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Eiger Ultra Trail E35

Short facts

  • start: Burglauenen
  • destination: Grindelwald Sports Centre
  • medium
  • 35,24 km
  • 7 hours 2 minutes
  • 2389 m
  • 2350 m
  • 894 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

The E35 takes runners to the foot of the Eiger North Face. The route starts in Burglauenen and ends in Grindelwald.

No mercy for the calf. This statement fits the 35 kilometres perfectly. The notorious chamois trail up Männlichen brings a bead or two of sweat to the runners' faces. The impressive view down into the Lauterbrunnen Valley is a free reward.

In the face of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate, the E35 leads over Kleine Scheidegg to the glacier moraine. From the Eigergletscher station, the trail winds round to Grindelwald at the foot of the legendary Eiger North Face. The Eiger primary limestone, the mountain wind and the glaciers are omnipresent on this section.

 

Route features

Length 35km

Altitude difference + 2500m / - 2380m

83% (29km) trail, hiking path, forest path 

17% (6km) asphalt

General information

Directions

Burglauenen - Wengen - Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg - Alpiglen - Marmorbruch - Grindelwald

Safety Guidelines

In spring and autumn, snow can still be present.

Equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always bring rain gear)
  • Drink and food
  • Telephone
Tip
Getting there

From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.

 

From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken we follow the main road to Zweilütschinen. Here we turn left towards Grindelwald. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and leads over a partly winding road.

 

Wengen

Wengen is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen and take the train. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes.

Parking

Grindelwald

There are three public car parks: Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 parking spaces), Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 parking spaces) and the new Terminal Parking (1000 spaces) of the V-Bahn. Alternatively, we can also use the car park in Grindelwald Grund.

 

Wengen

There is a multi-storey car park directly below Lauterbrunnen station. Alternatively, you can use the car park at the Lauterbrunnen church. From here, a bus leaves for the station every half hour. On foot we need about 10 minutes.

A covered passage leads from the Lauterbrunnen car park to the cable cars to Wengen.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken Ost railway station we reach Grindelwald without changing trains on the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB). Important: Get on the rear part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you get on at the front, you will end up in Lauterbrunnen. The journey takes 30 minutes to Grindelwald Terminal (V-Bahn). Three minutes later we are at the terminal in the village.

There are three stations in Grindelwald (Terminal, Grund and Dorf). The terminal station (Dorf) is in the centre of Grindelwald.

 

Wengen

From Interlaken Ost station we reach Wengen in 44 minutes. The blue and yellow train of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) takes us to Lauterbrunnen. Important: We sit in the front part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you take a seat at the back, you will make a detour to Grindelwald. In Lauterbrunnen we change to the yellow-green train of the Wengernalp Bahn (WAB). This takes us to Wengen in 12 minutes.

Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG, Author: Martin Strahm

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