A woman and a man sitting on a picnic blanket and admiring a mountain landscape. ©  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Yannick Romagnoli / ©Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus

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Hiking highlights for the summer

The Varied Hike: Rinderberg - Hornberg - Horneggli

We cover the first part of the climb with the gondola, then we hike over the ridge towards Horneggli. Along the way, we come across lots of spots that are so inviting, it makes us want to take a break: on the terraces of the mountain restaurants, we can smell the delicious meals and at the BBQ spots the fire wood is ready for us. On the Hornberg, we stop the wakeboard facility – the highest one in Europe! – and have a go at it. Then we continue on the last part to Horneggli where the chairlift takes us back down into the valley. Those who want to go to Zweisimmen take the train in Schönried and in about 20 minutes will arrive at their starting point.
For all those travelling with kids, we recommend doing the trail in the opposite direction by starting at Horneggli. This way the playground at the Rinderberg mountain top station with the silhouetted facades is a great way to motivate kids and for the grand finale it’s back down to the valley by scooter from the middle station.
Distance: 5.9 km, time: approx. 2 hours

The gentle one: Sanetschsee circular hike

Arriving by gondola at the Sanetsch mountain station, an impressive mountain backdrop at over 2252 metres above sea level quickly opens up to us and our destination, the Sanetsch dam, is already within reach. We follow the mostly flat circular path around the lake and take plenty of time to absorb the extraordinary impressions. Gentle pastures alternate with rocky slopes and our gaze always returns to the turquoise water, where we take a refreshing swim before rewarding ourselves with a local speciality at the Auberge de Sanetsch restaurant. Route: 4.08 km, Duration: approx. 1h 15min

The Surprising Hike: Sparenmoos – Hundsrügg – Sparenmoos

We begin a somewhat sporty hike onto the Sparenmoos. We arrived with the “hiker’s taxi” that drives back and forth between Zweisimmen and Sparenmoos on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (reservation necessary!). The trail takes us over the gently climbing Nüjeberg to Alp Schiltenegg. From here the terrain is somewhat steeper and via the wide ridge we reach the peak of Hundsrügg. We are breathless: from here we have an incredible all-round view. 427 peaks can be seen on a clear day! Some of the most famous ones are the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. We can hardly get enough, but continue anyway on the trail. We pass by the little lake “Erbetlaub”, cool our feet off in the refreshing water and continue on until Schiltenegg. Here it’s worth taking a detour to Nüjeberg Beizli to relax and enjoy some food and drinks. For the grand finale of this unforgettable hike, we get on the scooter and race down from Sparenmoos to Zweisimmen.
Distance: 10.1 km, time: approx. 3 h 20 min