Rinderberg is a stunning mountain located in the Swiss Alps, specifically in the region of Zweisimmen in the Bernese Oberland. It’s part of the Gstaad Mountain Rides area and is a favored destination for skiers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
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Rinderberg is located in the southern part of Zweisimmen at the top of a gondola of the same name. Zweisimmen, if you are not familiar, is in the valley of the same name (Simmental) which leads south from Lake Thun just before Interlaken
|Altitude||2,004 meters (6574 feet)|
|Opening Times||Summer: 17.06.-15.10.2023 9 am – 4.30 pm|
Season start: 16.12.2023 – 9am – 4.30 pm
|Ticket Prices||Adult: One-way: CHF 34. Return: CHF 48|
Children (6-15) / GA / Half-fare: One-way: CHF 17, Return: CHF 24
Children under 6 or with Junior Card: Free
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The town of Zweisimmen is easily accessible by train from major Swiss cities such as Bern and Zurich. You will have to change trains twice – once in Bern and once in Spiez. It will likely take over 2 hours, depending on where you are traveling from.
Once in Zweisimmen, the base station of the Rinderberg gondola is located conveniently near the train station, just a short walk away. The gondola provides direct access to the mountain.
Wispile is an all-year-round destination with lots to do in both summer and winter.
Rinderberg is well-known for its winter sports, especially skiing and snowboarding, with numerous slopes catering to all skill levels. And of course, as part of the greater Gstaad ski area, there are always more lifts and ski pistes to explore in the area.
Like with any Swiss mountain, there are countless hikes in the area, but the most notable is the Rinderberg – Hornberg – Horneggli panorama hike from the top of the cable-car. It is an easy 2 hour hike with countless epic views along the way!
The summit of Rinderberg offers panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss Alps, including a beautiful overlook on Zweisimmen and the Simmental Valley. On a clear day, the vista is simply breathtaking.
Besides skiing and hiking, Rinderberg also offers other attractions such as mountain biking and paragliding. The Mountain Cart, a three-wheeled go-cart, offers an exciting downhill ride from Sparenmoos to Zweisimmen. The region is also known for its local cheese-making tradition, with several dairies open for visitors.
There are no accommodations directly on Rinderberg, but Zweisimmen and the nearby town of Gstaad offer a range of lodging options. These range from high-end hotels such as the Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge and the lovely Pegasus Apartment , to more budget-friendly options like guesthouses and holiday apartments.
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