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    South Ramp of the Lötschberg Railway

    Hohtenn - Ausserberg (alternative to Eggerberg)

    South Ramp of the Lötschberg Railway

    Hohtenn - Ausserberg (alternative to Eggerberg)

    The South Ramp of the Lötschberg Railway Line high above the Rhone Valley in Canton Valais is a 26 km hiking trail from Hohtenn to Brig that can be walked in stages, the most popular of which is to start in Hohtenn and walk either 10 km to the railway station in Ausserberg (3 hours) or an additional 5 km or 1.5 hours to the railway station in Eggerberg.

    The trail is not difficult to walk although there are a few short steep stretches. Along the way there is much to see and learn about railway and bridge engineering with some spectacular railway bridges, and a suspension bridge over the Joli Gorge (built in 2003). Also along the way are information stations about some of the sights in the valley below, such as the “Castle Church” of Raron. Part of the trail also runs along one of the many irrigation channels in this area. And of course there is always a fantastic view up and down the Rhone Valley.

    (Description from a BLS brochure): “Completely renovated in 2013 and extended as far as Brig, the first railway hiking trail in Europe runs on the sunny side of the Rhone Valley along the Lötschberg mountain line of the BLS. The trail has fascinating Alpine and southern European flora, “Suonen” water channels, spectacular railway buildings and superb views, as well as cosy benches and exciting information boards and panoramas.”


    Published on 14.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 10.12.2015
    Published on 14.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 10.12.2015

    Route Details

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    Time Required
    3 hours
    10 km
    275 m
    446 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Railway Bridges, Raron
    Starting Point
    Hohtenn Train Station
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Ausserberg Train Station
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Rest. Rarnerchumma, Ausserberg
    Things to Note
    The suspension bridge in the Joli Canyon is closed in winter

    Route Description

    00:00: From Hohtenn Railway Station, follow the trail markers to Lidu / Ausserberg / Rarnerchumma.

    00:30: At Lidu, go in the direction of Ausserberg / Eggerberg.

    00:50: Take a detour to the suspension bridge down into the Joli Gorge, if you have the time or desire.

    01:20 At the Restaurant Rarnerchumma follow the lower trail (direction Riedgarto / via Eisenbahnbrücke).

    02:00: Cross the Bietschtal railway bridge.

    03:00: In Ausserberg, follow the trail sign at the start of the village to the railway station.

    Alternately, you can follow the trail to the left toward Eggerberg to add 1.5 hours and 5 km to the hike and catch the train from there.

    04:30: Eggerberg Train Station






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