Eiger

The Eiger, the Ogre of the Alps

The Eiger, a sharp, knife-like peak of the Bernese Alps is guaranteed to take your breath away, whether you’re an experienced mountaineer ready to commit to the challenge of climbing it or a simple tourist who wants to take the unique railway route in the very rocky heart of the mountain and marvel at the alpine landscape through one of the “windows” carved into its face.

Some Facts

The Eiger is part of the so-called Jungfrau trilogy but it is not the tallest peak in the group. It rises up to 3970 m, behind Jungfrau(4158 m) and Monch (4107 m). The Eiger is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area, a UNESCO world heritage site. A true landmark of the Swiss Alps, the Eiger rises above the mountain resort of Kleine Scheidegg, situated exactly at its base, in the canton of Bern. 

Eiger North face

There are three faces of the mountain: the north-  west face, the west face and south-east face. The eastern ridge is called Mittellegi ridge, and is also the longest and the most famous.

Getting there

To get to the Eiger you can either drive from the Geneva Airport, train or bus station to Kleine Scheidegg. There is also the possibility of taking a train from Geneva to Kleine Scheidegg. Once you arrive to Kleine Scheidegg you can take a car to the Mittellegi ridge. All the routes on the Eiger can be reached via railway from Interlaken, and you have the option of going either through Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald.

Climbing the Eiger

If you don’t want to climb up the extremely challenging peak, there are two railway stations (Eismeer, behind the south face and Eigerwand, behind the north face) situated at about 3000 m, inside the very mountain, and there are viewing windows carved into the rock, which offer a breathtaking view over the alpine valley dominated by glaciers.

Kleine Scheidegg
Kleine Scheidegg

The railway stations are part of the Jungfrau railway line, which starts in Kleine Scheidegg. The railway goes further than Eiger, reaching both Mönch and the summit of Jungfrau. The one at Jungfrau is the railway station located at the highest altitude in Europe.

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Grundelwald Ski Resort

Near the Eiger

The area as a whole offers you a lot more than just climbing. You can take one of the many tours, day trips and excursions available to tourists courtesy of the local companies.  In wintertime, the Grundelwald Ski Area offers you the opportunity to ski in the shadow of the mighty, impenetrable peak of Eiger. The Jungfrau region as a whole, is your perfect postcard-like alpine holiday destination, with the beautiful and picturesque green landscape dotted by massive glaciers and rustic Swiss huts.

Climbing the Eiger

The easiest climbing route is the one from the west face and west ridge, although one must keep into account that when it comes to Eiger, “easy” does not mean a non-demanding afternoon trek. This route is also the one you should use for your descent as, again, it is the easiest one.

Eiger T-shirt
Eiger T-shirt 
Climbing the Eiger? Get your reward in advance! Eiger T-shirts for you and your group

The second easiest one would be the route tackling the south ridge and the Mittellegi ridge is also a less dangerous one.

Extreme caution is advised for climbing the north face, it is regarded as a challenge reserved only to the best prepared climbers, because it is not only exceedingly difficult, it is also very dangerous. There were many failed attempts to climbing it and over sixty resulted in fatalities.

The Normal Route

The Eiger has three access routes. The North Face is the most dangerous and advanced route while the South Ridge and Mittellegi Ridge are the moderate ones. The Mittellegi route being the famous one, you will need to have good visibility as you approach it to avoid going off-route. Accessing this glacier shouldn’t be difficult if there is good snow cover.

Route Description

For starters, you should equip yourself with technical clothing and remember to carry some personal items like a torch and crampons. 

You will have to first get to Chamonix which is the world’s most famous Alpine Centers. The best way to reach Chamonix is to catch a flight to Geneva. You will then acclimatize at the Chamonix Valley.

You will start the ascent of The Eiger with a drive to Grindlewald or use the train that runs through the Jungfraujoch railway. You can transfer to Mountain railway at the Kleine Scheidegg and opt to get off at ‘Eismeer. You will then get to Mittellegi Hut which is quite essential for your rest.

