Via ferrata Schwarzhorn

Short facts

  • start: Mountain Sation First (2167 m above sea level)
  • destination: Mountain Sation First (2167 m above sea level)
  • medium
  • 9,24 km
  • 5 hours
  • 928 m
  • 2918 m
  • 2078 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

This via ferrata leads us to the highest pre-Alpine peak. On the way to the Schwarzhorn we always have the impressive northern falls of the Bernese Alps in front of our eyes.

We first have to earn our way up the Schwarzhorn via ferrata. From the First mountain station, a road leads towards Grosse Scheidegg. After about 15 minutes, at a signpost, we follow the hiking trail that leads to the foot of the Schwarzhorn, then the blue-marked trail leads us to the "Grosse Chrinne" and on to the start of the via ferrata. And off we go! We follow the wire rope and the ladders (where there are no belay points) and then the ridge until we stand on the 2926 m summit. By the way, in the middle of the ascent, a bench is waiting for us, inviting us to take a comfortable break. And another tip: For the moderately difficult to difficult via ferrata we can book a mountain guide through one of the local schools.

General information

Safety Guidelines

For the via ferrata we require good physical condition, sure-footedness and a head for heights, appropriate equipment as well as knowledge of how to behave on the mountain. 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, 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


  • Hiking Trail (26%)
  • Path (52%)
  • Unknown (14%)
  • Fixed Rope Route (8%)


This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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