Experience golden moments

Enjoyable autumn hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Autumn is hiking season: the golden time of year is simply ideal for walks and culinary pleasure. Richly hued forests, azure skies of cotton wool clouds and breathtaking mountain slopes are reflected in the deep blue Lake Thun and turquoise Lake Brienz. From the mountain tops, the views in autumn are nothing short of phenomenal. Lace up your hiking books and take a walking break to remember in the Holiday Region Interlaken. Succumb to the magic of autumn.

  • Extensive network of well maintained hiking trails of all degrees of difficulty

  • Striking views of the surrounding mountain peaks as well as lakes Thun and Brienz

  • Stunning views, especially in autumn

  • Beautiful autumn walks and adventure trails

  • Rustic mountain cabins and restaurants serving Swiss specialities

Autumn is walking season

Walking breaks in the holiday region of Interlaken are unforgettable. In autumn the dark green forests change colour and take on vivid hues of yellow, orange and red as the foliage crackles underfoot. The wind makes the colourful leaves dance in the air in autumn, when the air is crystal clear and the views are infinite. Choose between panorama trails, circular tours and fascinating ridgeways where you can marvel from afar at the celebrated peaks of the Bernese Alps. Alternatively, you can opt for pleasant walks incorporating culinary delights.

Golden sunlight and wild animals on the Niederhorn

On bright and clear autumn days, the panorama trail from the Niederhorn to the Gemmenalphorn is very special. For early risers, this tour promises rich rewards. With luck, you will even spot chamois, ibex and marmots along the way. Throughout the walk, the pin-sharp outlines guarantee fabulous views of the mighty white peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Deep blue Lake Thun glimmers on one side of the ridge, while on the north side the idyllic Justistal is neatly defined by steep mountain slopes. Along the way, why not stop and enjoy a picnic on one of the benches.

Enjoyable adventure trail through the Spiez vineyard

It is not only the trees that change colour by Lake Thun, but the vines too. The Spiez Vineyard Sensory Adventure Trail is highly educational on the subject of alpine viniculture; grape and vine specialities are available on site. The view of the glassy Lake Thun and the peak of the Niesen is simply incredible. You can even order a picnic basket for your outing from the local bakery. Treat yourself to some tasty regional cheese and sausage along with fine Spiez wine.

The Lombachalp: a well-kept secret for nature lovers and gourmets

The striking shades of mesmerising moorland enchant those who venture to the Lombachalp; the extensive nature reserve is full of surprises. One beautiful tour is the 90-minute circular hike from Lägerstutz via Winterröscht and Färrich, taking in the mighty firs, mountain pines and gentle streams of an impressively rugged landscape. Take a break at a peaceful barbecue point or round off your trek with an enjoyable meal and a glass of white wine at the Jägerstübli restaurant.

Aeschi–Meielisalp–Leissigen panorama trail

Throughout the panoramic route, dreamy views of Lake Thun, the Niesen and the Niederhorn are ever-present as you traverse golden meadows and forests of riotous colour. As golden sunrays warm you, autumn leaves rustle underfoot. Along the way, quiet resting places are provided for picnics. Other highlights include the suspension bridge over the Spissibach stream and the Meielisalp. Here you can relax over coffee and cake before continuing your walk to Leissigen.

Autumnal hike to the magical Lake Hinterburgseeli

Want to experience golden autumnal moments on foot? We recommend the circular route that takes you to Lake Hinterburgseeli on the Axalp. On the way to the green alpine lake in the nature reserve, the «Schnitzlerweg» (woodcarving trail) passes hand-carved wooden sculptures. As you progress, your perspective of the shimmering turquoise tones of Lake Brienz continually alters. Complete your walk by stopping off at the Hilten restaurant for delicious Swiss herdsman’s rösti, served with stunning views.

What is the perfect view?

Of course, the weather doesn't need to be perfect to ensure a great day’s hiking. A walk on an overcast day can be every bit as enjoyable as a mountain hike under a steely blue sky. Just imagine the uniquely entrancing display of the golden sunrays as they break through the layers of cloud. Whatever the weather, enjoy nature in the Holiday Region Interlaken – in all its colour and diversity. Check the weather before your hike, and look at current webcam images of your destination.

The Stockhorn culinary trail

The culinary trail on the Stockhorn invites you to keep fit in natural surroundings while enjoying regional products. On this walk you enjoy a three-course menu of local specialities at three different mountain restaurants. Before embarking on the panoramic trail, you fortify yourself with a starter at the midway station, while the Panorama Restaurant serves the main course at the summit. Next you walk on to the Oberstockenalp, where a tempting dessert awaits. The final stage culminates in a small surprise back at the midway station.

Fine Swiss rösti and sun-kissed terraces

Your walk can include a fine picnic or a cosy stopover at a rustic mountain restaurant. Savour the best Swiss rösti or the finest «Chäsbrätel» (grilled cheese on crusty bread) while admiring mountain views from a sun-drenched terrace. The loveliest trails of the Bernese Oberland are littered with alpine inns and cabins for that well-deserved rest; there are also numerous picnic sites and barbecue stations. As an alternative, take a restful break on a beautifully situated bench.

Enjoyable hike to viewpoints

Think a cheese fondue is only for the winter? In Sigriswil and Interlaken, you can enjoy your Swiss fondue at any time of year. With the unique fondue rucksack, your autumn outing will be a real treat. The unique fondue rucksack Sigriswil can be picked up to order at the Amstutz dairy. You could, for example, enjoy the culinary treat on a walk to the "Blueme" observation tower. Your tour starts in Sigriswil and leads over the spectacular suspension bridge to the neighbouring village of Aeschlen. From here, you climb to the viewpoint via Allmid and Margelsattel., The Blueme tower is 16.4 metres high and offers fantastic views stretching from Jura to the Bernese Alps.

The fondue rucksack Interlaken is available to order from the Fondue Villa at the Adventure Hostel Interlaken. Hike through the beautiful natural landscape around Interlaken, find your personal favourite spot and enjoy the cheese fondue. How about a lakeside hike from Iseltwald to the Giessbach? Along the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and as a reward, treat yourself to a delicious cheese fondue.

Equipment and safety when hiking: a checklist

Prepare for your tour carefully before setting off and pay attention to any safety guidelines.

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes with good grip

  • Use walking poles for more challenging mountain tours

  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather

  • Don't forget a raincoat

  • Make sure to take a picnic with you and sufficient water

  • Protect yourself with sunglasses, hat and sun cream

  • A small first aid kit for injuries and blisters is recommended

  • Take your phone in case of emergencies (and selfies)

  • Pack as little as possible and as much as necessary

Hotels and accommodation for your hiking holiday. Book now!

The Interlaken holiday region not only promises a wealth of hiking experiences, but also a wide choice of accommodation. Charming hotels, trendy hostels, tastefully furnished holiday apartments and welcoming camp sites are dotted around lakes Brienz and Thun. Find your ideal option, then experience some unforgettable hiking.

Follow the golden rays of the sun – enjoy pleasurable autumn hikes

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