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Diemtigtal House Trail «Front of the valley»

Short facts

  • start: Oey-Diemtigen railway station
  • destination: Oey-Diemtigen railway station
  • easy
  • 8,93 km
  • 3 hours
  • 438 m
  • 964 m
  • 670 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

Thanks to far-sighted local planning, the municipality of Diemtigen has successfully preserved the character of the valley's settlements. As a result of its efforts, it was awarded the Henri-Louis Wakker Prize by the Swiss Heritage Society in 1986.

The three house trails lead you to the most magnificent houses.

The oldest houses in the Diemtigtal date from the 16th century. However, it is the buildings from the second half of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century which lend the landscape its special character. The Diemtigtal owes its magnificent buildings to a combination of prosperous farmers and talented craftsmen, including renowned carpenters such as the master carpenter Hans Messerli (1720-1806).

The three house trails «Front of the valley», «Middle of the valley» and «Rear of the valley» show you the most impressive houses and their stories.

General information

Directions

Follow the brown signs of the Diemtigtal House Trail from Oey-Diemtigen station to the Wiedmer shoe shop and turn right here towards Wilerau. Then follow the road up to the village of Diemtigen. The first house on the path is in Styg, before you reach a multitude of magnificent houses in the village of Diemtigen. Here the signposted detour towards Bergli is worthwhile before you tackle the descent to the valley road. After changing sides of the road and the valley, you reach the village of Bächlen after a short ascent. Pass the impressive "Sälbeze-Huus" and walk via Hasli and Feld back to Oey-Diemtigen station. The trail is marked with brown direction signs.

Safety Guidelines

The hike leads mainly along side roads (car traffic).

Equipment
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Food and drinks for the road
Tip

Can also be done in an e-bike day tour: combine all three trails and rent an e-bike from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office.

Getting there

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.

Parking

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.

Rates for parking at Oey-Diemtigen railway station:
4 hrs. Fr. 4
5 hrs. Fr. 4.50
6 hrs. Fr. 5
7 hours Fr. 5.50
8 hrs. Fr. 6

Public transit

By train to Oey-Diemtigen station

Additional Information

A flyer with an overview map and information in English about the magnificent buildings is available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office. You can also find exciting background information on the houses along the trail in our > App.

Naturpark Diemtigtal
Bahnhofstrasse 20
3753 Oey
Phone +41 33 681 26 06
[email protected]
www.diemtigtal.ch

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Pavings

  • Street (71%)
  • Hiking Trail (26%)
  • Unknown (2%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Interlaken Tourismus, Author: Rahel Mazenauer

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