Dream of Berner Oberland


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Area Overview
  • Berner Oberland (or Bernese Oberland or Bernese Highlands) is a beautiful area in the Alps. The scenery is breathtaking, and that is not just because you are at an incredibly high altitude. Mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, valleys, river, grass, cows, mountain goats, paragliders, base jumpers, wingsuit flyers, friendly locals, great food: these are just a few of the majestic sights you will witness in your time here. The three large peaks- Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – are iconic symbols.
  • Location: Berner Oberland is roughly just to the west of the middle of Switzerland and is located in the canton of Bern – the higher section, in the south.
  • Berner Oberland, Google Maps
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Internal Areas/Towns/Villages/Cities/Etc.

Areas plotted on Google Maps: You don’t want to walk this trail all in one day; however, just view it as a reference for where all these villages are located.

Things to Do/Visit/Hike

This is not an exhaustive list. Just a few points to give you some ideas. Feel free to ask me to add some you are interested in or enjoy. 🙂

Hikes and Links for Hiking Ideas

https://activityworkshop.net/hiking/switzerland/index.html (links includes elevation)
https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/hiking-in-switzerland.html
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https://rosenlaui.ch/cmsfiles/booklet_wandern_im_rosenlaui_2018.pdf
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https://jungfrauregion.swiss/en/summer/see-and-do/hiking/hikes/
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  • Hike from Schynigge Platte to Grindlewald First
  • http://www.pfingstegg.ch/index.php/en/timetable-prices-4/wanderkarte – Pfinstegg Hiking

