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The Bernese Professor Johannes Müller was the first climbing to the summit in 1536. This adventure inspired him so much that he wrote a poem in Latin about his ascent, the "Stockhornias", today part of "The Alpine Journal".
These poems in turn triggered a wave of enthusiasm for mountaineering. Today, one can climb the Stockhorn far easier, from "the back" so to speak: on well-marked and prepared hiking and theme trails. Or even easier, by aerial cable way from Erlenbach in the Simmen Valley.
The pronounced appearance of the 2190 m (7185 ft.) high Stockhorn is next to Mount Niesen with its pyramid shape the most characteristic mountain above Lake Thun.
A short ride through the Simmen Valley, scattered with beautiful wooden chalets in the typical local style, brings visitors from Spiez (by train) and Wimmis (by car) to "Erlenbach im Simmental".
Although there's a shorter path up to the "Stockhornbahn" (cable way), the route leading through the village passes by interesting houses, among them the local museum.
The village museum is called "Agensteinhaus" and embodies the common three-room-wide and tow-generation house typical for this area. It is considered a jewel of a late 18th century farmhouses in the Simmen Valley.
A typical but smaller wooden chalet with flower filled windowsills and a fountain in the front.
While previously the enjoyment of mountaineering was the reason to climb this distinctive peak in the Bernese Alps, and therefore reserved to the fit and daring only, today the mountain has become a popular excursion destination, easily accessible for everyone to enjoy the awe-inspiring views, even if one is confined to a wheelchair.
Right below the mid-station "Chrindi" lies the idyllic "Hinterstockensee", a lovely spot with a circle path. The lake is full of rainbow trout and therefore popular with fishermen in summer and winter.
Mount Stockhorn looks "tamer" from the mid-station "Chrindi" than from the Lake Thun side :)
The hiking trail leading away from "Chrindi" via "Hinterstockensee" and "Oberstockensee" up to Mount Stockhorn. There's the alpine restaurant "Oberstockenalp" mid-way up to the summit and an alpine hut where - if you arrive at the right time - you can see the dairy farmer giving the alpine cheese a daily scrub.
Breathtaking view to a row of Bernese Alps, among them - from left to right - Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Eiger - with its clearly recognizable north face - Finsteraarhorn, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Lake Thun to the right, in the middle Amsoldinger Lake and to the left the small Uebschisee. The two lovely lakes are connected to each other but have no above-ground drainage. However, the lakes are privately owned and are not accessible to the public. In the background the foothills of the Bernese Alps, the Emmental, the middle land and to the far left the Swiss Jura.
View over Lake Thun to the Bernese and Lucerne Alps. To the right the "Solhorn".
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