Bödeli Route

Short facts

  • start: Interlaken East, railway station
  • destination: Interlaken East, railway station
  • easy
  • 22,81 km
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 119 m
  • 612 m
  • 558 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 10 / 100

best season

Explore Interlaken and the surrounding area. The Bödeli Route links the bustling tourism hub with nature, and modern infrastructure with medieval churches and castle ruins.

The tour starts at Interlaken Ost railway station and leads initially alongside the River Aare to Lake Brienz. From the quayside in Bönigen you can enjoy fantastic views over the turquoise waters as far as Brienz. The route continues over the Hauetenbach stream, followed by a brief ascent that is compensated for by superb views of the so-called 'Bödeli', the alluvial plain between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Ride along the bank of the River Lütschine to the church at Gsteig, where you will cross a medieval bridge. Continue through Wilderswil village, past the Unspunnen Castle ruins over the Rugen hill to Interlaken. Here the trail follows the canal towards Lake Thun. It is well worth stopping in the Weissenau nature reserve to visit the same-named ruins and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. The route takes you back to Interlaken via Neuhaus, alongside the Lombach stream and through the picturesque old town of Unterseen.

General information


 Interlaken Ost – Wilderswil – Unterseen – Interlaken Ost

Behind the railway station we firstly travel along the river Aare and then alongside lake Brienz to enjoy the far-reaching view that stretches up via Brienz into the Haslital from Bönigen. After the short climb to Chumm across the Houeta, we can see the wet land (Bödeli) between lakes Brienz and Thun with Interlaken, Matten and Unterseen. Established over the course of thousands of years, the «Bödeli» rightly lends its name to this route.We travel southwards between Lütschine and the former military airfield at Interlaken. Various large events are staged here every year. The Gsteig church dates from the 12th century and was formerly the main church serving 9 parishes between Lauterbrunnen and the «Bödeli». We travel over the medieval bridge built in 1738, which has been equipped with a lifting device since the 2005 floods, to reach Allend, the old village portion of Wilderswil, and on along the Kirchgasse into the upper village.After we pass the Unspunnen ruin the route leads us through the Wagneren gorge between the Kleine and Grosse Rugen towards the conurbation centre, to then immediately turn off to the canal in the direction of lake Thun. The Weissenau ruin was the site from where water-bourne trade and commerce on the Aare was formerly monitored and controlled. The nature reserve of the same name offers a habitat to numerous water birds. Passing via Neuhaus and through the Ey forest, we head towards the centre again and into the old town of Unterseen (uppermost town on the Aare). We then pass over the Aare bridge to continue on the Höheweg, Interlaken's promenade, with unobstructed views across the Jungfrau region until we reach Interlaken Ost station.

Source: www.schweizmobil.ch/en/veloland/routen/route-0380.html

Additional Information

Information regarding duration, fitness requirements and technique depend on the chosen bike type (i.e. mountain bike, e-bike, touring bike, racing bike). These are approximate guidelines.  

Interlaken Tourismus
Marktgasse 1
3800 Interlaken
Tel: +41 33 826 53 00
[email protected]



  • Street (73%)
  • Hiking Trail (27%)


This tour is presented by: Interlaken Tourismus, Author: Melanie Studer

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