The Mönch regionis amongthe best mountaineous landscapes you will find. With famous neighbors such as the Jungfrau and the Eiger, this trio of mountian peaks offers the perfect setting for your hiking holiday. The Jungfrau railway, a train journey to the top of Europe, runs right below its summit, at an elevation of 3300 meters.
Located in the Bernese Alps, the Mönch is the second highest mountain of the three peaks that are often seen as one group: the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. With an altitude of 4107 meters, it is only a little lower than its neighbor, the Jungfrau. In between the Mönch and the Jungfrau, you can find the Jungfraujoch, a saddle reachable by tourists via the Jungfrau line, a scenic railway that connects Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg, partially through a tunnel that goes through the Eiger and Mönch. The Jungfraujoch railway station on top of the saddle is at an elevation of 3454 meters, the highest in Europe.
The Mönch was first succesfully climbed in 1857 by Christian Almer, Christian Kaufmann, Ulrich Kauffman and Sigismund Porges.
The Mönch is the most climbed of the three peaks of the Berner Trilogy. It has easy access from the Jungfraujoch rail station, and the Mönchsjochhütte is only a short walk away. Its spectacular setting in the heart of the Berner Oberland and a variety of good routes all contribute to its popularity. The Southeast Ridge is considered the normal route and is a great introduction to climbing in the area.
Accommodations in the region of the Mönch
Partially because of these famous peaks, including the Jungfrau and the notorious Eiger, this region is well-known as a wintersport destination. The villages of Grindelwald and Wengen attract travelers from all over the world to its snowy slopes in winter and its hiking trails in summer, if you are looking for fine hotel, these are worth checking out:
Pension Altstadt-Mönch,located in the heart of the old town of Stralsund and was renovated with great attention to detail. From the hotel you can in one minute the Stralsund Town Hall of the Old Market with the embedded gothic Schaufassdade, which belongs to the most beautiful of the Baltic region, the Nikolaikirche, as well as the beautiful theater, the Maritime Museum, the monasteries or the Unesco World Heritage exhibition in Olthofschen Palais from Stralsund.
Hostellerie des Châteaux & Spa,this charming hotel in Alsace offers romantic rooms and Luxury Suites with Jacuzzi in the Room, Sauna or Private Hammam.
Le Méridien Stuttgart Hotel,is as unique as its location. It is close to the Stuttgart central station at the Schlosgarten Park. All the famous attractions are just a few steps away: opera, theatre and shopping.
Grindelwald is a village in the cantonof Bern located at the base of the Jungfrau. From the village center, one can take a train via Kleine Scheidegg to the railway station Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. Not only is it a popular base for hikers, but climbers who have set their mind on the notorious Eiger North Face start their quest here as well.
Grindelwald has several types of accommodations. Besides hotels, there is the option to spend your nights at one of the three campsites: camping Eigernordwand, camping Gletscherdorf or camping Holdrio.
The village of Wengen is located in the canton of Bern, close to the border of Wallis. There are several hotels in the village and even a youth hostel. A train leading from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen continues its journey to Kleine Scheidegg. Here you can change trains that lead to Jungfraujoch. The traffic-free village center withits traditional charming wooden chalets makesa perfect holiday setting.
The Mönchsjoch hut is one of the highest mountain huts owned by the Swiss Alpine club. Located at an elevation of 3658 meters, it is often used for ascents of the Jungfrau and Mönch. However, despite the altitude, the mountain hut is easily reachable due to the Jungfrau railway. From the highest station, a secured piste over the crevassed glacier makes it possible for hikers to reach it. From the hut, one can view the Aletsch glacier, the largest in the Alps.
The Konkordia Hut is a mountain refuge in the canton of Valais, situated above Konkordiaplatz, where several glaciers meet in the Aletsch glacier system. Located about 2850 meters above sea level, its remote location makes it a long way from villages. The shortest way to reach the cabin is via the Jungfraujoch railway station (4 hours).
