From Hardergrat just above Harder Kulm, to Riedergrat (above Niederried and Oberried am Brienzersee) to Brienzergrat above Brienz, this beautiful ridge is a federally protected area for wildlife. This means camping, bivouacking and drone flying are prohibited here. Friends of the Ridge is a volunteer community group dedicated to helping preserve this beautiful place for the wildlife that live here. Our goal is simple: to increase awareness about the rules that protect this area by providing information online and in print in locations near or leading to the ridge.

Why are we doing this? Because there is a problem on the ridge, primarily at the Suggiture and Augstmatthorn end of the trail but it affects the entire ridge. The problem is growing numbers of hikers camping illegally and flying drones illegally in this Federally Protected Area for wildlife. In regular patrols during the summer season, local rangers have found dozens of campers and drone flyers up there despite new signage. It is affecting the behaviour of the wildlife and it has the potential to cause increasing problems if not addressed.

We aim to provide more information on the rules to remind people, not just those intent on prohibited activities, but those of us who try to point out to the rulebreakers that their activities are not allowed. We will provide information sheets, stickers, postcards, t-shirts, posters - whatever we can afford to produce in order to help spread the word and try to encourage people to respect this beautiful area and follow the rules.

Our first step is to provide information posters, flyers and sticker sets in multiple languages to the restaurants and retailers at locations that feed the hiking routes. These include Harder Kulm, Restaurant Jägerstübli Lombachalp, Habkern, Interlaken, Ringgenberg, Niederried and Oberried am Brienzersee communities as well as Brienzer Rothorn Kulm, Sorenberg-Schonenboden and Kemmeriboden-Bad.

We also want to help hikers find alternatives to illegal camping. On regular hikes along the Hardergrat/Brienzergrat trails, I have asked hikers if they know of the public Mountain Huts available to use and many were completely unaware of such choices. The fact is, on the 'sunny side' of the ridge (Brienzersee side) there are a number of rustic mountain huts available often without reservation needed and for very little cost. Almost all of these are within 30-45 minutes hike from the ridge and provide basic sleeping accommodation for a number of hikers. We are presently gathering information on all the public mountain huts within easy reach of the ridge and will post all that information on this site's Mountain Huts page.


If you would like to help, or receive some posters, flyers, stickers, Friends of The Ridge Pin, postcards and more, please email. Thank you!


Eidgenössiches Jagdbanngebiet. Im Wildtierschutzgebiet sind per Gesetz folgende Regeln einzuhalten:

Réserve faunique fédérale. Dans cette réserve faunique, les règles suivantes doivent être respectées par la loi :

  • Le camping et le bivouac sont interdits
  • L'exploitation de drones est interdite
  • Il est interdit de rouler hors route et d'utiliser des vélos de montagne sur ces sentiers de randonnée
  • Les chiens doivent être tenus en laisse
  • Les décollages et atterrissages de deltaplane et de deltaplane sont interdits
  • Les animaux ne doivent pas être dérangés, chassés ou attirés hors de la réserve faunique
  • Les activités de sports d'hiver en dehors des pistes et itinéraires balisés sont interdites.

  • Federal Wildlife Reserve. In this wildlife reserve, the following rules must be observed by law:

    Map 1: No camping zone, Hardergrat, Riedergrat and Brienzergrat:

    Map 2: Drone no-fly zone, Hardergrat, Riedergrat and Brienzergrat:
    Note: In the case of overlapping restricted areas, the more restrictive rules apply.