Although the Diemtigtal boasts excellent road and rail links, it’s frequently overlooked by ski enthusiasts eager to reach the slopes of Simmental, even in winter. And unjustifiably so: the tranquil side valley that funnels into the Simmental at Oey has plenty of charms of its own. With attractions like the Grimmialp-Schwenden circular trail, winter hikers will also be in their element. The groomed winter trail is also a “puzzle path”. At 11 stations, hikers young and old can test their wits against a variety of brainteasers. At the ski lift base station, you can try your hand at the talon puzzle game; prizes are regularly given out for correct answers. The circular trail begins at the ski lift base station on Grimmialp and descends towards the valley for the first few metres. At the Blauseeli lake, you cross the Senggibach river and the cross-country track out from the valley towards Senggi. The route is lined with cosy wooden cabins and snow-blanketed fields. The trail follows the edge of the woodland for a few metres and then dips towards Buechi; it then continues through the village of Schwenden along a narrow road before joining the main street. Follow the gently inclining road for approximately 100 metres. Then follow the paved footpath uphill to the left towards the chapel and then towards the sanatorium. After that it’s just a short walk back over Egg to the starting point at Grimmialp.
Oey-Diemtigen/Grimmialp - Senggi - Schwenden - Kurheim - Oey-Diemtigen/Grimmialp
This route follows paved winter trails.
We recommend the following equipment: Sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes, light- to medium-weight backpack, cold protection, sun protection, hiking sticks, first aid kit, snacks, tea in a thermos flask.