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.
Distance 10.8 km
Highest point1,843 m
Lowest point1,222 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.
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).
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.
all notes on protected areas
Take the train to Oey-Diemtigen. Afterwards take the PostBus to the «Grimmialp, Hotel Spillgerten» bus stop (terminus).
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.
Paid parking is available at the base station for the Grimmialp mountain railway or Senggiweid (start of the Grimmimutz adventure trail).