Hiking & nature

Classic walk along the Lötschberger southern approach

This walking trail leads along the more than 100-year-old Lötschberg mountain line from Hohtenn via Ausserberg, Eggerberg and Lalden to Brig.

The route continues to fascinate walkers of all ages. On this walk, you will encounter both Alpine and southern vegetation, as well as plenty of beautiful views into the Rhone Valley. Along the way, you will see not only typical old Valais houses, but also feats of early-twentieth-century railway engineering – such as the Luogelkin Viaduct between Hohtenn and Ausserberg.

Directions

In Bietschtal, the walking trail follows the embankment of the old construction railway. En route you will also see the impressive irrigation channels (Suonen) that wend their way along the steep, craggy slopes for many kilometres and serve as testimony to the courage and skill of their creators.

The trail offers numerous opportunities for detours down into the valley or up towards the more elevated Alps.

You can walk the 26-kilometre length of the Lötschberger southern approach either as a whole or in stages. The starting points are the stations at Hohtenn, Ausserberg, Eggerberg, Lalden, Dorf and Brig. Most walkers tackle the southern approach heading towards Brig, though it is equally charming when walked in the opposite direction.

There is more southern approach than ever before thanks to the Lalden-Naters-Brig section of the trail.

The Lötschberg southern approach was extended from Lalden via Naters to Brig in 2013. The new section of trail leads, among other things, over traditionally constructed natural stone steps and along the Driestneri-Suone.

Basic information

 Start Hohtenn Railway Station
 Finish Brig Railway Station
 Distance approx. 26 km
 Duration 8 hours 20 minutes (Hohtenn–Brig)
 Difficulty level light

Tip

  • Between Rarnerchumma and Riedgarto via the BLS railway bridge (time saving 35 min.).
  • On the way, there are numerous opportunities for side tours down into the valley or higher up into the Alps

Availability Today (Sunday) open

The Lötschberger southern approach can be accessed without restrictions.

Refreshments

You will find various refreshment facilities along the route. There are several bonfire sites and picnic areas. If you prefer to enjoy a fine lunch in a restaurant, you will find some tips here.

Notes

Guided railway walk

A guided railway walk from Hohtenn to Ausserberg takes place several times a year.

Arrival

The starting points are the stations at Hohtenn, Ausserberg, Eggerberg, Lalden, Dorf and Brig.

Construction site notice

Renovation of the Lötschberg summit tunnel from December to the end of 2023. This has an impact on the timetable.

Please note the current timetable.

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