Thanks to far-sighted local planning, the municipality of Diemtigen has successfully preserved the character of the valley's settlements. As a result of its efforts, it was awarded the Henri-Louis Wakker Prize by the Swiss Heritage Society in 1986.
The oldest houses in the Diemtigtal date from the 16th century. However, it is the buildings from the second half of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century which lend the landscape its special character. The Diemtigtal owes its magnificent buildings to a combination of prosperous farmers and talented craftsmen, including renowned carpenters such as the master carpenter Hans Messerli (1720-1806).
The three house trails "Front of the valley", "Middle of the valley" and "Rear of the valley" show you the most impressive houses and their stories.
Follow the Diemtigtal House Trail from the former Horboden inn and cross the road. The trail leads you to the high plateau of Entschwil, where magnificent architecture and a surprising view await you. From here you continue via Riedern, Rothbad to two more impressive buildings in Simmental style at Walkenmatte. Soon you will be descending via Houeten. At Wattfluh you will find the last house of the round tour before returning to the valley road in Horboden. The trail is marked with brown direction signs.
If you prefer, you can walk along the valley hiking trail from Horboden to Wampflen in about 45 minutes. Here you will find an old mill, formerly with a bakery. An old millstone in the paving between the residential house and the barn indicates the original function of the house.
The hike leads mainly along side roads (car traffic).
Can also be done in an e-bike day tour: combine all three trails and rent an e-bike from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office.
Take the motorway in the direction of Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtal road into the valley for 8 km to Horboden.
By train to Oey-Diemtigen station (Spiez-Zweisimmen line). Continue by PostBus to the "Horboden, Wirtschaft" stop.
A flyer with an overview map and information in English about the magnificent buildings is available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office. You can also find exciting background information on the houses along the trail in our > App.
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