    • Classic hiking in the Alps The trail leads from Schynige Platte, steadily rising past Berghaus Männdlenen to the Faulhorn peak. Then the path leads downwards to Bachalpsee and for the most part flat to the First summit station. You will have a great view of the mountain peaks and glaciers of the Bernese Alps. Specifically: You can also stay at Berghotel Faulhorn and at the Berghaus Männdlenen, thus turning the rather long tour into two pleasant one-day outings. This challenging hiking trail requires a good level of fitness. Approximate hiking time: 6 hours 10 minutes —https://www.jungfrau.ch/shop/en/tickets/bergbahn/angebote/grindelwald-first/der-klassiker-schynige-platte-faulhorn-first
  • Hike: Grütschalp to Winteregg to Mürren
    • From the Grütschalp Station (1,520 m), the trail is level at first and then moves gently up and down along the train tracks towards Winteregg (1,578 m). There is a playground with a trampoline at Winteregg – ideal for families to take a little rest. From there, it leads towards the wellness resort of Mürren (1,668 m). High over the Lauterbrunnertal, a gorgeous panorama of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is revealed. Hiking time is 1.05 hours —https://www.jungfrau.ch/shop/en/tickets/bergbahn/angebote/winteregg-muerren/wanderung-murren-grutschalp
  • Hike: Harder Kulm to Interlaken, with views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
  • Hike: Breitlaunenen to Schynigge Platte
  • Hike: First to Balchalpsee Loop
    • This hike leads over a broad, well-developed path past the flowering alpine meadows to the Bachalpsee. At the start of the hike, there is a short but steep ascent to the Gummihütte that must be tackled. Afterwards, you will be able to walk up to the blue jewel of the Bernese Alps. The sharp, jagged peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn on the opposite side of the valley are impressive. Expansive meadows and numerous benches invite you to take a long break. The hike is approximately 2 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/1-first-bachalpsee-first-b05993/
  • Hike: First to Bachalpsee to Waldspitz to Bort
    • You can get from Grindelwald to First with the First Aerial Cableway. During the ride in the gondola, hikers can enjoy a unique view of the Grindelwald Glacier and the Eiger North Face on the opposite side of the valley. Once you arrive at 2168 metres above sea level, the trail begins right next to the summit station. Diverse alpine flora borders the wayside. Gentian, thistles, blue vervain, leopard’s bane, cotton grass and mountain anemones are just a few flowers and herbs that can be discovered using the detailed signs. After a roughly fifty minute, gently rising walk you reach Lake Bachalpsee. The unique view of the Schreckhorn and the Finstaarhorn, the highest mountain in the Bernese Alps, is breathtaking. Shortly before Lake Bachalpsee, the flower trail continues towards Bachläger and Waldspitz. Babbling brooks are all around you. From Bachläger, the walk takes approximately 20 more minutes before you arrive in Waldspitz. Below the restaurant, the path turns into the woods and winds sometimes quite steeply through the forest and small high moorland. After another 40 minutes, you arrive at the Bort middle station of the First Aerial Cableway. If you have had enough of walking, you can grab a trottibike scooter and whizz to Grindelwald or ride down on the First Aerial Cableway. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/4-first-bachalpsee-waldspitz-bort-b06043/
  • Hike: First to Bachalpsee to Hiendertellti to Grosse Scheidegg
    • This hike through a secluded, wild, romantic high valley is the ideal tour for seasoned climbers with stamina. At the start of the hike, there is a short but steep ascent to the Gummihütte that must be tackled. After a short up and down, the path leads past the Schutzhütte to the north and climbs up to the ridge. The path leading to the Gstaad trail crosses the ridge and branches off to the east towards Hiendertellti. Soon you will pass Lake Hagel, which in some cases is covered with snow until the late summer. Along the Hiendertellti with Lake Häxen, it leads over the scree to Wart with the Blue Gletscherli. The trail continues from there to Wischbäch – Oberläger, back to the ridge and along it to the Grosse Scheidegg. The hike is approximately 5 hours. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/5-first-bachalpsee-hiendertellti-grosse-scheidegg-b05994/
  • Hike: First to Schreckfeld
    • Follow this trail as it descends from First in the direction of the bottom station of the Oberjoch chairlift, along the natural «Chlofen» track and past the former Schiltlift bottom station until you arrive at a junction where the trail continues to Grosse Scheidegg. Turn right at the junction to continue to Schreckfeld. This short hike offers splendid views of the Wetterhorn and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users. The hike is approximately 45 minutes. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/8-first-schreckfeld-b06042/
  • Hike: Waldspitz to Feld to Bussalp
    • From Waldspitz, this hike follows a short section of the nature trail before branching off to the right. Hike to the north of the idyllically situated Rothenegghütte mountain hut through a wild and romantic alpine landscape of groves of trees, hills and hollows, flower-carpeted fields and mountain meadows. The trail crosses a gully above the hut and then leads either through gently descending terrain directly or by way of Bussalp-Oberläger to your destination. The entire hike offers fantastic views of the Grindelwald Valley and the surrounding peaks, seven of which are more than 4000 metres high. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/10-waldspitz-feld-bussalp-b06041/
  • Hike: Schreckfeld to Bort
    • The hike to Bort begins at Schreckfeld station. The wide trail initially starts with a gentle slope and great views of the mountains across from it. Once you reach Egg, it gets steeper going downhill past alpine huts and giant firs. Further down, the path branches and you have the opportunity to walk the last stretch on a nature trail. If you remain on the asphalt path, you will soon reach the Milibach and from there, it is only a few minutes to Bort station. The hike is approximately 45 minutes. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/12-schreckfeld-bort-b06040/
  • Hike: First to Schwarzhorn Loop
    • At 2928 m, the Schwarzhorn is the highest peak on the northern edge of the pre-alpine mountains near Grindelwald. This challenging hike, which is only suitable for sure-footed hikers accustomed to the mountains who do not have vertigo, crosses the mountain path that is well-marked from the Schilthorn. Navigating the uppermost part of the very steep climb is tricky – the ridge between Gemschberg and Schwarzhorn is wide at times but also sometimes very narrow and requires extreme caution. For experienced hikers, the path via Grosse Chrinne and along the western ridge is the optimal ascent to the Schwarzhorn. Those who choose this option get the benefit of an airy climbing atmosphere. The hike is approximately 6 hours and 45 minutes. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/18-first-schwarzhorn-first-b06039/
  • Hike: Grindelwald to Abbachfall to Bussalp
