Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg Hike

This lovely, mild hike winds along the mountains below the Jungfrau, giving you a great view not only of the Grindelwald valley and the mountain you’re on, but also of all the mountains above you. So beautiful! While many of the trails in this region are quite steep and difficult, this trail is easy enough for little hikers in training and is also manageable with an all-terrain stroller. This trail is also a good option when the mountain peaks, like the Jungfrau and Eiger and covered in clouds, but the lower elevations are clear, like the day we went. By the time we finished our hike, the higher clouds had cleared so we continued up to the Jungfraujoch.

Location:   Berner Switzerland
Address: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Car: ~2hr from Zurich
Train: ~2hr40 from Zurich
Trail: 4.7 km one way, about 1hr30
Condition: dirt, obstacle-free
Skill: easy, flat
Open: end of May to mid October
More info: www.jungfrau.ch


Trail Overview

This Panorama trail is a one way trail that goes from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. You access the trail from mountain transport from either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. At the end of the hike at Kleine Scheidegg, you can take a train back to either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald or extend your day and ride the train up to Jungfraujoch. Trail overview on Jungfrau Region website

The trail is smooth dirt, wide and relatively flat, manageable with strollers. It gradually descends about 200m over the 4.7km. With kids, walking an average pace of 20 mins/km, it should take you about 1hr30. There are services at the start and end of the trail but nothing in the middle, so take food and water with you.

Getting There

You can reach this trail from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. Both are easily accessible by train and the mountain transport is immediately adjacent to the train stations. If you don’t have a SBB Half-fare card, consider getting the Swiss Travel Pass, which includes free travel on public transportation and 50% on mountain transport (25% for Jungfraujoch and a couple others).

By car: Lauterbrunnen has a big car park a couple hundred meters past the train station. In Grindelwald, there is a large metered car park right next to the Grund-Holenstein cable car. Parking can be expensive. We’ve paid between 8 and 20 CHF for the day.


From Lauterbrunnen, take then mountain train to Wengen, then ride the gondola to Männlichen, do the hike to Kleine Scheidegg, then catch the Jungfrau train back down to Lauterbrunnen. In 2016, adult round trip with Halbtax was 30.20 CHF.

From Grindelwald, take the Grund-Holenstein cable car to Männlichen, do the hike to Kleine Scheidegg, then catch the train back to Grindelwald. The Grund cable car and Kleine Scheidegg train are right next to each other, making the round trip easy. In 2016, adult round trip with Halbtax was 32 CHF.

Männlichen also offers a All-in-One Family Card, which includes transport, a restaurant voucher, and a few other benefits. See website for details.

Trail Details

New since our last visit is a big playground and picnic area at the top of the Männlichen lift, with a  zip line, slide, seesaw, floating bridge and other amusements.

Photo from www.maennlichen.ch

The trail is well marked and very straightforward. Just get off the Männlichen gondola and turn right, following the trail signs to Kleine Scheidegg. The below pic shows the trail leading to the right. We did this trail way back in July 2006, but I don’t think much has changed in the meantime.

I went slightly off the trail to get a better look across the valley towards the Schilthorn.

On the trail.

That’s the Eiger over there, but the clouds were covering it up.

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One comment

  1. Hi. It's a little tricky in late May and early June as many mountain resorts aren't yet open for the summer hiking season, which means the trails haven't been cleaned up, possibly have some snow packs still and some cable cars and funiculars aren't running yet.

    But the Berner Oberland and Jungfrau region is one of the biggest tourist regions, so they tend to open a bit earlier than other mountain areas. I checked this hike on their website and it is advertised as being open starting end of May. So you should be fine on this trail if the weather cooperates. Another suggestion in the area is the walk from Grindewald First to the Bachalpsee. Info here: http://www.momstotszurich.com/2015/09/grindelwald-first-bachseealp.html

    All Jungfrau hikes are listed at this link and each indicates when it is open. http://www.jungfrau.ch/en/tourism/travel-information/hiking-trails/summary/

    Happy hiking!

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