Experience nature and relaxation in the untouched Saxettal valley, surrounded by the Schwalmere, Bällenhöchst and Morgenberghorn peaks, in the distance enchanting Lake Brienz. Hike from this traffic-free mountain village into the funnel-shaped high valley, the source of Interlaken’s drinking water.
The route starts at the Skipintli Restaurant in the Innerfeld district of Saxeten. It begins with a climb to the bridge traversing the Brandgraben ditch. Before crossing the bridge, it is well worth looking back at the emerald-green waters of Lake Brienz if the weather is fine. Descend in a zigzag fashion (or directly if you are brave enough), over two small ditches to another ascent to the ‘Seilere’ – a former dwelling with livestock shed. The highest point of the trail is just above here.
Take a break to admire the idyllic, snow-covered mountain stream during the descent to the Renggrabenbach. Continue over the purposely-built bridge – a short ascent later, fantastic views open up of the snow-blanketed Allmend and the impressive Schwalmere, Saxeten’s local peak. The hike continues over the Allmend and past the ‘Glühweinbar’ in Balmer’s Hexenhäuschen in Chalberboden, where hungry snowshoe hikers will find sustenance. From there, the trail follows the same route to the ‘Seilere’, turns right and descends alongside a natural stone wall to the sledge run. Cross it and make your way towards the wild and unspoilt Saxetbach stream before ascending to the starting point at the Skipintli. (SwitzerlandMobility)