Axalp woodcarving trail



2.61 km long
Thematic Trail

This well-maintained hiking trail sets off from just below the “Alpengasthof” restaurant towards Lake Hinterburg. With pushchairs the going is rather tough, as there are several steep sections to overcome. The path is also punctuated by a number of stiles, which have been installed by cattle farmers. After hiking through the varied alpine landscape for approximately 1 hour, you reach the idyllic Hinterburgseeli. The path currently has over 90 human and animal figures to discover, all carved by different woodcarvers.

The idea - the path to Lake Hinterburg

 The avalanches during the winter of 1998/99 and Storm Lothar caused untold damage to the area around Lake Hinterberg and along the path to Axalp. It was a tumult of toppled trees, branches and stones. Then we came up with the idea of carving the broken tree trunks into sculptures. Very soon, our project inspired other woodcarvers from Brienz too. Under our own initiative, we got to work. After clearing away lots of debris and the strenuous task of getting the tree trunks into position, the path was opened to visitors in summer 1999. Over the years, over 80 figures have been made to date. In 2011, a more accessible path was added to the existing trail. Come and pay a visit our figures in the wonderful natural setting of the Bernese Oberland! The Woodcarving Team.



We recommend the following equipment: Lightweight trekking shoes, lightweight backpack, sun protection, raincoat, first aid kit, a light picnic, water.

Public transit

Hin- und Rückreise: Mit der Bahn via Interlaken Ost nach Brienz. Ab dort per Postauto auf die Axalp


Swisstopo Wanderkarte 254T Interlaken 1:50’000

Additional information

Hinterburgseeli nature reserve

  • The region around the Hinterburgsee lake encompasses a nature reserve, where signposted rules must be observed.

  • The land and waters are privately owned by the Hinterburg cooperative.

tour facts
start: Axalp, Sportbahnen
destination: Axalp, Sportbahnen


01:00:00 h

2.61 km

170 m

170 m

1,521 m

1,639 m

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