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Themed paths and adventure trails in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Immerse yourself in culture, history and a fabulous fairytale world. In the Holiday Region Interlaken, hiking is a pleasure – and an educational one. Scores of adventure trails and themed paths amid the majestic landscape of lakes and mountains of the Bernese Oberland entice visitors to explore and learn. Uncover secrets of nature in the company of family and friends.

  • Around 60 themed paths and adventure trails amid lakes and mountains

  • Expand your hiking horizons

  • Enjoy uncovering the secrets of nature

  • Experience stations for all ages

  • Wide choice at any time of year

For explorers, families and the simply curious

People have always been fascinated by fairytales, stories and legends. In the Holiday Region Interlaken, you will find a wide choice of themed paths and adventure trails for explorers, families and the simply curious. Expand your own horizons by experiencing nature against a unique mountain backdrop. Learn stories and legends or explore art and culture as you stroll through idyllic villages and picture-perfect Alpine landscapes. Planning a holiday with your family? The kids can explore the countryside in a fun way on paper chases and treasure hunts while you and your companion savour the panoramic views. For every age group, there is a wide choice of adventure trails and family-friendly rambling routes that leave nothing to be desired. Choose the right path for you from the many options.

An imaginative way to explore nature

One genuinely well-kept secret for nature lovers and families is the Lombachalp above Habkern. The mystical moorland of the nature reserve will take you by surprise. At the Jägerstübli restaurant, you can rent a research set containing everything you need to study nature up close: manual, magnifying glass and hydrochloric acid. This makes an exciting adventure for young and old. Along the way, idyllically situated barbecue points are ideal places to take a break. Close to the imposing Alpine landscape is the sun terrace of Beatenberg, the longest village in Europe. Experience the beauties and the unique cultural history of the village on the Beatusweg, the path that imaginatively links absorbing natural experiences with legendary tales. A play castle, dragon’s den and even a ship will delight your children.

Treasure hunts in Aeschi

With the aid of a treasure map, your family can embark on an adventurous treasure hunt from the Aeschi tourist office. The beautifully straightforward path leads through flowery meadows and passes deep green woods. Children of around six and above are invited to proceed by working out some tricky clues. As the kids tackle the puzzles, you can enjoy sensationally panoramic views of the Niesen and Lake Thun. At the end of the treasure hunt, which takes approximately three hours, the children are rewarded with something from the treasure chest. A somewhat simpler and shorter version is the Mini Trail, which takes around an hour and a half; this trail is also suitable for pushchairs.

Art and culture around Lake Thun

The left bank of Lake Thun has several surprising themed paths. For those who like to combine nature with art and culture, the choice in Krattigen and Aeschi will amaze you. One particular highlight is the sculpture trail, a walk that confronts you with artworks that will make you smile and make you think. With impressive views of the mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland and deep blue Lake Thun, the trail is also a treat for the eyes. Music and culture await in Thun on a melodious tour of the evocative town by the water. The starting point is the Kunstmuseum Thun, where you can download a description of the melodic tour to your smartphone at thunthunthun.ch. Each time you approach a point on the map with your mobile, a piece of music plays that you can only hear (and hum) in that particular place – a sensory new way to discover places by the River Aare or the old town of Thun.

Enjoyable adventure trail through the Spiez vineyard

Another experience for the senses awaits at the Spiez vineyard. A short walk through the staggeringly beautiful heritage site is a true pleasure. Leave your cares behind and enchant your senses as you discover the diversity of the vines. Awaken your senses at six experience stations and learn more about the wine-growing year and nature from 12 information boards. Along the way, why not stop and enjoy a picnic on one of the inviting benches. The views of Spiez Castle, the bay of Spiez, Lake Thun and the surrounding peaks are simply unforgettable.

Uncover the secrets of Diemtigtal Nature Park

At Diemtigtal Nature Park, you can discover cultural riches, expansive natural landscapes with great views, lush mountain pastures and pretty wooden houses. A network of themed paths emphatically reveals the beauties and secrets of nature. Ever heard of a «Wyberhaagge»? On the "Schwingerweg" wrestling trail, you will learn all kinds of surprising facts about Swiss wrestling. The Diemtigtal House Trail is also sure to astonish you. Along the way, admire the traditional architecture of the Simmental carpenters. Adventure trails where kids can play and have fun are great for families – and Diemtigtal Nature Park has lots of them. The "Grimmimutz" adventure trail takes you and your family to entertaining activity posts, while the "Gwunderwasser" is a playground based on the theme of water.

Powerful, sparkling, essential: water in the Bernese Oberland

Water plays an important role across the Holiday Region Interlaken – a point impressively underlined on the Brunnenweg in the pretty village of Matten, near Interlaken. This path recounts the story of the fountains, offers food for thought and underlines the importance of water. Matten’s unique system of fountains evolved over hundreds of years. High quality drinking water now flows from 18 village fountains at all times of day, all year round. A map leads you around the most attractive of these fountains in less than an hour. To experience the natural power of water at first hand, follow the three waterfalls trail, a varied hike that leads from Bönigen to Brienz via Iseltwald. On the way you will encounter three magical waterfalls – Erschwanden, Mülibach and Giessbach − as well as turquoise Lake Brienz.

Planetary Paths at the speed of light

Two themed paths are devoted to the solar system and the relative sizes of the various planets. The SIRIUS path starts at the observatory of Schwanden (above Sigriswil) and follows well-developed hiking trails. The other Planetary Path is located in Ringgenberg-Goldswil. Both provide astonishing facts about the universe while delivering superb views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.

See life on the Schwander Lebensweg

This inviting circular path leads you 4 km through the welcoming village of Schwanden, near Brienz. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountains on a hiking trail that features wooden sculptures on the theme of «life». The project, realised in 2004 in partnership with the Brienz School of Woodcarving, established an easily accessible route that people of all ages can enjoy.

Feel the peace of nature on the Jakobsweg

Also in the Bernese Oberland, the well-known Jakobsweg trail leads from the Brünig Pass to Amsoldingen, revealing true gems of nature against an unparalleled mountain backdrop along its 65 km length. Feel like following in the true footsteps of the pilgrims and walking the whole distance? Then split up the tour into stages and stay in a welcoming hotel or hostel along the way. The section from Interlaken to Merligen is particularly attractive. The pilgrim’s path takes you from the bustling centre of Interlaken and along the Aare, passing through the nature reserve of Weissenau and on to Neuhaus via wooden walkways and a lakeside path. The route then winds westwards along Lake Thun to Sundlauenen, passing the energy centre of the St. Beatus caves before terminating at the palm-filled village of Merligen.

Walking in a magical Christmas scene

In Heiligenschwendi and Aeschi, the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph is brought to life in a special way. To walk Heiligenschwendi’s evocative Christmas trail is to step into a magical world where you can relax and forget the usual pre-Christmas rush. In Spiez near Aeschi, take a moment to pause and enjoy the «Wiehnachtswäg», where sculpted figures in six atmospheric scenes tell the Christmas story. Both of the fairytale paths are illuminated, and especially enchanting after dark. Be guided by the candlelight, the stars and the Christmas mood.

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