INTO THE MOUNTAINS
The Augstbord region is a true hiker’s paradise. Hikers can set off in any direction for leisurely walks, adventurous hikes or alpine tours. The holiday region in the face of the legendary Bietschhorn offers around 250 km of marked hiking trails. Unterbäch is the ideal starting point for unforgettable hiking holidays in Switzerland.
HIKING IN THE AUGSTBORD REGION
The Augstbord region offers everything you need for a perfect hiking holiday in Switzerland. The choice of hikes, tours and routes is diverse. There are adventurous and easy adventure trails and hikes for families and beginners to challenging tours and routes for experienced hikers and alpinists.
EDUCATIONAL AND THEMED TRAILS
Whether it’s birches, squirrels, wolves or women’s right to vote – each of these topics has its own dedicated themed trail in the Augstbord region. Each nature trail tells its own story – of the women of Unterbäch in 1957 or the wolf that terrified everyone.
HIKE – TASTE – ENJOY
Hike independently through the breathtaking mountain landscape of Unterbäch and get to know the Valais from its most natural side. Enjoy exclusive beers or wines from the region at 5 different stops. Another culinary highlight awaits you for lunch at the “Alpenrösli” restaurant on Brandalp.
HIKING WITH CHILDREN
The holiday region Unterbäch offers a range of child-friendly hiking trails and thrilling family hiking routes. For adventurous families, there’s even a treasure hunt. Go in search of a fun Swiss family holiday.
Many hikes in Unterbäch start or finish on Brandalp (1,595 m above sea level). The Sportbahnen Unterbäch chairlift will whisk you there comfortably and effortlessly.
TO OUR NEIGHBOURING TOWNS
Have you set your sights on a hike in a neighbouring village? The hiking bus runs every Wednesday in the summer months by appointment and takes you quickly and comfortably to the starting point of your hike.
GUIDED HIKING AND MOUNTAIN TOURS
For guided hiking and mountain tours we recommend the following external providers:
ENCOUNTERING LIVESTOCK GUARD DOGS
With the return of large predators such as wolves, bears and lynxes, farm animals on pastures once again need added protection. In Switzerland, around 200 livestock guard dogs are used for this purpose, mainly to guard flocks of sheep. Any unfamiliar presence, including hikers, will be kept away from the herd by these imposing dogs until they are sure that their charges are not in danger. It is important to respect how the livestock guard dogs work and disturb the herd and dogs as little as possible.
Tip: in Unterbäch, you have the chance to meet livestock guard dogs in the company of a trained breeder and guide and learn all about these animals’ lives and behaviour.
5 TIPS FOR NATURE-FRIENDLY HIKING
“Leave no trace”
1. take care of the environment and leave no trace: everything you bring with you, take back again.
2. Respect the flora and fauna and stay on the official paths. 3.
3. take photos of flowers instead of picking them.
4. be careful when lighting fires. Use only designated fireplaces and rest areas. 5.
5. enjoy the silence and keep your own noise level to a minimum.