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Alpine Bike, Stage 12: Grindelwald – Interlaken

Short facts

  • start: Railway station Grindelwald
  • destination: Railway station Interlaken Ost
  • medium
  • 38,46 km
  • 4 hours
  • 1183 m
  • 2061 m
  • 567 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

The ascent leads mostly over the asphalt road to Kleine Scheidegg. The descent via Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken is varied and technically easy to ride.

A special feature of this ascent is its proximity to the Eiger. Like a patron saint, he sits enthroned above the alpine road to Kleine Scheidegg. From the Kleine Scheidegg railway station, the 12km descent begins over gravel roads and leads to Lauterbrunnen. From time to time, you will find yourself stopping to soak in the clean fresh air and admire a magnificent panorama of the snow-capped peaks of the Bernese Alps. From Lauterbrunnen, the trail continues and follows the Lütschine river to Interlaken. If you feel, you can further continue towards Lake Brienz or Lake Thun and cool off in the turquoise waters. Otherwise, just lock your bike up at the nearest station in Interlaken and go for a swim in the Aare.

Unfortunately, there are no single trails available on this route.

General information

Directions

Grindelwald - Brandegg - Mettla - Kleine Scheidegg - Wengernalp - Hannegg - Allmend - Wengen - Lauterbrunnen - Zweilütschinen - Gsteigwiler - Wilderswil - Interlaken

Safety Guidelines

- Wearing gloves, helmet and MTB/Bike protective gear is recommended.

- Use only the marked paths and roads. Always follow the signs.

- Always close gates and pasture fences behind you.

- Respect hikers, plants and animals

- Hikers always have priority

- Assess your own abilities and your physical condition carefully before riding

- Use of the unmarked routes are at your own risk.

Equipment

- Mountain bike (well maintained)

- Repair kit

- First aid kit

- Helmet, gloves and bike bell

- Proper attire for the weather condition
   (It is recommended to always check the weather conditions the day prior to riding. We recommend to always bring a rain jacket)

- Carry adequate supplies of food and water

- Please observe the signs and guidelines for mountain bike riders online as well as on the path

Tip

For advanced riders it is advised to follow the Lauberhorn Trail which begins on Kleine Scheidegg.

Getting there

Car: There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route leads over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the route via Simplon Pass and then use Lötschberg car transport.

Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

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