The Lake Thun Panorama Trail from Oberhofen to Gunten, including the suspension bridge at Sigriswil, is a beautiful hiking route above the lake. Starting in Oberhofen, an idyllic village on the shores of Lake Thun, the trail first leads up some steep stairs. After this ascent, however, almost all the altitude meters have been covered. We are now on the mostly flat and well-signposted Lake Thun Panorama Trail. It meanders through small woods and past farmhouses every now and then.
The trail offers magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding landscape. Especially the striking pyramid of the Niesen stands out here. With the dense clouds around its top it almost looks like a volcano.
A highlight of the Panorama Trail is the pedestrian suspension bridge at Sigriswil, which allows you to cross the gorge of the Guntenbach at a dizzy height. The bridge stretches over a length of about 340 meters, making it one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in Switzerland. The suspension bridge is designed to swing slightly with the wind, which feels pretty adventurous!
Here, we were able to see some beautiful black kites using the steel cables of the bridge as a convenient lookout.
Since we wanted to extend the hike a bit more, we decided against crossing the bridge and instead hiked down into the Guntenbach gorge. It is a short, steep descent, special caution is advised when wet! The trail then leads, always following the sound of the stream, to the small village of Gunten. A great conclusion to this half-day tour is a boat ride back to Thun!
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Start: Oberhofen at Lake Thun | Destination: Gunten
Duration: 3-4 h | Approx. 200 meters altitude[gkit id=19]