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Albert Schweitzer Theme Trail

Short facts

  • start: Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, Schwenden
  • destination: Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, Schwenden
  • easy
  • 4,81 km
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 121 m
  • 1284 m
  • 1163 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

The circular trail around Grimmialp is dedicated to probably the most famous guest from Diemtigtal. The stays between 1901 and 1909 strongly influenced Schweitzer's ethic of "reverence for life".

Grimmialp was of decisive importance for Albert Schweitzer's life and work. Together with "Tata" (Adele Herrenschmidt), a good acquaintance of Schweitzer, he spent several weeks on Grimmialp from 1901 to 1909 - with the exception of 1907, when he stayed in Graubünden. Here he sought peace and recreation and enjoyed many walks in nature.

In his honour, a short circular walk was signalled together with the Swiss Benefit Society for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Resting benches and quotations from Albert Schweitzer (in German) help people to turn inwards and recharge their batteries.

Digital presentation of the rich life of the doctor, philosopher, theologian and organist
In addition to augmented and virtual reality, you can experience the rich facets of Albert Schweitzer's life in a somewhat different way on the existing theme trail through animated graphics, audio and video contributions as well as interactive game elements (download information under "Further information and links"). The app is only available in German.

General information

Directions

Follow the Albert Schweitzer Weg from the Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp to the valley road. Hike along the road to Lake "Blauseeli" with its captivating turquoise-blue colour. From here, walk towards Würzi and along the edge of the forest back towards Seehoreweid. Via Buechli, you tackle the descent to the valley road before turning left after 250 metres to reach the Schwenden chapel. The 100-year-old chapel is somewhat hidden and surrounded by trees. The path leads you back to the Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp. The loop is marked with white directional signs and a green route field.

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes

Tip

Even if you are not interested in Albert Schweitzer's themes, this hike is worthwhile: you enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and are far away from everyday life for a short time.

Getting there

Motorway A6 Bern direction Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluhtunnel turn left direction Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtalstrasse into the valley for 18 km in the direction of Grimmialp, Schwenden. After the old Schwenden schoolhouse, turn left after 250 m to the Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp.

Parking

Parking spaces are located directly at the Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp

Public transit

By train to Oey-Diemtigen. Then take the PostBus to the "Schwenden, Winteregg" stop. You reach the Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp by a short walk.

Additional Information

The theme trail flyer (in German) with an overview map is available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office.

Diemtigtal Nature Park
Bahnhofstrasse 20
3753 Oey
Phone +41 33 681 26 06
info@diemtigtal.ch
www.diemtigtal.ch

Open or closed?
Find out in our > summer sports report

Download the app (in German only)
> App Store (iOS devices)
> Play Store (Android devices)

Catering options
Restaurant Eggli: At the valley station of the Grimmialp mountain railways (closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Phone +41 33 684 00 17

Hotel Restaurant Spillgerten: At the valley station of the Grimmialp mountain railways (day off: Monday)
Phone +41 33 684 12 84, www.spillgerten.ch

Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp: Directly at the starting point of the theme trail. Catering by prior arrangement (reservation by 5 p.m. the day before)
Phone +41 33 684 80 00, www.kurhaus-grimmialp.ch

Pavings

  • Hiking Trail (45%)
  • Street (53%)
  • Path (2%)

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