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Experience golden moments

Enjoyable autumn hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Autumn is hiking season: the golden time of year is simply ideal for walks and culinary pleasure. Richly hued forests, azure skies of cotton wool clouds and breathtaking mountain slopes are reflected in the deep blue Lake Thun and turquoise Lake Brienz. From the mountain tops, the views in autumn are nothing short of phenomenal. Lace up your hiking books and take a walking break to remember in the Holiday Region Interlaken. Succumb to the magic of autumn.

  • Extensive network of well maintained hiking trails of all degrees of difficulty

  • Striking views of the surrounding mountain peaks as well as lakes Thun and Brienz

  • Stunning views, especially in autumn

  • Beautiful autumn walks and adventure trails

  • Rustic, homely mountain cabins and restaurants serving Swiss specialities

  • Adventure map with suggested hiking routes

  • Various recommended tours available online with GPS data

Autumn is walking season

Walking breaks in the Holiday Region Interlaken are unforgettable. In autumn the dark green forests slowly change colour and take on vivid hues of yellow, orange and red as the autumn foliage crackles underfoot. Brisk breezes dislodge bright leaves from the branches, causing them to dance in the air – and the sky radiates a deep blue that almost outshines the sun. In autumn, when the air is especially clear and the contours of the landscape are razor sharp, the views are overwhelming. In short, autumn is the season for walks and culinary pleasure. Choose between panorama trails, circular tours and fascinating ridgeways where you can marvel from afar at the celebrated peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and the Bernese Alps. Alternatively, you can opt for pleasant walks incorporating culinary delights. As the golden sunrays of morning break through the fine layers of mist clinging to the mountain slopes, another perfect autumn day begins.

Golden sunlight and wild animals on the Niederhorn

On bright and clear autumn days, the panorama trail from the Niederhorn to the Gemmenalphorn is very special. For early risers, this tour promises rich rewards. With luck, you will even spot chamois, ibex and marmots along the way. Throughout the walk, the pin-sharp outlines guarantee fabulous views of the mighty white peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Deep blue Lake Thun glimmers on one side of the ridge, while on the north side the idyllic Justistal is neatly defined by steep mountain slopes. Along the way, why not stop and enjoy a picnic on one of the benches.

The Lombachalp: a well-kept secret for nature lovers and gourmets

The striking shades of mesmerising moorland enchant those who venture to the Lombachalp; the extensive nature reserve is full of surprises. A 90-minute circular hike from Lägerstutz (Jägerstübli restaurant) through the impressively rugged landscape of Winterröscht, Färrich and back to Lägerstutz takes you past towering firs, mountain pines and gentle streams. Take a break at a peaceful barbecue point or round off your trek with an enjoyable meal and a glass of white wine at the Jägerstübli restaurant.

Autumnal hike to the magical Lake Hinterburg

Want to experience golden autumnal moments on foot? We recommend the circular route that takes you to Lake Hinterburg on the Axalp. On the way to the impressively green alpine lake, the ‘woodcarving trail’ passes hand-carved wooden sculptures. As you progress, your perspective of the shimmering turquoise tones of Lake Brienz continually alters. Complete your walk by stopping off at the Hilten restaurant for delicious Swiss herdsman’s rösti, served with stunning views.

Enjoyable adventure trail through the Spiez vineyard

It is not only the trees that change colour by Lake Thun, but the vines too. The Spiez Vineyard Sensory Adventure Trail is highly educational on the subject of alpine viniculture; grape and vine specialities are available on site. The view of the glassy Lake Thun and the peak of the Niesen, freshy bedecked in the first snow of the season, is simply incredible. You can even order a picnic basket for your outing from the local bakery. Treat yourself to some tasty regional cheese and sausage along with fine Spiez wine.

