Bernese Mittelland, Bernese Oberland, Central Switzerland

Schallenberg route

Schallenberg is popular for excursions among families, hikers and cyclists. From 27 April to 27 October 2024, the Adventure Region can be reached conveniently on weekends by route 252 from Escholzmatt to Thun.

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PostBus drives on roads in a rural area. In the background, the hilly landscape of Entlebuch with a view of the Schrattenfluh.

Enjoy the adventure region with lunch on the Schallenberg, a family outing, a walk along Lake Thun or explore one of the many hikesTarget not accessible and bike trails. Travel comfortably there and back by bus, because the journey through the beautiful Entlebuch and Emmental is already worth the trip.

The Schallenberg routeTarget not accessible (route 252) runs from Escholzmatt to Marbach, Schangnau, Eggiwil, Röthenbach im Emmental to Steffisburg and Thun. On Saturdays, Sundays and general public holidays, PostBus and the STI offer four journeys in both directions. In Schangnau you can change to route 251Target not accessible to Kemmeriboden, and in Röthenbach im Emmental you can reach the Chuderhüsi observation tower by changing once to the BLS hikers’ busTarget not accessible (route 271).


UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve

Entlebuch is home to Switzerland’s largest and most abundant moorlands, impressive karst regions and flora and fauna of international importance. In 2001, the area was designated the UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere ReserveTarget not accessible.

Emmental hill paradise

The EmmentalTarget not accessible will enchant you with its hills and valleys, dotted with pretty villages and the famous local farms. This green idyll is restorative for body and soul. Enjoy the tranquillity of nature and the regional delicacies during your activities, all the while experiencing true hospitality.

Marbach alpine show dairy

Experience the Marbach alpine show dairyTarget not accessible, where you’ll learn all about the world of milk processing and become a cheesemaker in the dairy yourself. There’s guaranteed excitement for young and old.


On the MarbacheggTarget not accessible (1,500 m above sea level), a breathtaking panorama awaits you, with views of the Schrattenfluh, the Hohgant and the Bernese Alps. Discover the varied activities in summer and winter in and around Marbachegg.


The Hotel Landgasthof Kemmeriboden-BadTarget not accessible is run by the sixth generation of the Invernizzi family and is known far beyond the hills of Emmental for its famous meringues and creative culinary delicacies.

Räbloch Gorge

A well-secured hiking trail leads from the Steinmösli high moor to the Räbloch GorgeTarget not accessible, which according to current knowledge was formed by the glacial ice of the last Ice Age. The gorge can be crossed over a natural bridge and offers a magnificent display of nature.

Schallenberg Pass

At 1,167 metres above sea level, the pass is the highest point on the Schallenberg route. Restaurant GabelspitzTarget not accessible at the top of the pass is a popular stop for a culinary break and offers a wonderful view.

Chuderhüsi observation tower

There are also sights to discover around Röthenbach im Emmental. One of them is the 42-metre-high Chuderhüsi observation towerTarget not accessible, with its unique panoramic view over the Emmental and Mittelland as far as the Bernese and Valais Alps.

Lake Thun region

Whether it’s for a city stroll, a walk by the lake or a boat trip, the city of Thun and Lake ThunTarget not accessible are well worth a visit at any time. 

A region for connoisseurs

In addition to the Kemmeriboden spa and the Gabelspitz restaurant, other hosts such as the Gasthof BärenTarget not accessible in Eggwil are there to pamper their guests. Local specialities can be found in the Marbach mountain cheese dairy, the Bieri butcher’s shopTarget not accessible and the Hohgant cheese dairyTarget not accessible in Schangnau. The Schallenberg region has something to offerTarget not accessible for everyone.

Drawn map showing where the Schallenberg route stops.

Travel advice


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  • The Schallenberg route operates from 27 April to 27 October 2024 on Saturdays, Sundays and general public holidays, with four journeys organized in both directions.
  • From 2024, new stop “Schangnau, Käserei”
  • The morning and midday services are provided by PostBus, the afternoon and evening services by STI BusTarget not accessible.
  • At the Schangnau, Post stop, you can transfer to PostBus route 251Target not accessible to Kemmeriboden on the 10.37, 15.23 and 18.37 services. At 4.17 p.m. you can change from the PostBus route 251 to the Schallenberg route 252 to Thun.
  • In Röthenbach im Emmental, at the Dorf stop, you can change at 10.10 to the BLS hikers’ bus (route 271)Target not accessible to Chuderhüsi and at 16.40 from the BLS hikers’ bus to the Schallenberg route 252 to Thun.

Excursion report by Travelita

The well-known Swiss travel blogger TravelitaTarget not accessible tested the new Schallenberg route for us. Take a look at her excursion reportTarget not accessible and hiking suggestions for inspiration.

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