Over the suspension bridge to Beatenberg

Sundlauenen – Suspension bridge – Beatenberg – Beatenbucht


Our tip: Open the file easily on the way with the app «wanderplaner» from the Bernese hiking trails (Berner Wanderwege)

Hiking time3 h 20 min
Hiking time opposite direction3 h 25 min
Length of hiking trail8 km
Ascent / descent570 m / 620 m
Level of difficultyhard
Ideal seasonspring, summer and autumn

From the village of Sundlauenen the trail leads steeply up to Beatenberg along nature trails and forest paths. Despite strenuous sections, the hike to the longest village in Europe with its views of the Alpine chains and Lake Thun is fascinating. A special feature is of course the suspension bridge over Sundgraben. Numerous resting places along the way as well as refreshment stops in Beatenberg make the strenuous ascent quickly forgotten and offer the opportunity to recharge your batteries for the descent to Beatenbucht.


STI-Bus no
Linie 21

until «Sundlauenen Dorf»


STI-Bus no
Linie 21

from «Beatenbucht»

From the STI stop «Sundlauenen Dorf» you go up the asphalt road to Seestrasse. There the hiking route leads through the forest to Ruchenbühl – a first steep ascent has been completed. A meadow path finally leads to the single-cable bridge. High above Sundgraben you can catch a glimpse of Lake Thun standing on grids. The suspension bridge leads the hikers in a gentle left turn and over stairs up again on firm ground into the shady forest area Schwendi. Before it goes up again, the route leads on a wooden bridge over a larger stream. The road to Beatenberg is lined by many small watercourses that create a magical landscape. It is worth taking a step here or there away from the actual hiking trail and enjoying the view through the branches to the Lake Thun region or the mirrored worlds of the small waterholes. The major part of this long section of forest towards Beatenberg is characterized by stair landings. The last section up to Beatenberg church leads over meadows.

Arriving in Beatenberg, numerous restaurants on the way to the Niederhornbahn station invite you to an extended rest stop – after all, not only food and drink is tempting, but also an incomparably beautiful view of Lake Thun and the mountains. Behind the building of the railway station the hike continues over stairs to Beatenbucht. The route – first on asphalt roads – becomes a little steeper on the meadow and forest paths. However, the trail is very easy to master. Beautiful views and a fascinating flora and fauna make you pause again and again. The path crosses the route of the cable car twice, connecting Beatenberg with the bay. From Schocken it goes over Birchi and Sack finally to Fischbalmen. From there the last meters to Beatenbucht are really relaxing. At the destination – the STI bus stop «Beatenbucht» – there is once again the opportunity to enjoy waiting for the bus with a break in the restaurant directly at the lake.



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