Hiking the Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 13 Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil

Stage 13 of the Trans Swiss trail is 12 km and goes from Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil. With 600 m of ascent and 540 m of descent, it is a solid hike. With gorgeous views over the hills and valleys of the Emmental region and of the distant Alps, this stage made for a perfect October day out.

Detail Summary
Where: Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Canton Bern, Switzerland
Train/Bus: Zürich HB -> Langnau i.E. – 1 hr 44 min

Eggiwil -> Zürich HB – 2 hr 7 min
What: Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 13 Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Yellow trail markers – Trans Swiss Trail Route 2
Skill: Medium – About 3 hrs 40 min
Length 12 km, Ascent 600 m, Descent 540 m

Additional Information

Photo Stories for Other Stages
Stage 1 – Porrentruy to St-Ursanne
Stage 2 – St-Ursanne to Soubey
Stage 3 – Soubey to Saignelégier
Stage 4 – Saignelégier to St-Imier
Stage 5 – St-Imier to Chézard-St-Martin
Stage 6 – Chézard-St-Martin to Neuchâtel
Stage 7 – Neuchâtel to Murten
Stage 8 – Murten to Laupen
Stage 9 – Laupen to Bern
Stage 10 – Bern to Worb
Stage 11 – Worb to Lützelflüh
Stage 12 – Lützelflüh to Langnau i.E.
Stage 13 – Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Stage 14 – Eggiwil to Schangnau
Stage 15 – Schangnau to Sörenberg
Stage 16 – Sörenberg to Giswil
Stage 17 – Giswil to Flüeli-Ranft
Stage18 – Flüeli-Ranft to Stans
Stage 19 – Stans to Seelisberg
Stage 20 – Seelisberg to Erstfeld
Stage 21 – Erstfeld to Wassen
Stage 22 – Wassen to Andermatt
Stage 23 – Andermatt to Passo del San Gottardo
Stage 24 – Passo del San Gottardo to Airolo
Stage 25 – Airolo to Osco
Stage 26 – Osco to Anzonico

Getting There

The Trans Swiss Trail is best done with public transportation as each stage starts and ends at different points. Stage 13 picks right up where stage 12 left off – the Langnau i.E. train station.

The Trail

After briefly retracing our steps from stage 12, we crossed the Ilfis creek and were back on the main trail. From there, the trail begins the ascent through the forest.

After about 5 km, we had reached the sitting area in picture three. We took a break and admired the beautiful view. With blue skies, green fields, and trees tinged with orange and yellow, it was a feast for the eyes.

October was a great time to hike this trail and I loved the changing leaves – so pretty! The tunnel in the second picture is called the “Hegenloch” and according to the sign on it, it was built in 1839/40 and is one of the first tunnels in Switzerland.

As the trail continued through the pastures, fields, and forest, there were often wide open views to the Alps. The overlapping misty layers were very beautiful but also very difficult to capture on camera.

In the first picture below, you can see the endpoint of the hike – the town of Eggiwil.

Getting Back

After crossing the bridge into Eggiwil, we reached the end of stage 13. It was then a short walk (7 minutes, maybe) to the bus station.

Although I didn’t write much about stage 13, I really did think it was a nice trail. And, if you want to do a hike in the Emmental region, I would definitely recommend it. We will continue with stage 14 as soon as we can, but with the days getting shorter and colder, it may not be for a while.

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