I’ve been wanting to do this trail for a long time and we finally got around to it a couple weeks ago. The Muggestutz trail has play stations along the trail that match up with the Muggestutz storybook, which tells about the dwarves that supposedly live in the Meiringen Hasliberg area. We read the book before going on the hike, which made it more fun for the kids. But it’s still fun without the book. It’s not a super long trail, it’s mostly downhill, and the play stations keep the kids motivated. But very small children will probably get tired, so you might have to carry them at some point (trail is not stroller-friendly). We spent all day on the trail, playing at all the stations, so I can’t really say how long it will take you. But I can say that our family and our friends really liked it. I suggest you take friends which always makes it more fun for the kids.
|Address:||Meirigen: Underem Gfell, 3860 Meiringen CH
GPS: 46°43’40.5″N 8°11’33.4″E
Hasliberg Reuti: Dorfstrasse, 6086 Hasliberg CH
GPS: 46°43’58.9″N 8°12’31.5″E
|Car:||1hr20 from Zurich|
|Transit:||2hr30 from Zurich|
|Trail:||4 km one way|
|Open:||mid June thru October|
This trail starts from the top of the Mägisalp-Bidmi cable car and hikes down about 4 km back to Bidmi. The trail is a narrow, lumpy dirt path, not suitable for strollers.
Here’s the illustrated map showing some of the play stations along the way.
This trail at the top of the Bidmi-Mägisalp lift near Meiringen. You can reach the trail by taking the cable car from Meiringen or from the Hasliberg Reuti, which is halfway up the mountain.
By car: From the east (Zurich or Luzern), it’s easiest to drive to Hasliberg Reuti. There is metered parking at the cable car station and extra parking a couple minutes back on the road.
From the west (Bern or Basel), it’s easiest to drive to Meiringen. follow signs to the cable car station on the east side of town. Park in the big metered lot next to cable car station.
By transit: Take a train to Meiringen, then a short walk to the cable car station.
Now matter which cable car you take, buy the Muggestutz ticket, which includes mountain transport to the trail head and transport back from the bottom of the trail. They accept SBB Halbtax and Junior cards.
You’ll take gondola, then a cable car to the Mägisalp station. There’s a cafe and playground here, but you might want to get started on the trail before the kids run out of energy.
Follow the signs for the Muggestutz trail.
We brought our off-road stroller, but the trail is not stroller-friendly; it gets quite lumpy and steep in parts.
Here are some of the play stations. In the first pic, you can see some of the caves where dwarves live. In the second, swings along the trail supposedly simulating the flight of an eagle that snatches one of the dwarves. Then the pine cone drying station, surprisingly entertaining for such a dull task. Then a maze, in which the kids insisted we (we=adults too) play tag. Some of the stations are like playgrounds like the swings. Others take a little imagination to make fun.
In the middle of the trail, there is a large group of fire pits and picnic tables with wood and grills.
There are two dwarf homes along the trail, decked out inside with all the comforts of home. The second home on the trail is surrounded by a picnic place with a grill pit and water fountain.