Bird walk - from the Red Kite to the Dipper
- start: Marketplace Oey
- destination: Marketplace Oey
- 6,19 km
- 2 hours 45 minutes
- 220 m
- 890 m
- 670 m
- 60 / 100
- 60 / 100
The beautiful and varied cultural landscape of the Diemtigtal provides a home for many birds. The bird trail leads you through numerous habitats of native bird species. Observe the nursery of a pair of swifts live with a nest camera or test your knowledge of bird calls. Along the way, you can expect to learn many astonishing things about the bird world (explanations in German only).
The populations of many bird species are in sharp decline. The reason for this is often the lack of habitat, which we humans alter for our own purposes. A long-term goal in the Diemtigtal is therefore to provide rare species with a better basis for life again. With the help of the local population, landowners and the Sempach ornithological station, various projects are underway to promote our birdlife.
Follow the Vogelweg from Oey-Diemtigen railway station or Oey market square to Schuhaus Wiedmer and from there via «Grafestei», «Zälg» to «Bächlen». From there the trail leads to «Gruebi», where the «Ofehüsi» awaits you for refreshments. Walk down to the Grund along the valley hiking trail to the covered Katzenloch fireplace. Follow the Chirel river to the market square or further back to Oey-Diemtigen railway station. The path is marked with white directional signs and a green route field.
Other route variants:
Shorter variant: to «Zälg», from here the path to the Katzenloch fireplace can be shortened (2.8 km).
- Sturdy shoes
On the way you will find a covered fireplace. Don't forget your cervelat sausage, knife and drinks for the road!
In the Wilerau, visit what is probably the smallest hotel in the valley, the house martin hotel. Near the floodplain forest stands the swallow tower with 42 swallow nests.
Motorway A6 Bern direction Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluhtunnel turn left direction Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtalstrasse into the valley for 4 km to the village of Oey. The market place is 500 metres from the entrance to the village, just after the Gasthof Hirschen.
Free parking is available on the market square immediately after Gasthof Hirschen (500 m from the entrance to Oey village). Alternatively, there is paid parking at Oey-Diemtigen railway station.
By train to Oey-Diemtigen station (Spiez–Zweisimmen line).
Theme trail flyers with overview map are available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office (in German only).
Diemtigtal Nature Park
Phone +41 33 681 26 06
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Find out in our > summer sports report
Ofehüsi in the Gruebi (post 7): ideal for a little hunger or thirst on the way
Groups and school classes are requested to book in advance: Phone +41 79 368 72 04
Hirschen inn: Restaurant in the village of Oey
Phone +41 33 681 23 23, www.hirschenoey.ch
Stärnä Beizli: Restaurant at the starting point of the theme trail
Phone +41 33 681 00 46
- Street (45%)
- Hiking Trail (54%)
- Path (1%)
This tour is presented by: Interlaken Tourismus, Author: Rahel Mazenauer