This charming wooden mountain hut has great views on the Eiger, Mönch and the Jungfrau. It is located at a plateau high up in the Alps at an altitude of 1955 meters, well above the Isenfluh in the Lauterbrunnental. There are only 24 beds, making reservation necessary when planning an overnight stay. There are three different routes to reach the hut, varying from 1hour 30 minutes to 4hours 30minutes.The hut makes a good starting place for several hikes in the region.
Hiking in the Jungfrau region
With peaks like the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch, hikers cannot wish for a better setting for their hiking holiday. The charming villages of the Berner Oberland are a great starting point for day hikes or mult-day routes in the Jungfrau region.
Hike to Konkordia Hut
Few mountain huts are more remote than the Konkordia. It is located above the Aletsch glacier system where several glaciers meet, about 150 meters above the ice. The route from the Jungfrau railway station is the shortest and therefore the most popular. However, all access routes to the hut are over glaciated terrain, so an experience of crossing it is necessary. Hiring a guide is anoption.
The Eiger trail is a moderate mountain hike at the base of the notorious North Face. It’s a 2-to-3 hour hike leading from the Eigergletscher station (Jungfrau railway) to Alpiglen at 1615 meters or Grindelwald. It is well-marked and offers spectacular views of the north face. With binoculars, it’s even possible to see some daredevils climbing the face.
First to Bachalpsee
This easy trail is very popular among travelers as it delivers jaw-dropping views of alpine peaks and glaciers. The trail leading through meadows and alpine terrain has close to no elevation difference, so you can complete the hike in about 2 to 3 hours.
Murren to Grutschalp
Another popular day hike is the wooded stroll from the village Murren to Grutschalp,located high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The route goes along the western plateau and crosses forests and grasslands. It offers plenty of photo opportunities of the famous peaks in the region. The hike runs parallel to the railway between both villages, making it possible to continue your journey by train half-way.
Grosse Scheidegg to Meiringen
This hike, leading through meadows and forests, is a good option for those who need a bit of a challenge. The trail is more difficult than most options in the region as it gains about 1300 meters of altitude. Hiking time is about 4 hours, but make sure to provide lots of time as you will be stopping frequently to enjoy the views. The starting point is easily reachable by car or train from the village of Grindewald.
Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
A short and easy hike in the Lauterbrunnen valley where you will be granted an almost continuous view of the surrounding rock walls. You will pass by some beautiful waterfalls, including the famous Staubbacg-h Fall, situated just outside Lauterbrunnen.
Things to do in the Mönch region
While hiking in this part of the Alps is an unforgettable experience, there are many other activities to fill your day. Whether your legs need a break or you just want to enjoy some alpine views without too much effort, the Jungfraujoch railway is a must when visiting the Jungfrau region. This scenic train journey brings you to the highest railway station in Europe (3454m). From this point, you get tremendous views of the neighbouring peaks Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau. With a guarantee of snow and ice, a visit to the Top of Europe building is the ultimate activity during your stay in the Berner Oberland.
Just west of the saddle is the Sphinx station, one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world. The Top of Europe building a little higher up has several panoramic restaurants and hiking trails leading over a crevassed glacier to the Möncsjoch Hut.
Along the way to the Top of Europe buildingis Kleine Scheidegg, another railway station at 2061meters. It is situated directly at the base of the notorious Eiger North Face and the starting point of the Jungfraubahn.
The village of Interlaken, a short distance from Grindelwald, is the closest city to the Jungfrau. The name is derived from the fact that two lakes, Brienzersee and Thunersee, are connected by the river Aare that flows through the city. Interlaken has a charming atmosphere. From its center, it’s possible to see the summit of the Jungfrau. The Höheweg, an avenue between both stations, affords great views of the peak.
Hiking with kids
In the Jungfrau region, great views don’t only come with strenuous walks. Even if you are traveling with children, some easy hikes will give you and your family the possibility of seeing some of the best mountain landscapes. The hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is a classic amongpanoramic walks. This easy and short hike will enchant you with tremendous views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From the village Wengen, the cable lift will take you up to Männlichen, the starting point of the hike. The hike takes about 1hour 30 minutes from where you can take the train back to Grindelwald or Wengen. Close to the Kleine Scheidegg, your final destination, there is the mountain restaurant Grindelwaldblick, a recommended place to stop for lunch.