Islands with a view in the sea of forest
- start: Hasliberg Reuti/Village
- destination: Meiringen
- 8,32 km
- 2 hours 20 minutes
- 130 m
- 1066 m
- 595 m
- 80 / 100
- 40 / 100
High above the valley of the young Aare, this hike runs from Hasliberg to Meiringen. One of the highlights along the way is the charming clearing of the Riebgarti.
A considerable part of this hike is in the forest. The tour is therefore also well suited for high summer. Between the trees there are repeated impressive views of the wide valley floor of Innertkirchen and Lake Brienz.
Several times the trail crosses clearings in the mountain forest. One of these islands is the Riebgarti, a scenic gem that has been cultivated for centuries. The terrain is characterised by steep, rocky slopes and flatter, graceful meadow sections with individual trees and groups of trees. The hiking trail runs right through it. The managers of this graceful oasis were honoured with the cultural landscape award of the Oberland-Ost region in 2018.
In wet weather, the section from Hundschüpfi to Bergschwendi is a little tricky: the path is quite narrow and, on the sloping terrain, somewhat exposed in places. Over the Bodenfluh, where the highest vineyard in the canton of Bern is located, you descend to Im Obren Wylerli and reach the valley floor of Meiringen on the old Grimsel trail over the Wylerli.
Hasliberg Reuti - Riebgarti - Hundschüpfi - Wylerli - Meiringen
- 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
There are restaurants on this hike only at the beginning and end. But the start leads past several farms where different varieties of spicy alpine cheese are available in self-service - a local speciality as an ingredient for a tasty picnic.
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