    • The hike begins at the main Grindelwald railway station where you hike along Spillstattstrasse to the branch-off at Geisstutz. From here you continue along Eschengasse, climbing steadily and leaving the village behind. After passing the steep Enzibodengasse, the route enters Bussalpstrasse. It’s worth taking time to enjoy the wonderful panoramic views as you walk up Bussalpstrasse. You leave Bussalpstrasse at the Weidli bus stop and after a few minutes reach the impressive Abbach waterfall, which carries a lot of water depending on the time of year. The hike continues via Matten until the asphalt path ends in the forest. Along the unsurfaced trail in the direction of Unterläger you repeatedly enjoy an ever-changing panorama before reaching the idyllic location of unter Schepfen with its alp huts. Following the Bussalp stream, you’ll find your destination of Bussalp is not far away and you’ll soon be able to take a well-earned rest at the restaurant. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/22-grindelwald-abbachfall-bussalp-b06035/
  • Hike: Grindelwald to Gletscherschlucht to Boneren to Alpiglen
    • From the Grindelwald railway station, the route heads a short way into the valley before branching off to the right on the road towards Grindelwald Grund. Passing charming chalets, you then follow the River Lütschine to the impressive glacier gorge (Gletscherschlucht). With its mills, polished rock faces and pink and green marble blocks, the gorge of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier is an imposing natural masterpiece. Once covered by glacier ice, today it is accessed by rock galleries and tunnels. Man-made walkways, in places flanked on both sides by polished cliffs over 100 metres high, lead over the thundering glacier meltwaters of the Schwarze Lütschine river. Through picturesque scenery: The following uphill section to Boneren is made over rocks and secured ladders. The views opening up towards Grindelwald and the opposite mountain chain with the Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn are simply stunning. The mountain trail continues along the foot of the Eiger, through forest and shady glades, past tiny mountain streams to Alpiglen. The hike is approximately 4½ hours. –https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/25-grindelwald-gletscherschlucht-boneren-alpiglen-b06034/
  • Hike: Pfingstegg to Marmorbruch to Gletscherschlucht
  • Hike: Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg
    • Männlichen has two completely different faces. From the Grindelwald valley, the mountain appears as a gentle, green slope. When seen from the Lauterbrunnen side, the Männlichen appears very different. Here barren grassy slopes and craggy rock formations fall steeply away to the valley. The views from the long mountain ridge are impressive and rich in contrast. The pleasant hike to Kleine Scheidegg passes through a wide, well-developed hiking trail and usually follows a gentle descent. The hike is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/33-maennlichen-kleine-scheidegg-b05995/
  • Hike: Alpiglen to Bustiglen to Männlichen
    • At an average altitude of 1,900 metres above sea level, the trail crosses through the attractive «Romantikweg» on the southern section of the Grindelwald valley basin. It leads through an enchanting landscape away from all hustle and bustle, over pastures and meadows of wild anemones, globeflowers, gentian, Alpine roses and cotton grass. Listen carefully and you may hear the whistle of marmots and the wind rustling in the grass. A true taste of nature: From the picturesque alp buildings on Alpiglen, the unsurfaced trail leads along outcrops of the Eiger up to Alp Bustiglen. On the pleasantly undulating section to Alp Gummi, the tangy fragrance of the sparse Swiss stone pine forest is an agreeable change to the sweet perfume of alpine flowers. The trail continues gently over rugged and romantic mountain pastures and scree, eye to eye with the imposing Eiger North Wall up towards Teufenschlucht and Kleine Scheidegg. Here the narrow path branches into the main route to the southernmost point of the Männlichen plateau at 2,230 m above sea level. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/35-alpiglen-bustiglen-maennlichen-b06031/
  • Hike: Eiger Trail: Eigerletscher to Alpiglen
    • The lookout point above Eigergletscher station is where the Eiger Trail begins, which also makes the Eiger an adventure for hikers as it actually runs along the foot of the famous Eiger North Wall. You can thus get close to the scene of heroic Alpine deeds and dramas without having any climbing experience whatsoever. It offers a magnificent view of the wide valley basin of Grindelwald, as well as a sensational close-up impression of the (in)famous Eiger North Wall. In the area of Wart, a panel shows several of the most important climbing routes. The well-signposted trail runs mostly downhill and the wide scree slopes give way to lush pastures carpeted with Alpine flowers up to Alpiglen station. Important information The route of the Eiger Trail was changed due to construction work for the V-Bahn project. Please pay attention to the markings on site. The hiking time is extended by approximately 20 minutes. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/36-eiger-trail-eigerletscher-alpiglen-b05996/
  • d – Hike: Eiger Trail – Eiger Glacier to Alpiglen
  • Hike: Wengernalp to Biglenalp to Eigergletscher
    • Just above Wengernalp railway station, a wide forest road branches off right to two large alp huts on Wengernalp. The trail then heads south over wide flower-filled meadows to Wixi. After circumventing a striking rocky outcrop, it leads through a small forest of fragrant Swiss stone pine to Biglenalp From here, at the the foot of the Jungfrau, it continues to Loucherlicka. Climbing up under the vertical cliffs of the Loucherfluh, the trail winds left to the steep upper pastures of Alp Wixi. Flowers and barren glacier moraine; The hike though a fabulous world of flowers now turns onto the karst moraine of the Eiger glacier. As you hike up the moraine, your Eigergletscher destination is within reach. You’ll immediately be captivated by the high-alpine surroundings, with stunning views of the rock and ice masses of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau seeming almost close enough to touch. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/38-wengernalp-biglenalp-eigergletscher-b06030/
  • Hike: Wengernalp to Biglenalp to Kleine Scheidegg
    • Just above Wengernalp railway station, a wide forest road branches off right to two large alp huts on Wengernalp. The trail then heads south over wide flower-filled meadows to Wixi. After circumventing a striking rocky outcrop, it leads through a small forest of fragrant Swiss stone pine to Biglenalp where at the the foot of the Jungfrau, it continues northwards over open pastures to Kleine Scheidegg. The hike is approximately 2 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/39-wengernalp-biglenalp-kleine-scheidegg-b06029/
  • Hike: Wengen to Wengernalp to Kleine Scheidegg
    • A classic pass trail following the contours of the landscape. A must for all visitors to the Jungfrau Region. The good, sometimes steep trail with high-alpine charm leads along the terrace at the foot of the Männlichen chain, up through woods and alp pastures via Allmend to Wengernalp. The views of the mighty rock walls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and down into the untouched Trümmelbach Valley are spectacular. The trail continues around the slopes of the Lauberhorn (where in January ski aces compete in the legendary Lauberhorn Downhill) and on to Kleine Scheidegg. The world’s most famous silhouettes: On this hike you have the fantastic Bernese Oberland mountain world at your feet, with the world-famous silhouettes of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau taking the starring role. A little patience is required here however as the incredible panorama of the three giants first opens up between Wengernalp and Kleine Scheidegg. On the first part of the hike, the glittering summit of the Silberhorn catches your eye as a forerunner of the big three. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/41-wengen-wengernalp-kleine-scheidegg-b06027/
