Via ferrata Schwarzhorn

Short facts

  • start: First (2167 m above sea level)
  • destination: 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 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).


Three public car parks are available in Grindelwald. The Eiger+ multi-storey car park (252 spaces), the Sportzentrum multi-storey car park (160) and the new V-Bahn terminal car park (1000).

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 Grindelwald without changing trains with the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB). A gondola then takes us up to the First in around 25 minutes. The valley station is in the upper village centre.

Timetable and ticket purchase Swiss Federal Railways

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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