Hiking & nature

The splendour of Alpine flowers on Betelberg mountain

Immerse yourself in the world of Alpine flowers – The area around the Leiterli is one of the greenest and most colourful Alpine meadows in Switzerland.

While Alpine roses, arnica and gentian will be familiar to everyone, the meadows that border the original Alpine flower trail are also full of a number of other species. The trail features over 100 signs that help visitors to identify both familiar and less well-known Alpine flora. Such a diversity of species is unfortunately all too rare nowadays. Many of the plants on the Leiterli are protected species. When they are in full bloom, the many Alpine roses provide an especially thrilling spectacle. No plants are sown or planted on the Betelberg Alpine flower trail – here, the garden belongs to Mother Nature alone!

Route description

The Alpine flower trail at Betelberg is a circular walk starting from the Leiterli mountain station. It passes through a landscape that is full of contrast and features ascents and descents. A short, steep climb marks the beginning of the mountain path. Along the trail, a number of seating areas offer the perfect location for walkers to sit and relax while marvelling at the diversity of Alpine flowers. The circular trail is surrounded by a unique panorama with views over the head of the valley and the Haslerberg upland moor.

Key figures

 Lenght 1.6 km
 Elevation difference 55 m
 Duration 45 mins
Start Leiterli mountain station
End Leiterli mountain station

Colourful Alpine flowers

Alpine roses in abundance, gentian and perhaps even an edelweiss. The area around the Leiterli is one of the greenest and most colourful Alpine meadows in Switzerland. In high areas, the Alpine flowers grow in unequalled abundance thanks to the intensity of the sun’s rays. Such a diversity of species is unfortunately all too rare nowadays. Here, July and August offer visitors the best chance to see the widest variety of blooms.

BLS tips

Take the Alpine flower guide with you

You can purchase this for CHF 2.00 at the Betelberg gondola lift or in the Tourist Center Lenk. The Alpine flower guide contains additional information on every labelled flower.
For example, the diversity of the different gentians and orchids is impressive. In the Alpine flower guide, the flowers are indexed according to species, making it even easier to distinguish between them. Anyone interested in naturopathy is bound to be pleased at the sight of helianthemum, Alpine goldenrods and arnica. The much sought-after trailing lobelia is a real treat for the nose. A magnifying glass may be of benefit to admire the naked-stalked speedwell or Euphrasia minima. Thanks to the many types of thistle growing here, the variety of butterfly species is fantastic!

Guided Alpine flower tours

Enjoy an entertaining tour of the Alpine flower trail: Margrit Dubi shares exciting, interesting and little-known facts about the Alpine flora. She also touches on mythology and the effects of medicinal and Alpine herbs. Expect just the right blend of information and humour!

Availability Today (Monday) open

Operating times, Betelberg gondola lift

Daily from 12 June to 24 October 2021
08.30–17.00 hours

 

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Gondola lift Lenk–Leiterli return

  • CHF 34.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 28.00 Adults, return (Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard)
  • CHF 31.00 Adults families*, return
  • CHF 12.00 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), return
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    * Family discount:
    With families, adults receive a discount when purchasing two tickets at the same time (at least one child aged 6 to 15.99).

     

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

How to get there

From the ‘Lenk, Talstation Betelberg’ bus stop, you can ride in comfort on the Betelberg gondola lift up to the Leiterli mountain station. This is where the circular trail starts and ends.

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