Exciting tests of courage in the Bernese Oberland: canyoning and river rafting
Visitors to the region can experience the mighty forces of nature at first hand in the Bernese Oberland. Those brave enough to try river rafting and canyoning will be rewarded with unforgettable moments.
In summer and winter alike, visitors venture onto the region’s waterways and experience the thrill of a river rafting trip. The Simme, Saane, Aare and Lütschine rivers are the hotspots in the Bernese Oberland where pairs or groups can hurl themselves into the roaring current. Those who set off from Gstaad, for example, are fully equipped and coached by professionals. Over the next two-to-four hours, they enjoy a series of calm and rapid passages on the way to Château-d’Oex or Rougemont.
An in-depth experience
Canyoning, also known as canyoneering, is an increasingly popular activity. The mix of adventure and natural experience promises participants a unique thrill. With the right equipment, brief instructions and the support of an experienced guide, they’re ready to start abseiling, climbing, sliding and sometimes even diving. Best of all, would-be canyoners can enjoy their river adventure all year round. Canyoning at the height of summer is a lively experience that brings welcome refreshment; in winter, the melting snow quickens the pace and makes the thrills even more intense.
Fun for the youngsters
Around Interlaken, the canyoning sites at Saxetenbach, Grimsel and Schlieren offer three levels of difficulty suitable for beginners, advanced canyoners and professionals. Youngsters don’t have to miss out on the fun, either: thanks to the “Water Experience” for children in Gstaad, they can start canyoning at an early age.