Hiking & nature

Niederhorn-Hohwald-Waldegg winter hike

An attractive walk for the coldest season

The breathtaking panoramic view of the glittering Lake Thun, the majestic mountains and the idyllic Mittelland make the Niederhorn-Hohwald-Waldegg winter hiking trail the most attractive of its kind. The well-prepared hiking trail starts at the mountain station of the Niederhorn cable car and leads along the ridge of the Niederhorn down into the snow-covered forests of Waldegg.

Winter hiking trail

Walking route

The Niederhorn cable car takes you comfortably from Lake Thun or Beatenberg to your starting point on the Niederhorn.You head first along the ridge of the Niederhorn toward Burgfeld. Enjoy the wonderful views. To your left stretches the Justis Valley, while to your right the Bernese Alps rise up above Lake Thun.


After a short and steep descent and then a similar ascent, you reach the Oberburgfeld mountain hut. Take some time to rest there and enjoy the open panoramic views towards the mountains known as the "Three Stars": the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Heading down towards the valley, you reach the first groups of trees, walking through the snowy forest to arrive at Burgfeld Unterberg. A level track leads you on through the forest as far as the Chüematte. On fine Sundays, you can enjoy a snack at the mountain hut there.

From the Chüematte, the trail descends gently towards the valley in the Hohwald direction as far as the mountain station for the Hohwald ski lift. You continue through open Alpine meadows with a stunning view across Beatenberg, the Niesen mountain and part of Lake Thun. Take time to look back at the Niederhorn.

Before you know it, you reach Waldegg, a hamlet within the village of Beatenberg. From here, the Postbus will take you to the Beatenberg mountain railway station or to Interlaken West.

Hiking trail

The winter hiking trail is well prepared and regularly signposted from the Niederhorn gondola lift station onwards.

Walking time

3 hours / approx. 10 km

Special remarks

Parts of the trail are also accessible by sledge. This shortens the hike by about an hour and makes it twice as much fun. Sledges can be rented at the mountain station and returned at Waldegg.

You should note that the trail does not offer guaranteed snow in its lower sections close to the village.

Availability Today (Saturday) open

Open daily from 17 December 2022 to 5 March 2023.

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Beatenbucht – Niederhorn (single)

    Beatenberg–Niederhorn (aerial cableway)

  • CHF 19.00 Adults with Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 38.00 Adults
  • CHF 19.00 Children*
  • CHF 31.80 Guestcard

Beatenberg – Niederhorn (single)

    Beatenbucht–Niederhorn (aerial cableway) 

  • CHF 15.50 Adults with Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 31.00 Adults
  • CHF 15.50 Children*
  • CHF 24.80 Guestcard

*You can also benefit from the family discount on the Niederhorn. You only pay for the first child (up to 16 years) of the family, every additional child rides free. This offer also applies to sledge hire.

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

Catering

Why not visit the restaurant at the Berghaus Niederhorn? You can enjoy a meal in the bright open dining areas or on the lovely terrace of the Berghaus restaurant. Alternatively, you could stop off along the way, and call in at the Alp Chüematte mountain hut (open only on Sundays in good weather; for information phone +41 33 841 08 41) or in one of Beatenberg's inns.

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Thun or Interlaken West. Then take the STI bus (from Thun) or the PostBus (from Interlaken) to "Beatenbucht" or "Beatenberg Station".

Or by boat from Interlaken West, Thun or another landing stage across Lake Thun to "Beatenbucht".

The funicular and the cable car will then take you up to the Niederhorn.

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