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Magical winter walks in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Snowflakes flutter silently down, transforming the Holiday Region Interlaken into a fairytale landscape of pure white. Immerse yourself in an atmospheric winter landscape and hike well maintained winter trails through idyllic alpine landscapes and frigid forests. In frozen mountain streams, ice crystals sparkle in the warming winter sunlight as you enjoy wonderfully panoramic views of the snowy peaks of the Bernese Oberland.

  • 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

  • Rustic, homely mountain cabins and restaurants serving Swiss specialities

  • 220 km of winter trails in the Holiday Region Interlaken

  • Winter adventure map with suggested hiking routes

  • Various recommended tours available online with GPS data

Winter hikes through atmospheric landscapes

Snowy landscapes, frozen streams and glistening snow crystals in the icy fir branches make for evocative scenery. As you breathe the invigorating winter air, your breath condenses in the cold. All around, the natural world is silent: all you hear is the crunch of your boots through the snow. Winter in the Bernese Oberland has many faces. Time and again, frosty mountain peaks shine through between icy forests and mountain cabins. Well maintained, romantic winter trails and paths lead you through an unspoilt natural idyll. Visitors to the Holiday Region Interlaken will find 220 kilometres of winter trails and experience magical moments under the warming winter sun. Many of the winter trails and paths are free from snow, so walking them is a pleasure. Discover the prettiest winter trails of the Bernese Oberland.

Memorably panoramic trails in Beatenberg

Sun-drenched Beatenberg has a wide selection of well maintained hiking trails where you can savour a wonderland of white. The combination of snowy peaks and panoramic views of glistening Lake Thun is both unbeatable and unique. One particularly spectacular route leads from Niederhorn to Waldegg. At almost 2,000 metres above sea level, you traverse the ridge towards Burgfeld on a well maintained path. Here the views stretch to the horizon, taking in the three famed peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The tiny Föhrenwald is a forest out of a dream; then comes a short, sharp descent before the climb into Oberburgfeld. From tranquil Alp Chüematte, you head down the valley to Hohwald and the station for the Hohwald ski lift. The path then continues to the Waldegg area of the village. After the walk, treat yourself to some mulled wine or punch and fortify yourself with a good meal.

Winter magic in the Justistal

The pretty winter trail begins in Grön; running parallel to the cross-country ski track, it features a gentle climb beside the Grönbach. Throughout your hike, water sparkles with crazy ice formations while the stream bed is adorned by stones covered in snow crystals. You pass the Spicherberg, where the famous «Chästeilet» takes place every autumn, and proceed to the rustic Hindersberg mountain cabin. From here, the sight of the floor of the Justistal is superb. Enjoy the expansive views of the alpine landscape as far as the crescent-shaped pass of the Sichle. The inviting winter trail then returns the same way amid the tranquil surroundings of nature.

Discover a winter hiking paradise in the Diemtigtal Nature Park

Diemtigtal Nature Park will enchant you with its fairytale snow-laden forests, homely lamplit villages and vast alpine landscape. Six winter trails lead through this winter wonderland. The Grimmialp, for example, is a 4-kilometre circular course with a winter mood to savour. Even a short way into this inviting route, the deep silence of the Blauseeli lake will surprise you. The path reaches a slightly elevated point offering fascinating views; you also take in a copse, a romantic chapel and the former Grimmialp spa. The total duration of the walk is approximately 90 minutes. If you prefer tackling a longer hike, the Springenboden winter trail is ideal. This circular route starts just above the welcoming Springenboden restaurant. The 7-kilometre winter trail passes through untamed frozen forests and snowy meadows towards Ahorni, Chüeweid and Ottenschwand before returning to the Springboden restaurant via Bergli. Throughout the 3-hour winter walk, the silence of nature is soothing. Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting winter landscape of the Diemtigtal Nature Park.

Soak up the sun on the Aeschi plateau – even in winter

When the valley fills with thick fog, there is a good chance of warm winter sun in Aeschi, where around 12 kilometres of well prepared and signposted winter trails await in a wonderfully natural idyll. Discover a beautiful circular route running from Aeschi to Sewenegg, Aeschiried, Ebenen and back to Aeschi. The winter trail, which takes around 2 hours, promises views of the glimmering Lake Thun, the pyramid-like Niesen and the Central Plateau. Along the way, stop off for culinary sustenance at the Restaurant Panorama or the Chemihütte. There are also snow shoe trekking routes around Aeschi, and guided snow shoe hikes on full moon nights.

Habkern and Lombachalp for nature lovers

The tranquil village of Habkern makes the ideal starting point for a 4-kilometre winter trail. The circular route leads from Habkern to Säge before heading back; on the way you pass attractive wooden houses and enjoy wonderful views of the alpine landscape. Just a few hundred metres away as the crow flies is the icy moorland of the Lombachalp – and two trails snake through this enchanting nature reserve. Stop at the Jägerstübli for a traditional Chäsbrätel (grilled cheese on crusty bread), and explore the diverse snow shoe trails of the Lombachalp.

Winter hikes with views of Lake Brienz

The turquoise tones of Lake Brienz are particularly strong in winter; in direct sunlight, the lake resembles a giant emerald. The snowy mountains surrounding the lake are reflected in its mirrored surface. The best place from which to view the lake at this time is a winter trail on the Axalp. This compact, family-friendly winter sports area is just 35 minutes from Brienz by postbus or private car. From the Axalp, a chair lift transports you up to Windegg, where the trail starts. The climb follows a well maintained path in the direction of Chruttmettli. Here you come to the Hilten inn, where you can enjoy superb views of Lake Brienz over fine Swiss rösti. The route then passes through a small wood on the way back to Axalp.

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.

Trails for woodland and nature lovers

Do you prefer a less demanding winter ramble? Looking for an easy stroll through the wintry landscape, taking in glassy lakes and frosted forests? An unhurried walk round the circular path at Kleiner Rugen in Matten (near Interlaken) is sheer balm for the soul. Along the way, you also learn about the painter Clara von Rappard. Breathe the fresh scent of the firs while strolling easily through the woods. It is also worth discovering the peaceful lakeside paths running alongside lakes Thun and Brienz. The majority of paths are easily accessible in winter. One beautiful winter trail starts at Interlaken and follows the River Aare to the Weissenau nature reserve adjacent to Lake Thun. The phenomenal views of the mountain backdrop are guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart.

Well equipped for a wintry wonderland

Warm winter clothes and waterproof footwear with a good grip are needed to protect you from the wind, cold, ice and snow. Check the weather conditions in advance, and look at current webcam images of your destination. In mountain climates, the weather can change fast – so good equipment is all the more important for winter hikes at altitude. For useful information and tips on hiking, please contact your nearest tourist information office. The staff will be pleased to help you plan your excursion. The tourist information office can also provide a free winter adventure map to give you some excursion ideas. In need of detailed information on routes and tours? Use the Outdooractive app to load GPS data for the most beautiful winter trails in the region onto your smartphone.

Charm and hospitality on your winter holiday

Experience unforgettable winter holidays full of natural beauty. Satisfy your winter wanderlust on stunning winter trails in the Bernese Oberland. There are many charming hotels, hostels, holiday apartments and even winter camping sites around lakes Thun and Brienz. All accommodation is ideally located on the lakeside or the high plateau, so great views and Swiss hospitality are guaranteed. Any base in the Holiday Region Interlaken makes an ideal starting point for a winter excursion. Book your stay now: come and enjoy a unique winter experience.

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