Hiking & nature

Hiking in the Diemtigtal Nature Park

A wide variety of themed paths wend their way through the Diemtigtal Nature Park. Be inspired.

As well as enjoying a walk through the picturesque natural setting, on the theme walks you’ll also learn fascinating facts about the culture, flora and fauna, and landscape. Do you know what the Alpine Longhorn Beetle is? Have you ever stood next to an original prize cow from a traditional wrestling competition? How can what was once an ocean become a heritage landscape grazed by cows?


The hiking trails can be followed every day from spring to autumn.

Subject to change without prior notice


Visitors can follow the Diemtigtal hiking trails free of charge.


Diemtigtal Valley Trail

“Although there are plenty of valley hiking trails, the Diemtigtal Valley Trail from Oey to Schwenden is unique and worthy of the highest praise.” (Quotation: Wanderführer der Berner Wanderwege [Walking guide to the Bernese Hiking Trails]).

Distance: 14.7 km
Elevation difference: approx. 560 m
Starting point: Oey-Diemtigen Railway Station
Finishing point: Schwenden

Albert Schweitzer Circular Trail

The Theme trail on the Grimmialp is dedicated to the man who was probably the most famous person to spend time in the Diemtigtal area. Schweitzer’s visits to the valley, between 1901 and 1909, had a significant influence on one of his most famous philosophical works, “Reverence for Life”.

Distance: 5 km
Elevation difference: 180 m
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Starting point: Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, Schwenden

Wrestling Trail Springenboden

Do you know the names of the five associations that make up the Swiss wrestling federation? On the Wrestling Trail at the home of the champion wrestler Kilian Wenger you’ll learn more about the country’s popular national sport, which has stayed true to its traditional roots.

Distance: 2 km
Elevation difference: 120 m
Starting point: Springenboden
Notes: The trail is not pushchair-friendly.

From Horboden, there is an on-demand transport service available to take you to Springenboden. Please reserve this in good time by calling the number below.

Walk from Horboden to Springenboden: 1 hour 20 mins

Kraftort Grimmiwasser Alpine meadow

On the panoramic mountain walk, we reach the Kraftort Grimmiwasser Alpine meadow with its wild High Alpine character. There the little mountain lakes, rare Alpine flowers and the red iron-rich springs act as natural sources of energy.

Distance: 11.8 km
Elevation difference: approx. 606 m
Start and finish point: “Senggiweid” car park, Schwenden

Alpine Longhorn Beetle Trail

The Alpine Longhorn is one of the most impressive beetles in Europe. On the Alpine Longhorn Beetle Trail, you will learn about this rare and unique creature in its native habitat.

Distance: 8 km
Elevation difference: approx. 125 m
Start and finish point: Oey-Diemtigen Railway Station

Wiriehorn Geology Trail

The Geology Trail winds around the Wiriehorn mountain and explains how this landscape came into existence. On the trail, walkers can learn fascinating facts about mountain and valley, glacier and water, rock and stone – from ancient eras, 240 million years ago, to the present day.

Distance: 9 km without summit ascent (11.5 km with summit ascent)
Elevation difference: 650 m without summit ascent (1,010 m with summit ascent)
Walking time: 3.5 hours without summit ascent (additional 1.5 hours with summit ascent)
Starting and finishing point: Berghotel Wiriehorn, Nüegg

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