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  • Unterseener Uferweg.
    / Unterseener Uferweg.
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  • / Barrierefreier «Unterseener Uferweg».
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  • / Aare bei Unterseen.
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  • / Wegweiser bei Unterseen.
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  • / Unterseen.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau, Thunersee und Niesen.
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  • / Brücke über die Aare bei der Ruine Weissenau.
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  • / Burgruine Weissenau.
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  • / Wegweiser bei der Ruine Weissenau.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Neuhaus-Weissenau.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Neuhaus-Weissenau.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Neuhaus-Weissenau.
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  • / Infotafel bei der Burgruine Weissenau.
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  • / Burgruine Weissenau.
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  • / Burgruine Weissenau.
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  • / Ruine Weissenau.
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  • / Barrierefreier «Unterseener Uferweg».
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau.
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  • / Naturschutzgebiet Neuhaus-Weissenau.
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  • / Blick vom Uferweg zum Thunersee.
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  • / Infotafel im Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Barrierefreier «Unterseener Uferweg».
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Wegweiser bei Neuhaus.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Restaurant Neuhaus.
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  • / Restaurant Neuhaus.
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  • / Bushaltestelle Neuhaus.
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  • / Bahnhof Interlaken-West.
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m 900 800 700 600 4 3 2 1 km Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau Burgruine Weissenau

This easy path from Interlaken to Unterseen – one of the «barrier-free paths» designated by SchweizMobil – can be followed year-round.
easy
4.9 km
1:15 h
5 m
8 m
From Interlaken-West station, the path traces the Aare to Unterseen before joining the varied lakeside path to Lake Thun. Glistening waters, lightly forested areas and avenues of venerable old trees catch the eye, as do the heritage-protected castle ruins of Weissenau and the Weissenau-Neuhaus nature reserve. Much of the lakeside path leads through this protected area, a park-like landscape of woodland, shrubbery and open reed beds. The shallow shore zone with its large reed belt is especially important to the waterfowl on a lake with few flat banks; more than 200 bird species have been identified.

Author’s recommendation

In the attractive old town of Unterseen, the tourism museum, housed in the old rectory, traces the 500-year history of alpine tourism in Switzerland.
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Author
Jochen Ihle 
Updated: January 28, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
566 m
Lowest point
558 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Easy walk on signposted paths. Follow the yellow signs; additional signposts have a green square and route number 449 for «Unterseen lakeside path» (barrier-free). Difficulty: T1.

Equipment

Normal hiking gear.

Tips, hints and links

Interlaken Tourismus, Marktgasse 13, 800 Interlaken, Tel. +41 (0) 33 826 53 00, www.interlaken.ch

Tourismuseum, Obere Gasse 28, 3800 Interlaken/Unterseen, Tel. +41 (0) 33 826 64 64, http://www.tourismuseum.ch

Start

Interlaken-West (563 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.682937, 7.851889
UTM
32T 412199 5170571

Destination

Neuhaus

Turn-by-turn directions

From Interlaken-West station (elevation of 563 metres), follow the Aare towards Unterseen (567 metres), then continue along the Aare to the point just before it flows into Lake Thun following signs to the Weissenau ruins (559 metres). Now follow the path through the Weissenau nature reserve to Neuhaus (560 metres).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Getting there: By train to Interlaken-West.

Getting back: By bus from Neuhaus to Interlaken-West (15 minutes) for train connections.

Getting there

By car to Interlaken. After the walk, take a bus back to Interlaken from Neuhaus in 15 minutes.

Parking

Parking available in Interlaken.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 3/2019: Blütenzauber (inkl. barrierefreie Wanderungen). Rothus-Verlag, Solothurn, www.wanderwege.ch

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 5/2018: Wandern am Wasser. Rothus-Verlag, Solothurn, www.wanderwege.ch

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 6/2016: Jungfrau Region. Rothus-Verlag, Solothurn, www.wanderwege.ch

Author’s map recommendations

LK 1:50.000, 254T Interlaken.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.9 km
Duration
1:15h
Ascent
5 m
Descent
8 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Disability access Suitable for strollers

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