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Rugged cliffs and lonely pastures: Burglauenen - Sengg - Zweilütschinen

Short facts

  • start: Burglauenen
  • destination: Zweilütschinen
  • medium
  • 11,68 km
  • 4 hours 50 minutes
  • 880 m
  • 1557 m
  • 648 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 60 / 100

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This varied mountain hike leads from the valley of the Schwarzen Lütschine to the sunny slopes of the Faulhorn chain and back to the valley floor. The tour runs across beautiful meadows and pastures and through rustic mountain forests.

The village of Burglauenen belongs to the extensive area of the municipality of Grindelwald. It has largely been able to retain its rural character to this day. This is due to its location: The Männlichen mountain, at the foot of which the settlement lies, keeps all sunshine away for weeks in winter. All the more light and warmth there is during the growing season. Forests, meadows and pastures stretch up the sometimes very steep and rocky slopes on both sides of the valley. The landscape on the higher levels is wild and, apart from alpine farming, practically untouched - there are neither mountain railways nor lookout restaurants. On the other hand, you can extensively experience unspoilt mountain nature here.

The hike to Vorsass Sengg (which belongs to the neighbouring municipality of Lütschental) leads upwards from the start - first along meadow paths, then along narrow and steep roads, and finally in the forest. Various large clearings offer views into the valley of the Schwarze Lütschine. From the Itramenberg on the opposite side of the valley, several waterfalls flow down into the valley. The north face of the Eiger towers above it, and after some ascent the Mönch and the Jungfrau also come into view.

The alpine pastures at Schärmatta are a nice place to take a breather and enjoy the view down the valley to Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn. The trail continues to climb and enters the forest again. A narrow path runs moderately steeply uphill between the trees. After a while you come across meadows full of flowers again; a few mighty sycamores set impressive accents in the landscape, which has been cultivated with great effort for many generations and is somewhat reminiscent of a park. Here, above the vertical cliffs of the Senggfluh, stretches the green panorama terrace of the Sengg area. The flower meadows, which cover a total of about three hectares, harbour a great diversity of species. The sea of flowers provides food for numerous butterfly species, some of which have become rare. In recognition of his services to the preservation of this diversity, the manager of the area received the cultural landscape award of the Oberland-Ost region in 2010.

The second third of the tour has a clearly different character. First, the trail descends steeply into the ditch of the Louwibach. Then a narrow, partly somewhat exposed path leads along the sparsely overgrown rocky slopes of the Spisblatti. Some exposed passages where the terrain drops steeply are equipped with a rope or chains on the slope side. The following section is particularly picturesque. It leads through a primeval mountain forest interspersed with boulder debris. Climbing up again, you cross a veritable fairytale landscape of mighty boulders covered in moss that lie between the trees and turn the forest floor into an unfathomable labyrinth.

At the end of the forest, you step onto the extensive pastures of the lowest rock of the Usser Iselten alp. Here the view opens up towards the Lauterbrunnen valley. Further up, the Schynige Platte railway station can be seen, and on the northern horizon, the pointed rocky peaks of the Faulhorn chain push up into the sky.The last section of the tour knows only one direction: from the Schwand fork, the route goes downhill, almost entirely in the forest. This may sound unattractive, but the route uses a very beautiful, well-preserved historical traffic route. In the past, cows were driven to the alp on this route, which is why the gradient is not unpleasantly steep. The serpentine path, partly paved with natural stones, leads through a terrain characterised by vertical rock faces, gullies and slopes, and in between it passes through several sunken paths. After about a third of the way, you pass a wooden shelter that can be used for a rest or as protection from the rain.

The descent ends between the villages of Lütschental and Gündlischwand. The nearest railway station, Zweilütschinen, can be reached on level ground in a good half hour.

General information

Safety Guidelines
  • Regularly check the location and compare it with the schedule. In this way, alternatives, shortcuts, demolition, etc. can be considered in good time.
  • In the event of bad weather, turn back in good time or seek shelter. If thunderclouds are gathering, it is advisable to abort the tour as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave the marked paths. Stay on the official hiking trails even if trails look like shortcuts. Some of these paths are not maintained and can end in a dead end.
  • Lost? Stay together as a group and return to the last known point. Wait for better visibility or call for help.
  • Plan enough time and energy reserves for the descent.
  • Slow down and take breaks.
  • Steep grass, scree and snow slopes are safer to tackle on the ascent than on the descent.
  • For the descent, choose the easier option or take the train down to the valley.
  • Avoid herds of cattle calmly and at a sufficient distance. Keep dogs on a leash.
  • In encounters with guard dogs, the following applies: Remain calm so that the dog realises that you are not a danger to the herd. Keep a generous distance from the herd.
  • Allow mountain bikers to pass without obstructing their ride unnecessarily.

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Equipment
  • The sun's rays are particularly intense in the mountains. Sun cream with a high protection factor, a sun hat and sunglasses with UV protection should therefore be part of your luggage.
  • Even in summer and in good "starting weather", warm clothing and rain protection are part of the equipment. The onion principle with several layers of clothing is recommended.
  • Day hiking backpack with rain cover
  • Sturdy and comfortable shoes
  • Clothing adapted to the weather and hard-wearing (onion principle)
  • Charged mobile phone
  • Pocket pharmacy
  • Beverages and food
  • Pocket knife

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Tip

At the highest point of the tour, at the alpine hut in the Schwand area, you can stock up on delicious alpine cheese from local production.

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.

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.

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This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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