View of Oberhofen Castle from the Panorama Trail above Oberhofen.
Detour route above Balmfluh.
Heading into the Riderbach Gorge from the detour above Balmfluh.
Along the Lake Thun Panorama Trail (Mount Niesen in the background)
Along the Lake Thun Panorama Trail (Eiger/Mönch/Jungfrau Trio in background)
The Sigriswil Suspension Bridge on the Aeschlen side.
Suspension Bridge as seen from below in the Gummi Gorge.
Before heading back down into the Gummi Gorge
Boat dock on Lake Thun at Gunten
Oberhofen - Aeschlen - Sigriswil - Gunten
Published/updated on 16.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 23061 points | Date of Tour: 22.04.2015 | Favourite Entries (7)
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...
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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.
This is without a doubt a tour worth undertaking! With the exception of a somewhat steep section on the descent, the rest of the tour can be completed without too much trouble... more >>