Knowledge & culture

Simmental House Trail

Splendid houses with impressively painted façades line the Simmental House Trail.

The breeding and export of the now world-famous Simmental cows already brought great wealth to this sunny mountain valley long ago. The locals of that era liked to showcase this wealth with splendid houses. And so a great carpentry tradition was born. The houses feature information boards with extensive facts about their age, architecture and special features.

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Daily rail connections.

The Simmental House Trail is accessible daily from April to October.

 

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Visitors can follow the Simmental House Trail free of charge.

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Notes

The House Trail includes both natural paths and asphalt lanes with little traffic, and leads from Wimmis to Boltingen.

It encompasses two sections:

  • The valley route from Wimmis via Erlenbach to Weissenburg (18 km)
  • The terrace route from Erlenbach to Boltigen (20 km)

You can walk the House Trail as a whole, do the separate two sections, or walk smaller sections. Circular walks in individual villages, such as Erlenbach and Wimmis, are also rewarding.

There are several easy, medium-difficulty and challenging walks available to you starting from the stations along the Lötschberger line listed below.

Wimmis

Wimmis–Boltigen (8 hours)
Wimmis–Erlenbach i. S. (2 hours 30 mins)
Wimmis–Oey-Diemtigen (1 hour 50 mins)
Wimmis–Weissenburg (entire valley route, 4 hours)

Oey-Diemtigen

Oey-Diemtigen–Boltigen (6 hours 10 mins)
Oey-Diemtigen–Erlenbach i. S. (40 mins)
Oey-Diemtigen–Weissenburg (2 hours 25 mins)
Oey-Diemtigen–Wimmis (1 hour 50 mins)

Erlenbach im Simmental

Erlenbach i. S.–Boltigen (entire terrace route, 5 hours 30 mins)
Erlenbach i. S.–Weissenburg (1 hour 45 mins)
Erlenbach i. S.–Wimmis (2 hours 30 mins)

Weissenburg-Därstetten

Weissenburg–Därstetten–Boltigen (7 hours 15 mins)
Weissenburg–Därstetten–Erlenbach i. S. (1 hour 45 mins)
Weissenburg–Därstetten–Wimmis (entire valley route, 4 hours)

Oberwil im Simmental

Oberwil i. S.–Boltigen (1 hour 45 mins)
Oberwil i. S.–Erlenbach i. S. (3 hours 45 mins)
Oberwil i. S.–Weissenburg-Därstetten (5 hours 30 mins)
Oberwil i. S.–Wimmis (6 hours 15 mins)

Boltigen

Boltigen–Erlenbach i. S. (entire terrace route, 5 hours 30 mins)
Boltigen–Oberwil i. S. (1 hour 45 mins)
Boltigen–Weissenburg-Därstetten (7 hours 15 mins)
Boltigen–Wimmis (8 hours)

Special notes

Additional information about the Simmental House Trail can be found at hauswege.ch

Would you like to see a Simmental house from the inside? At the “Agensteinhaus” Valley Museum in Erlenbach, you will find one with its doors open to you. A permanent exhibition shows visitors objects from early agricultural life in Simmental. The museum is located in a large farm house that is itself a fine example of the carpenter’s art. From May to October, the museum is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 14.00 to 17.00 hours. Contact for guided tours, including outside of opening hours: Bernhard Wüthrich +41 79 885 00 39. Adults pay CHF 5.00 admission, while children can visit the museum for free.

In the Simmental Medicinal Herb Garden in Adlemsried (municipality of Boltigen), you will find over 70 varieties of medicinal herb. The garden is open from 9.00 to 17.00 hours between mid-June and late September. Entry is free of charge.

 

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