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| 6h50 | 17.8 km | 1175 m | 1413 m
Leave Grindelwald following the "Kleiner Scheidegg" railway and climb directly below the Eiger north face up to the Kleiner Scheidegg. From the pass, head slightly downhill past the Wengernalp to Wengen. A short but steep climb down or a journey with the rack railway takes you to Lauterbrunnen, the stage destination.
From Grindelwald train station, head along the road down to the Grindelwald Grund train station. Here, cross the Lütschine river and take the uphill trail alongside the railway road. Cross the road to Brandegg several times to reach Brandegg through the wood. Now, the trail leads closely alongside the rail track to Alpiglen. This station of the Wengernalp funicular lies in the middle of splendid meadowland at the foot of the mighty Eigernordwand. Above the alp, the trail again crosses the railway line and leads on a gradual incline past some beautiful cembran pines through the Mettla trough up to the Kleine Scheidegg with its glorious view over the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau with their shining glaciers and into the valley of Grindelwald, overlooked by the striking Wetterhorn. Take the trail to the left of the railway road into the valley. Just before the Wengernalp station, take an underpass to the other side of the tracks to reach the Wengernalp station. A glorious view into the Lauterbrunnental valley framed by the Gspaltenhorn, Büttlasse and Schilthorn peaks awaits hikers here. The rugged face of the Schwarzmönch towers up in the foreground. On a green terrace on the other side of the valley, you can see the Mürren spa resort and to the left of the Schilthorn the Sefinenfurgge gap. For the onward descent, follow the alpine trail that leads over meadows, through fir trees and deeply carved rifts towards the valley. Until coming out of the woods, stay on the right side of the railway line. Just before the Allmend stop, cross the tracks and head over narrow passages down to the car-free Wengen. This spa resort is situated on a sunny terrace protected from the north and east winds on the western slope of the Männlichen chain. Head downhill along the village street. At the Eiger hotel above the train station, the trail leads through the railway underpass and along the little winding road on a steep downhill descent. Pass the refuse incineration plant and follow the zigzagging course through woodland into the valley. Walk below the old railway track and shortly afterwards cross the new federal road, then passing a row of beautiful maples and heading over the steep Wiesenrain meadow to reach the outskirts of Lauterbrunnen village. Walk along the Weissen Lütschine river to arrive at Lauterbrunnen train station.
Other long-distance trails and alternative routesEiger-Trail (Alpiglen - Eigergletscher station)
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Last update : 2012-06-28