Schynige Platte - