We now move on to the third and thus final leg of our hike. Shortly after Brienz, the Aare roars through a narrow canyon called ‘Aareschlucht’, an impressive experience. Continuing through the upper Aare valley, we arrive via Guttannen at Hotel Handeck. And we are in need of a little refreshment again. Then, using the legendary trader’s mule paths (Saeumerpfade) with their old stone bridges, we climb up to the Grimsel Pass. These paths were used in olden days by traders transporting cheese and other goods across the Grimsel Pass into the Valais with their mules. The path takes us through the wild beauty of the Grimsel landscape, through narrow passages flanked by high granite cliffs and along the shore of the Raeterichbodensee, one of the three large reservoir lakes in the Grimsel Pass. We’re at our destination! We’ve arrived at the Hotel Grimsel Hospiz. From here, we have a lovely view of the Grimselsee reservoir.
I hope you found my tour a little bit to your liking. Those who’ve not yet had enough can climb up to Oberaarsee, the third Grimsel reservoir lake (Grimselstausee) and take a look at the small fens, the shallow marshlands with their Cotton Grass mats.