Special signs marked “Uferweg” (lakeside walk) lead from Niederried station a short distance towards Brienz and through an underpass onto the other side of the railway track. From there the path turns towards the lake and on to Interlaken. The first stretch of the walk follows the edge of the water, with sweeping glimpses of the lake, before continuing through a small area of woodland. In the middle you will find a barbecue area. The path soon starts climbing through riparian woodland and grassland up to the Hauptstrasse, which you follow until you reach “Ringgenberg Säge”. Now walk under the railway viaduct towards “Bühliweg”. You’ll soon be hiking through another wooded section, this time high above the lake. Upon reaching a group of houses, the hiking trail once again meets a narrow road in front of an underpass. Here you’ll need to keep an eye out for the path leading to the lake as it’s almost concealed among thickets and bushes. Returning to the edge of the water, you walk as far as the jetty and lakeside restaurant. Before reaching it you’ll find another barbecue area by the lake.
Above the landing stage is the church and the ruins of Ringgenberg Castle. A staircase and gallery were added to the tower so that people could see over the wall and enjoy the view. It’s well worth a detour!
The journey to Interlaken continues along the “Katzenpfad”. The path runs along the edge of the woodland up to a small street that you follow to the left. At the edge of the next woodland, the Katzenpfad branches down to the left. You also have the option of turning right for another detour, this time to the Burgseeli. Otherwise you can continue along the Katzenpfad. Soon you’ll be walking alongside the railway track and a high rock face; a little later you cross over the railway bridge. On the other side, you follow the Aare canal to Interlaken Ost station.
If you like, you can continue along the Aare to Interlaken West. Here it’s worth making a side trip to Unterseen to explore the compact, picturesque old town.
Niederried – Ursisbalm – Säge – Ringgenberg – Interlaken
This walk follows signposted hiking trails only.
We recommend the following equipment: Lightweight trekking shoes, lightweight backpack, sun protection, raincoat, first aid kit, a light picnic, water, mobile phone.
Getting there: Take the train from Interlaken to Niederried
Getting back: Take the train from Interlaken Ost