola.

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