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«Family Run»: Bussalp - Rasthysi - Lochsteinen (No. 56)

Short facts

  • start: Bussalp (1800 m.a.s.l.)
  • destination: Lochsteinen (1425 m.a.s.l.)
  • easy
  • 4,49 km
  • 30 minutes
  • 1801 m
  • 1425 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

The leisurely toboggan run

First of all, one of the yellow buses from Grindelwald Bus takes you from the village towards Bussalp. On the way to Bussalp the bus driver explains what to look out for when sledging.

The Family Run first leads from Bussalp on the road towards Holzmattenläger. At Holzmattenläger it is first slightly uphill on foot and then alternately downhill and uphill on the sledge towards Rasthysi. Arrived at Rathysi, the fun descent towards Lochsteinen follows. On the Family Run from Holzmattenläger to Lochsteinen there are no buses and you can enjoy the peace and nature to the full. You are always rewarded by the magnificent view of the surrounding mountain world of the Grindelwald Valley.

At Lochsteinen you can either take the bus back up to Bussalp or toboggan down the City-Run even further towards Weidli. Depending on the snow situation you can even get back to the village.

General information

Directions

Bussalp - Holzmattenläger - Rasthysi - Lochsteinen (continue along the City-Run toboggan run to Weidli/Grindelwald)

Safety Guidelines

The 10 rules of sledging  

  1. Show consideration for others
  2. Adapt speed and driving style to ability
  3. Respect the lane of the vehicle in front
  4. Overtake with distance
  5. Look up before entering and approaching the road
  6. Stop at the edge
  7. Get on and off at the edge
  8. Observe signs and markings
  9. Provide assistance
  10. In the event of an accident: give personal details
Equipment
  • Sled or toboggan
  • Ski helmetday
  • hiking backpack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and waterproof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots (if necessary dredges and gaiters)
  • hat/headband, scarf
  • waterproof glovessun and rain protection
  • Provisions and drinking water, thermos bottle with hot drink
  • first aid kit
  • pocket knife
  • Cell phone
  • if necessary headlamp and reflectors
  • Map material
Tip
  • Buy a day ticket for sledging
  • Insider tip: Night sledging with fondue in the mountain restaurant Bussalp
  • Family snow park on Bussalp
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.

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.

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.

Maps

Winter hiking and sledging map (1:27,000) available from Grindelwald Tourism.

Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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