Reichenbach in Kander Valley–Kien Valley–Griesalp
From Reichenbach the post bus climbs up the steepest PostBus route (28 % gradient) to Griesalp in the Kien valley. Experience the natural beauty of this area and enjoy some very attractive hikes.
Reichenbach in the Kandertal valley is starting point of most spectacular PostBus trips, and here the Kiental–Griesalp route commences. (PostBus stop Reichenbach i.K., Bahnhof). And with as much as 28-degree climb, it’s the steepest PostBus stretch! Before the backdrop of the mighty Blüemlisalphorn lays Griesalp, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch territory. Be prepared for some great highlights on this scenic trip!
From the Kiental village a chairlift brings you to the Berghaus Ramslauenen mountain guesthouse (PostBus stop Kiental, Ramslauenen). The mountain station also represents your starting point for trips to the region’s sled path and ski runs in winter.
The PostBus Griesalp Adventure Trail was established in 2018 along the PostBus route. The trail takes about two hours to walk and the visitors have the opportunity to experience the four elements earth, fire, water and air at 13 stations. From an observation platform they have a direct view of the steep turns of the PostBus route. In addition, there is a photo stop overlooking Lake Tschingel, a climbing wall and a weather-protected barbecue station.
The Adventure Trail is a project of Kiental-Reichenbach Tourism in conjunction with PostBus and was financed by sponsors.
During summer, the so-called «Guggerwäg» cuckoo path permits you insight into the animal world of the Kiental valley, and the «Kien Zappel» round-path and introduction to a story tale world. Passing the impressive Tschingel Lake (PostBus stop Kiental, Tschingel), PostBus then winds its way up to the Griesalp along narrow, bending roads.
And along the route it’s only fair to mention there are countless theme paths, such as the Kiental valley sayings path that takes you to the scene of some spooky legends. Waterfalls and what’s known as witch’s cauldron (Hexenkessel) line the wildwater trail, and the sculpture trail unites the topics of art and water.
Loads of attractive hiking routes are yours to enjoy on the Griesalp (PostBus stop Griesalp, Kurhaus), besides mountain farming and a nature trail that bring you closer to understanding the culture and nature of the region. Particularly popular with well-practised hikers are tours over the Hohtürli to Lake Oeschinen and on to Gspaltenhorn - or via Sefinenfurgge to the Sefinental valley. And following an impressive day’s hike there’s no better place to be spoilt and rest weary legs than the Berggasthaus Golderli, Griesalp Hotelzentrum or Berghaus Bundalp mountain guesthouses.
Take advantage and receive 20% discount on
- travel by postbus from Reichenbach im Kandertal to Griesalp and back
- a 3-course lunch (not including beverages) in the restaurants of the Griesalp hotels and the Gorneren Naturefriends Hostel
Adults with GA travelcard CHF 19.50 (instead of CHF 24.40)
Adults with half-fare card and children up to the age of 16 CHF 35.90 (instead of CHF 44.90)
Adults without reduced fare CHF 52.30 (instead of CHF 65.30)
The special “Steep Thursday” ticket is available only from the drivers on the Kiental-Griesalp route.
The offer is valid from 30 May to 20 October 2019.
Route open from May to October.
Travel-date details/validity: view Timetable information
Reservations for groups of 10 or more are required by 4 p.m. on the evening before travel.
Reservations are also required for bus 22061 leaving every Friday at 5.44 p.m. from Kiental, Ramslauenen to Griesalp. Call 0848 100 222.
Limited number of bicycle transport fixtures in/on the vehicle
Limited number of seats. Reservations recommended for bicycles are required. Tel. 0848 100 222
No Bicycle transport between Tschingel and Griesalp possibile
Limited wheelchair access to the postbus
not all services are wheelchair-accessible. For information, please call 0848 100 222
Special arrangements possible. No wheelchair-accessible between Tschingel and Griesalp possibile
Ramslauenen–Griesalp: advance booking at least three hours prior to departure
- Explore the area of the Kiental–Griesalp Route on foot on Via Alpina
Section 12 Lauterbrunnen–Griesalp
Section 13 Griesalp–Kandersteg
- on the Lötschberg Panorama Trail
Section 1 Kiental–Kandersteg
- and on the well-marked hiking trail system
- or by mountain bike on the Alpine Bike Route
Section 13 Interlaken–Adelboden
0848 100 222
Gorneren Friends of Nature Hut
The oldest Friends of Nature hut is located at an altitude of 1471 meters - no traffic, no gondolas and away from the tourist rush. The mountain hut has a number of rooms and a playground is available directly in front of it. And let’s not forget the food: how about Rösti potatoes from the 70-year old wood-burning stove? The cosy common room with a fireplace is perfect for relaxing and the large sunny terrace with panoramic views makes the day an unforgettable experience.
Margreth und Heinz Steiger
+41 33 676 11 40
Alpine farming educational path
Pure nature, the life and work of mountain farmers and plenty more is discovered with close-up views along this delightful learning path. Read, watch, touch, feel, listen and learn – with informative stops along the way that bring you just that bit closer to understanding the natural beauty of the surrounding flora, fauna, geology, mountain forests and streams, Alpine farming and naturally cheese production.
At the foot of the Bernese Alps, the traditional Berggasthaus Golderli welcomes guests in the tranquil Griesalp-Gorneren location; where stupendous views over the surrounding Alpine landscapes are enjoyed from the sunny guesthouse terrace. Extensive à la carte menu with warm food served throughout the day and open 365 days a year! Possibility of overnight stays in comfortable guest rooms or tourist dormitories. And from Golderli there are umpteen great ways to explore the surrounding mountain world.
Alexandra und Robert Schnitzler
+41 33 676 21 92
At around 1400 meter altitude, at the heart of some truly stunning mountain scenery, five hotels close to one another offer you 40 rooms that fulfil all wishes from plain and simple to luxurious.
+41 33 676 71 71
Main attraction in the beautiful Suldtal valley is the imposing 81 meter-high Pochten Falls. From Suld, you reach the falls by means of a narrow and somewhat steep path on a 15-minute walk.
+41 33 654 14 24
Whether for a dish of crisp Rösti, a fine dessert or a family get together, the cosy Restaurant Pochtenfall, beautifully situated amidst the Suldtal nature reserve, welcomes you with open arms!
Mrs Barbara Hari
May until October
Monday to Sunday 8:00 - 24:00
Following a storm on the Tschingelalp back in 1972, the small Tschingelsee lake came into being. Meanwhile, it’s slowly drying up and since 1987 stands under protection in the form of nature reserve.
“Guggerwäg” wildlife theme trail
Along the «Guggerwäg» wildlife path you learn some interesting facts about the behaviour of the «Gugger» better known as cuckoo, as well as other birds species. The purpose of the no-hunting zone is also revealed, together with plenty more about the natural inhabitants here. Walking time: 1 and a half hours.
+41 33 676 22 26
Wildwater trail (Wildwasserweg)
Experience the power of water in its original form. The wildwater trail takes you past deep gorges, thundering waterfalls, steep & craggy faces of rock and the so-called Hexenkessel (witch’s cauldron) up to the Griesalp region. Walking time: approx. I hour.
3713 Reichenbach i. K.
+41 33 676 35 35
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