The Stockhorn culinary trail

The beautiful culinary trail on the Stockhorn invites you to keep fit in natural surroundings while enjoying regional products. On this culinary walk you enjoy a three-course menu of local specialities at three different mountain restaurants. Before embarking on the panoramic trail, you fortify yourself with a starter at the «Chrindi» middle station, while the Stockhorn Panorama Restaurant serves the delicious main course at the summit. After dinner you walk from the peak of the Stockhorn to the Oberstockenalp Berghaus, where a tempting dessert sweetens the restful stopover. The final stage leads you back to the «Chrindi» station for a stimulating coffee – and a surprise!

Aeschi–Meielisalp–Leissigen (Finel) panorama trail

The impressive panorama trail from Aeschi to Leissigen promises superb views of deep blue Lake Thun and the surrounding peaks of the Bernese Oberland as you traverse golden meadows and forests of riotous colour. As golden sunrays warm you, autumn leaves rustle underfoot. Along the way, quiet resting places are provided for picnics and barbecues. One highlight of the route is the suspension bridge over the River Spissibach. After crossing the bridge, the path levels out as far as the Meielisalp above Lake Thun. A short walk down from the Meielisalp is a rustic restaurant, an oasis of calm where you can relax over coffee and cakes before continuing your walk to Leissigen – and throughout the route, dreamy views of Lake Thun, the Niesen and the Niederhorn are ever-present.

Culinary trail to the «Blueme» lookout

Think a cheese fondue is only for the winter? In Sigriswil, which overlooks the right bank of Lake Thun, you can savour a Swiss fondue at any time of year. With a unique fondue rucksack – available to collect from the Amstutz dairy in the village – your autumn excursion becomes a culinary experience. The practical rucksack contains everything needed for a delicious cheese fondue surrounded by nature. You could, for example, enjoy the culinary treat on a walk to the «Blueme» lookout point. Your tour starts in Sigriswil and leads over the spectacular suspension bridge to the neighbouring village of Aeschlen. From here you climb to the viewpoint via Allmid and Margelsattel. At 16.4 metres high, the Blueme tower offers fantastic views stretching from Jura to the Bernese Alps.

Fine Swiss rösti and sun-kissed terraces

Your walk can include a fine picnic or a cosy stopover at a rustic mountain restaurant. Savour the best Swiss rösti or the finest «Chäsbrätel» (grilled cheese on crusty bread) while admiring mountain views from a sun-drenched terrace. The loveliest trails of the Bernese Oberland are littered with alpine inns and cabins for that well-deserved rest; there are also numerous picnic sites and barbecue stations. As an alternative, take a restful break on a beautifully situated bench. Surrounding by a hypnotic mountainscape, typically Swiss delicacies taste even better.

Go equipped for hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Good preparation for any hike is critical. Check the weather in advance, and look at current webcam images of your destination. Be sure to wear the right clothes for the conditions as well as sturdy hiking boots. Remember that in mountain climates, the weather can change very fast. For useful information and tips on hiking, please contact your nearest tourist information office. The staff will be pleased to help you plan your excursion, and provide you with a copy of summer and winter adventure maps to help you plan your hikes. In need of detailed information on routes and tours? Buy an official hiking map locally, or use the Outdooractive app to download GPS data for the best hikes in the region to your smartphone.

What is the perfect view?

Die Aussicht vom Stockhorn über Thun in der Abendstimmung

Of course, the weather does not need to be perfect to ensure a great day’s hiking. A walk on an overcast day can be every bit as enjoyable as a mountain hike under a steely blue sky. Just imagine the uniquely entrancing display of shadow and colour when golden sunrays break through the layers of cloud. Whatever the weather, enjoy nature in the Holiday Region Interlaken – in all its colour and diversity.

Charm and hospitality on your hiking holiday

Experience memorable autumn breaks full of natural beauty, relaxation and culinary delight. There are numerous charming hotels, hostels, holiday apartments and camping sites around lakes Thun and Brienz. All accommodation is ideally located on the lakeside or the high plateau, so great views and Swiss hospitality are guaranteed. Any base in the Holiday Region Interlaken makes an ideal starting point for autumn hiking. Book your stay now.

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