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Hiking in the Area in Late June

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Hiking in the Area in Late June

We will be in the area at the end of the month for four days. Although we are staying in Interlaken, our plan is to take the train to Lauterbrunnen each morning then map out a hike. We do plan on taking the gondola to the top of the Schilthorn on one day then hiking from some point down. Any other suggestions on hikes not to miss? I'm assuming trail maps are easy to come by. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

The top of Schilthorn may still have snow blocking the trails in late June. Lower down, it is absolutely no problem. Buy a hiking map of the area in any kiosk on arrival - the best are the maps from Swisstopo

http://www.toposhop.admin.ch/en/shop/index

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Thanks for the information! We can't wait.

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Because of the bad weather in May there is more snow than in other years. Higher up trails will be closed, other just opened a few days ago. You can find updated details for the Kleine Scheidegg area on myjungfrau.ch/en.cfm/sommer/offer-SommerJRM-…

Great and easy hikes are Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and Grütschalp to Mürren, a bit more difficult and longer is the Eigertrail (not yet open)

A good resouce are always local tourist office that can help you with routes, transportation and information of what is open. Also they have small maps with hiking trails, that are enough if you just want to do easy hikes.

Edited: 9:09 am, June 11, 2010
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4. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

Great information thanks for that

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5. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

Why are you staying in Interlaken if your plan is to go to the mountains every day?

IMO, a far better choice is to stay in one of the carless villages (Wengen or Murren).

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and Grutschalp to Murren are a couple of must do's. Here are some additional hike ideas:

1. Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, optional to Mürren. This is another must-do hike as it provides a glorious trip down the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley. The valley is full of waterfalls – the literature claims 72 but, depending on the time of year, you may see as few as 10. Exit left from the train station, walk through town, and directly onto the wide footpath that runs down the Valley. You will pass right by the famous Staubbach Falls. Then after about a total of about 30 to 45 minutes you will see a cut off (to the left) that leads across the Valley to Trümmelbach Falls (see some good pictures at http://graphics.stanford.edu/~lucasp/pictures/switzerland/trummelbach/). This is well worth doing -- these are falls that run through the center of the mountain. Very secure footing and railings let you get an up-close look. After touring there, you can either walk on the road in front of the falls down to Stechelberg (continuing south) or, preferably, cut back across the meadow and rejoin the footpath. Stechelberg Inn lies at the end of the Valley and is a great lunch spot. It’s usually full of locals and they have a nice patio and an extensive menu. The entire distance, including the jog over to the Falls, is about 4 miles on flat terrain.

After lunch you have several options:

 Take the Post Bus that stops near Stechelberg Inn back to Lauterbrunnen train station. This bus runs once every hour; check the schedule at the bus stop before lunch so you don’t miss one by 5 minutes! You can buy tickets when you enter the bus.

 Walk up to Mürren. It’s a lovely hike with spectacular views across the valley back towards the Eiger massif and nicely varied terrain. It is a moderately aggressive hike, about 2800 feet of vertical over 5 or 6 or miles. Walk through the charming village of Mürren to the train station on the opposite end of town. Take the train to Grütschalp (or walk), then take the gondola back down to the Lauterbrunnen train station.

 Take the gondola up to Mürren. The gondola to Mürren (and on to the Schilthorn) is about ½ mile before Stechelberg; you will have seen it in passing. You can return via the same gondola and take the Post Bus back to Lauterbrunnen. A better choice is to walk through Mürren to the train station and take the train (or walk) to Grütschalp, then switch to the gondola that goes down to the Lauterbrunnen train station.

2. Lauterbrunnen to Wilderswil, optional to Interlaken. This is a lovely walk that parallels the river from Lauterbrunnen to Wilderswil and also covers some beautiful forested areas. This path is in two stages, both approximately 3 miles in length and on flat terrain. The first stage, Lauterbrunnen to Zweilütschinen, starts right at the Lauterbrunnen train station. Follow the signs to the Parking Garage and WCs east of the station and you’ll come upon the trail signs direction Zweilütschinen and Wilderswil. At the very beginning, there is a short descent over a path that can be a bit muddy and a wee bit steep but quickly puts you out onto a very wide, well-maintained Wanderweg. This stage of the trail follows directly along the river through a lovely forest; you will also see a fish ladder about half way on.

Once you reach Zweilütschinen you can catch the train back to Interlaken or press on for the second stage: Zweilütschinen to Wilderswil. (Alternatively, of course, you can take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Zweilütschinen and pick up the trail here.) The local train companies have done visitors yet another favor by constructing a lovely “Nature und Bahn” (loosely translated: “Nature and Railway”) path on this stretch. Cross the train tracks at the north end of the Zweilütschinen station and look for the signs direction Wilderswil and Nature und Bahn trail. This stage is also about 3 miles (flat) and passes through more forested area and the charming village of Gsteigwiler. Admire the beautiful woodwork on the homes and the lovely gardens in town, then continue on the Nature und Bahn trail (Note: there are a number of other paths that also lead to Wilderswil, but the Nature und Bahn trail is the most easily navigated. It is well marked, just look for the special signs.). At the end of the walk, you will cross over the river via a covered bridge and enter the town of Wilderswil. There are many good restaurant choices in this area if you’re ready for lunch. You can catch the train at Wilderswil back to Interlaken.

The Nature und Bahn trail ends in Wilderswil but, if you’re ready for more, pick up the trail to Interlaken across the street from the train station in Wilderswil. A short walk of 45 minutes will put you in town.

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6. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

We're staying in Interlaken because we love the BBQ chicken wings at Hooters (just kidding). We're staying there becasue I made our reservations before finding this forum and our reservation in non-refundable, but no worries, its a short train ride and I'm sure we'll find Interlaken interesting. Again, thanks for the great information. We're doing Rome, Florence and then the Alps and I'm most excited about our time in the Alps.

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7. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

LOL! Guess you've seen my Hooters references. . .

Sounds like a great trip. The serenity of the mountains will be perfect after the cities.

Another wonderful thing to do is to take a boat ride on Lake Brienz (we find it more picturesque than Lake Thun). The boats depart from the Interlaken Ost train station, and you will want to do some planning as departures can be as infrequent as once every two hours. If possible, take one of the restored old ones, like the Blumlisalp. You can read all about the boats, ports of call, timetables, and hikes from various different stops at www.bls.ch/e/schifffahrt/schifffahrt.php.

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8. Re: Hiking in the Area in Late June

Be sure to find the paths along the river in Interlaken.Nice for an evening stroll.You won't believe the colour of the water! Walk towards Lake Brienz,Lake Thun, or just from one end of the town to the other.Each part of the river path is lovely.Enjoy your stay!

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