After a rest, you will take a climb to Mittellegi Ridge.  From here you can pause to take in the beautiful scenery that will engulf you. When you have conquered this task, you will then descend to the South Ridge. After which you will advance to the Monchsjoch Hut. This climb with roughly take 10 hours. You can then rest for celebration and reflection.

Based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall. All goes well at first as both rope teams make good headway but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and the forces of nature begins.

Accommodations around the Mount Eiger

If you want to stay in a hotel you have the options of Hotel Bellevue and Bahnhof Restaurant  in Kleine Scheidegg. Another beautiful hotel in the area is Eiger Guesthouse Hotel. For accommodation in Alpiglen you will find rooms at Berghaus Alpiglen. Swiss hotels can be quite expensive so, if you are travelling on a budget you should consider camping or staying in a hut.

There are options both for staying in a hut/cabin and for independent camping. If you are considering independent camping it is recommended to do so in a sheltered area such as the bowl below the West Flank or on the glacier, in an area where you would be protected in case of deteriorating weather conditions.

On the mountain there are several huts where you can find available rooms: on the south ridge there is Mönchsjoch Hut (the highest occupied hut in Switzerland), on Mittellegi Ridge you will find Mittellegi Hut and Ostegg Hut. The huts offer spectacular views of the area and they also have a food and beverages menu so you will be able to drink your morning coffee admiring the majestic alpine glaciers. Keep in mind that huts offer a limited amount of sleeping beds and they are often booked months in advance. You should always make sure to check for available spots and to make your reservations in time, if you are looking for fine hotel, these are worth checking out:

Hotel Spinne, located in the heart of the glacier village of Grindelwald at the foot of the Eiger North Wall. The Spinne is an ice field in the North Wall which, because of its permanent snow formation, resembles a spider.

Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen, located in the center of the car-free Wengen, directly opposite the Männlichen Railway, which transports you to 2224 m in just 8 minutes for a greenness-free mountain experience in the middle of the breathtaking mountain scenery of Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.

Central Hotel Wolter, located in the centre of the chalet village of Grindelwald – surrounded by the glorious glacier and Alpine world of the Jungfrau Region.The 39 rooms and 10 apartments in the Chalet Central (directly behind the hotel) have all been furnished in attractive Alpine design. Most rooms have their own balcony with views of the surrounding snow-capped summits.

Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe

Mönchsjoch hut

Mountain Hut - Mönchsjoch hut

The Mönchsjoch hut is one of the highest mountain huts owned by the Swiss Alpine club. It is located at an elevation of 3658 meters, and is often used for ascents of 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. From the hut, one can view the Aletsch glacier, the largest in the Alps.

Mittellegi hut

Mountain Hut - Mittellegi hut

Experience the breathtaking views of the north side green pastoral landscapes with the village Grindelwald far below, and to the south side massive glaciers and mountains. The Mittellegi hut is located at the edge sharp Mittellegigrat below the summit of the Eiger, the well-known Bernese Oberland mountain.

Ostegg hut

Mountain hut - Ostegg Hut

The Ostegg Hut situated on a lush shoulder at the north-east rigde of the Eiger is also owned by the Mountain Guides Association of Grindelwald. It can accommodate  up to 12 people.The hut is not attended and for reservation you need to process a request. It is the starting point for the ascent of the Eiger by the north-east rigde.

Make sure you always check the weather forecast, alpine weather can be tricky and climbing conditions can deteriorate quickly. Also, if you plan on doing technical climbing, bear in mind that rockfall and ice fall are not uncommon on Eiger. If you plan on tackling the difficult North Face, rockfall and ice fall are less common in winter, so, provided that the weather is stable, winter conditions are more recommended. If you plan on climbing on the other routes, these are less recommend in winter, because they can be the icy slopes can be very tricky and dangerous. The “normal’ season for climbing Eiger usually stretches from mid-July to the end of August, but weather fluctuations are a major contributing factor.

Once again, keep in mind that Eiger is a mountain that should only be climbed by experienced climbers with a good level of health and fitness. A day of climbing can take up to 9-12 hours and a lot of technical, ice and mixed climbing are involved. You should always be equipped with an ice axe and crampons. There is a risk of dehydration and the climbing steeps are extremely expose so you could experience altitude sickness. Beginners are strongly advised to avoid Eiger, there is a serious chance of a fatality if you climb this mountain unprepared.

