Ausserberg–Mund Suonen trail
Walking along historic waterways
Valais is one of Switzerland’s driest regions. This is why in times gone by, people invented ingenious irrigation systems – to this day, 3,000 of these so-called “Suonen” remain, measuring some 2,000 kilometres in total length. Part of the Ausserberg–Mund trail leads along these historic waterways.
Travel comfortably by train from Bern directly to Ausserberg. The post bus travels every hour from Mund village to Brig.
From Ausserberg station, the route leads up in the direction of Niwäch hamlet. The Niwäch “Suone”, a type of historic irrigation system, flows above the hamlet. The path leads alongside the Suone to the hamlet of Choruderri. Anyone with a torch can follow the route through the 1.7-kilometre-long Niwäch tunnel. Those with a head for heights and who like a thrill can follow the path further along the restored wooden channels of the historic Niwäch Suone.
Turn off before the hamlet of Ze Steinu and follow the path down to the valley, crossing the Baltschiederbach stream a little further down. This side of the valley along the Gorperi Suone is less exposed. The exposed sections are bypassed via short tunnels. The prized spice saffron has been cultivated here since the 14th century. From Mund, the postbus will take you back to Brig.
|Walking times||ca. 5 hours|
|Elevation difference||+ 764 m / - 509 m|
|Level of difficulty||medium to difficult|
The path along the Suonen requires a certain sure-footedness and head for heights, as the ground is very steep and the path very narrow.
- Instead of in Mund, the walk can already be concluded in Eggerberg. Walking time for this alternative route: 3 h 30 min. From Eggerberg, the RegioExpress takes passengers to Bern and Brig at hourly intervals.
- The trail is quite exposed in parts, and is therefore only recommended for walkers who are sure-footed and have a head for heights. Not suitable with children. Sturdy shoes are essential.
- Our tip: classic walk along the Lötschberger southern approach
Depending on the weather, the Suonen trail can be accessed from spring until autumn.
Subject to change without prior notice
The saffron village of Mund
Did you know that Mund is the only place in Switzerland where the valuable spice saffron is still cultivated?
Saffron grows in an area covering around 18,000 square metres on the sunny plateau. Up to 3,000 flowers are harvested by hand every day during the season in October and November. This and additional information relating to Mund’s saffron can be discovered during a visit to the Saffron Museum and on the exciting Saffron discovery path.
You can find further information here.