Burgdorf–Bern (Bern AnimalPark, BearPark) Hike

Characterized by its many beautiful forests, this trail is a popular route for hiking, camping, and trekking.

  • Information
    Route SchweizMobil Route 4: ViaJacobi, stage 29 (Wanderland)
    Distance 29 km
    Hiking time 8 h 00 min
    Grade easy (hiking trail)
    Fitness level difficult
    Ascents 950 m
    Descents 1,000 m
    Accessibility not barrier-free
  • How to get there

    Public transport

    We recommend taking public transport. The trail is signposted from Burgdorf’s train station. If you’re starting in Bern (Bern AnimalPark, BearPark), you can take bus line 12 from the main station in the direction of Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee and get off at “Bern, Bärenpark”.


    There is public parking at Burgdorf station and at the Bern AnimalPark, BearPark. The number of spaces is limited, which is why we recommend travelling by public transport.

  • Tipp

    The hiking trail is marked on the yellow signposts by a green logo with the words “ViaJacobi” and the respective route number – number 4 in this case. Nonetheless, we recommend bringing a printout of the route just to be sure.

The hike from Burgdorf to Bern (Bern AnimalPark, BearPark) is on stage 29 of the ViaJacobi, a section of the international Way of St. James. The ViaJacobi stretches from Lake Constance to Geneva over 645 kilometres, divided into 33 stages.

From the start in Burgdorf, the route leads through beautiful forests and across lush fields to the hamlet Zimmerberg. The trail continues uphill and downhill through the forest and past rustic old houses to Krauchtal, where you can see some striking sandstone rocks. Between Thorberg and Utzigen, the Way of St. James leads along the old so-called monastery path. And in the distance, you can see the old monastery, which is now being used as a correctional facility. After a short climb, you are rewarded with a wonderful view of the Alps. There is also a small cabin here, perfect for a quick break. The forest of Boll is also worth visiting: there are still traces of an old path system of sunken paths. Via Dentenberg and Amsleberg, the route finally leads to the Bern AnimalPark, BearPark, an iconic landmark of the Swiss capital.

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