Right on Bern’s doorstep, there’s a beautiful hilly area that stretches all the way from Belp to Schwarzsee. The region is 400 square kilometres in size and comprises 20 municipalities. Characterized by large forests and idyllic villages and protected by the impressive Gantrisch range, the area was certified as a Regional Nature Park by the Swiss Confederation in 2012. Be it rare animals or plants: protecting biodiversity is a top priority. This is achieved, for example, by preserving the natural night landscape (i.e. darkness), which is extremely important for the animals that live here so their day-night rhythm is not disturbed.
In addition to the beautiful landscapes, it is the countless hiking and biking routes and running trails that bring hikers and sports enthusiasts to the Nature Park in the warmer months. From flat to steep and from asphalt to gravel – the many roads and paths through the gentle hills or along the Gürbe river are diverse. How about a bike tour around the “Guggershörnli” (Guggershorn hill) or a hike along the Gantrisch Panorama Trail? Both options will reward you with a breathtaking view of the Bernese and Fribourg Alps. In the spring, gorgeous "Buntbrachene" (meadows covered in flowers) give the landscape of the Nature Park a burst of colour, and in autumn, all eyes are on the treetops in red, orange, and gold.
There’s a lot to do in the winter months, too: Cross-country skiing fans can enjoy the 45 kilometres of excellent trails on 1,450 to 1,650 meters above sea level, where snow is guaranteed and you have the best view of the snow-capped mountain peaks and winter wonderland below. The soft powder snow is also popular with snowshoe enthusiasts and there are many tours to choose from. Our tip: the beautiful Obergurnigel Trail.
Resting and restoring your strength is vital when out and about. A hearty dinner in the Alphütte Obernünenen hut (1,689 m.a.s.l.) after a long hike, a glass of white wine from the hotel's vineyard in the Schloss Gerzensee Hotel after a bike tour, or a pizza straight out of the pizza oven at the Hotel am Schwarzsee after a relaxed walk – the Gantrisch Nature Park offers plenty of options when it comes to food and drink.
Regio Garantie – Gantrisch Nature Park
If it promises Gantrisch, it delivers Gantrisch. Be it flour from the renowned Dittligmühle mill in Längenbühl, creamy cheese from the Aeby family’s cheese dairy in Plaffeien, or sweet honey from the Höhener honey farm in Mühleturnen: at least 80 percent of the ingredients used for the products must come from the park.
Would you like to celebrate a traditional Alpabzug or visit a music festival with a colourful mix of musical styles? Then off you go to the Gantrisch!
Swinging from tree to tree like Tarzan, gazing up into the starry night sky – there’s a lot to discover at Gantrisch Nature Park.
Schwarzsee Witch’s Trail (Häxewääg)On the Witch’s Trail around Schwarzsee’s mountain lake, a fearsome dragon wakes from his lengthy sleep, and long-forgotten myths are brought back to life. The adventure trail leads along the shoreline through a magical landscape set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Fascinated children, encounters with mythical creatures, an entertaining hike and fun and games are guaranteed!Trips & Recreation, Bern for FamiliesSchwarzsee Witch’s Trail (Häxewääg)More
Klettersteig GantrischAccess to the via ferrata takes you through the Gurnigel watershed; the start is just below the Leiterenpass. The climbing distance is 220 meters.Adventure & SportKlettersteig GantrischMore
Summer Toboggan Run, SchwarzseeThe toboggan run is approx. 1000 meters long, including the ascent.Adventure & Sport, Bern for FamiliesSummer Toboggan Run, SchwarzseeMore
Uecht ObservatorySixty years ago an engineer discovered an outstanding location on the hill just above Niedermuhlern – a site that provides a fantastic view far into the distance and the stars.Trips & RecreationUecht ObservatoryMore
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