Napf – the panoramic mountain between Emmental and Entlebuch

View from the Napf summit  / Photo: Beat Brechbühl


At an altitude of 1,406 metres, the Napf is the highest vantage point between the Emmental valley and the Entlebuch region. The summit can only be reached on foot or by bike.

From the Napf you can see as far as the Jura range to the north, the Bernese Alps to the south and the Central Swiss Alps to the south-east. The numerous gullies of the Entlebuch region are both magnificent and ruggedly attractive.

The Napf region - a biking and hiking paradise

The Napf region - a biking and hiking paradise / Photo: Beat Brechbühl


An MTB and hiking paradise

Short hikes to the peak start at Mettlenalp at the far end of the Fankhausgraben (via Trubschachen) or from Hinder Ey near Luthernbad. The trail from Lüderenalp to the Napf – one of the loveliest in the Emmental valley – is particularly popular. A host of other hiking and MTB trails lead across the Napf region.

Here and there following wild and romantic paths, the 85 km Napf border trail passes over the Napf as it links the baroque monastery of St. Urban with the Brienzer Rothorn. This long-distance trail follows the culturally and historically significant border between the cantons of Bern and Lucerne.

Gold panning

The Napf was formed as an alluvial fan of debris deposited by the original Aare as it emerged from the Alps into the molasse sea of the Central Plateau. The debris reaching the Napf contained gold from deposits in the Alps. This gold continues to appear in most of the streams as little flat flakes.

The Hotel Napf

The Hotel Napf / Photo: Beat Brechbühl


Food and drink

Thirst and hunger can be quelled at the rustic mountain inns on the Napf. Occupying a sunny vantage point on the summit, the Hotel Napf has a charming terrace, simple guest rooms and dormitories for groups. It is the perfect place for families with children, too.


Location and contact

Aussichtsberg Napf