At the end of the day, for the experienced climbers, Eiger is a challenge worth taking and for those who are on the beginners’ spectrum of mountaineering, the Jungfrau region is an alpine fairyland whose valleys are worth a trek.

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Eiger 46.577600, 8.005400

 

Finsteraarhorn – Challenging climb with quite a view

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Finsteraarhorn 46.537100, 8.126400

Located close the the famous trio, Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch, the Finsteraarhorn is a great choice for views on some of the most iconic peaks in the Bernese Alps. But putting it in the shadow of these three mountains doesn’t do it any justice, as it is literaly the shadow hanging over these three peaks.

About the Finsteraarhorn

The Finsteraarhorn has an elevation of 4273 meters and is the highest mountain in the Bernese Oberland. The mountain probably was allegedly first ascended on August 16th, 1812 by Arnold Abbühl, Joseph Bortis and Alois Volker, although this has not been proven. The first recorded ascent was made by Jakob Leuthold and Johann Wahren in 1828. The normal route leads via Finsteraarhorn hut and takes about 5 hours.

Climbing the Finsteraarhorn

 The Finsteraarhorn is one of the most famous mountains of the Alps and is the tallest peak of the Berner Oberland. While it is not really difficult to climb because the trail isn’t steep, what makes it tiresome is the long walks you have to take traversing enormous plateaus with gigantic glaciers. Climbing with crampons on and think about endless sweating, non-stop searching for cracks, and some funky walking to get to the top. On average, it’ll take 6 hours to complete the climb. The final hour to the top, over the ridge, is quite exhaustive.

 

Best Time to Climb

You can best climb Finsteraarhorn during summer. During summer, there is less snow on the massive glaciers which makes the climb slightly easier. In spring though, you will still find yourself exposed to cracked layers of ice and even avalanches so make sure you bring the basic tools with you.

 

Normal Route

While there are lots of accommodations within the vicinity of the Finsteraarhorn, the normal route starts from the Finsteraarhorn Hut stretching all the way to the top of the 4273-meter mountain with large glaciers as your ultimate hurdles. The hut is a famous choice for climbers wanting to have an overnight stay before summiting the mountain. Plus, it gives them an awesome landscape at 3,048 meters high. In between, you will have to cross a large plateau, which takes up most of the time especially with the presence of ice.

 

Route Description

 Your starting point will be the Jungfraujoch where the fun begins too. From this point, you will descend to Aletschgletscher and then to the Konkordiaplatz. Here, you will cross a huge plateau with three gigantic glaciers that converge. Afterwards, you’ll turn east to climb the Grüneggfirn to the Grünhornlücke. It is then followed by long hours of traversing the glaciers, roughly around 6 hours, which can be really tiresome. However, when you reach the Finsteraarhorn Hut, you will be amazed by the panoramic view before you. On your way to the top, you will encounter similar icy parts except that they are now steeper.

Upon reaching the Hugisattel where you’ll be at a 4,100-meter altitude, you will have to change gears to prepare climbing up a rock ridge. From here, you will be left with the last 300-meter ascend to the summit. Once you are on top, you will certainly enjoy the view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau trio. This gives you a perfect time to rest while revelling the breath-taking view and feeling your victory.

Accommodations in the Region of Finsteraarhorn

The proximity of the Eiger, Jungrau and Mönch makes this region a well-knownwintersport 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 a fine hotel, these are worth checking out:

Hotel Spinne,  located in the heart of the glacier village of Grindelwald at the foot of the Eiger North Wall. The Spinne (Spider) is an ice field in the North Wall which, because of its permanent snow formation, resembles a spider.

Hotel Walser, located at the foot of the Alpine passes Nufenen, Grimsel & Furka ideal for your stopover on a motorcycle tour or a convertible ride over the Swiss passports.

Hotel Walliser Sonne, located at 1,350 meters above sea level on the edge of the authentic Swiss mountain village of Gluringen in the Canton of Valais, near the passes Nufenen, Grimsel, Furka and Gothard.

