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The Blindlaui: a green cliff above the Aare

Short facts

  • start: Innertkirchen MIB
  • destination: Guttannen village
  • easy
  • 8,92 km
  • 3 hours
  • 590 m
  • 1057 m
  • 633 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

The Blindlaui is an enchanting little island in the sloping Guttannen mountain forest.

The young Aare has created a deep bed with steep flanks below Guttannen. The old Grimsel mule track runs through this primeval landscape.

The beautiful historic trail to the Grimsel Pass leads from Innertkirchen first to the striking boulder of the Achistein, then through forest and meadowland over the Äussere Urweid to the Inneren Urweid. Continuing on an easy ascent, you then cross a particularly well-preserved section of the old mule track with many dry stone walls on the uphill and downhill sides.Beautiful views of the Grimsel region can be enjoyed on the section to the hamlet of Boden. Shortly before reaching the village of Guttannen, there is a special idyll to discover: Blindlaui is a small, green island surrounded by sloping mountain forest and the impetuous young Aare. The meadows and pastures drop adventurously steeply to the riverbed, making cultivation a laborious affair. In view of its ecological quality, the charming grass-covered cliff was awarded the cultural landscape prize of the Oberland-Ost region in 2013.

General information

Safety Guidelines
  • 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.

Mountain Hiking Check

Equipment
  • 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

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Tip

Guttannen is an El Dorado for spotters (crystal seekers). On request, crystals and gemstones can be viewed in the Kristella exhibition at the northern entrance to the village.

Getting there

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.

Arrival Innertkirchen

Parking

There is uncovered parking in the village.

Public transit

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.

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This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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