Via ferrata Rotstock

Short facts

  • start: Eiger Glacier Station (2320 m a.s.l.)
  • destination: Eiger Glacier Station (2320 m a.s.l.)
  • medium
  • 2,90 km
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 455 m
  • 2663 m
  • 2237 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

The via ferrata to the summit of the Rotstock is all about the Eiger. With the help of ladders and fixed wire ropes we can conquer a part of the notorious north face.

On the ride with the Eiger Express from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier we get very close to the 1800 m high Eiger North Face. A short time later we will not only see it, but feel it. But first we have to get from the Eiger glacier to the via ferrata. To do so, we follow the Eiger Trail to "Chräjenbiel". From here we walk over the grassy ridge to the left of the striking gully between the north face and the Rotstock, before following the wire ropes and partly over ladders - one of which dates from 1899 - to make the first ascent. We continue on the trail until we reach a niche leading to the gallery hole of the former Rotstock station of the Jungfrau Railway. A mighty ascent now leads us into the wide gully that separates the Rotstock from the west ridge. Via stair-like steps and ribbons we reach the Eiger west flank - and from here via the east ridge in a few minutes the summit. The way back leads back to the west flank. From here we take the usual descent of the Eiger Westflanke.

General information

Safety Guidelines

For the via ferrata we need good physical condition, surefootedness and a head for heights, appropriate equipment and knowledge of mountain behaviour. If you are inexperienced, it is advisable to do the via ferrata with a mountain guide. We only go to the wall in good weather - and leave immediately if the weather changes or there is a risk of thunderstorms. A carabiner always remains on the safety rope.

The ascent is at your own risk. Jungfrau Region Tourism declines all liability.


Compulsory equipment: climbing harness, via ferrata set, climbing helmet, latching sling (webbing sling and screw carabiner), climbing rucksack and sturdy shoes.

Optional equipment: via ferrata gloves.

Getting there

From Basel and Geneva we travel via Bern to Interlaken and on to Grindelwald. From Zurich, the fastest route leads via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass to the Jungfrau Region. Coming from the south, we reach our destination via the Grimsel or Susten Pass (only in summer) or the Simplon Pass (with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg Tunnel).


It doesn't get any closer than this. The new V-Bahn car park is directly connected to the terminal (including the Eiger Express valley station). Alternatively, there are two other public car parks with covered spaces in Grindelwald. The Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and the Sportzentrum car park (160). Or we can 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, we take Intercity trains from Basel and Lucerne directly to Interlaken. Coming from Zurich, we have to change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour. From Interlaken Ost we reach the valley station of the Eiger Express (Grindelwald Terminal) without changing trains by taking the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB).

Timetable and ticket purchase SBB

Additional Information


  • Asphalt Coating (3%)
  • Path (57%)
  • Hiking Trail (15%)
  • Fixed Rope Route (11%)
  • Unknown (14%)


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

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