Eiger Ultra Trail E51

Short facts

  • start: Grindelwald Sports Centre
  • destination: Grindelwald Sports Centre
  • difficult
  • 49,90 km
  • 10 hours 15 minutes
  • 2716 m
  • 2676 m
  • 893 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 80 / 100

best season

The E51 is rightly called the Panorama Trail. The view of the snow-covered Bernese Alps from the trail is simply magnificent.

The early bird gets the worm. If you want to complete the 51 kilometres in one day, you'd better get up early. The ascent via Grosse Scheidegg to First is quite demanding. But the panorama becomes more impressive with every metre of ascent. When you reach the Faulhorn, it's worth taking a short break. The view over Lake Brienz, the Black Forest, the Vosges and the Jura makes your heart beat even faster.

On the well-known high-altitude hiking trail to Schynige Platte, you can expect to see one or two hikers or bikers. From the Berghaus, the crisp descent to Burglauenen begins. The last few kilometres back to Grindelwald are mostly on asphalt.


Route characteristics

Length 51km

Height difference + 3100m / - 3100m

85% (43km) trail, hiking path, forest path 

15% (8km) asphalt

General information


Grindelwald - Grosse Scheidegg - First - Oberläber Bussalp - Faulhorn - Schnynige Platte- Burglauenen - Grindelwald

Safety Guidelines

In spring and autumn, snow can still be present.

A good physical condition and experience in trail running is a prerequisite for mastering the route E51.

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

Free running shoe test at the Backdoor Shop Grindelwald 

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.



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.



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.

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.



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.

Additional Information


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

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