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Reichenbach House Trail

The Frutigland region is home to a special type of multi-purpose building: the “Frutigtyp”.

You'll never know if you like “Frutigtyp” houses – unless you take a walk along the Reichenbach House Trail. This circular route with white sign posts begins at Reichenbach Railway Station and passes through various small farming cooperatives in the Reichenbach municipality. The route can be walked in both directions or in parts and can be ideally combined with public transport. For the whole way you need a time of about 4 hours.

The RegioExpress Bern - Spiez - Kandersteg - Brig - Domodossola takes you from Bern to Reichenbach in less than 45 minutes without changing trains.

Route description

The Reichenbach House Trail is carefully marked with white signposts. This picturesque route can be walked in both directions, and exploring it in individual sections is also possible, making it easily combinable with public transportation. You should plan approximately 4 hours for the entire route to thoroughly enjoy it. We recommend bringing binoculars, not only to examine interesting details on the houses more closely but also to fully experience the breathtaking views along the path. We kindly request that you respect the marked trails and only enter private properties with the appropriate permission.

Key data

Route Reichenbach–Reudigen–Wengi–Kien–Reichenbach 
Distance 9.8 km 
Walking time 2 hours 40 minutes
Elevation difference 240 Hm / 229 Hm
Level of difficulty
easy
Catering options
Restaurant Bahnhof
Restaurant Bären 

Availability Today (Monday) open

The House Trail is open every day.

Rates

The House Trail can be used free of charge.

Worth knowing

We recommend that you take binoculars with you so that you can see all the details of the houses.

The “Frutigtyp”

The Frutigland region is home to a special type of multi-purpose building: the “Frutigtyp” The house's living and farm sections are located next to each other on the gable side under the same roof. The "Frutigtyp" is a two-story log cabin. The living area usually has two rooms and the barns are of varying sizes. The projecting trusses and ledges on the houses are decorated with carvings.

Interesting facts about Reichenbach im Kandertal

Reichenbach is located away from major tourist destinations, which is why the village between Spiez and Frutigen has been able to preserve its original character down to this very day.

Reichenbach, which has 3,400 residents, is situated right at the beginning of the Kandertal Valley in one of the most beautiful areas at the base of the Alps in Switzerland – at the bottom of the Blümlisalp, behind which is the wildly romantic Kiental Valley. With its typical wooden houses and old church, Reichenbach is a wonderful place to stroll through.

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Reichenbach im Kandertal. The signposting of the House Trail starts right at the train station.

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