Trift Bridge is a pedestrian suspension bridge 100 meters high and 170 meters long with a view of the Trift glacier and lake. You take a cable car up, then hike about 1hr30min up a rocky trail to reach the bridge. It’s something really special.
I hesitate to post about this one because the hike was hard, straight uphill on a super rocky trail. But it was so beautiful and the suspension bridge so fun, that I think some of you might be interested. Plus there were so many little kids hiking the trail that I concluded that my kids can do more than I think they can. So if you’re feeling adventurous, you should definitely do this one. It’s worth it.
|Location:||Bernese Oberland Switzerland|
|Address:||Sustenstrasse, 3863 Gadmen
GPS: 46°43’15.4″N 8°19’06.0″E
|Car:||1hr45 from Zurich|
|Train:||3hr10 from Zurich|
|Trail:||2.6 km each way, about 1hr30 each way|
|Condition:||narrow rocky dirt path, no strollers|
|Skill:||difficult but short|
|Open:||June to mid October, cable car 8:00 to 16:00 daily|
|Prices:||Adult CHF 24, Child CHF 10, under 6 free|
|Services:||no fire pits, restaurant at cable car station|
The trail starts at the top of the cable car and goes straight up a rocky path to the suspension bridge overlooking the glacier and lake. There is a trail from the cable car to the valley if you have to hike down.
By car: Drive through Meiringen to Innerkirchen. Turn on Sustenstrasse, which leads over the Susten pass. Drive just past Gadmen. The Triftbahn is on your right with a little parking lot. You can’t miss it.
By transit: Take a train to Innertkirchen, then a bus to Nessental, Triftbahn. The cable car station is directly adjacent to the bus stop.
Even though the cable car runs about every 10 minutes, it only fits about 8 people. So on a crowded day you’ll have to buy a tickets for specific up and back times and wait an hour or more for your specified time. You group might have to split between multiple cars, but it’s not a big deal since it runs pretty frequently.
When selecting your return time, make sure you give yourself enough time to do the hike or you may find yourself walking another couple hours back down to the valley instead of riding the cable car (they do reserve a few spots for drop-ins, so this probably won’t happen to you).
There’s not much to do while you wait. There’s a little kiosk with some snacks, but don’t think you can make a picnic out of what you find here.
Going up the cable car.
There is a restaurant at the top of the cable car, but after that, nothing. So bring a picnic. You start the hike here by crossing the river, then heading up, up, up.
No strollers here. Hiking sticks are a good idea. Little kids will need a lot of help. My seven year old was pretty self-sufficient. But I had to hold my 4YO’s hand most of the time and help him over large rocks and tricky spots. We carried him half the time too; he got really tired. But as I said above, I saw lots of little 4 to 6 year olds hiking, strong and fast. Maybe I needed more lollipops.
It took us about 1hr30 to get to the top, but it seemed like a lot longer. Once you reach the bridge, there is a large area on both sides to wander around and lounge. There are cliffs, so it’s important to keep little kids close.
The bridge itself is very safe even if it seems scary. Some of our kids loved the bridge, others not so much.
We spent 30 mins or so at the top, then had to head back down to make our return time. It took us about the same 1hr30 to get down, easier than going up but still tricky with all the rocks. Even though, and perhaps because, we had to work hard, we all loved this outing.