  • Hike: Wengen to Allmend to Mettlenalp to Biglenalp to Wenger
    • From Wengen railway station you follow the tracks of the Wengernalp Railway uphill, crossing under them after about 300 m. The route continues along a surfaced road through the southern part of the village, soon passing mountain meadows and pretty chalets on the way up to the Allmend. The effort of the uphill hike is richly rewarded by the majestic view of the Jungfrau. Crossing under the cables of the Innerwengen chairlift, you reach the forest and continue on a gentle ascent to Hanegg. Now you have a view of the Jungfrau massif, of its principal spur, the Schwarzmönch, as well as the village of Mürren sitting above a massive cliff on the opposite side of the valley. Idyllic natural landscape: An easy uphill section takes you to Mettlenalp. The trail now continues almost level for around 1.5 km. The views are overwhelming: Many waterfalls plunge into the depths from the rugged cliffs on the flank of the Jungfrau. Above them tower the mighty ice masses of the Giessen, Guggi and Eiger Glaciers. A sometimes narrow but scenic path with no difficult passages leads to tranquil Biglenalp, from where a rather steep trail over flower-filled meadows leads to Wengernalp. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/43-wengen-allmend-mettlenalp-biglenalp-wenger-b06026/
  • Hike: Wengen to Leiterhorn to Spätenalp to Burglauenen
    • This is not a well-known, but all the more beautiful hike is the transition from the Lauterbrunnen valley to the Lütschental. From the Wengen village center, the tour begins via the Äussere Allmend in the north direction to the Leiterhorn. The path branches off just before the viewing point to the right until you reach the Spätenalp through the mountain forest. After the alpine hut, we head downhill passing the Alpwiesen, before it rises again slightly in the forest. Finally, the trail leads downhill through ditches, forest lightings, meadows and deciduous forests to Burglauenen station. From here, the Berner Oberlandbahn runs to Grindelwald or Zweilütschinen. The hike is approximately 3 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/44-wengen-leiterhorn-spaetenalp-burglauenen-b06072/
  • Hike: Wengen to Allmend to Männlichen
    • In Wengen you cross the centre of the village by following the Dorfstrasse. Just before the church, branch off down the slope to reach the road again, take the steep, stepped path and finally gain height again on a shady, gently uphill forest road. The route leads out of the valley in several wide bends on the flanks of the Männlichen towards Allmend. The view of the extended, deep trough of the Lauterbrunnen Valley is magnificent. The scene is dominated by the majestic Jungfrau massif. Its striking pre-summit, the snow-covered Silberhorn, is a unique eye-catcher. Männlichen – the mountain with marvellous views: You hike over fragrant Alpine meadows and through a shady mountain forest until you branch off at Parawengi. From here, a steep trail up the mountain slope leads to the Männlichen plateau at 2230 metres above sea level. The views from the long mountain ridge are impressive and rich in contrast. With the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau constantly in sight, on one side views extend down to Grindelwald’s wide valley floor, bordered to the east by the rock bastions of the Wetterhorn and Mättenberg. On the other, the views deep down into the Lauterbrunnen valley are spectacular. In the distance Lake Thun, the Niederhorn and the Schrattenfluh can be seen. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/45-wengen-allmend-maennlichen-b06025/
  • Hike: Wengen to In Gassen to Männlichen
    • In Wengen you cross the centre of the village by following the Dorfstrasse. Hiking on an easy path you soon reach the last chalets of this mountain village and the spot called «In Gassen». In 1971, this was the scene of a landslide that claimed the lives of many humans and animals. The chalets and mountain forest are repeatedly destroyed by föhn winds and autumn storms here. The trail leads to the north, past Männlichen rockfalls and under the aerial cableway until it branches off at Parawengi. From here, a steep trail up the mountain slope leads to the Männlichen plateau at 2230 metres above sea level. From the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Lake Thun: The views from the long mountain ridge are impressive and rich in contrast. With the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau constantly in sight, on one side views extend down to Grindelwald’s wide valley floor, bordered to the east by the rock bastions of the Wetterhorn and Mättenberg. On the other, the views deep down into the Lauterbrunnen valley are spectacular. In the distance Lake Thun, the Niederhorn and the Schrattenfluh can be seen. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/46-wengen-in-gassen-maennlichen-b06024/
  • Hike: Lauterbrunnen to Wengen
    • The so-called “Hohstäg”, the trail from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, is part of the classic Bernese Oberland tour, which from the 18th century has attracted intellectuals and tourists in search of the grand nature experience to the alpine landscape. The area has lost none of its charm. In the footsteps of olden-day intellectuals: The hike from Lauterbrunnen begins along a wide trail to Zwirgi. From here it winds steeply up around many hairpin bends in a shady mountain forest to Wengen, set almost 500 metres higher on a sunny terrace. The reason for the steep ascent is the landscape fashioned by the hinteren Lauterbrunnental Glacier during the last Ice Age. The holiday resort of Wengen is a typical picture-postcard mountain village. It is still free of individual motorized traffic and thus the preserve of pedestrians. The wide terrace opens out towards the southwest, guaranteeing an above average amount of sunshine and magnificent views of the Swiss Alpine world. The hike is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/48-lauterbrunnen-wengen-b06022/
  • Hike: Lauterbrunnen to Wengwald to Wengen
    • Lauterbrunnen lies between immense rock walls and mountain summits, in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps. With 72 thundering waterfalls and quiet side valleys, colourful alpine meadows and secluded mountain guesthouses, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is also one of the largest nature reserves in Switzerland. From Lauterbrunnen railway station, the route follows the “Hohstäg”, the trail from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, to the part of the village called Stocki. The first part of the hike is accompanied by the sound of the Staubbach Fall thundering over the overhanging cliff to plunge almost 300 metres into the depths. With the sound of 72 waterfalls: The trail climbs steeply up around steep hairpin bends to Heimegg and through Bachweidli to the last houses in Küpfenland. It then leads alongside the mountain stream with another steep climb up to the Wengwald forest. Passing the Wengenerhof and Bellevue Hotels on a good road, you soon reach the village church and continue along Dorfstrasse to Wengen railway station. The holiday resort of Wengen is a typical picture-postcard mountain village. The wide terrace opening out towards the southwest guarantees an above average amount of sunshine and magnificent views of the Swiss Alpine world. The hike is approximately 1½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/49-lauterbrunnen-wengwald-wengen-b06021/
  • Hike: Lauterbrunnen to Mürren
