38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna

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Stage 11, Thun–Gwatt–Spiez–Faulensee–Aeschi bei Spiez

Route report
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You leave Thun through the park-like shore landscape towards Gwatt. Above Lake Thun, crossing the Kander Gorge, you reach Spiez via meadows and forests. Following the idyllic path to Faulensee, you finally leave the shore here. The destination is the village of Aeschi with a view of the Niesen and the lake.
Passing the moored passenger ships, you leave Thun in the direction of the castle and the Schadau park. The first snow-capped mountains of the Oberland rise above lake Thun in the distance. You follow the lakeshore until you reach Gwatt, passing shipyards and boat harbours, the Lachen stadium and Thun's extensive lido. Through the Bonstetten park with its mighty trees, you arrive in Gwatt, where the trail now leaves the lakeshore. It climbs up the Strättlig hill, a moraine wall of the ice-age Aare glacier. The medieval Strättlig fortress was restored as a powder tower by the Bernese government in 1699. Today, it can be rented for private events.

The path now dips down into the Kander gorge and crosses it over a footbridge below the railway and road bridges. The Kander originally flowed into the Aare through the Thuner Allmend near Uttigen, where it repeatedly caused devastating floods. In 1712, the Bernese government decided to divert the Kander into lake Thun by building a gallery through the hill. Soon, however, the gallery collapsed, the Kander dug what is now a gorge and piled up the large delta into lake Thun. For centuries, these new water volumes led to further flooding in Thun and made a comprehensive correction of the Aare between Thun and Bern necessary.

Immediately after crossing the Kander, the trail climbs up and through the Einigen forest. You approach Spiez across the meadows of Riedern and along the Rust forest. The view of the Sigriswiler Rothorn peak and lake Thun with the villages on the north shore and on the terraces is superb. Spiez is bypassed on footpaths. Over the Spiezberg and through vineyards you reach the castle and the bay. A wide beach path leads past a secluded lido and a fish farm. The fish hatchery demonstrates how structural measures can improve fish spawning conditions. Benches and a well-equipped fireplace invite you to take a break nearby. You can also treat yourself to a meal in Faulensee in one of the fish restaurants. Paved roads then climb up to the Seeholz woods, followed by narrow forest and field paths to Aeschi. The agricultural village is situated on a broad ridge between lake Thun and the Frutig valley. The backdrop to the north: Niederhorn, Sigriswiler Rothorn and Justistal. On the other side, the perfect pyramid of the Niesen peak towers up. Of course, the mountains of the nearby Frutig and Kander valleys are now also visible.
You leave Thun through the park-like shore landscape towards Gwatt. Above Lake Thun, crossing the Kander Gorge, you reach Spiez via meadows and forests. Following the idyllic path to Faulensee, you finally leave the shore here. The destination is the village of Aeschi with a view of the Niesen and the lake.
Passing the moored passenger ships, you leave Thun in the direction of the castle and the Schadau park. The first snow-capped mountains of the Oberland rise above lake Thun in the distance. You follow the lakeshore until you reach Gwatt, passing shipyards and boat harbours, the Lachen stadium and Thun's extensive lido. Through the Bonstetten park with its mighty trees, you arrive in Gwatt, where the trail now leaves the lakeshore. It climbs up the Strättlig hill, a moraine wall of the ice-age Aare glacier. The medieval Strättlig fortress was restored as a powder tower by the Bernese government in 1699. Today, it can be rented for private events.

The path now dips down into the Kander gorge and crosses it over a footbridge below the railway and road bridges. The Kander originally flowed into the Aare through the Thuner Allmend near Uttigen, where it repeatedly caused devastating floods. In 1712, the Bernese government decided to divert the Kander into lake Thun by building a gallery through the hill. Soon, however, the gallery collapsed, the Kander dug what is now a gorge and piled up the large delta into lake Thun. For centuries, these new water volumes led to further flooding in Thun and made a comprehensive correction of the Aare between Thun and Bern necessary.

Immediately after crossing the Kander, the trail climbs up and through the Einigen forest. You approach Spiez across the meadows of Riedern and along the Rust forest. The view of the Sigriswiler Rothorn peak and lake Thun with the villages on the north shore and on the terraces is superb. Spiez is bypassed on footpaths. Over the Spiezberg and through vineyards you reach the castle and the bay. A wide beach path leads past a secluded lido and a fish farm. The fish hatchery demonstrates how structural measures can improve fish spawning conditions. Benches and a well-equipped fireplace invite you to take a break nearby. You can also treat yourself to a meal in Faulensee in one of the fish restaurants. Paved roads then climb up to the Seeholz woods, followed by narrow forest and field paths to Aeschi. The agricultural village is situated on a broad ridge between lake Thun and the Frutig valley. The backdrop to the north: Niederhorn, Sigriswiler Rothorn and Justistal. On the other side, the perfect pyramid of the Niesen peak towers up. Of course, the mountains of the nearby Frutig and Kander valleys are now also visible.
20 km
680 m | 380 m
5 h 25 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Thun
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Arrival / return travel Aeschi b. Spiez, Post
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Berner Wanderwege
Nordring 8
1303 Bern
info@bernerwanderwege.ch
www.bernerwanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Congress Hotel Seepark
Congress Hotel Seepark
Thun
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
Gwatt
B&B Tschirren
B&B Tschirren
Spiez
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
Spiez
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Faulensee
Camping Stuhlegg
Camping Stuhlegg
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Thun
Thun
Spiez
Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
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Dirtpark Steffisburg
Dirtpark Steffisburg
Schloss Thun
Schloss Thun
Rabenfluh Trail
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Swimming

Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Thun lakeside beach
Thun lakeside beach
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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.
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