Grindelwald

Grindelwald
Grindelwald, Photo by Kay’s Kamera

Grindelwald is a village in the canton 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 minds on the notorious Eiger North Face also start their quest here.

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.

Wengen

The village of Wengen is located in the canton, 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 makes for a perfect holiday setting.

Mönchsjoch hut

Mountain hut - Mönchsjoch hutThe Mönchsjoch hut is one of the highest mountain huts owned by the Swiss Alpine club. It is located at an elevation of 3658 meters and is often used for ascents of 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. From the hut, one can view the Aletsch glacier, the largest in the Alps.

Konkordia Hut

Mountain hut - Konkordia HutThe Konkordia Hut is a mountain refuge in the canton of Valais, situated above Konkordiaplatz, where several glaciers meet in the Aletsch glacier system. It is located about 2850 meters above sea level, and 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).

Finsteraarhornhütte

Few mountain huts have such an amazing setting as the Finsteraarhornhütte. The refuge allows visitors to enjoy splendid views typical of the Oberland region: huge glaciers and high mountain peaks. The hut is often reached by mountaineers looking for an overnight stay before summiting the Finsteraarhorn via the normal route. However, the location at 3048 meters of altitude, and the views that come along with it, make it a great goal for hikers as well.

Hiking in the Region of the Finsteraarhorn

Mountains like the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch make this a perfect setting for a hiking holiday. The charming villages of the Berner Oberland are a great starting point for day hikes or mult-day routes in the Finsteraarhorn region.

First to Bachalpsee

Bachalpsee
Bachalpsee, Photo by Timo Rusch

This easy trail is very popular amongst 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, offering 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 hikers 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 be 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 Grindewald.

Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg

Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Photo by yu yatshing

On this short and easy hike in the Lauterbrunnen valley, you will be granted an almost continuous view of the surrounding rock walls and pass by some beautiful waterfalls, including the famous Staubbacg-h Fall, situated just outside Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in the Finsteraarhorn 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 of 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 the crevassed glacier to the Mönchsjoch Hut.

Along the way to the Top of Europe buildingis Kleine Scheidegg, another railway station at 2061m. 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 Finsteraarhorn. 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

Great views often come with great effort although it is not always the case. When traveling with children, families often look for hikes that don’t require too much exertion. But why give up on tremendous views? The hike to Cabane de Mönch might seem like a huge effort due to its location at 3650 meters, but the proximity of the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in the Alps, makes the hike an easy and short one (45minutes). It might well be the best option to combine amazing views of some notable peaks with a short trail leading to it.

Mönch – popular peak with views of Eiger and Jungfrau

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Mönch 46.558500, 7.997300

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.

About

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

Town of Grindelwald
Grindelwald Photo by Steve Liptrot

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.

Wengen

Wengen Village
Wengen Photo by Sinava

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.

Mönchsjoch hut

Mountain hut - Mönchsjoch hutThe 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.

Konkordia Hut

Mountain Hut - Konkordia HutThe 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).

Suls Lobhornhütte

Mountain Hut - Suls Lobhornhütte

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.

Eigertrail

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

Lauterbrunnen valley
Lauterbrunnen valley Photo by Shannon and Fee

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.

The most difficult 4000+ meter challenge in the Alps is the Schreckhorn

When you mention the Schreckhorn (Switzerland) in a conversation with a mountaineer, a little bit of fear is seen in their eyes. It is a notorious peak in the Bernese Alps often regarded as the most difficult 4000-meter mountain to climb in the Alps. The advantage is that there are few crowds seen on its faces and can bring you closer to mastery.

Facts about the Schreckhorn

The Schreckhorn (4078 m.) is located in the eastern part of the Berner Oberland near Grindelwald. It forms an impressive twin summit with the Lauteraarhorn. Both these peaks are located on a 10- kilometer long ridge, upon which there are more peaks, mostly between 3100 and 3700 meters.

The mountain is considered as the most technical and difficult 4000’er in the Alps and a huge challenge on any face. The main advantage is that not many people climb this peak, and there is a great mountaineering atmosphere for those who do. The tough part of the climb is the route towards the ridge. 

