During the pilgrimage with my parish in August 2009 we chose the variant via Thun, first to Gunten.
Here we continue along Lake Thun to Thun.
After Merlingen the path leads uphill again. We walk on small paths above the lake.
After this bridge the descent begins to Rallingen Castle, which we pass on the upper side.
The history of Ralligen Castle can be traced back to the 14th century, when it was used as a vineyard by the then Augustinian monastery of Interlaken.
Between 1500 and the 19th century, it belonged mostly to Bernese patricians or Thun citizens. Then it housed a domestic science school for a long time.
In 1976 the castle was acquired by Protestant monks, the "Christusträger", and it now serves them as a monastery and guest house.
Soon Gunten and its hotels will come into view.
The Hirschen has seen better times. An Indian investor group "Swiss Dreams" bought the hotel and it has been falling apart ever since.