Hiking tour 

Reliving history

Short info

Starting point
Ausserberg, 924 m a.s.l.
Niedergesteln, Weiderli, 633 m a.s.l.
6 km
1 h 30 min.
44 m
323 m
Lowest point
633 m a.s.l.
Highest Point
924 m a.s.l.

The tour

This hike takes you through one of the driest regions in Switzerland. From Ausserberg a field track will take you to St. German and, from there, across Heidnischbiel to the famous castle church at Raron with the grave of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. You should then take a stroll down the old narrow streets and visit the new rock-hewn church below the castle church. From the outskirts of the village follow the road heading west; after 1.5 km you will reach the historic village centre of Niedergesteln.

Alternative Route

Take the return trail at Rotten to the SBB railway station at Raron; Detour across the Joli Gorge suspension bridge in Niedergesteln


Various restaurants in Ausserberg, St. German, Raron and Niedergesteln

General Tips

for families highly recommended

Note the signage and any information boards on the spot. Further information about the Swiss footpath network and the signposting can be found here.