Unesco Theme Trail: First - Grosse Scheidegg - Oberer Lauchbühl U1

Short facts

  • start: Mountain station First
  • destination: Oberer Lauchbühl
  • 8,93 km
  • 2 hours 40 minutes
  • 156 m
  • 2181 m
  • 1756 m
Beautiful hike on the sunny side of Grindelwald.

The UNESCO theme trails are digitally accessible via smarTrails (only in German). All you need is this link and an internet-enabled smartphone. Alternatively, you can also book guided tours here

The trail starts at the First mountain station. The gondola ride up to the First takes 30 minutes. From there follow the Panorama Trail No. 6 to Grosse Scheidegg. There you follow the path down towards the village to Oberer Lauchbühl (No. 21). From here you can take the bus back to the valley. The unique panorama is your constant companion throughout the trail.

General information


First - Grosse Scheidegg - Oberer Lauchbühl

Safety Guidelines
  • hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and sturdy footwear 
  • adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers 
  • sun and rain protection 
  • snacks and drinking water 
  • first aid kit 
  • penknife 
  • mobile phone 
  • if necesessary: telescope sticks, headlight, maps
  • Take a break at the Berghaus First or Grosse Scheidegg.   
  • Visit the First Cliff Walk before the hike.
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

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