    • Start this hike by following the signposts leading from Lauterbrunnen railway station into the village. At the Gryfenbach stream, the trail climbs towards the impressive “Flue” cliff, crossing to the left of the stream and continuing in a zigzag path towards the Louwibach stream. Continue on this steep trail between both cliffs until you reach the Staubbach stream. The Staubbach from above: The rushing waters of the Staubbach Falls as they gush over the overhanging rock face and cascade almost 300 metres are an awe-inspiring natural spectacle. The roar of this world-famous waterfall can be heard from far below. At the stream’s course – the site of a former mule pit – you can descend to the edge of the waterfall along a secured pathway leading to the lookout point. Standing in a mist of spray and almost within touching distance of the mighty waterfall is an unforgettable experience. Picture-postcard views: From the lookout point, the trail ascends to the Mürrenweg path and continues to the Spissibach stream. On reaching the railway line, you follow a small natural track in a southerly direction parallel to the railway line to the spa town of Mürren. This last section offers magnificent views deep into the Lauterbrunnen Valley as well as of the Jungfrau massif with the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/50-lauterbrunnen-muerren-b06020/
  • Hike: Lauterbrunnen to Alpweg to Winteregg to Mürren
    • This scenic hike takes you from Lauterbrunnen up the steep alp trail along the aerial cableway route to Grütschalp. From Grütschalp station, a wide gravel trail climbs – steeply at first – where it continues at a gentler incline through magnificent alpine forest. Lauterbrunnen, the starting point of the hike, can barely be made out in the valley below; the wide grassy meadows of Bletschenalp obscure most of the views of the steep cliffs reaching up from the valley floor. At the source of the waterfall. The wide alpine trail leads past flowering meadows and a large alp hut into the narrow shaded valley through which the Staubbach steam flows. Just a few hundred metres downhill, this gently gurgling stream becomes a mighty waterfall as it cascades over the cliff edge to the valley below. The trail continues through another shaded forest section before passing Winteregg. From here, the route leads mainly parallel to the Grütschalp-Mürren railway line. Picture-postcard views: The train compositions proceed at a leisurely pace through the magnificent mountain scenery, providing a colourful contrast to the deep-green firs lining the forest trail to Mürren. At intervals, gaps between the trees reveal picture-postcard views of the Jungfrau and the Schwarzmönch. The hike is approximately 2½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/51-lauterbrunnen-alpweg-winteregg-muerren-b06019/
  • Hike: Grütschalp to Winteregg to Mürren
  • Hike: Lauterbrunnen to Isenfluh to Saustal to Grütschalp
    • The good level of fitness required to complete this hike is rewarded with a wonderful nature experience. Follow the signs on the alp trail until you reach the small village of Isenfluh. From here, the trail leads over sunny Alpine meadows and through a ruggedly picturesque mountain forest. A narrow mountain trail continues through a moderately exposed field of scree to the huts at Sausläger (please note – this trail is suitable for surefooted hikers only). Romantic Saustal Valley; Further on, the trail crosses the Sausbach, a stream winding its stately way through the pristine alp floor. The wide, shingle-carpeted riverbed is ideal for playing in and damming and the Saustal Valley opens up a variety of views and perspectives of the snow-capped icons of the Bernese Alps. An easy ascent leads you to the junction at Sausläger, from where you can hike to the tiny yet idyllic Lake Röschwaldsee. Through the trees you can catch stunning glimpses of Schynige Platte and Isenfluh. A varied, undulating trail follows the slope, leading after a short while into the forest and from there into the valley and the descent to Grütschalp station. The hike is approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/53-lauterbrunnen-isenfluh-saustal-gruetschalp-b06018/
  • Hike: Zweilütschinen to Lauterbrunnen
    • Zweilütschinen, the starting point of this hike, is where the Schwarze and Weisse (Black and White) Lütschine Rivers merge. The two rivers display striking differences in colour, caused by the types of bed load and sediment they carry. The arm flowing from the Lauterbrunnen Valley shimmers pale; the arm flowing from the Grindelwald Valley is significantly darker. A well-maintained hiking trail leads from the railway station along the Lütschine to the remains of a furnace where iron-ore was smelted centuries ago. Along the Schwarze and Weisse Lütschinen rivers; The trail continues to Sandweidli. At Sandweidli, the municipality of Lauterbrunnen’s lowest point at 728 metres above sea level you will come across a fish ladder. This belongs to one of the Jungfrau Region’s first renaturation and networking projects, implemented to facilitate the fish population’s natural migration. You reach Lauterbrunnen station after a comfortable ascent, accompanied on your way by the pleasant sound of the nearby Weisse Lütschine. The hike is approximately 1 hour. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/54-zweiluetschinen-lauterbrunnen-b06017/
  • Hike: Zweilütschinen to Burglauenen to Grindelwald
    • This easy hike through the Lütschinen Valley begins at Zweilütschinen station. First you cross the tracks and go past the workshops on the left over the small bridge, where you can see where the black and white Lütschinen come together. There is a wide gravel path here that leads to the top of the village of Zweilütschinen. You walk past the manicured old Bernese Oberland houses and village fountains. Before the Gasthof Zur Linde, the trail turns right into the underpass. To the left, high above the valley, tower the Schynige Platte, the Bire and the Burg in die Himmel (Castle in the Sky). These belong to the Gündlischwand community as well as the village of Zweilütschinen. The trail first leads with slight ups and downs to the St. Petronell trail to the Säumer Taverne, where mule drivers used to stop. You then arrive at the narrow paved road to Gündlischwand. From time to time, a rooster crows early in the morning and the mighty Wetterhorn sits enthroned before you in the morning sun. The bicycle and hiking trail ascends up the old road for a short time and after about 40 minutes you reach Burglauenen railway station where you cross the tracks and the road. Please note: unsupervised crossing. For another hour, follow the trail on the edge of the forest close to the Lütschine along to Schwendi. From here, the walk is on a paved road a little above the river past Boden to Grindelwald Grund, where Wengernalp Railway travels to Grindelwald or Kleine Scheidegg. The hike is approximately 3½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/55-zweiluetschinen-burglauenen-grindelwald-b06016/
  • Hike: Wilderswil to Zweilütschinen
