Welcome to Wimmis!
Our village is the ideal starting point for an experience holiday in the entire Bernese Oberland – far from the hustle and bustle of the city but still centrally located. On the following pages we take you on a tour of our charming and unspoilt village, and show you the wide range of possible excursions at different times of the year.
Tourist information in the community centre
You will find our tourist office in the Wimmis community centre at Bahnhofstrasse 7.
Wimmis Tourismus, Bahnhofstrasse 7, 3752 Wimmis
Telefon +41 33 657 81 11, E‑Mail: email@example.com
Life in Wimmis – appealing and close to nature
Around 2500 residents, restaurants, businesses, shopping facilities and an active range of clubs represent the heartbeat of our village. Wimmis has excellent transport links, which means that workplaces in Thun, Bern or throughout the region can easily be reached with public transport or by car. Wimmis itself is an ideal place in which to live and work. The identity of our village has been shaped by its agricultural past. Today a large number of agricultural and commercial enterprises are the main employers.
Sights and history
Of Roman settlements and queens
The castle and church are prominently located in the middle of the village, at the foot of the Burgfluh and visible from afar. Built in the early Middle Ages, in the 12th century the fortress was converted into a castle by the barons of Strättligen. For many centuries the fortress and later the castle served as a checkpoint at the important and sometimes fiercely contested mouth of the Simmental valley. Until the 5th century Wimmis even had a town charter. The foundations of the castle church date back to the time of Queen Berta, Queen of Burgundy (907–966) and of Lombardy.
In the Wimmis Historic Museum the history of the village through the millennia is told: from the cave dwellers of the Simmenfluh, the Roman settlement at the Pintel as well as life and death during the plague. It also tells the story of early mountain tourism in Wimmis, as our village was a popular starting point for climbing the Niesen.
The opening hours of the museum, additional information about the exhibitions and contact information for individual guided tours are available hier.
Castle and church tours 2020 are canceled because of COVID19
From May to October there are monthly guided tours of one and a half hours’ duration. Participants meet in the courtyard of the castle, registration is not necessary. However, the tours are not suitable for people with physical disabilities. The next guided tours will take place on:
Guided tours for groups are actually NOT available on request. The basic fee is CHF 50 per guide and CHF 3 per person. Registrations are accepted by the castle guide:
Fritz Walther, 033 657 19 54 or 079 361 04 71
Chirschmueset (cherry puree) – a living tradition
Since the 16th century cherries have been pureed in Wimmis so that they can be stored. This tradition is preserved and carefully kept alive. The cherries are painstakingly checked, mashed in barrels and spread through linen sacks with special sticks. This separates the juice, pulp and stones. The juice obtained in this way is thickened by boiling for hours in a cheese kettle and stirring constantly to a spreadable mass, the ‘chirschmues’ (cherry puree). ‘Wimmiser Chirschmues’ is a natural product, which means that the yield varies from year to year and the supply can be correspondingly scarce. This speciality is sold in various shops in the village.
Hudlete & Pööglete – Next Generation
At the beginning of every January the evil spirits are driven out in Wimmis. This Wimmis tradition, which has existed for centuries, has been successfully carried out in various forms over the last 20 years.
Now it’s time to breathe new life into the old tradition. In future the children and young people will meet in the roller hockey hall on 2 January to have fun, discover new things or ask critical questions of the community’s political leaders. In the afternoon the children head in procession to the old people’s home to delight the residents with their singing and music. Finally the procession reaches the castle. Will the ghost escape the kids this year…?
The ideal starting point for holidays and recreation
The outdoor playground for children and adults is located in Wimmis right on the doorstep: locals and guests alike enjoy the proximity to nature and the numerous possibilities for recreation, sports, culture and excursions. For more details please see Aktivities.
Forest hut and Herrenmätteli barbecue area
The Herrenmätteli, a clearing with covered barbecue area, is located in the middle of the forest and only a few minutes’ walk from the train station. The forest hut, furnished with tables and benches, can accommodate up to 20 people and is available for rent. The costs depend on the rental period.
All visitors are requested to take good care of the forest hut and the barbecue area. Please treat the Herrenmätteli with respect — it belongs to our village and thus to all of us.
Reservations: Wimmis municipality, +41 33 657 81 11, firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants and Accomodation
Enjoyable food, weekend trips or holidays
Ferienwohnungen und B&B
Ski- und Berghaus Allmiried
Kontakt: Matthias Hofmann
+41 79 751 34 11
Gruppenunterkunft mit max. 30 Schlafplätzen, Küche, Sanitäranlagen, Kamin
Activities around wimmis
Wimmis – an ideal starting point for excursions
Its central location and excellent public transport connections make Wimmis the ideal starting point for your stay in the Bernese Oberland. Plan a day trip to Italy! Milan is just 2.5 hours away by train! On these pages we will show you the diversity of our region.
UNESCO – official websites
Leisure and shopping
Art and culture
Art and collections
Castles on Lake Thun
Discover the five castles on Lake Thun, all of them also easily accessible by public transport. More information is available here.
Twelve 1,000-year old churches
The region around Lake Thun is known for places with a special spiritual resonance. This also includes twelve churches, all of which are more than 1,000 years old. They are widely known, uniquely beautiful, rich in history and shrouded in legend – find out more about them – here
Ideal for families
The cinema — the perfect solution when it’s raining
Diemtigtaler Hausweg – hiking along a cultural trail
We recommend a ramble along the Diemtigtaler Hausweg, which leads past the most beautiful houses in the valley. One of the four different paths, the Talweg, starts at Wimmis railway station. You will find the relevant information here.
Nature and the Alps
Water sports on Lake Thun
Hiking trails in the Bernese Oberland
Climbing and bouldering
Activities in winter
Winter hikes and snowshoe tours
Winter sports areas in the surrounding region
Relaxation and wellness
Wimmis Tourism Association
On behalf of guests and local residents
The aim of the Wimmis Tourism Association is to promote tourism in the municipality by means of communication, to implement measures to enhance and preserve the village (e. g. by providing benches or the organisation of flower decoration competitions), to organise the’ Chirschmueset’ and to ensure the maintenance of the forest hut and the ‘Herrenmätteli’ barbecue area. The castle and church tours, which are also organised by the Wimmis Tourism Association, are very popular. The association contributes to the cost of lighting the castle and the church. The Wimmis Tourism Association is made up of local citizens who have dedicated themselves to achieving these goals. The various activities and offers are financed by the income from the visitor tax and membership fees.