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Murmeli Trail

Short facts

  • start: Betelberg/Leiterli mountain station
  • destination: Betelberg/Stoss middle station
  • easy
  • 3,17 km
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 20 m
  • 1942 m
  • 1637 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 10 / 100

best season

Let’s go and explore the world of marmots! It’s not a strenuous hike, but an exciting and fun trail ideally suited for children of all ages and grown-ups alike. The trail goes from the Leiterli mountain station to the Stoss middle station and is suitable for ‘off-road’ buggies and strollers, too.

Murmeli Trail – Ingenious!

Let’s set off on a journey of discovery to the world of marmots! This exciting and fun trail goes from the Leiterli mountain station to the Stoss middle station of the Betelberg gondola lift. Along the way you’ll discover the marmots’ burrows and ‘bolt-holes’ as well as some ingenious marmot dwellings near the walk-in cave. Test your balance skills on the wobbly footbridge and step onto the Murmeli scales to find out how many marmots you weigh. The trail takes you along a gently sloping track down to the idyllic little lake of Dufti-Seeli, where you’ll also find a barbecue area. The last few metres down to the little lake can be covered by cable car, which is lots of aerial fun. Now, how well do you know your animal sounds and animal tracks? The next few stations will certainly help you brush up on your knowledge. At the end, the trail leads to the maze with a barbecue area, where once again you have plenty of opportunity to test your climbing and balancing skills. Keen to see some real live marmots? Well, the animals themselves live just above the walk-in marmot cave, but take note: they’re really quite shy. So the best time to observe the marmots is early in the morning. That’s when all is still quiet up on the Betelberg, and the little rodents can be spotted venturing out of their burrows here and there.

General information

Directions

Betelberg/Leiterli - Mittelstation/Stoss

Safety Guidelines

The themed trail follows signposted hiking category paths all the way.

Equipment

Recommended gear: light trekking shoes, light rucksack, sunscreen, rain jacket, first-aid travel kit, light picnic, plenty of fluids, mobile phone.

Tip

Suitable for children aged 3 to 12. Suitable for ‘off-road’ buggies and strollers. Restaurants at the start and finish of the trail, with a farmed mountain pasture along the way serving simple snacks and drinks. BBQ areas and play area towards the end of the trail.

Getting there

Via Zweisimmen to Lenk up to the valley station of the Betelberg gondola lift. Car park at the valley station.

The mountain station of the gondola lift is the starting point for the trail. Make sure you check the gondola lift timetable!

Parking

Plenty of free parking spaces at the valley station of the gondola lift.

Public transit

From Lenk railway station, walk or take the local bus (Iffigenalp) to the valley station of the Betelberg gondola lift.

The mountain station of the gondola lift is the starting point for the trail. Make sure you check the gondola lift timetable!

Literature

Gratis Broschüre ''Wandern mit Kindern'' - erhältlich bei den Berner Wanderwegen ([email protected])

Maps

Swisstopo Wanderkarte 263 T Wildstrubel 1:50'000

Additional Information

Information: Lenk Bergbahnen, phone 033 736 30 30 or email [email protected] www.lenkbergbahnen.ch

For full details of the Murmeli Trail (German)

Pavings

  • Crushed Rock (4%)
  • Hiking Trail (69%)
  • Path (27%)

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