The Urbachtal is an idyllic high valley that can be experienced on an easy hike. The starting point is Innertkirchen, the destination is Loibalp.
he mountain trail from Innertkirchen to Unterstock winds up a steep, rocky slope in the forest. The terrace-like plain of Syteli offers a beautiful panoramic view from the Engelhorn chain over the Hasliberg to the Grimsel region. Meadows, pastures and copses run through it like a mosaic. In the middle of it lies the hamlet of Unterstock. The area is attractively structured with boulders, cairns, dry stone walls, fruit trees and small ponds. It also has a great wealth of species. Due to its high quality, this landscape was awarded the cultural landscape prize of the Oberland-Ost region in 2017. First on a small road, then on a well-maintained forest path, the trail leads leisurely up the flank of the Loibstock to Loibalp, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Urbach valley and the surrounding mountains.
Follow the same route back to Unterstock, from there down to Urbachwasser and partly on the valley road back to Innertkirchen.
- 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)
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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.
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.