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“Absolutley Stunning Views/Hiking from the Top”

Maennlichenbahn Grindelwald
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

I've been on the Maennlichenbahn twice: once when I was 14, and once just recently at the age of 32. The fact that it made such a huge impression on me almost 20 years ago that I would go out of my way to bring my family back to this spot should hint at how great this place is.

Quick facts about how we travel so you know where we're coming from: Family of four (Dad, Mom, 2 x boys 12 and 8). Originally from Colorado, now living in Germany, love being outdoors, particularly in the mountains.

Catching the Maennlichenbahn from Grindelwald is easy. Most, if not all, of the city buses in Grindelwald take you right to the base of the cable car. Get over the sticker shock for going up the cable car: EVERYTHING in Switzerland comes with a pretty steep price tag. Enjoy the ride up to the top as you soak up amazing views of the Grindelwald Valley below you and the Eiger looming to your left. Once you arrive at the top, the real reward is waiting. From the point where you unload, you have two valleys to look down into: the Grindelwald Valley, as well as the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Lauterbrunnen is flanked on both sides with steep cliffs, and over a dozen waterfalls cascade 100's of feet down in the valley. Take your time at the top and enjoy the natural splendor that is all around you.

There are a multitude of hiking trails available from the top of the Maennlichenbahn, but my favorite (and good choice for people with kiddos) is the mostly downhill trek to Kliene Scheidigg. There you can get some ice cream to reward the little legs for finishing the hike, soak up the views of the Jungfraujoch glaciers, and possibly enjoy a cool adult beverage of your choice before catching the train back down into Grindelwald. The more adventurous can hike all the way back into town, but plan on a 3-4 hour hike depending on your legs & stamina.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

When the skiing isn't happening there are still many things to do. We were there at the end of May and there was still plenty of snow around in the mountains and higher areas. Not all the chairlifts were working but there was still plenty to choose from.

1. Take the little rack train, bus or just walk down to the river in Thrun, cross the bridge and walk up the roadsides under the Eiger, enjoying the chalets, meadows of wildflowers with the ever present tinkle of cow bells from the cows in the pastures. Picture perfect

2. Take the 25 minute ride by chairlift up to First, (Firstbahnen Grindelwald ) enjoying amazing views of the mountains around you and seeing the village disappear as you go up. Once at First you can enjoy a meal or snack at the restaurant which has fascinating views and go on the walk to Lake backsee/Bachalpse. This is not a difficult walk, it's high up and hiking quality footwear is needed as well as extra warm clothing as the weather can blow in unexpectedly as it did to us. Photos in our chalet showed Bachsee Lake with magnificent reflections from the surrounding mountains, but when we arrived there it was frozen! However, seeing marmots, ptarmigan and wildflowers pushing through the ice along the track made up for this. I would recommend coming back down on the chairlift unless you have planned the return route carefully as it is very steep to come down the way you went up. Plan for 3-5 hours for this trip.

3. Investigate the various options on the little rack railway for amazing views. Be prepared to pay a lot for a trip up through the Eiger !

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Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Swiss Cows roam freely up on top. They appear all to have been through, a "cow wash". So clean and soft looking.

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Reviewed August 3, 2014

On this particular Sunday a traditional folk festival was being held at the top of the mountain, replete with yodellers and dancers in traditional costumes. In addition, the views from the cableway were magnificent, and because the trip up took about 30 minutes we were able to savour it slowly!

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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Beautiful views all around into several valleys upon a clear day. From here there is great route to Kleine Scheidegg.

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