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

Hiking

ViaBerna

ViaBerna

Bellelay–Sustenpass

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ViaBerna

ViaBerna

The Via Berna presents a cross-section of the diverse canton of Bern. From the gentle hills on the edge of the Franches-Montagnes, it crosses the highest Jura fold. Along the Aare to Lake Thun, across several Alpine passes and on mountain trails with incredible views, you can reach Susten Pass in 20 stages.
The hike begins in the gentle hills at the edge of the Franches-Montagnes. Each subsequent Jura height is more intense: you hike through the largest wind farm in Switzerland and across the imposing Combe Grède gorge to the Chasseral. You reach urban Biel via gentler Jura chains and through the romantic Taubenloch gorge. Get to know small Jura villages such as Belleley, Nods or Magglingen along the way. You also encounter the former watchmaking towns of St. Imier and Tramelan along the route.

On the next part, the path follows the course of the Aare to Lake Thun except for some small deviations. It winds its way through the natural landscape of the Old Aare before arriving in the idyllic town of Aarberg. As far as Lake Wohlen and on the way to Bern, you will come across attractive shore landscapes and valuable protected areas, as well as impressive facilities for energy production. Between Bern and Thun, you can experience the different stages of the renaturation of the floodplain landscape. A widened course of the river with tributaries and gravel banks alternates with the original, straight riverbed. Between Thun and Faulensee, the path often follows the shore of the lake directly or runs across the hills of the former lateral moraines of the Aare Glacier. In addition to natural beauty, the cities of Bern, Thun and picturesque Spiez also offer cultural highlights. In Aeschi, the route leaves the pretty lake and river landscapes, and you move closer to the many peaks of the Bernese Alps and cross the first pass.

It is now time to climb more passes, go back down into the valleys, and follow high-altitude trails to finally arrive at the Susten Pass via the old mule track. The places to be found en route are remote mountain villages such as Saxeten, Isenfluh or Gadmen. You will also encounter sites that remain from its tourist heyday, including the mountain lodge on the Schynige Platte and the historic hotels in Rosenlaui and on the Engstlenalp. Panoramic views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, as well as the magnificent sight of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, the Schreckhorn and other Alpine peaks, are a delight to see along the way. Three times you have to descend into deep U-shaped valleys created by ice age glaciers. Strenuous ascents then bring you back to heights with a superb outlook. On the old mule track, you finally reach the Susten Pass on the border with the canton of Uri, going up from Gadmen through a unique natural landscape. After completing the 20 stages through the Canton of Bern, you have enjoyed some enriching moments and experienced an important part of the extensive natural and cultural landscape of the canton.
The Via Berna presents a cross-section of the diverse canton of Bern. From the gentle hills on the edge of the Franches-Montagnes, it crosses the highest Jura fold. Along the Aare to Lake Thun, across several Alpine passes and on mountain trails with incredible views, you can reach Susten Pass in 20 stages.
The hike begins in the gentle hills at the edge of the Franches-Montagnes. Each subsequent Jura height is more intense: you hike through the largest wind farm in Switzerland and across the imposing Combe Grède gorge to the Chasseral. You reach urban Biel via gentler Jura chains and through the romantic Taubenloch gorge. Get to know small Jura villages such as Belleley, Nods or Magglingen along the way. You also encounter the former watchmaking towns of St. Imier and Tramelan along the route.

On the next part, the path follows the course of the Aare to Lake Thun except for some small deviations. It winds its way through the natural landscape of the Old Aare before arriving in the idyllic town of Aarberg. As far as Lake Wohlen and on the way to Bern, you will come across attractive shore landscapes and valuable protected areas, as well as impressive facilities for energy production. Between Bern and Thun, you can experience the different stages of the renaturation of the floodplain landscape. A widened course of the river with tributaries and gravel banks alternates with the original, straight riverbed. Between Thun and Faulensee, the path often follows the shore of the lake directly or runs across the hills of the former lateral moraines of the Aare Glacier. In addition to natural beauty, the cities of Bern, Thun and picturesque Spiez also offer cultural highlights. In Aeschi, the route leaves the pretty lake and river landscapes, and you move closer to the many peaks of the Bernese Alps and cross the first pass.

