Knowledge & culture

Upper Simmental House Trail

A trail lined with beautiful houses that attest to the carpenter’s art.

There are many splendid houses with impressively painted façades along the Simmental House Trail. They are all architectural gems – and bear witness to a bygone era of prosperity in this valley, generated through mountain farming and the world-famous Simmentaler cows.

Availability

Upper Simmental House Trail

The Upper Simmental House Trail is accessible daily from May to October.

Local History Museum

The “Heimathuus” Museum in Zweisimmen is open at the following times from May to October:

Wed/Sat/Sun 14.00–17.00 hours

Guided tours from six or more people on request

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Upper Simmental House Trail

Visitors can follow the Upper Simmental House Trail free of charge.

“Heimathuus”

  • CHF 5.00 Adults
  • CHF 2.00 Children*

*Ages 6 to 16

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

Notes

The Upper Simmental House Trail is signposted with brown waymarkers from Boltigen Railway Station. These provide information about the age, architecture and special features of historically significant houses.

Route

Starting point: Boltigen Railway Station
Finishing point: Lenk im Simmental Railway Station

Depending on your fitness level and the time of year, the Upper Simmental House Trail can be divided up into separate subsections.

Walking times

  • Boltigen–Beret–Zweisimmen: 4 hours
  • Zweisimmen–St. Stephan–Lenk: 4 hours
  • Lenk–Oberried–Lenk: 2 hours
  • Lenk–Gutsch–Lenk: 2 hours

Zweisimmen Local History Museum

Would you like to see a typical Simmental house from the inside? At the “Heimathuus” in Zweisimmen, you will receive interesting insights. The Local History Museum summarises the history of the Upper Simmental. The building dates from 1647 and is preserved in near-original condition.

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