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«Enjoy some time to yourself on a winter hike»

Discover almost 30 kilometres of winter hiking trails in the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley)

We have put together everything you need to know about winter hiking in the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley)

Snow-covered firs, peaceful meadows, fresh mountain air and infinite silence. A winter hike in the Diemtigtal Nature Park makes you feel as if you were in a winter fairytale. Around 30 km of marked and easily accessible winter hiking trails are ready for you.

Everyone can find a suitable excursion. Which one will you choose?

  • Your moment to slow down and leave your stressful daily life behind

  • Enjoy the slow pace

  • Even if the weather is not at it’s best, a winter hike is always an experience

  • The Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley) is the perfect retreat in turbulent times

Our recommendation

If you feel cold after a tour, a soup and a coffee will warm you up in one of the restaurants. This is the perfect ending to a winter hiking experience.

Like in a winter fairytale

«It is almost unreal, how silent it is. All I can hear is the crunching of snow beneath my feet and my breath. The trail leads me through snow-covered firs to abandoned alpine huts, which seem to be just waiting for the next summer. Various animal tracks lead nowhere  - maybe I’ll see one of the wild animals from my path? In any case, the panoramic view from the viewing points is breathtaking.»

Nature in the Diemtigtal Nature Park offers a lot of space in which to slow down. During our winter hikes, enjoying the slow pace is crucial. The fresh mountain air completes your escape from busy daily life. By the way, winter hiking is a great activity even when the weather is not at its best. Such a little break is always beneficial.

Offers for everyone

From a 1.5 hour long walk at Grimmialp up to a more demanding three-hour winter hike high above the valley floor, everyone can find a suitable hike from our almost 30 km of marked winter hiking trails. Pink or yellow signposts with snowmen show you the way. You’ll just need appropriate shoes for walking on snow, clothes which you can layer and are suitable for different temperatures, and, if you wish, ski or hiking poles as well as food and something to drink. You can reach the starting points easily and quickly by car. Some starting points are even accessible by PostBus.

Around Grimmialp, a varied route at the back of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley)

This easy circular trail starts at Senggiweid car park in Schwenden/Grimmialp. After a few minutes, you’ll already reach the idillyc Blauseeli mountain lake with its numerous benches. In wintertime, the lake is deeply covered with snow. When there’s only a little bit of snow, then the lake fascinates with its deep blue color. When no wind is blowing, we recommend walking around the lake. You’ll see the mountains mirrored in the blue water and it looks like a painting. The trail leads you slightly upwards to Schwenden. Enjoy the view of the village from the other side, Seehorenweid. After a short ascent, have a look into the romantic chapel close to the former Grand-Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, a place that inspired Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The last kilometre leads you back to the starting point along a flat path.

Tour: Senggiweid–Blauseeli–Seehornweid–Schwenden Dorf–Kapelle–Egg–Senggiweid
Length: 4 km
Difference in altitude: 101 m
Highest point: 1,235 m a.s.l.
Duration (approx.): 1.5 hours 
Option: from Senggiweid to Würzi and back | from Seehornweid extend the hike via Oberematte-Anger (-Riedli)

Along Fildrich stream following the Diemtigtal’s valley hiking trail to Riedli
The first section of the trail is the same as the Grimmialp-Schwenden trail and leads to the village of Schwenden. From there, continue on the winter hiking trail along the cross-country skiing trail and the stream until Tiermatti, Anger or Riedli. These arrival points are all PostBus stops from where you easily can get back to your starting point or Oey-Diemtigen railway station (please check the timetable).

 

Panoramic winter hiking trails around Springenboden, high above the valley floor

This circular trail with its several options starts at Hasenloch car park, i.e. Gasthaus Gsässweid (Gsässweid Inn) at Springenboden. High above the valley floor the different routes of this winter hiking trail lead you through snow-covered forests and meadows along the southern mountainside. Take a moment to admire the view of the mountains. You’ll notice that along the hike new mountains will come into sight. If you are looking for a short walk with just a few meters of difference in altitude, then opt for the routes Ahorni and Neuenstift. The option via Ottenschwand is quite demanding and leads you up to 1,500 m a.s.l. The starting point of these circular trails around Springenboden is accessible only by car or pick-up service.

Tour: Springenboden–Ahorni–Chüeweid–Neuenstift–Ottenschwand–Bergli–Springenboden
Length: 7 km Ottenschwand | 5 km Neuenstift | 3 km Ahorni
Difference in altitude: 235 m | 147 m | 71 m
Highest point: 1,502 m a.s.l. | 1,476 m a.s.l. | 1,400 m a.s.l.
Duration (approx.): 3 hours | 1.5 hours | 1 hour
Option: fork at Ahorni | fork at Neuenstift

For those who prefer hiking upwards: Nüegg-Riedli winter hiking trail

The trail starts at the valley station of the Wiriehornbahnen, from where the six-person chairlift brings you comfortably up the mountain. Stop at the Berghotel Wiriehorn (Wiriehorn mountain hotel) for a delicious meal, before descending back to the valley. If the sun is shining, you can even sit and eat on the terrace with its panoramic views. Another beautiful viewing point is Röschteschwend. Enjoy the breathtaking sight over the whole valley. The trail leads you through snow-covered forests and hamlets until you reach the valley station of the Wiriehornbahnen.

Tour: Nüegg–Röschteschwend–Entschwil–Riedli
Lenght: 6.3 km
Difference in altitude: 436 m
Highest point: 1,420 m a.s.l.
Duration (approx.): 2.15 hours 
Option: the hike can also be done in the opposite direction; it’s worth taking the deviation from Nüegg to Schwarzenberg (additional 15 min. per way)

 

Find our winter sports report showing you which trails are currently open here: > Infosnow

Night events

Enjoy the Christmas story in a contemplative way through the forest nativity in the Diemtigtal Nature Park. To end the year in a reflective atmosphere, participate in the torchlight hike at Grimmialp. You’ll notice that during clear and silent winter nights, the white mountain peaks seem even more impressive, and the crunching of snow beneath your feet even louder than normal.

Good to know!

30 km

of marked winter hiking trails lead you to the most beautiful parts of the Bernese Oberland: you have the choice!

from a 1.5 hour long

walk at Grimmialp up to a more demanding three-hour winter hike, everyone can find a suitable hike

open or closed ?

you can find the current winter sports report here

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