The adventure starts in the village of Grindelwald, but the route is long and there are almost no mountain huts. This makes these mountains some of the most remote in Europe, and when an emergency situation occurs, you are on your own. From the normal route, that starts from the Schreckhornhütte, it takes about 6-8 hours to climb to the summit. The Schreckhorn is the northernmost Alpine four-thousander and the northernmost summit rising above 4,000 meters in Europe. It reaches an altitude of 4078 meters and was first ascended in 1861 by P & C Michel, U. Kaufmann and L. Stephen.

Climbing the Schreckhorn

 

Accommodations in the region of the Schreckhorn

The Schreckhorn is one of the most remote mountains in the Alps: there aren’t too many villages and mountain huts around. The closest village is Grindelwald, a popular place for climbers and hikers who want to catch a glimpse of the notorious Eiger. Another option, though a lot further, is the village of Wengen in the Lauterbrunnen Valley,if you are looking for fine hotel these are worth checking out:

Hotel Spinne located in the heart of the glacier village of Grindelwald at the foot of the Eiger North Wall. The 4-star hotel comprises 43 rooms in a welcoming Alpine Chic design. Most include a balcony or terrace with superb views of our majestic mountain world.

Hotel Alpenblick located in Grindelwald, probably the most beautiful valley in the world, is worth a visit in summer as well as in winter. The Alpenblick stands for reasonably priced overnight stays, spontaneous parties in the pub and tasty, inexpensive food in the restaurant.

Hotel Lauberhorn located on the sunny side of grindelwald with the best views of the eiger north face. if you go hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, winter hiking, relaxing or do not do anything to grindelwald, they are very happy to be there for you and will make sure that you can enjoy your stay with all your senses.

Grindelwald

Village of Grindelwald
Grindelwald Photo by chriskench

Grindelwald is a village in the canton of Bern located at the base of the Jungfrau. From the village center, one can take a train via Kleine Scheidegg to the railway station at Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe.

This ride takes 70 minutes and costs FR for a return ticket costs between €124 and €190. Get a Swiss Travel Pass to get 25% discount.

Not only is it a popular base for hikers, but climbers who have set their minds 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.

Wengen

Village of Wengen
Wengen Village Photo by Sinava

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 to trains that lead to Jungfraujoch. The traffic-free village center with its traditional charming wooden chalets make for a perfect holiday setting.

Handegg

Handegg is a small village in the municipality of Guttannen, Switzerland, situated near the lake Gelmersee. There are a number of hotels available near the village, but the hotel and naturresort Handeck offers one of the best experiences. Like most hotels in this area, it is found in Gutannen, just outside the center of Handegg.

Schreckhornhütte

Mountain Hut - Schreckhornhütte

The Schreckhornhütte at an altitude of 2530 meters is often used to climb the peak from its normal route. For active travelers, the trail leading towards it might be a beautiful day hike as it has a very long approach of about 6 hours; it is considered one of the most splendid approaches in the entire Alps. To shorten the hike, it is possible to take the cable car to the Pfingstegg station and do the 4h 30 minute hike from there. The hut was built in 1979 and has 90 places to accommodate visitors in the summer season (July to late August). In winter, there are only 57 places.

Glecksteinhütte

Mountain Hut - Glecksteinhütte

There are two options to do the hike to Glecksteinhütte. You can start at the Hotel Wetterhorn (3h 30 minutes) or from the village of Grindelwald (4h 30 minutes). The latter option offers rare beauty with amazing views f the northe4ast side of the Schreckhorn. Those who wish to spend the night in the hut at 2317meters might be lucky enough to spot a colony of steinbocks. Spending a night here is a truly unique experience, and they serve the best breakfast. There are 120 beds available.

Lauteraarhütte

Mountain Hut - Lauteraarhütte

At an altitude of 2392 meters, the Lauteraarhütte is a third option to climb the Schreckhorn. It is located southwest of Handegg in the canton of Bern. It lies above the Unteraar Glacier, at the foot of the Hienderstock in the Bernese Alps. The shortest access to the hut is from the Grimsel Hospice, below the Grimsel Pass.

