You might like to download these excellent walking guides. I found them hidden away in the directories of the firstbahnen.ch pages. These are freely available and print well on a colour printer. See the website mentioned below. The site appears to change these links on a number of occassions but you will find them somewhere there! Choose the Hiking button at the bottom of the Summer Season or Winter Season pages and then on the left-hand side you will see the names of various hikes which are clickable .... please let me know if you succeed in getting these
Each year in January all the ski champions take part to the FIS Ski World Cup to run the famous Lauberhorn downhill race. From the Lauberhorn top (2'300m) down to Wengen (1'300m) a vertiginious run of 4.4km where the champions run down in less 2min30sec... up to a maximum speed to 140 km/h.
So take your courage and ride the Lauberhorn run slowly and safelty ;-)
The splendid scenery of the hairpin roads going up to the Furkapass with the snow capped mountains makes this probably one of the most photographed mountain roads in the Alps.
It's not far west of Andermatt driving to Gletsch. And just a little further west of Gletsch is the Rhône Glacier which is one of the main attractions on this road.
The high alpine road to the Sustenpass is one of the Bernese Oberland's most scenic road trips.
It's on the road between Interlaken and Wassen just before Andermatt and it twists and turns to a height of 2,259m.
From Grindelwald you can Hike up to Pfingstegg at 1400 metres which gives fine views of the Village and the whole Valley.
It is possible then to Hike around to the new Stieregg Hut in the Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher, when I explored this valley the Path was closed until the new hut was completed, but I explored the path.
You need a head for heights as the vertical drops are awesome. The hike takes about 2 hours for the return journey and is quite breathtaking.
The original hut was destroyed in a Massive landslide which hit recently.
Kleine Scheidegg is a great place to start hiking to Maennlichen - in a distance of 1:20 h - along one of the most scenic hiking-paths in that area. You will pass by several nice restaurants and simple alpine-hotels and will have the possibility to take the cablecar from Maennlichen to Grindelwald-Grund or to Wengen.
Hiking down all the way from Maennlichen to Lauterbrunnen will take 4 hours
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click here for a 360 degree-panorama from Maennlichen
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the panorama of Maennlichen in wintertime
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click here for the weather-forecast
Moenchsjochhuette is in fact one of the remotest restaurants & hotels in Switzerland, because you have to walk about 45 minutes one way from the Jungfraujoch in order to get there. It is a pity, I did not have enough time to get there, BUT at least I made half-way and had a great time there out on the glacier in perfect weather. Stay on the path, even though the crevasses next to the path might be a temptation for passionate photographers.
Moenchsjochhuette offers also Dormitories / Massenlager - BUT you better reserve your bed in advance - see their telephone-number below !
see here a panorama-view of the path to Moenchstalhuette !
An Aletschglacier-Hike might be the ultimate experience during your vacation in Switzerland :
You will start in Interlaken the first day and will go up and explore Jungfraujoch, before you will take a 4-hour hike to Konkordiaplatz, where you will have a short rest and picknick before you will cross a small montain-river and step up to Konkordiahuette in a height of 2850 meters above sea-level.There you will be served Cheese-fondue and spend the night in a simple dormitory. The next day you will start again after a rich breakfast-buffet, passing by impressive crevasses and a great mountain-scenery. The hike will end at Kuehboden, where you take down the cablecar and go home via Fiesch - Brig - Spiez to Interlaken.
From Jungfraujoch you may see just half of the Grosser Aletsch-gletscher.Konkordia-Huette is at about the end of the glacier that you may see on my picture, close to that mountain that looks like a pyramid.Enlarge my pics and get an idea about the distances !
Anyone is able to do this hike, when beeing able to walk 4-6 hours a day.
The price is 380 sfr ( 315 sfr if you have a half-tax-billet or similar)
and it includes the guiding, all transports, accomodation, dinner&breakfast
These tours are available between july and october
every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday !!
Make a reservation in advance - see the webpage below !
NEVER do such a walk without a local guide !!!
Saegistalsee is a small mountain-lake in the hight of 1937 meters above sea-level and you will pass by it when you hike from Schynigge Platte to Faulhorn - at about half of the way between Weberhuette (read more about it in my restaurant-tip!) and the Faulhorn.
I could not find an official walking-path to this lake, but you may see it even from a long distance when walking to Faulhorn.
Saegistalsee is high above Iseltwald, BUT the steep rocks around the lake will not allow you to walk down directely from Seagistalsee to Iseltwald.
Grindelwald-Grund is down in the valley of Luetschine, and with a height of 943 meters it is almost 100 meters lower than the much more famous centre of Grindelwald. All trains to Kleine Scheidegg will go through Grindelwald-Grund, where you may also change to the cablecar taking you up to Maennlichen - 2227 meters above sea-level.
Grindelwald-Grund has a lot less sunshine than Grindelwald, but the hotels are also a bit cheaper than in Grindelwald !!
Bort is the middle-station of the First cablecar in a height of 1570 meters above sea-level. Around of the station of Bort you will find some restaurants and a few cheap mountain-hotels. You will not have to leave the cabin, BUT you may do so and go down the rest of the hill with so-called "Trotti-bikes" (scooters) at a great system of asphalted mountain-roads. Bort is also a place, where you may start to walk to Hotel Wetterhorn, where you may take the bus to Grosse Scheidegg.
Helmets are compulsory, when renting such a scooter - you may rent them togeather with the "Trotti-bike"
Axalp is a mountain-terrace high above Brienzersee, opposite of Brienz, and you may first take the cablecar from Grindelwald to First and start hiking from there to Faulhorn and Axalp - a total walkingtime of 5 hours : the steepest part of that mountain-path is certainly the path between Bachalpsee and Faulhorn, the rest is rather smooth.
the only restaurants along the way are in First, Faulhorn Hotel and then again Axalp, where 2 hotels are waiting for you. Choose the one on my picture and drink a glass "Kaffee fertig" ...
...and be aware of the fact, that THIS hotel was the one where I started my hotel-carreer in 1972, as a young student from Austria, who was searching for a job in Switzerland...
From Axalp you may walk down to Giessbach and Brienz wihin 4-5 hours or you take the public bus to Brienz !
Schynigge Platte is in a distance of a fullday-hike from Grindelwald. At first you have to take the cablecar to First, walk towards the Faulhorn ( that part is quite steep and exhausting) and follow the path to Weberhuette and Schynigge Platte. The total hike from First is about 6 hours and somehow I think it is better to go up at Schyniggeplatte from Wilderswil (next to Interlaken) and walk to First.
Just be careful, the last cablecar from First is at 05.00p.m., the last train from Schynigge Platte is normally at 06.00p.m.
Faulhorn was the very first alpine-hotel built in Switzerland and the only way to get there is by hiking from Schnigge Platte, from First or Axalp. The prices in the restaurant and the simple hotel are quite reasonable, when you considder, that all goods have to be taken up there "the hard way"
When intending to spend the night in the hotel - make sure you reserve in advance !!
If you want your own Sound of Music experience stay in Grindelwald, Switzerland and spend a day mountain walking in the Alps.
There is a gondola lift in town that makes two stops before it reaches its highest point of First. We were there in May and there was too much snow at the top so we took the lift up to the stop just below (Schreckfeld-over 6,000 ft.). The view is incredibly beautiful! With the snow covered peaks as a backdrop to the fields and pastures covered with new green grass and filled with yellow dandelions and crocus flowers, you can't help but think you're part of the VonTrapp family.
The walk downhill is of course easier than up but still hard on the legs! There are walking/hiking maps and path signs to help, but...it's also easy to get off the path as we found out! No problem though. The hillsides are dotted with chalets all connected with winding roads that lead down to the valley below and back to Grindelwald.
There are restaurants at each gondola stop, but take a daypack with lunch (and plenty of water), and picnic next to a babbling brook just above the Bort gondola stop. Wear good walking shoes and be careful walking downhill on gravel paths.