Where to go hiking is like everything else in life: people’s preferences are as varied as people are themselves. The diverse Bern Region has a special "favourite" just waiting for you to discover. Each day this week, we will be introducing five hikes that are sure to excite happy wanderers of every type.
Today, let us look at five steep routes to suit some of the more athletic hikers.
St. Imier: The Combe Grède
Successfully complete the steepest climb in the entire Jura and be rewarded at the top with a spectacular view of the Three-Lakes Region and the Bernese Alps. jurabernois.ch
From Wengen up the Männlichen
First take the gondola up the Männlichen and then hike down the steep mountain trail back into the valley. And if you want to sweat even more, you can turn around and scale the 951 vertical metres to the summit of the Männlichen. maennlichen.ch
Biel: Through the Taubloch Gorge up the Bözingenberg
The ascent from Biel up the Bözingenberg takes about 2.5 hours. On the way to the summit you cross the mystical Taubenloch Gorge. There is a great restaurant at the top. biel-seeland.ch
Adelboden: From Hahnenmoospass to the Engstligenalp
The steep ascent from Hahnenmoospass to the summit is anything but boring: There are spectacular views across glacial areas and as far as the Mittelland, and there is fascinating high-Alpine flora and flora, while the view from the metal stairway that leads to the summit is sure to give you the goosebumps. adelboden.ch
Brienz – Brienzer Rothorn
From Brienz you take the gondola up the Rothorn. Or you can walk the five-hour trail from Brienz over the Planalp and up to the summit. You will work up a healthy sweat and also get up close and personal with the stunning scenery. gps-tracks.com