Hiking Guide: The East Side of the Junfrau Region, Switzerland

Updated: Mar 12, 2019

Grindelward – Kleine Scheidegg – Wengernalp – Wengen – Lauterbrunnen

This full day hike gives you a beautiful outlook over both the valleys in this area, housing the quaint towns of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelward. As you reach the peak of the mountain between them – Kleine Scheidegg – you get up close and personal with the three giants overlooking the region; Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.


This is a combination of a few hikes in this area, as listed in the official Lauterbrunnen Hiking Guide. You can increase the duration and difficulty by not using the cable cars down from Wengen as there is a marked trails, although it is quite a steep decent and can go a little hard on your knees.






Overview

Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Type: Trail

Entrance fee: No

Altitude: 2,061 m

Trip duration: 5 – 7 hours depending on use of cable cars

Sweat O’Meter:



Before you go

Pack: Lunch, snacks and plenty of water. There are a number of cafes in both Kleine Scheidegg and Wengan but can be somewhat pricey due to their remote location.

Wear: Layers, the temperature can drop quite significantly once you reach Kleine Scheidegg. Enclosed, sturdy shoes are also a must.



Getting to the starting point

This hike begins in the town of Grindelward which is in the next valley over from Lauterbrunnen. You will need to catch a train from Lauterbrunnen Bahnoff in the direction of Interlaken, then change at Zweilütschinen on to Grindelward. The stations are very small and the train schedules link up so don’t be worried about missing your connection. One way tickets cost CHF 9 and schedules can be found here.



Getting onto the trail

From Grindelward station, there are several yellow signposts which will lead you towards the towns of Alpiglen and Kleine Scheidegg. The path initially descends but then starts to climb up the hillside towards the overhead snowcaps of Eiger Mountain.



The Hike

Grindelward – Kleine Scheidegg: Follow the signposts for Alpiglen and Kleine Scheidegg as you climb steadily up into the mountains, past mountain huts and forests. This path is quite rocky so make sure you’re watching where you’re putting your feet.

Total walking time: 1hr 45min.


Looking back down to Grindleward



Looking back again to Grindleward






Kleine Scheidegg – Wengernalp: Once you reach the peak, you will find a few cafes and restaurants and the train station which is usually busy with tourists changing trains to reach Jungfrau. From here on to Wengernalp, follow the easy track alongside the railway.

Total walking time: 1hr





Wengernalp – Wengen: Wengernalp is a very small station with one café, but along this journey there are constant views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau by following the well-maintained rocky trail you will arrive in the resort town of Wengen.

Total walking time: 1hr 30 min






Wengen – Lauterbrunnen: From Wengen, you can either catch the cable car down to Lauterbrunnen (CHF 6) or walk the simple but very knee-straining descent of almost 500m. From the railway station in Wengen, follow the signs to walk under the railway bridge and you will begin to zig zag down to Lauterbrunnen. There are some stunning views down to the valley along this last leg.

Total walking time: 1hr




Returning

This hike will finish in the main street of Lauterbrunnen. If you are staying in Grindelward, you can catch a local train heading in the direction of Interlaken, then change at Zweilütschinen.




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