Hiking trails in the Kiental Valley
The Kiental Valley is renowned as a starting point for many lovely walks.
Past tumbling waterfalls, you’ll hike along stunning panoramic paths past meadows of scented flowers as you discover the beauty and splendour of the Kiental.
Depending on your mood and the kind of walk you fancy, you can choose from a half or full day’s hike in the valley. Thanks to the Griesalp postbus – known to be Europe’s steepest scheduled bus service – it’s easy to reach the starting point for the walks.
Selected walking tips for the Kiental Valley
Day walk from Griesalp to Kiental village
From the postbus terminus at Griesalp, follow the brown signposts towards Golderli–Abendberg. From Kiental, the postbus will bring you back to Reichenbach.
|Walking times||4 hours 30 mins|
Griesalp circular hiking trail
From the postbus terminus at Griesalp, follow the brown signposts towards Dündenalp. You return on the Griesalp postbus service to Reichenbach.
|Walking times||4 hours 30 mins|
“Bear Path” half-day walk
From the “Kiental, Restaurant Alpenruhe” postbus stop, follow the brown signposts towards Tschingelsee. From the Tschingel car park, the postbus will bring you back to Reichenbach.
|Walking times||2 hours 30 mins|
Kiental Wildwater Trail
The Kiental Wildwater Trail starts from the village of Tschingel in the Kiental Valley and passes deep gorges, tumbling waterfalls and steep rocky walls on its route up to Griesalp. One remarkable feature is the “Hexenkessel” (witch’s cauldron), a bubbling and foaming pot of water. The power of the natural forces is tangible. The natural spectacle, in fact, appeals to all of the senses. The Wildwater Trail is particularly impressive between the months of June and August, since at that time the quantity of water is swollen by the thawing snows. After heavy rainfall, too, the flow of water is stronger. The route is well graded and can also easily be followed in the reverse direction.
Griesalp Postbus Experience Trail
Simply follow the white signs with the PostBus symbol and stop at the 13 "stops" with the recognizable yellow PostBus signs along the trail.
Walk through the Hohtürli Pass
Alpine farming and nature educational trail
On the Alpine farming and nature educational trail, you can learn about nature and about the lifestyle and work of the mountain farmers on the Griesalp. At the information points along the way, by using all your senses – reading, seeing, feeling and hearing – you’ll discover interesting facts about the flora and fauna, geology, mountain forests, mountain streams, Alpine farming and Alpine cheese production. Thanks to the book that accompanies the educational trail, you can read more about all of these things when you get back home. You can purchase the book for CHF 12.00 from the Kiental tourist office.
- Walking time for the Alpine educational trail half-day walk: 1 hr. 30 min. (4 km, elevation difference 100 metres).
- Walking time for the Alpine educational trail day walk: 4 hr. 30 min. (7.5 km, elevation difference 500 metres).
PostBus journey from Reichenbach i.K. to Griesalp Kurhaus
- CHF 20.40 Adults
- free of charge Adults with GA travelcard
- CHF 10.20 Adults with Half-Fare travelcard
- CHF 10.20 Children up to the age of 16
- free of charge Children up to the age of 16 with Junior travelcard
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration
Food & drinks
Kien Zappel circular trail
The Kien Zappel circular trail is based on the story “Dr Zouberwicht Kien Zappu” (“The Magic Dwarf of Kien Zappu”) by fairytale writer Barbara Burren. The trail has been specifically designed for families with pre-school-age children. Both young and old visitors will discover the special nature of the landscape and gain ideas for simple, well-known and new games. The circular trail leads from the mountain station of the Ramslauenen chair lift across Alpine meadows and through a mystical forest to the Underbachli stream and then back to the mountain station.
Together with the cuckoo, discover the animals of the Kiental valley. On the “Guggerwäg”, gamekeeper Paul Schmid and the Hunting Inspectorate present individual animals from the Kiental valley in various display cases. The presentations are interesting for both children and adults and offer a wonderful experience of nature. The hike leads from the Ramslauenen mountain station via Lengschwendi to Alperue and takes around 1.5 hours