Hiking in the region around Schreckhorn

Grosse Scheidegg to Bussalp

This scenic hike, traveling from Grosse Scheidegg to Bussalp, features magnificent panoramic views of several peaks, including the Schreckhorn, Fiescherhorn, the Finsteraarhorn and more from a variety of different angles. Along the way, the path travels through lovely meadows, traverses rocky ridges and meanders through pretty pastures. The complete hike is about 13 km long and has an elevation gain of 700 meters.

Murren to Grutschalp

Village of Murren
Murren Village Photo by deltrems

Another popular day hike is the wooded stroll from the village of Murren to Grutschalp,located high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The route goes along the western plateau and crosses forests and grasslands. If 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 hikers 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 Grindelwald.

Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg

Take a short and easy hike in the Lauterbrunnen valley. You will be granted an almost continuous view of the surrounding rock walls and pass by beautiful waterfalls, including the famous Staubbach Fall, situated just outside Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in the region of Schreckhorn

Chances are high that Grindelwald will be the location of your accommodations during your stay in the Schreckhorn region. Here are a few options of things to do that offer great alternatives for a rainy or rest day.

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 peaksk of 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 the 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 derives 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

The hike from First to Bachalpsee is an easy trail that 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. This lack of difficulty makes it a great hike to do with your children.

Another option is a fantastic 3.7km-long theme trail from Männlichen for children called Lieselotteweg, with thirteen interactive stations along the trail. The cow Lieselotte is a favorite children´s storybook character, living in a small village in the German Westphalia, that decides to go on a trip to the Bernese Alps.

Schreckhorn map

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Grosses Wannenhorn

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Facts About Grosses Wannenhorn.

Grosses Wannenhorn is a mountain found at the Swiss canton close to the village of Fiesch. Standing at 3906m above sea level. This is the mountain found in the Bernese Alps. It stood between the Fiescher Glacier in the east side and the Aletsch Glacier to the west side. It is an occasional inclusion in itineraries to hiking trips at the Valais, Switzeland. Particularly towards the peaks of Aletschhorn and Finsteraarhorn.

How to reach the peak of Grosses Wannenhorn?

If you are starting at Hotel Restaurant Schmitta Fiesch, use these directions. Walk 170m on Furkastrasses toward Bahnofstrasse heading north. Continue walking onto Fieschertalerstrasse by 450m. Turn slightly right on the Fieschertalestrasse by 2.2km. Turn left on Fieschertalerstrasse and walk by 10m. Turn right again on the Fierschertalerstrasse by 25m. Walk 1.1km more towards Zur Brucke. Turn right still on Zur Brucke by 600m. Then turn left still on the Zur Brucke by 230m. Turn sharply to your right to Marjelenweg. Reach the peak afterwards.

What to expect at the Grosses Wannenhorn?

Remember the sides on this mountain. Steep slopes make it hard to climb this peak. The east side has many glaciers. Not advisable to climb in summer. The west side has the prominent steep slope with several ice fields.

Trugberg

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Facts About Trugberg.

Trugberg stands at the Bernese Oberland area at 3933m above sea level. It got its name from a mistake that a glacier researcher, Agazziz, committed. He mistook this mountain for the Jungfrau. Upon realizing said mistake, he named the mountain in 1841 as Trugberg. It’s one of the few mountains below the 4000m height found in this area apart from Eiger.

How to get to the peak of Trugberg?

Starting point before reaching the peak is the Monchjoch hut. This is the same starting point or stopover before climbing Monch. This is just a short walk away from the Jungfraujoch using the Eiger Ultra Trail. Getting to Jungfraujoch starts at Kleine Scheidegg by train. So the sequence is Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch to the Monchjoch hut via the Eiger Ultra Trail. So expect walking and taking the train ride on your way to the hut. Then walk from the hut to the peak.

What to expect at Trugberg?

Monchjoch hut is the common starting point for hiking trips around the Aletsch region. This place is usually open late in March and closes in October. It’s usually included in ski trip itineraries. This is one mountain to climb to see panoramic views of the Finsteraarhorn, too. Contact the reservations desk at +41 (0) 33/ 971 34 72 for further details about this hut.