Thermal Baths & Swimming Pools

The indoor swimming pool and spa in the village square of Aeschi has a wellness area, bio sauna, steam bath, ice well, … with massages and various other treatments. www.hallenbad-aeschi.ch Other villages such as Gunthen have hot thermal pools.

Walking

There are literally dozens of walks around Aeschi and Aeschiried. The main trail passes very near the chalet and takes you up to the back of the Suldtal, with its 81m waterfall. From there you can go on up the Morgenberghorn (2200m), or come back along a gentler route, or take the path in the other direction down to Aeschi, and then on to the lake of Thun or to the foot of the Niesen, for more information:
www.aeschi-tourismus.ch

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Over 30km of groomed cross-country paths back into the wilderness of the Sultal and its nature reserve, as well as through Aeschi and Aeschiried. Snowshoing trails up to the Alp Brunni, and lots of sledging www.aeschi-tourismus.ch

Downhill skiing

There are several downhill slopes in Aeschiried, great for kids and beginners, but more experienced skiers will probably prefer neighbouring Wengen, Adelboden, Kandersteg, all 30 minutes away, or Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen which are 40 minutes away. Being in the heart of the Bernese Oberland you can try a different one every day!

Lama farm and lama trekking

There are two lama farms in Aeschi, and the largest herd in continental Europe is just a 5 minute walk from the chalet. You can watch and stroke the lamas, buy lama wool products from the farm shop, and even buy a lama to take home (but not in the chalet please!). The owners give tours and explanations, and you can even go lama trekking if you want. Call (033 654 6647 and 033 654 0913) if you would like a guided tour, or have questions. www.alpacas-of-switzerland.com www.swiss-lama.ch

Thun and lake tours

Thun has a wonderful old town and castle. It is well worth the visit. If you’re feeling energetic, walk down to Faulensee from Aeschi, then either catch a boat from there to Thun, or walk to picturesque Spiez along a path on the lake front (1h30 from Aeschi to Spiez), and catch the boat from there. Return by bus If you drive, it is 17km to Thun. www.bls.ch/schiff, www.thun.ch

Cheese making

Every Thursday in the summer, from 9am to 11am, in Aeschi Call 022 650 9680 or 079 250 9949 for details.

Rent an electric bicycle

You can rent an electric bicycle, which makes it that little bit easier to tour the surrounding countryside.
www.bici-baci.ch

Alpine Caviar – from Frutigen

When the Lötschberg tunnel started providing an endless supply of warm water, the Frutigen Tropical House was born! Today, in addition to exotic fruit, and several restaurants, the Tropenhaus in Frutigen is home to some 60’000 Siberian Sturgeon, farmed for their caviar and fine smoked fish. It is open to the public, check out the websites for more information.> http://www.tropenhaus-frutigen.ch/ http://www.oona-schweiz.ch/

Mountain biking

Mountain bikes can be rented at the tourist office, which also gives information on bike tours, including guided tours. Call 033 654 1424

Western riding ranch

Just below the lama farm, there is a Western riding ranch – the Mountain Ranch. They offer riding lessons, excursions with BBQs, etc. www.mountain-ranch.ch

The Niesen

The Niesen is known as the Swiss Pyramid because of its almost perfect pyramid shape. You can see it from the west side of the chalet. The funicular, which opened in 1910, takes you to the top (2362m) where there is a 360 degree view of the Bernese Alps and the lakes of Thun and Brienz In the evening, the hotel serves culinary specialties. The first hotel opened on the Niesen in 1856, and visitors rode or were carried up in sedan chair. www.niesen.ch

Interlaken

Interlaken with its wonderful old hotels, horse-drawn carriage rides. And at less than 30 minutes from the chalet is definitely worth a visit www.interlaken.ch

Swiss mountain village museum
in Ballenberg

A wonderful stroll through an immense park that houses some hundred or so old farmhouses that have been moved from all over Switzerland. Each has a distinct style. There are people in each farmhouse demonstrating how people lived and worked in the past, tending some 250 farm animals. www.ballenberg.ch

Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau
(over 4000m)

Climbers know the mountains well, as do James Bond fans visiting the revolving restaurant on top of the Piz Gloria. On a good day, there is a view not just of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, but also of the Mont Blanc and even the Black Forest in Germany. The Jungfrau railway will take you right to the “top of Europe” at 3500m when it opens in April 2012. www.jungfrau.ch www.schilthorn.ch

Restaurants

There are 12 restaurants in Aeschi and Aeschiried – from the typical Swiss to more international cuisine.

Carriage rides

In the summer, discover the surroundings with a horse drawn carriage ride. Call 033 654 3979 or 079 621 9044 for rates and information