From the Brünig to the Brääch fairytale garden
- start: Brünig-Hasliberg
- destination: Brienzwiler/Banholzfluh
- 4,71 km
- 1 hour 40 minutes
- 190 m
- 1097 m
- 678 m
- 80 / 100
- 20 / 100
The easy hike from the Brünig Pass to Brienzwiler leads past a small, enchanted paradise: the Brääch is an idyllic patch of meadowland in the middle of the forest.
From the Brünig Pass, the route follows the pass road to Hotel Kulm. Here the Via Jacobi, signposted as national long-distance hiking route No. 4, branches off downhill and runs above the road towards the forest. A little later you are suddenly immersed in a completely different world. In the middle of the forest is an extensive hollow overgrown with lush, dense grass. Dry stone walls and cairns divide the meadows, provide a habitat for countless small animals and offer a charming sight.The Brääch, as this idyllic spot is called, is one of the most beautiful cultivated landscapes in the eastern Bernese Oberland. For this reason, the approximately five-hectare forest clearing was awarded the first-ever Cultural Landscape Prize of the Oberland-Ost region in 2005. In the middle of this fairytale garden, a stone table with a bench invites you to take a rest.After a few dozen metres of ascent, you reach the highest point of the hike in the Uochwald. On a pleasant zigzag path, the trail descends in the forest to Brienzwiler.
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- Regularly check the location and compare it with the schedule. In this way, alternatives, shortcuts, demolition, etc. can be considered in good time.
- In the event of bad weather, turn back in good time or seek shelter. If thunderclouds are gathering, it is advisable to abort the tour as soon as possible.
- Do not leave the marked paths. Stay on the official hiking trails even if trails look like shortcuts. Some of these paths are not maintained and can end in a dead end.
- Lost? Stay together as a group and return to the last known point. Wait for better visibility or call for help.
- Plan enough time and energy reserves for the descent.
- Slow down and take breaks.
- Steep grass, scree and snow slopes are safer to tackle on the ascent than on the descent.
- For the descent, choose the easier option or take the train down to the valley.
- Avoid herds of cattle calmly and at a sufficient distance. Keep dogs on a leash.
- In encounters with guard dogs, the following applies: Remain calm so that the dog realises that you are not a danger to the herd. Keep a generous distance from the herd.
- Allow mountain bikers to pass without obstructing their ride unnecessarily.
- The sun's rays are particularly intense in the mountains. Sun cream with a high protection factor, a sun hat and sunglasses with UV protection should therefore be part of your luggage.
- Even in summer and in good "starting weather", warm clothing and rain protection are part of the equipment. The onion principle with several layers of clothing is recommended.
- Day hiking backpack with rain cover
- Sturdy and comfortable shoes
- Clothing adapted to the weather and hard-wearing (onion principle)
- Charged mobile phone
- Pocket pharmacy
- Beverages and food
- Pocket knife
In Uochwald, it is worth taking the five-minute detour to the Tschuggen viewpoint before descending into the valley. There you can enjoy distant views of Lake Brienz and far up into the Haslital.
From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.
From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.
The municipality of Meiringen has 835 public parking spaces in the village centre and at the valley station of the Meiringen-Hasliberg cable cars. A large multi-storey car park is located in Hasliberg-Wasserwendi directly by the gondola lift to Käserstatt.
Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.
From Interlaken and Lucerne we travel comfortably on the Zentralbahn panorama trains directly to Meiringen. From Brünig-Hasliberg we have several post bus connections at our disposal.
This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG