Simmental is a valley in the alpine area of the Bernese Oberland, in the country of Switzerland. It stretches from Lenk to Boltigen, in a basically south-north direction, and from there on to the exit of the valley at Wimmis close to Spiez it goes in a west-east direction. It consists of the municipalities of Wimmis, Diemtigen, Erienbach, Darsetten, Oberwil, Boltigen, Zweisimmen, St. Stephan, and Lenk. The Simme runs through the valley there.
There are some nearby villages that are a part of the winter tourism scene of the area of Bern, like Zweisimmen or Lenk. From Zweisimmen the resorts of Chateau-dEx and Gstaad can be gotten to.
If you go a little further up, you can find the Jaunpass, which can be cross to go from Freiburg to Bulle, and the Hahnenmoos, which connects Lenk with Adelboden.
There is a sweet little holiday resort there in Lenk, and it lies right at the rear of the Simmen valley in a big opening. In this place, the Wildstrubel massif creates one of the most gorgeous valley closures in the Swiss Alps, and the ideal setting for the fun Bernese Oberland winter sports and walking paradise with its several natural attractions.
Lenk sits at an altitude of about 1,000 m, and it is one of the most frequently visited Swiss holiday resorts. It has been awarded a quality mark for “Families Welcome” because of its varied activities and attractions for children. Lenk has also set itself apart with a reputation for courses in the fields of music and culture, as well as festivals.
The origins of tourism in Lenk go back to the sulphur springs, which are though to offer relief for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory problems. Even now, guests in the thermal hot springs of the Alpine Resort still enjoy the healing effects of the thermal springs.
Some of the highlights include the Simme source and Simmen falls. The seven springs of the Simme and the Simmen falls are some of the most gorgeous natural water features of the Bernese Oberland.
The thermal baths in the alpine resort of Hotel Lenkherhof are also worth checking out. They were originally developed as a spot hotel about 350 years ago near the hotel’s own sulphur spring. This is one of the biggest wellness landscapes in Switzerland.
The Simmental Photo Gallery
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