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Bussalp to Bort

Location

Kantonbern Map

Last Visited: 2006

Looking out of our hotel window on our first day I remember spotting some chalets way up high on the side of the mountain and wondering how on earth people got up there.

Bussalp to Bort Map

Being Switzerland the answer is simple, of course: you catch a bus. And when you get there the bus, and possibly the driver, stop for coffee.

Having caught the bus up from Grindelwald, this is then a walk of three thirds:

A Bus at Bussalp

A Bus at Bussalp

Like all Swiss footpaths, the route is clearly sign-posted all the way. The posted time was 2hrs (if I remember correctly) and at a leisurely Strolling Guides stroll, it took about three.

Section 1 - Bussalp to Holzmattenlärgar

Section 2 - Holzmattenlärgar to Holewang

Section 3 - Holewang to Bort

From Bort you can either catch the gondola cableway or, better, hire up a trottibike (a sort of overgrown scooter) and free-wheel all the way back down to Grindelwald.

There is something very satisfying about getting all the way from the high alps to the village without using motorised transport.