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Schynige Platte - Männdlenen - Faulhorn - First

Short facts

  • start: Schynige Platte, summit station
  • destination: First, summit station
  • medium
  • 15,96 km
  • 6 hours
  • 832 m
  • 2681 m
  • 1911 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

High altitude hike to the oldest mountain hotel in Europe

Incomparable walk at an altitude above the tree line. The snow-capped Alpine peaks form a wonderful contrast with the green valleys of the Lütschine and Aare rivers. Also worth mentioning are the Alpine Gardens on the Schynige Platte with over 500 local varieties of Alpine flowers, the two-hour panoramic loop trail affording fabulous views down to the lakes Brienz and Thun, the Alpine lakes Sägistal and Bachalp which are so different in their nature, at 170 years Europe's oldest mountain hotel Faulhorn, and finally also the overwhelming views of Grindelwald's mountains from First. Entirely natural footpath, partly in rock and over scree.


General information

Directions

Schynige Platte - Oberberg - Louchera - Güwtürli - Egg - Männdlenen - Faulhorn - Bachsee - First

Safety Guidelines
Equipment
  • hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover

  • comfortable and sturdy footwear

  • adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers

  • sun and rain protection

  • snacks and drinking water

  • first aid kit

  • penknife

  • mobile phone

  • if necesessary: telescope sticks, headlight, maps

Tip
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.

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Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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