The hike from the idyllic Lake Seebergsee into a wild and charming karst area in the Diemtigtal valley is a huge secret tip in Switzerland.
Pictures and text by Marc Gottwald
Lake Seebergsee Hike in a nutshell
- – Take enough water with you as there are no wells
- – Seebergsee hike: karst area as a real insider tip (compared to the Schrattenfluh)
- – Swimming in the Lake Seebergsee is possible. Be sure to respect nature, there is a park ranger.
- – Hiking taxi Zweisimmen-Meienberg: Twice a week from July to the beginning of October, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, a hiking taxi runs from Zweisimmen railway station up to Meienberg and back again in the afternoon. Registration at the Infopoint at Zweisimmen railway station is necessary by 5 pm the day before (T 033 722 11 33).
– There is a car-sharing bench at the Seebergsee car park, the Meienberg car park and the Zweisimmen railway station. Anyone who takes a seat on one of these benches signals to the drivers that he/she would like a lift.
- – Seebergsee car park: Limited availability, and quickly taken. Ticket for the private street costs 10 CHF. The nature park Diemtigtal recommends to come with the taxi service.
- -Restaurant Seeberg: There are also restaurants to stop near the Seebergsee.
Condition: difficult Technique: medium; Duration: 4h 30 min
Lake Seebergsee: Difficult to reach without a car
The Lake Seebergsee in the Diemtigtal is idyllic and beautiful. But have you ever seen a karst area? Probably not as untouched and wildly romantic as this one. Two years ago even that lake has been a great secret tip, but now it is becoming more and more popular. Of course, we still have an insider tip for you.
The lake in the Diemtigtal is unfortunately very difficult to reach without a car. From the Seebergstrasse car park, it takes around 20 minutes to hike to Seebergsee, which is located at an altitude of about 1850 meters.
It is an idyllic lake that is protected as a nature reserve. Nevertheless, it is allowed to swim in the lake. During the week there are also very few people, probably considerably more at the weekend.
The Lake Seebergsee hike continues with a first climb
After you have refueled enough energy and, if necessary, even taken a very cold bath, I am convinced that you will want to start your hike from Lake Seebergsee. Of course, it is even better to take a cool bath after the hike. It is also possible to stop at the restaurant. Please note that it is not directly at the lake, but about 10 minutes away.
It goes up the mountain to the right of the Sebergsee until you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over the Diemtigtal and the Simmental in Switzerland . Magnificent, these foothills of the Alps and the far-reaching view!
Incidentally, since 2011 the Diemtigtal was promoted as a Swiss nature park. This means that the valuable flora and fauna are better protected and biodiversity is more likely to be preserved. But it is not a national park, of which we only have one in Graubünden.
A tough climb, rewarded with a gigantic view
As soon as you reach the hiking trail sign, continue hiking in the direction of Luegle-Boltigen. Here you can already see the first signs (white rock) that almost the entire mountain is made of limestone. A beautiful karst landscape where you will hardly see any people. A real insider tip for a hike in Switzerland.
The highest point of our hike is the Niederhore. After a total of around two hours, you will reach the vantage point and enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view over the Bernese Oberland.
If you are hungry and enjoy your picnic, you will quickly make at least 50 new friends. Namely the alpine chough.
After a rest, you continue hiking for about half an hour and then slowly begin the descent of about twenty minutes towards Urscher, and then hike the last 1h15 minutes to Seebergsee.
The secret wild romantic karst area
In the meantime, you will reach the unique karst area, the so-called Schratteli. I have not found any useful sources either on the internet nor in the literature, why this beautiful karst area is still so unknown. It is definitely worth taking a break there for a few minutes to listen to nature and feel the positive forces.
Lake Seebergsee Hike Conclusion
A hike that does require some fitness level, but is breathtakingly beautiful and, apart from Seebergsee, has almost no people. For me, it was the perfect place to explore the Diemtigtal better. After the hike, it is possible to stop at the Restaurant Seeberg before returning to the car park.