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«Family Run»: Bussalp - Rasthysi - Lochsteinen (Nr.56)

Short facts

  • start: Bussalp (1800 m.a.s.l.)
  • destination: Lochsteinen (1425 m.a.s.l.)
  • easy
  • 4,49 km
  • 30 minutes
  • 1801 m
  • 1425 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

The leisurely toboggan run: on the alternating hiking and toboggan runs you will be fascinated by the majesty of the mountains and the enchanting, sunny winter landscape.

First of all, one of the yellow buses from Grindelwald Bus takes you from the village towards Bussalp. On the way to Bussalp the bus driver explains what to look out for when sledging.

The Family Run first leads from Bussalp on the road towards Holzmattenläger. At Holzmattenläger it is first slightly uphill on foot and then alternately downhill and uphill on the sledge towards Rasthysi. Arrived at Rathysi, the fun descent towards Lochsteinen follows. On the Family Run from Holzmattenläger to Lochsteinen there are no buses and you can enjoy the peace and nature to the full. You are always rewarded by the magnificent view of the surrounding mountain world of the Grindelwald Valley.

At Lochsteinen you can either take the bus back up to Bussalp or toboggan down the City-Run even further towards Weidli. Depending on the snow situation you can even get back to the village.

General information

Directions

Bussalp - Holzmattenläger - Rasthysi - Lochsteinen (continue along the City-Run toboggan run to Weidli/Grindelwald)

Safety Guidelines
  • The toboggan run (City Run) is also the route for the bus. There are regular bus services. The buses use their horn to make sure you hear them coming.
  • SOS emergency number: 144
Equipment
  • Sledges or other driving equipment such as velogemel, bobsleigh etc.
  • Suitable winter clothing, gloves, snow sports helmet, ski goggles
  • High, solid shoes with a good profile
  • Braking aid on the shoes (shortens braking distance)
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Emergency numbers
  • Optional: Use a «Rodel» sledge instead of conventional wooden sledge (better controllable)
Tip
  • Buy a day ticket for sledging
  • Insider tip: Night sledging with fondue in the mountain restaurant Bussalp
  • Rasthysi-Bar
  • Family snow park on Bussalp
Getting there

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 goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then 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.
The buses are right next to Grindelwald railway station.

Maps

Winter hiking and sledging map (1:27,000) available from Grindelwald Tourism.

Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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