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)

You can ride the gondola to get from Zweisimmen to the Rinderberg. The first section through avalanche barriers is steep, so you’ll need good footwear. It will take you around two hours to descend via Lengebrand to Ried (St. Stephan), with the route alternating between lush alpine meadows and shady wooded sections. Along the way, you can enjoy the magnificent views down into the Simmental valley. From Ried, you can take the train back to Zweisimmen. 

In Lengebrand, the famous Chemistube is the perfect spot to enjoy a tasty break.

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-altitude hike tempts you with its breathtaking views of the Bernese Alps and is ideally suited to families and seniors, since the greatest ascents and descents are easy to conquer, thanks to the mountain railways. Along the way, you’ll pass by two restaurants, the Hornberg and the Hornfluh. These two mountain lodges boast a children’s play area.

Key figures 

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

Rinderberg-Horneggli panorama trail

Wispile cheese trail

Anyone wanting to enjoy nature and discover interesting things about the “gold of the Alps” is in the right place in Wispile. Hikers on the cheese trail will see and learn all about traditional production of the famous Bernese alpine cheese. Like fine wine, the alpine cheese varies slightly in taste from mountain to mountain. The mountain restaurant boasts a petting zoo and a large children’s play area.

Key figures 

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

Wispile–Lake Lauenen

Using the gondola, you can travel in comfort to the Berghaus Wispile restaurant (1907 m), where the hike begins. Keep following the mountain ridge and enjoy the panoramic view over the Saanenland region. At Chrinetritt, the path drops steeply to the Chrinepass (1659 m). Once there, you immediately ascend around 100 metres again. This takes you to the path heading towards the Lauenensee (1381 m). On the sloping mountain path, you’ll reach the nature reserve of the Lauenensee lakes.

Key figures

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

Flower trail (Horneggli–Hornberg–Horneggli)

The chair lift takes you comfortably from Schönried to the Horneggli, the starting point for this hike. The Flower Trail is circular route that is mostly easy to hike and takes you around the Hornfluh. Green spleenwort is just one of many curious names hikers encounter along the trail, which offers an impression of everything that can flourish at an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level. Anyone who is less interested in the diversity of the flowers can enjoy the magnificent view of the green Saanenland and the untouched Turbachtal valley. The Gastlosen range can be seen to the north and the Wildstrubel and Wildhorn glacier mountains to the south. The best time of year is from late June to 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

Alpine Herbs Trail by Swiss Alpine Herbs
Right next to the middle station of the Rinderberg gondola, you’ll find fragrant herbs, colourful blossoms and rippling water: The Alpine Herbs Trail by Swiss Alpine Herbs appeals to all the senses.

 

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.

Zweisimmen-Rinderberg gondola cableway

5 minutes' walk from Zweisimmen railway station.

 

Schönried-Horneggli chairlift

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

 

Gstaad Wispile gondola cableway

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.

 

La Videmanette gondola cableway

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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