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ViaBerna - stage 16 First - Rosenlaui

Short facts

  • start: First (Grindelwald) (2,165 m)
  • destination: Rosenlaui
  • medium
  • 12,30 km
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 160 m
  • 2166 m
  • 1328 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

Experience a breathtaking mountain world with mighty mountains to climb, glaciers, wild streams and mountain flowers on the hike from Grindelwald First via Grosse Scheidegg into Rosenlauital.

You can already look east back over the course of the route from the First gondola lift station. For the time being, the trail descends to Distelboden. Describing a wide curve, it then crosses the basin-shaped valley via the Alpine huts of Schreckfeld. The further the route heads southwards, the more impressive the view of the Eiger, Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn. Blueberries and juniper bushes line the trail that repeatedly crosses over water courses. At the Grindel/Oberläger Alpine huts, you can continue along the upper trail to Gratschärem. You will also get a good view of the Gutzgletscher glacier on one of the faces of the Wetterhorn. At Gratschärem you can enjoy an unobstructed view to the east. Rosenlauital spreads out with its wide Alpine pastures and dark forests, with the backdrop of the sheer, serrated walls of the Engelhörner behind it. The route continues along the Sattelgrat of the Grosse Scheidegg, the watershed that divides the catchment area of the Black Lütschine from that of the Rychenbach, forming the Haslital. The almost vertically towering face of the mighty Wetterhorn is an impressive sight. The descent through Alpine meadows to Alpiglen and Schwarzwaldalp begins at Grosse Scheidegg. From there, the trail leads through mossy forests and along the Rychenbach to the historic Hotel Rosenlaui.

It’s worth doing the “Cliff Walk” at the top station of the First Aerial Cableway. A suspension bridge and a footbridge have been built into the precipitous rock face. From there you can safely enjoy the view over the mountain landscape. The impressive sights include the Eiger, Alpine pastures and forests.

In 1996, 220,000 cubic metres of ice thundered down the face of the Wetterhorn from the Guzgletscher. The mass of ice in Grosse Scheidegg was up to 100 metres wide and 20 metres high. The glacier has been constantly monitored since then.

Grosse Scheidegg is the pass that connects Grindelwald in the valley of the Black Lütschine with Meiringen in Haslital. The top of the pass is just under 2,000 metres above sea level, below the Wetterhorn. Long before tourists discovered Grosse Scheidegg in the 19th century, the pass served as a link between the valley people of Grindelwald and Hasli.

Rosenlaui is in the middle of Rosenlauital and its historic hotel recalls the early years of tourism in Switzerland. Hotel Rosenlaui has been welcoming guests since 1771 and every corner of the hotel is characterised by its rich history. The older part of the building was built after a fire in 1862 and houses the dining room and rooms. The lounges, restaurant and other rooms are in the Belle Epoque hotel that dates back to 1905.

General information

Directions

First – Grosse Scheidegg – Schwarzwaldalp – Rosenlaui

Safety Guidelines

All or part of this route is on marked trails in the mountain trail category.

Equipment

We recommend the following equipment:

Sturdy mountaineering boots, medium-sized rucksack with hip belt, sun protection, waterproof clothing, walking poles, pocket first-aid kit, picnic, sufficient fluids, mobile phone.

It is also possible to book baggage transport from stage accommodation to stage accommodation at short notice via Eurotrek. Info and conditions at Eurotrek.ch

Tip

Accommodation tip - Grindelwald/First:  Berggasthaus First, Postfach 138, 3818 Grindelwald, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 828 77 88, [email protected], www.berggasthausfirst.ch

Accommodation tip - Rosenlaui:  Hotel Rosenlaui, 3860 Rosenlaui, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 971 29 12, [email protected], www.rosenlaui.ch

Shopping: No shops en route. In Grindelwald or Meiringen on the way there or back.

Getting there

If you are taking your own vehicle, we recommend travelling to Interlaken Ost or Grindelwald.

Parking

Chargeable parking at Interlaken Ost railway station or in Grindelwald at Pfingsteggbahn.

Public transit

Getting there: by train via Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald. On foot or by bus to the valley station of the First Aerial Cableway. Take the gondola lift to the top station.

Coming back: by bus from Rosenlaui to Meiringen or Grindelwald railway station.

Maps

swisstopo Wanderkarte 254T Interlaken 1:50'000

Additional Information

ViaBerna is a multi-day hike made up of 20 stages that takes you from Bellelay straight through the canton of Bern to Susten Pass. Hikers on the trail get to experience the diversity of the canton of Bern in Jura, Mittelland and in the Bernese Alps. The entire distance is signposted with route number 38.

You can find information about the ViaBerna multi-day hike at viaberna.ch

Pavings

  • Asphalt Coating (4%)
  • Path (72%)
  • Hiking Trail (15%)
  • Crushed Rock (8%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Berner Wanderwege, Author: Markus Schluep

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