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    Oberhofen to Gunten on the Lake Thun Panorama Trail

    Oberhofen - Aeschlen - Sigriswil - Gunten

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    Oberhofen to Gunten on the Lake Thun Panorama Trail

    Oberhofen - Aeschlen - Sigriswil - Gunten

    Published on 16.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 22.04.2015

    Part of this hike is along Stage 4 of the Lake Thun Panorama Round Trail and it definitely promises Panoramas! To save on some uphill hiking we took the bus to the top of the Town of Oberhofen where the trail comes up from Thun, and headed East toward Sigriswil. This way we always had the Bernese Trio and the pyramid-shaped Mount Niesen in our sights. (Another option would be to start the tour down at the lake in Oberhofen or Hilterfingen and walk up the 150 height meters to join the trail).

    The hike is an interesting one as the trail takes you through cool forests, past clusters of vacation chalets typical to this region, pasture-land, and into a couple of gorges which display the geological formations called “Molasse Basin” (Nagelflue) which is loosely packed ocean floor sediment that got pushed up to form the hills, which are relatively easily eroded. We saw evidence of this everywhere as trees perch precariously with roots hanging out, and even a spot where the original trail was damaged from a slide (Detour was marked).

    The entire round trail around Lake Thun is approx. 60 km and can be completed in 4 stages. Two spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges were built in 2012, one of which is included in this tour: the suspension bridge over the Gummi gorge near Sigriswil which is the longest (340 metres) and also highest (182 metres) bridge on the entire Panorama Route. It links the villages of Aeschlen and Sigriswil and has become the new school route for children. There is a toll of 8Fr. for non-residents to cross the bridge, but we recommend taking the original longer way to Sigriswil, which descends into the Gorge and back up again, which is definitely worth the hike.

    After a quick tour of Sigriswil, you descend back into the Gummi Gorge near the eastern side of the suspension bridge, and walk down and out of the gorge back to the lake to catch the bus in Gunten.



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    Published on 16.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 22.04.2015

    Route Details 

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    Bernese Oberland
    Time Required
    2 hours 45 minutes
    8 km
    417 m
    516 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Castle in Oberhofen, Gummi Gorge Suspension Bridge
    Starting Point
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Oberhofen, Sigriswil, Gunten
    Things to Note
    There is an 8 Fr. toll charged to non-residents to cross the Sigriswil Suspension Bridge. At the time of this hike, a piece of the trail near Oberhofen was damaged, detour was marked.

    Route Description 

    00:00 From the bus stop at Oberhofen Tannackerstrasse (end stop on the route) go East up the road about 5 mins. to join the trail at the Burghalde Trail Marker. Head up the hill in the direction of Balmfluh.

    00:15 Reach the point where the original Balmfluh trail was, it is probably still closed. Continue straight up the hill in case it is not marked.

    00:20 Reach the road above the gorge. Here is a trail marker that shows the direction of the detour: "Balmfluh Umleitung"

    00:35 Reach the bottom of the Balmfluh Gorge.

    00:50 Reach the trail marker at Blooch. Continue in the direction of Sigriswil.

    01:35 Reach Aeschlen

    01:50 Reach the Suspension Bridge at the Gummi Gorge. To continue through the canyon, back track a bit, then follow the trail to the North under the bridge. Keep on the trail till you reach Sigriswil.

    02:15 Reach Sigriswil.

    To continue to Gunten through the Gummi Gorge, make sure to descent into the Gorge close to the Sigriswil end of the Suspension Bridge. Keep following the trail out of the Gorge toward the lake.

    02:45 Reach Gunten. The bus stop is along the road. You can also continue on by boat to Thun from the Boat dock station Gunten ThS (or "Gunten (See)" station for searching the time on the website).





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