    • This hike starts by crossing the BOB and Schynige Platte Railway tracks at Wilderswil station. The trail passes pretty timber chalets before it reaches the banks of the Lütschine. The old covered wooden bridge that spans the river boasts unexpectedly modern technology: when floodwaters threaten, it can be hydraulically raised by over a metre within a few minutes, increasing the river’s discharge capacity by 50 per cent. There are several historic buildings on the opposite bank. Together with the bridge, they make up a picturesque ensemble. The magnificent church with its spacious Romanesque nave and significant murals is flanked by the stately parsonage and the Gasthof Steinbock. Railway and nature: The «Bahn und Natur» (railway and nature) theme trail features 12 information panels explaining the interaction between rail technology and the environment and leads on a gentle ascent along the small lane up to Gsteigwiler village. After crossing the settlement area, the trail leads you alternately through woods and across meadows along a wide gravel path. Gently undulating, the trail continues deeper into the valley, offering picturesque views of the valley floor. In warm weather, you may see lizards scurrying across the dry stone walls lining the path. Now and then, a blue and yellow BOB train composition passes by on the nearby track. The village with two rivers: Continue the hike to Ried via Faltschen. Situated on the opposite side of the valley is the Chappelistutz wetland.This environmentally valuable area was considerably enhanced when the railway line was expanded. The destination of this hike, Zweilütschinen, is already within sight. This is where the Black and White Lütschine Rivers merge. The two rivers display striking differences in colour, caused by the types of bed load and sediment they carry. The arm flowing from the Lauterbrunnen Valley shimmers pale; the arm flowing from the Grindelwald Valley has a significantly darker appearance. The hike is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. —
  • Hike: Wilderswil to Breitlauenen
    • This hike starts at Wilderswil railway station and leads up to the Schynige Platte intermediate station. From Wilderswil the trail takes you at a steep incline through mainly shady mountain forest to Breitlauenen. What make this ascent particularly appealing are the views that encompass the deciduous woodlands of the valley floor and the colourful alpine flora and fauna at a variety of altitudes. View of a painting: The hike to Breitlauenen is rewarded with panoramic views at the destination. Breitlauenen intermediate station is situated on the northern slope of the long Faulhorn chain. It perches, terrace-like, high above the valley floor and Interlaken. To the left and right, the fjord-like arms of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun stretch out, behind them the pre-Alp peaks of the Brienzer Rothorn, Augstmatthorn and Niederhorn stretch up into the sky. This is where the painter Ferdinand Hodler created some of his most famous works, such as “Der Brienzersee von Breitlauenen aus” (A View of Lake Brienz from Breitlauenen). The hike is approximately 3 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/57-wilderswil-breitlauenen-b06014/
  • Hike: Breitlauenen to Schynige Platte
    • At Breitlauenen station, where you can enjoy wonderful views of Lakes Brienz and Thun and the pre-Alp peaks Brienzer Rothorn, Augstmatthorn, Hohgant and Niederhorn, the path leaves the railway tracks and branches off into the forest, after which a well-kept gravel path takes you ever higher. Here the trail branches off from the railway line, leads down through the forest and then climbs steadily along a well-maintained gravel path. At intervals you come across lovely views of Lake Brienz and the Bödeli, the plain between Lakes Thun and Brienz. The forest soon thins out and the trail crosses some deep gullies, where the path is secured with a railing. The views widen, soon taking in the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley. You gain altitude crossing the wide basin of Alp Bigelti parallel to the Schynige Platte Railway and, after one last turn, reach Schynige Platte. The inspiring panoramic view that awaits you here is stunning. To the east, you can see the valley of the Black Lütschine with Grindelwald, to the south the valley of the White Lütschine with Lauterbrunnen and the small village of Isenfluh nestled on its terrace above. Between them you can see the green domed peak of the Männlichen and the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks in all their splendour. Ferdinand Hodler immortalized these fascinating views in several magnificent paintings of these grandiose giants in ice and rock. The hike is approximately 2 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/58-breitlauenen-schynige-platte-b06013/
  • Hike: Schynige Platte to Oberberghorn Loop
    • The starting point for this hike is located next to the restaurant just above the summit station. There is a short ascent before the trail takes a left turn to the west, leading along the slope to the Tuba lookout point. This is the starting point for a wonderful panoramic trail to the Oberberghorn: to the left, the waters of Lake Brienz glisten like a turquoise gemstone, to the right you can survey the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. The trail leads below the Alpine Garden straight back to the summit station. Alpine Garden; The Alpine Garden is well worth a visit. Alpine flowers in bloom provide a display of riotous colour and a bewitchingly lovely scent. This trail, which is almost one kilometre long, takes you through the Alpine Garden and gives you an excellent overview of the Alps’ impressive botanical wealth. The plant species thriving here in their natural environment are labelled on information plaques, making it simple for the layperson to distinguish the Koch’s gentian from the spring gentian. And if you’ve always wanted to see edelweiss, you’re in luck too. The entrance to the Alpine Garden is located next to the mountain railway summit station. Rhe seasonal world of plants, The Alpine Garden, is open daily from 08.30 until 18.00 h from the end of May until mid-September. The entrance fee is included in the railway fare. The around 600 plant species flower in stages: early bloomers appear at the end of May, and the last buds open in September. Admire the Alpine flora at its peak from mid-June until mid-August. The hike is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/60-schynige-platte-oberberghorn-schynige-platte-b06012/
  • Hike: Schynige Platte to Louchernhorn Loop
    • This beautiful panoramic walk begins at the mountain restaurant just above the Schynige Platte railway station. Passing the Tuba lookout point, the scenic and well-developed ridge trail provides a view of Lake Brienz and the imposing Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate towards Loucherhorn. At the Grätli signpost, the trail takes a sharp right turn and almost doubles back on itself before passing the mountain huts at Oberberg on the way back to the starting point. At the summit station of the cog railway, a detour into the alpine garden is worthwhile. This trail of almost one kilometre’s length through the Alpine Garden gives you an excellent overview of the Alps’ impressive botanical wealth. The hike is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/61-schynige-platte-louchernhorn-schynige-platte-b06003/
  • Hike: Schynige Platte to Faulhorn to First
    • This fantastic day trip starts at the Schynige Platte summit station, leads past the mountain huts at Oberberg on its way to the western slope of the Loucherhorn. Continue over the Egg in a gentle ascent along the slope of the Sägissa; below you will see the shimmering Sägistalsee mountain lake. Continue over the Egg in a gentle ascent along the slope of the Sägissa, below you will see the shimmering Lake Sägistalsee. The trail continues to the Männdlenen mountain lodge, ascending continuously to Fulegg and from there along the mountain’s southern flank to the Faulhorn summit. It offers a magnificent panoramic view. In the 19th century, the Faulhorn was described as a “ladies’ peak” because there are no significant mountaineering skills required to climb it. However, its name (‘faul’ means ‘lazy’ in English) has nothing to do with sloth, and reaching the summit does require a good level of physical fitness. ‘Faul’ or ‘ful’ is in fact the term used to describe the loose layers of clay and slate from which the mountain is made. The steep yet well-maintained trail descends via Gassenboden to Lake Bachalpsee, which then leads, on a more or less level path, to the Grindelwald-First aerial cableway summit station. The hike is approximately 6 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/62-schynige-platte-faulhorn-first-b06004/
  • Hike: First to Faulhorn to Schynige Platte
    • This fantastic day trip starts at the aerial cableway Grindelwald-First summit station, and then the mostly level trail leads to Lake Bachalp. Then the path climbs steeply up to the Faulhorn. It offers a magnificent panoramic view. In the 19th century, the Faulhorn was described as a “ladies’ peak” because there are no significant mountaineering skills required to climb it. However, its name (‘faul’ means ‘lazy’ in English) has nothing to do with sloth. Instead, the term is used to describe the loose layers of clay and slate from which the mountain is made. The descent passes along the southern slope of the Faulhorn-Kuppen, to Fulegg and via Männdlenen Berghaus to Egg. Now, less steeply, the trail leads through the Güw region, past the western slope of the Loucherhorn and the alpine huts of Oberberg to the destination, the Schynige Platte-Bahn summit station. The hike is approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/63-first-faulhorn-schynige-platte-b06011/
  • Hike: Berghaus Männdlenen to Burglauenen
  • Hike: Interlaken Ost to Harder Kulm
    • The trail leads from Interlaken Ost railway station along the River Aare to the valley station of the Harder Railway and in many, sometimes very steep, turns through the Bleiki forest to the Falkenfluh – a lookout point located above the Hardermannli rock face. The rock below the railings is practically perpendicular; Interlaken can be seen in a bird’s eye view over the magnificent summits of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The well-developed mountain trail then continues in a pleasant climb over wide Alpine meadows, with a view of Lake Thun and the pyramid-shape of the Niesen. Past the bustle on the terrace of the Harder Kulm mountain restaurant, the wide panorama trail leads to Harderbahn summit station. The hike is approximately 3½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/72-interlaken-ost-harder-kulm-b06005/
  • Hike: Interlaken to Goldswil to Bleiki to Harder Kulm
    • Just to the left of the bottom station of the Harder Railway is the start of the trail that takes some 2 hours and 50 minutes. The wide path winds up to the Hohbüel pavilion where Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy once enjoyed the stunning views. The steep trail then zigzags up through a dense beech forest, crisscrossing the wide path and passes under the track of the Harder Railway to reach the «Obere Bleiki» larch woods. The trail then follows a steep diagonal ascent, once again passing under the railway track, to a rest spot above the Hardermannli rock face. After about 20 minutes you reach the sunny terrace of the Harder Kulm mountain restaurant where you are rewarded for your efforts by wonderful views as you enjoy coffee and cake. The return to Interlaken takes 8 minutes by funicular railway or about 2 hours on foot. The hike is approximately 3 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/73-interlaken-goldswil-bleiki-harder-kulm-b06009/
  • Hike: Interlaken to Goldswil to Baumgartisegg to Harder Kulm
  • Hike: Interlaken to Ringgenberg to Roteflue to Harder
    • From Interlaken Ost, the trail first leads comfortably along the Aare River and the railway line to Ringgenberg. This is where the steep and challenging mountain trail begins for experienced hikers in good shape. The trail goes up to Blatti through a shady forest to the Graggentor, a natural rock arch. The path to the Alp Horet and on to the Roteflue runs flat over the Wannichnubel along the Harder ridge. The Harder Railway station, the destination of the walk, is no longer far from the Harder Kulm restaurant. The hike is approximately 5½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/75-interlaken-ringgenberg-roteflue-harder-b06007/
  • Hike: Harder Kulm Rundweg
    • Strange tales surround Interlaken’s home mountain. On the Harder round trail, you’ll learn of sinister happenings and strange occurrences. The broad panorama path leads mostly through the pleasantly shady mountain forest, but also offers an expansive panoramic view of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, the Bödeli between the two lakes and the majestic summits of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From the mountain restaurant, the trail starts along a stony yet wide mountain path with a considerable gradient up to the Harder ridge This is followed by a gentle descent along a narrow trail to Wanniwald, on to Elfenweg and finally back to Harder Kulm. The hike is approximately 1½ hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/hiking-trail/76-harder-kulm-rundweg-b06006/
  • Hike: Lauberhorn Trail
    • In just two and a half minutes the fastest skiers thunder down the Lauberhorn descent at an average speed of 110 km/h. At a more leisurely pace, the longest downhill run in alpine ski racing can be explored on foot in summer. So there is plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful view of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, to admire the steepness of the slopes and the key points of the World Cup route. From the starting house over the Hundschopf and the Brüggli-S to the Hanneggschuss down to Wengen: Information boards provide information about the daredevil slope at the most important points. Only those who have covered this route once on foot know how much courage it takes to do it on skis. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/kleine-scheidegg/lauberhorn-trail/
  • Hike: Jungfrau Eiger walk
    • It cannot be conquered by everyone, yet it can certainly be admired: the Eiger north face. If you are looking for a gentle walk, you can marvel at the Jungfrau Eiger Walk at close range. The two and a half kilometres long, well-developed trail from the Eiger glacier station to Kleine Scheidegg (or vice versa) is also well-suited for inexperienced hikers. On the short walk, time and again you will come across stations that provide insights into the tragedies, dramas and triumphs that once took place here. A trip back in time with a breathtaking view of the most famous north face of the Alps. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/kleine-scheidegg/jungfrau-eiger-walk/
  • Hike: Detective Trail, Murren
    • The beautiful nature is enough to encourage us adults to go hiking on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. But how to convince the kids? The detective trail makes it easy. The Riddle Path invites the whole family on a treasure hunt. The first of 16 riddles that involve native plants, animals and mountains awaits on Grütschalp. So, download the Detective Trail Murren app (Google Play | iPhone app to follow) and get started. Now it is time to look closely and make precise calculations to get from one item to the next as well as to get a prize from the treasure chest at the destination of Mürren. In their eagerness, the children forget that they have been marching for five kilometres. And they will experience the landscape around Mürren in a particularly intensive way. The hike is approximately 2½ – 4 hours. —https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/winteregg-muerren/detective-trail/
  • Hike: Marmot Trail and BBQ area
https://www.oeschinensee.ch/en/

https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/summer-sport/hiking/

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/interests/hiking.html?nodeid=29436

http://www.hikingwalking.com/destinations/sw/sw_bernese/

https://www.myswissalps.com/hiking

Mannlichen hikes: https://www.maennlichen.ch/en/summer.html
Niesen hiking: https://www.niesen.ch/en/activity/hiking-1847-1886/?oid=1847&lang=en

Stockhorn hiking: https://stockhorn.ch/experiences/summer/hiking-and-walking

Niederhorn hiking: https://www.niederhorn.ch/en/summer/marvel/acitve-enjoy/hiking.php#anchor_7255d730_hiking

https://baeregg.com/462/english/walks

https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/tag/hiking/

https://grindelwald.swiss/en/summer/planning-and-events/interactive-map/hiking/ – interactive hiking map

https://www.hikingproject.com/search?q=bern

AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/switzerland/bern?ref=header

https://schilthorn.ch/cmsfiles/sommerguide_2019_d_e_f_web.pdf – hiking around Schilthorn

https://www.grindelwaldbus.ch/en/hiking-and-exursions

Gimmelwald Area Hiking (Gimmelwald Hiking Map)

Murren hiking: https://muerren.swiss/en/summer/see-and-do/hiking/hikes/

https://muerren.swiss/en/summer/see-and-do/hiking/hikes/



Places to Eat
A few we have have frequented…

  • Eat: Hotel Bellevue
  • Eat: Stager Stubli with fabulous Rosti
  • Eat: Strawberry Pie cafe near Trummelbach Falls
  • Eat: Piz Gloria at Schilthorn
  • Eat: Burgers at First
  • Eat: Cafes at Oeschinensee
  • Eat: Any mountain hut you happen upon along your journey
Lunch at First

Lunch at First

Places to Stay

A few we have visited…

  • Lodging: Chalet Fontana, Murren
  • Lodging: Hotel Rosenlaui (Hotel Rosenlaui – MySwitzerland Link)
  • Lodging: Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg
  • Lodging: Mountain Lodge Faulhorn, 2681m

    In 1832, the Mountain Lodge Faulhorn was the Europe’s highest hotel at an altitude of 2681 m.a.s.l. The rooms have hardly changed since the time it opened but the restaurant has become a cozier place to enjoy some hearty food. The seemingly endless views from atop the peak of Mt. Faulhorn, of course, have not changed at all: to the North Lakes Brienz and Thun, the Mittelland, Jura, and the French Vosges. The blood-red sundown seems to dip France into fire and in the morning, the Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, and the Jungfrau seem to have an orange spotlight on them as they wake up to another day. The Mountain Lodge Faulhorn is a bit of an insider’s tip because one has to hike up for 2 1/2 hours in order to get there but it is nonetheless very popular. Once you have been there, you will understand why. http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/mountain-lodge-faulhorn.html

Other Notes
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Information Links (Other sites)