Traveling on the A6 motorway Bern-Thun, take the Wimmis/Zweisimmen exit through the Simmenfluh Tunnel, on the other side of which begins your journey up the Simme River Valley. The main road in the valley, the Simmentalstrasse, is open year-round.
Coming from Bulle and the Canton of Freiburg, one can reach Lenk via Charmey by traveling over the Jaunpass into the Simmental (Boltigen) or by traveling via Château d’Oex-Saanen-Zweisimmen.
Approximate Travel Times
Berne – Lenk: 1h 15min
Basel – Lenk: 2h
Geneva – Lenk: 2h 15min
Zurich – Lenk: 2h 30min
Parking in the winter
Base Station Betelberg and Metsch – free
Brüggmatte, Marktplatz, and TEC (next to ice skating rink) – paid parking
You may request your blue “free parking” card for the gratis “Blue Zone” parking around Lenk (Note: you must “dial in” your parking time to receive 2 hours’ free parking!).
The Simmental is only a few hours away from the Zürich, Basel, or Geneva international airports, and a flight that takes you directly to Bern-Belp is practically in the Bernese Oberland already. Once in Belp, it’s a 1-hr drive or a relaxing 1 hr 45min by train.
The pathway to your destination It’s easy to reach your destination of Lenk-Simmental either by car or by train from the Swiss capital city of Berne. The Simme Valley is the first along your approach to the Bernese Oberland and begins along Lake Thun at Spiez.
We hope you have a wonderful trip into the Simmental!