Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg – Gimmelwald – Mürren – Winteregg – Grütschalp – Lauterbrunnen. Starting and finishing in Lauterbrunnen, total hike time is 5 – 7 hours depending on use of cable cars.
There are so many hikes to choose from during your stay in the Jungfrau Region and so many towns to visit, all with their own charm and appeal. Plus you want to see some snow-capped mountains, alpine forest, flowing streams, cows up close and personal, waterfalls, swiss chalets and incredible views back down to the valley, right? So which one do you choose?
This hike encompasses trail a number of trails marked on the Hiking Guide Brochure (this found at tourist information kiosks in any of the main towns in the area) but my adjustment gives you a complete round route from Lauterbrunnen and excellent full day of hiking on the west side of the valley. You can increase the duration and difficulty by not using the cable cars up to Mürren and down from Grütschalp as there are marked trails up and down these sections.
Location: Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
Entrance fee: No
Trip duration: 5 – 7 hours one way depending on the use of cable cars
Before you go
Pack: Plenty of water. Snacks and lunch is optional as there are a number of cafes and restaurants along the journey. Mürren is an ideal place to stop for lunch and Winteregg Dairy offers a selection of local produce to taste such as cheese and yoghurts.
Wear: Layers as the temperature can drop quite significantly once you reach Mü Enclosed, sturdy shoes are also a must.
Getting to the starting point
This hike begins in Lauterbrunnen. Depending on your accommodation you can either begin at the train station or at Staubbachfall, heading south into the valley.
Getting onto the trail
The first part of this hike, the trail to Stechelberg, is clearly marked on signposts outside the main train station, and takes you along the main road out of Lauterbrunnen past Staubbachfall.
Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg: This is a flat and easy walk through the valley. It is well signed and follows the creek running through the centre, past cow pastures and dairy farms, some selling fresh produce. Total walking time: 1hr 45min.
Stechelberg – Gimmelwald: Once you’ve reached Stechelberg, you can either catch the cable car up to Gimmelwald (CHF 6) or all the way to Mürren (CHF 11.40).
Gimmelwald – Mürren: If you chose to stretch your hike out a little more and only caught the cable car to Gimmelwald, the hike up to Mürren continues right at the cable car exit – the signpost directs you on which way to Mürren. Total walking time: 1hr 30 min.
Mürren – Winteregg: Once in Mürren, wander through the town, maybe stop for lunch, then continue through to the other side of the town where the hike to Winteregg commences. There are several signposts as you leave Mürren, and this is a very well-maintained trail. As you reach Winteregg you will see the dairy and restaurant next to the Winteregg station. Stop in and try some local produce – cheese and yogurts are a nice snack on the way. Total walking time: 35min
Winteregg – Grütschalp: Signposts will continue to direct you on this path. This short, mostly descending trail leads through a scenic setting of mountain streams, Alpine pastures and mossy pine forests. Total walking time: 35min
Grütschalp – Lauterbrunnen: Upon reaching Grütschalp you can either take the cable car down to Lauterbrunnen (CHF 9) or follow the yellow signposts to the trail down the mountainside to Lauterbrunnen. Total walking time: 2hr 30min
This is a circular route, returning to the main street of Lauterbrunnen.