37 Berner Voralpenweg
37 Berner Voralpenweg

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Berner Voralpenweg

Stage 1, Gstaad–Zweisimmen

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Berner Voralpenweg

From Gstaad to Zweisimmen, from Saanenland into the Obersimmental. Grandiose panoramic hike on the breezy Gandlouenegrat (ridge). Luxuriant Alpine flora between Hornberg and Rinderberg, with stunning views of the Fribourg, Vaud and Bernese foothills.
Gstaad in the Saanen District is a popular holiday destination for prominent and wealthy guests. They may reside in a luxury hotel, the Palace for example, where the hiking trail passes after it begins at the train station. Further along the granite stone walls that protect the splendid chalets from prying eyes, the path enters the forest. This section is occasionally steep. First the narrow path zigzags along the edge of the forest and then changes to a wide gravel road which leads to below Horeflue. The views of the Louwenetal Valley are gorgeous and the Geltenschuss waterfall is visible in the distance. Two mountain inns are located below Horeflue.

The trail continues uphill, still on a wide road, but not as steep as before. Past Giferspitz the views reach as far as the beautiful Turbachtal Valley. After the small Parwenge alpine restaurant the path narrows again and leads to Gandlouenegrat. Hiking along this ridge feels like being on rails. The views of the surrounding valleys, of Gummfluh, Wildstrubel and the Gastlosen range are amazing. By now you have reached the Obersimmental region.

Rinderberg with its gondola station follows after the ridge. This is part of the Gstaad-Saanenmöser winter sport area. Legend has it that the mountain was named for a lost white cow (or Rind). The path turns left here, around Geisshöri and to the middle station of the gondola. Across the meadows and still following the gondola, it takes approximately one hour to get to the destination of Zweisimmen. The eastern gateway to the Gstaad region is located on a broad valley floor where Grosse and Kleine Simme meet. The ruins at Burgenweg (castle trail), the very well preserved parish church from the Middle Ages and the Heimathaus museum are all well worth visiting.
From Gstaad to Zweisimmen, from Saanenland into the Obersimmental. Grandiose panoramic hike on the breezy Gandlouenegrat (ridge). Luxuriant Alpine flora between Hornberg and Rinderberg, with stunning views of the Fribourg, Vaud and Bernese foothills.
Gstaad in the Saanen District is a popular holiday destination for prominent and wealthy guests. They may reside in a luxury hotel, the Palace for example, where the hiking trail passes after it begins at the train station. Further along the granite stone walls that protect the splendid chalets from prying eyes, the path enters the forest. This section is occasionally steep. First the narrow path zigzags along the edge of the forest and then changes to a wide gravel road which leads to below Horeflue. The views of the Louwenetal Valley are gorgeous and the Geltenschuss waterfall is visible in the distance. Two mountain inns are located below Horeflue.

The trail continues uphill, still on a wide road, but not as steep as before. Past Giferspitz the views reach as far as the beautiful Turbachtal Valley. After the small Parwenge alpine restaurant the path narrows again and leads to Gandlouenegrat. Hiking along this ridge feels like being on rails. The views of the surrounding valleys, of Gummfluh, Wildstrubel and the Gastlosen range are amazing. By now you have reached the Obersimmental region.

Rinderberg with its gondola station follows after the ridge. This is part of the Gstaad-Saanenmöser winter sport area. Legend has it that the mountain was named for a lost white cow (or Rind). The path turns left here, around Geisshöri and to the middle station of the gondola. Across the meadows and still following the gondola, it takes approximately one hour to get to the destination of Zweisimmen. The eastern gateway to the Gstaad region is located on a broad valley floor where Grosse and Kleine Simme meet. The ruins at Burgenweg (castle trail), the very well preserved parish church from the Middle Ages and the Heimathaus museum are all well worth visiting.
17 km
1100 m | 1200 m
6 h 10 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Gstaad
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Ascent Hornberg
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Ascent Hornberg
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Gstaad–Saanenmöser
or
Saanenmöser–Gstaad
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 600m.
Timetable: Website bus operations (Saanenmöser–Hornberg) SBB Timetable
Ascent Rinderberg
285
Ascent Rinderberg
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Zweisimmen BDGAG–Rinderberg
or
Rinderberg–Zweisimmen BDGAG
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1000m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zweisimmen
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Contact

Signpost management
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Berner Wanderwege
Moserstrasse 27
3000 Bern 25
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Services

Accommodation

Sporthotel Victoria
Sporthotel Victoria
Gstaad
B&B SportGenussNatur
B&B SportGenussNatur
Gstaad
BnB Steimandli
BnB Steimandli
Gstaad
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Gstaad
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Gstaad
Posthotel Rössli
Posthotel Rössli
Gstaad
Camping Fankhauser AG
Camping Fankhauser AG
Zweisimmen
Camping Vermeille AG
Camping Vermeille AG
Zweisimmen
Forellensee
Forellensee
Zweisimmen
Obegghuus
Obegghuus
Zweisimmen
Simme-Tröimli
Simme-Tröimli
Zweisimmen
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Zweisimmen
Vista Resort Hostel
Vista Resort Hostel
Zweisimmen
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Places

Gstaad
Gstaad
Zweisimmen
Zweisimmen
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Places of interest

Pumppark Saanen
Pumppark Saanen
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Pumptrack Zweisimmen
Pumptrack Zweisimmen
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Swimming

Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization