Wengen is one of the most beautiful small villages in the Alps. It sits on broad plateau above the spectacular valley of Lauterbrunnen with the massif of The Jungfrau dominating the skyline. The village prohibits automobile traffic so it is quiet and the air is sparkling. German is the language of this area.
The holiday resort lies on a wind-protected sun terrace at the foot of the Jungfrau, 400 metres above the Lauterbrunnen valley at an altitude of 1274 m. The tradition-imbued, car-free holiday resort offers a family-friendly ski and rambling area around the Männlichen and the Kleine Scheidegg.
Over 500 km of marked walking trails and 15 mountain cableways in the nearby surroundings lead to the most beautiful vantage points of the Jungfrau region; take for example the classic panorama route between Wengen and the Kleine Scheidegg, which offers up a particularly impressive view of the rock massif of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Those who like things a bit more spirited might like to try their skill at paragliding, river rafting or canyoning. But for eye-popping amazement, you should walk the Eiger Trail at the foot of the Eiger north face, a medium-difficulty mountain walking tour.
Day 1 Walk to Kleine Scheidegg along green pastures where cows are tended by attentive herdsmen to the saddle which then descends into Grindlewald.
Rating: Moderate One Way: 10 km High Point: 2061 meters Vertical 787 meters up, 1027 down.
Hike Time: 4 hours.
Day 2 Narrow gauge railroad to Lauterbrunnen then funicular to Grutschalp. Walk to Murren along ridge trail with great views of The Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch peaks. Murren is a small car free village with many trails. Hike down to village of Stechelberg then down to Lauterbrunnen Valley floor and return down valley to Lauterbrunnen and railroad return up to Wengen.
Rating: Moderate Distance; 8 km High Point: 1638 m Total Climb: 200 m.
Time: 4 hours.
Day 3 Trachsellaunen Mountain Hotel. 1 hr. From Here the path leads through the wild, romantic valley on to Schurboden, and then climbs steeply to Obersteinberg. This is one of the most impressive walks in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It reveals a deep beautiful circular valley with rich alpine meadows and sturdy woods.
The village of Lauterbrunnen, set in a valley featuring rocky cliffs and the roaring, 300m-high Staubbach Falls. Nearby, the glacial waters of Trümmelbach Falls gush through mountain crevices past viewing platforms. A cable car runs from Stechelberg village to Schilthorn mountain, for views over the Bernese Alps.
Rating: Moderate Distance: 10km High Point: 1493 m Total Climb:583 m Time: 3 hours.
Day 4 Aletsch Glacier Trail. The route crosses the Grosses Gufer Glacier and continues down to Rote Chumma. On hot summer days the fresh glacier breeze is especially pleasant. Carved into the rock, the wide mountain trail finally winds its way to Märjelensee lake. In previous times, a mighty wall of ice from the Aletsch Glacier impounded the lake and icebergs the size of houses floated on the water. Today, the polar landscape has yielded to an idyllic postcard setting, showing its best side in spring with its picturesque cotton grass meadows.
There is no reason whatsoever to resist the apple tart that is served straight from the wood-fired oven in Restaurant Gletscherstube. Choose to give the trail around the Talligrat with its fabulous views of the Fiescher Glacier or take the shortcut and save an hour. Through an illuminated tunnel, you reach the other side of Talligrat, where a wide hiking trail leads down to Fiescheralp. Hikers need to be surefooted to negotiate the 14-kilometre route, along which you will find a number of places to eat and drink: Gletscherstube at Märjelensee lake; Restaurant Kühboden, Fiescheralp; Restaurant Alpina, Fiescheralp.
Rating: Moderate Distance Start Location: Riederalp, Destination: Fiescheralp, Start Point: Moosfluh upper cable car station, Target Point: Fiescheralp upper cable car station. Direction: One way, Altitude (meter above sea level) 2644 m, Ascent: 570 m, Descent: 691 m, Distance: 14 km, Duration, 4 h 20 min, Technical requirements: Medium.
Alstsch glacier can be seen from multiple points. Eggishorn provides beautiful panoramic views of the glacier. Easily accessible by lift from Fiesch.
Day 5 Eiger Trail. The Eiger Trail takes you along a meandering trail below the Eiger so that you can see exactly what the climbers have to face. They also start from this trail, so it really gives you a climber’s perspective. You also get sweeping view of the whole Grindelwald valley as you descend, which is another great reason to do this trail.
Hike Time: 2 hours
Altitude Gain/Loss: 90m / 800m
Start/End Points: Eigergletscher station or Kleine Scheidegg
No trail comes closer to the famous Eiger North Face – with the Eiger Trail you are guaranteed two hours of top notch thrills.
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