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The Grimmiwasser panoramic mountain hike

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The place of power impresses with its wild character: a moor landscape, rare alpine flowers and the red ferruginous springs act as natural energy dispensers.
moderate
Distance 10.8 km
3:50 h
621 m
621 m
1,843 m
1,222 m
Earlier writings tell us that the healing properties of the springs at the rear of the Diemtigtal were also acknowledged by the seasonal workers of the Diemtigtal and their neighbours in the Simmental. High up on Grimmialp, approximately 2,000 metres above sea level, the crystal-clear spring rises from the stony ground at the foot of a colossal rock face.

 

The effect of the water
These wells have brought lasting healing of old ailments and new, fresh life to hundreds of people far beyond the borders of the valleys. Often even where all other help had failed. Summer after summer, in desperate cases also in winter, their water was fetched from the high alpine pastures with great difficulty in barrels and bottles. It had become customary to add bright red stones to the drinking water, supposedly to preserve its healing power, but certainly only to prove that the water had been drawn from the right sources.

Author’s recommendation

If you wish, you can avoid the ascent and descent by shortening your hike time with the Grimmialp mountain railway (please make a note of operating times).
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Author
Rahel Mazenauer 
Update: September 05, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Grimmi, 1,843 m
Lowest point
Senggiweid, 1,222 m
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Track types

Asphalt 5.61%Dirt road 7.31%Forested/wild trail 55.02%Path 19.55%Road 8.61%Unknown 3.86%
Asphalt
0.6 km
Dirt road
0.8 km
Forested/wild trail
5.9 km
Path
2.1 km
Road
0.9 km
Unknown
0.4 km
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Rest stops

Grimmi mountain restaurant
Berggasthof

Tips and hints

A flyer with an overview map is available from the Diemtigtal Nature Park office (in German only).

Diemtigtal Nature Park
Bahnhofstrasse 20
3753 Oey
Phone +41 33 681 26 06
info@diemtigtal.ch
www.diemtigtal.ch

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Catering options
Grimmi mountain restaurant: mountain hut with hearty cuisine. Try a «Grimmi-Plättli» or the «Grimmi-Meringues».
Open from mid-June to mid-October, Phone +41 79 442 66 19

Oberer Stierenberg mountain restaurant: cold and hot dishes from the region.
Open at weekends (weekdays on request), Phone +41 79 759 11 72

Start

«Grimmialp, Hotel Spillgerten» PostBus stop (1,227 m)
Coordinates:
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2'603'400E 1'157'442N
DD
46.568252, 7.482991
DMS
46°34'05.7"N 7°28'58.8"E
UTM
32T 383743 5158305
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Destination

«Grimmialp, Hotel Spillgerten» PostBus stop

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent begins at the Senggiweid car park, 400 metres after the «Grimmialp, Hotel Spillgerten» PostBus stop and crosses the Würzi. The challenging mountain trail up the Alp Grimmi winds through the shady mountain woodland. En route it’s worth stopping by the wild mountain waterfall before continuing up to the Alp Grimmi, where you will be met by an impressive high plateau. On the mountain trail to Uelis Grimmi, you will pass through Grimmialp’s high alpine place of strength (1,840 metres above sea level) with its dramatic red springs. The way back takes you via Alp Nidegg back to the starting point. If you don't want to make the descent, you can hike via Alp Stierenberg to the mountain station of the Grimmialp cable car (note operating times, cable car only runs at weekends and in good weather).  The circular hike can also be done in the opposite direction. The path is marked with white signs and a green route label featuring the route number and name.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Oey-Diemtigen. Afterwards take the PostBus to the «Grimmialp, Hotel Spillgerten» bus stop (terminus).

Getting there

Autobahn A6 Bern towards Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluh tunnel turn left towards Diemtigtal. Follow Diemtigtalstrasse into the valley for 19 km towards Schwenden, Grimmialp.

Parking

Paid parking is available at the base station for the Grimmialp mountain railway or Senggiweid (start of the Grimmimutz adventure trail).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'400E 1'157'442N
DD
46.568252, 7.482991
DMS
46°34'05.7"N 7°28'58.8"E
UTM
32T 383743 5158305
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Equipment

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking sticks
  • Weather-appropriate clothing, sun/rain protection
  • Food and sufficient drinks for the trip

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.8 km
Duration
3:50 h
Ascent
621 m
Descent
621 m
Highest point
1,843 m
Lowest point
1,222 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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