Even the ascent on the Biel–Magglingen funicular (access signposted from Biel train station) is an experience. It climbs 438 metres in only 7 minutes. From the top station in Magglingen, proceed westwards towards the administration building of the Swiss Federal Sports School. Every step of the walk along the former spa building pathway is a pleasure. The pleasant walk through the Nidau forest occasionally also offers views to the south. At the upper forest periphery of the Gaichtberg, you will cross the Gaichtstrasse and enter dense fir forest. On leaving the forest, your view will extend towards Lamboing, Diesse, to Mont Sujet and to the Chasseral. Heading in the same direction, cross the treeless plateau to arrive in the holiday village of Twannberg. Continue down the narrow roads to the signposted junction on the edge of the forest. The descent along "Le Muliweg", a cobbled cart track dating from the 13th century is interesting (but also slippery in wet weather). In Les Moulins, continue on the Tessenbergstrasse, below the restaurant, to the entrance of the Twann river gorge. The path through the increasingly narrow, damp and cool gorge is protected by barriers, some of which have been driven into the rock, and leads under mighty ledges (be careful in damp weather, danger of slipping!), while the stream bubbles through cracks, basins and hollows deep down. From the Känzeli vantage point at the gorge's exit, the route continues down a steep flight of steps and leads into the winegrowing village of Twann.
Safety informationThis route is exclusively on signposted paths of the hiking trail category.
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EquipmentWe recommend the following items: light trekking shoes, light rucksack, sun protection, rain jacket, first-aid kit, light picnic, enough liquid, mobile phone.
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