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Bird walk - from the Red Kite to the Dipper

Short facts

  • start: Marketplace Oey
  • destination: Marketplace Oey
  • medium
  • 6,19 km
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 220 m
  • 890 m
  • 670 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

We are surrounded by birds almost everywhere, but often only notice their cheerful chirping. Did you know that some birds travel 800 km a day in search of food?

The beautiful and varied cultural landscape of the Diemtigtal provides a home for many birds. The bird trail leads you through numerous habitats of native bird species. Observe the nursery of a pair of swifts live with a nest camera or test your knowledge of bird calls. Along the way, you can expect to learn many astonishing things about the bird world (explanations in German only).

The populations of many bird species are in sharp decline. The reason for this is often the lack of habitat, which we humans alter for our own purposes. A long-term goal in the Diemtigtal is therefore to provide rare species with a better basis for life again. With the help of the local population, landowners and the Sempach ornithological station, various projects are underway to promote our birdlife.

General information

Directions

Follow the Vogelweg from Oey-Diemtigen railway station or Oey market square to Schuhaus Wiedmer and from there via "Grafestei", "Zälg" to "Bächlen". From there the trail leads to  "Gruebi", where the "Ofehüsi" awaits you for refreshments. Walk down to the Grund along the valley hiking trail to the covered Katzenloch fireplace. Follow the Chirel river to the market square or further back to Oey-Diemtigen railway station. The path is marked with white directional signs and a green route field.

Other route variants:
Shorter variant: to "Zälg", from here the path to the Katzenloch fireplace can be shortened (2.8 km).

Equipment
  • Sturdy shoes

On the way you will find a covered fireplace. Don't forget your cervelat, knife and drinks for the road!

Tip

In the Wilerau, visit what is probably the smallest hotel in the valley, the house martin hotel. Near the floodplain forest stands the swallow tower with 42 swallow nests.

Getting there

Motorway A6 Bern direction Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluhtunnel turn left direction Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtalstrasse into the valley for 4 km to the village of Oey. The market place is 500 metres from the entrance to the village, just after the Gasthof Hirschen.

Parking

Free parking is available on the market square immediately after Gasthof Hirschen (500 m from the entrance to Oey village).

Alternatively, there is paid parking at Oey-Diemtigen railway station.

Public transit

By train to Oey-Diemtigen station (Spiez-Zweisimmen line).

Additional Information

Theme trail flyers with overview map are available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office (in German only).

Diemtigtal Nature Park
Bahnhofstrasse 20
3753 Oey
T 033 681 26 06
[email protected]
www.diemtigtal.ch

Open or closed?
Find out in our > Summer sports report

Refreshment options
Ofehüsi in the Gruebi (post 7): ideal for a little hunger or thirst on the way
Groups and school classes are requested to book in advance: T 079 368 72 04

Hirschen inn: Restaurant in the village of Oey
T 033 681 23 23, www.hirschenoey.ch

Stärnä Beizli: Restaurant at the starting point of the theme trail
T 033 681 00 46

Pavings

  • Street (45%)
  • Hiking Trail (54%)
  • Path (1%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Interlaken Tourismus, Author: Rahel Mazenauer

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