The holiday resort of Lenk lies within the Simmen valley. Here, the Wildstrubel Mountain surrounds one of the most beautiful valleys, and the perfect setting for the varied Bernese Oberland summer and winter sports paradise with its many natural attractions. For more information (www.lenk.ch)
Lenk, at an altitude of 1068 metres, is one the Swiss holiday resorts that has been awarded the «Families Welcome» quality mark and offers a wide and varied programme of children’s activities. In summer the «Strubeli» steam railway operates for the younger guests. Lenk has also established a reputation for itself with festivals and courses in the fields of culture and music.
The tourism beginnings of Lenk go back to its sulphurous springs, which are reputed to provide relief to sufferers of rheumatism and respiratory ailments. Since ages until today, guests continue to enjoy the beneficial effects of the spa waters.
The Simme River originates from several white-foaming rock clefts – the so-called ‘seven sources’ beneath the Plaine Morte Glacier on the Rezlialp. United with water from the Wildhorn massif, which plummets down 100 m over the impressive Iffigen falls, the young Simme is born.
The Simmen valley offers a mammoth 600 km of walking trails, including several themed trails such as the Lynx and Marmot Trail on the Betelberg, a circular walk leasds past the Iffigen falls to the "seven sources" and to the Simmen falls. A Zen Trail and the Alpine Flower Trail with 95 plant species. 290 km of mountain bike trails, tennis and beach volleyball courts, an indoor and outdoor pool provide for fun, sport and choice.
The ski areas around Lenk in the Simmental aren’t dauntingly large, yet, with 50 Ski lifts and a network of skiing slopes extending to 185 kilometres, are still extremely varied. The Metschbahn cableway provides access to the entire Adelboden – Lenk ski region with numerous simple to medium-difficulty slopes, wide carving slopes, interesting snowboard parks as well as a permanent skiing race runs.
The ski area on the Betelberg is smaller and more suited to families. A 3-km-long toboggan run leads from the Leiterli mountain station to the Stoss half-way station. Children will find lots to do here in the children’s paradise.
77 km of cross-country ski trails and 74 km of winter walking trails round off the attractions of the Lenk winter paradise. At St. Stephan, there are connections to the expansive ski area of Gstaad-Saanenland. The family ski area by the Jaun pass near Boltigen and the family-friendly Rossberg ski lift can best be characterised as small and idyllic.
Simme source and Simmen falls – the «seven sources» (springs) of the Simme and the finely sprayed water of the Simmen falls belong to the most beautiful natural water features of the Bernese Oberland.
Iffigen falls – water from the Wildhorn massif plummets down over 100 metres, a particularly impressive natural sight.
Thermal baths in the Hotel Lenkerhof Alpine Resort – originally constructed as a spa hotel some 350 years ago near the hotel’s own sulphurous spring, the Lenkerhof has one of the largest wellness landscapes in Switzerland (2000 m2).
Leiterli above Lenk – cableway mountain station with the pleasant Leiterli mountain hostelry, start of the Marmot Trail with a faithfully reproduced marmot burrow (3 km) and the Lynx Trail (6 km).
Upper Simmental Home Trail – the old chalets en route from Boltigen to Lenk via Zweisimmen and St. Stephan are adorned with beautiful carvings and paintings.
Montreux – Bernese Oberland – Railways (MOB) – travelling via Zweisimmen, the panoramic railway provides a link to the Gstaad-Saanenland holiday region and, with the ‘GoldenPass Panoramic’, reaches as far as Lake Geneva.
Christmas tree burning – communal burning of Christmas trees; meeting point for locals and guests whilst enjoying a glass of punch or mulled wine (start of January):
International Sled Dog Races – around a hundred teams from around the world participate in this highly traditional racing weekend (February).
Stockhorn Semi-Marathon – 21 km course from Oberwil in the Simmen valley, to Weissenburgbad, around the Oberstockensee and up to the Stockhorn (July)
Lenk Jazz Days – the biggest New Orleans Jazz Festival in the Alps lasts for 10 days and brings together renowned jazz bands for a convivial open-air atmosphere (July).
Summer University – scientists from the University of Bern give exciting presentations and act as guides on varied excursions in the Simmen valley (July/August).
Lenk International Summer Music Academy – intensive two-week academy with well-known music tutors; daily concerts are open to the general public (August).
St. Stephan cow descent – cows, beautifully adorned with flowers and ribbons, are welcomed into the valley by numerous visitors (September).
Forum for music and movement – rhythm, dance and games for adults and children (October).