It is now time to climb more passes, go back down into the valleys, and follow high-altitude trails to finally arrive at the Susten Pass via the old mule track. The places to be found en route are remote mountain villages such as Saxeten, Isenfluh or Gadmen. You will also encounter sites that remain from its tourist heyday, including the mountain lodge on the Schynige Platte and the historic hotels in Rosenlaui and on the Engstlenalp. Panoramic views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, as well as the magnificent sight of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, the Schreckhorn and other Alpine peaks, are a delight to see along the way. Three times you have to descend into deep U-shaped valleys created by ice age glaciers. Strenuous ascents then bring you back to heights with a superb outlook. On the old mule track, you finally reach the Susten Pass on the border with the canton of Uri, going up from Gadmen through a unique natural landscape. After completing the 20 stages through the Canton of Bern, you have enjoyed some enriching moments and experienced an important part of the extensive natural and cultural landscape of the canton.
305 km | 20 Stages
13600 m | 12400 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bellelay, Le Domaine
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Arrival / return travel Susten Passhöhe
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Services

Accommodation

miramont trekking hof
miramont trekking hof
Saicourt
Scheidegger Ranch
Scheidegger Ranch
Tramelan
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Mont-Crosin
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Mont-Soleil
Sous le Tilleul
Sous le Tilleul
St-Imier
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Chasseral
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Nods
Bed and breakfast Hermann
Bed and breakfast Hermann
Lamboing
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Orvin
B&B Stadtzentrum
B&B Stadtzentrum
Biel/Bienne
Hotel Mercure Plaza Biel
Hotel Mercure Plaza Biel
Biel/Bienne
Lago Lodge
Lago Lodge
Nidau
City Hotel Biel Bienne
City Hotel Biel Bienne
Biel/Bienne
Studio Jussi
Studio Jussi
Nidau
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Studen BE
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Studen BE
B&B Friedrich
B&B Friedrich
Kappelen
Hotel-Restaurant Krone
Hotel-Restaurant Krone
Aarberg
B&B Solarhaus Mühlethaler
B&B Solarhaus Mühlethaler
Bargen b. Aarberg
B&B Schärer
B&B Schärer
Bargen b. Aarberg
B&B Känel
B&B Känel
Bargen b. Aarberg
Lodge24
Lodge24
Wohlen b. Bern
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
Hinterkappelen
Stay Kooook Bern Wankdorf
Stay Kooook Bern Wankdorf
Bern
Moxy Bern Expo
Moxy Bern Expo
Bern
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Bern
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
La Pergola Bern
La Pergola Bern
Bern
Hostel 77
Hostel 77
Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
Wabern
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Heimberg
Jui’s Homestay
Jui’s Homestay
Heimberg
Quellenhof
Quellenhof
Uetendorf
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
Krattigen
bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Innertkirchen
Berghotel Steingletscher
Berghotel Steingletscher
Steingletscher
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Bookable offers

38 Via Berna
38 Via Berna
38 Via Berna Bernese Alps
38 Via Berna Bernese Alps
38 Via Berna Bernese Jura
38 Via Berna Bernese Jura
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Places

Tramelan
Tramelan
Saint-Imier
Saint-Imier
Chasseral
Chasseral
Frinvillier
Frinvillier
Biel
Biel
Lyss
Lyss
Aarberg
Aarberg
Bern
Bern
Gümligen
Gümligen
Münsingen
Münsingen
Thun
Thun
Spiez
Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
Meiringen
Meiringen
Engstlenalp
Engstlenalp
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Places of interest

Tête de Moine cheese museum of Bellelay
Tête de Moine cheese museum of Bellelay
La Rouge Eau (Saicourt)
La Rouge Eau (Saicourt)
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Espace Découverte Energie
Espace Découverte Energie
Chasseral Nature Park
Chasseral Nature Park
The summet of the park Chasseral
The summet of the park Chasseral
Pumptrack Magglingen
Pumptrack Magglingen
BielTrail
BielTrail
Pumptrack Wildermeth
Pumptrack Wildermeth
Biel's Historic Centre
Biel's Historic Centre
NMB New Museum Biel
NMB New Museum Biel
PasquArt Centre
PasquArt Centre
Aarberg: once important traffic junction
Aarberg: once important traffic junction
Dirtpark Schiesskanal
Dirtpark Schiesskanal
Pumptrack Viererfeld
Pumptrack Viererfeld
Rollpark Lorraine
Rollpark Lorraine
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Pumptrack Kleine Allmend
Pumptrack Kleine Allmend
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
Bear Park
Bear Park
Pumptrack Wyssloch
Pumptrack Wyssloch
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Pumptrack Weissenstein
Pumptrack Weissenstein
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
GurtenTrail
GurtenTrail
Dirtpark Steffisburg
Dirtpark Steffisburg
Schloss Thun
Schloss Thun
Rabenfluh Trail
Rabenfluh Trail
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Impressive road construction on the Sust
Impressive road construction on the Sust
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Swimming

Château outdoor swimming pool in Tramelan
Château outdoor swimming pool in Tramelan
Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
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.
Signalization