A varied hike through forests, across meadows and over spectacular heights to the large erratic block at Steinhof and the Palaeolithic human settlement by the Burgäschisee. Accessible throughout the year, this route is not just of natural and historical interest; the opportunity to bathe by the Burgäschisee also means plenty of amusement. Even those interested in politics will get their money's worth, as the Steinhof of Solothurn forms an enclave within the territory of Bern. Few hard surfaces outside the towns and villages.
From Herzogenbuchsee station, walk along Bahnhofstrasse and take the ring road to Maria-Waser-Strasse. This street is named after the author who spent her childhood years in Herzogenbuchsee. Now turn into the nearby Löliwald. A beautiful pathway runs southwards through the light beech forest like a natural pergola, with benches to rest and enjoy the fine views through to the open air. At the edge of the forest, cross the road and railway line to reach the houses of meadow. There is a magnificent view across the hedge-lined Önz plain to the church tower of Aeschi and the Jura. The route continues through the meadows along the railway line and crosses the Önz. It is hard to believe that this harmless little stream can swell into a raging river after storms, which is why its once winding course was (unfortunately) straightened and diverted. Stay in the same direction at the Rain farmstead and continue along the edge of the forest, then return to the Önz and follow the course of the stream. At Hermiswil there is a diversion to the little Solothurn village of Steinhof. On the left, not far from the Löschmagazin adorned with a coat of arms, stands the giant erratic block, the «Grossi Flue». This rock arguably gave its name not only to the village but also the House of von Stein, whose water castle stood by the Burgäschisee.
Back in the centre of the village, continue westwards and descend the steep slope to the outskirts of the forest. Walk along the edge of the woods (once again following the cantonal border), then cross the Aeschi-Seeberg road and take the almost level path into the Hinterholz (25 minutes to Seeberg) before descending to the country road. Cross the road and walk down to the nearby Burgäschisee. As a result of silting and the lowering of the water level in 1943, the original lake became a humble basin. This revealed the two lake dwelling settlements to the East and West, while a similar settlement had already been known to exist on the North shore. The bathing beach offers a welcome opportunity for refreshment towards the end of the hike.
From the nearby hamlet of Burgäschi (20 minutes from Aeschi), return by the Burghölzli and Eichwald to Niederönz and the starting point in Herzogenbuchsee.
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First published: Montag, 19. März 2012
Last updated: Donnerstag, 12. März 2015
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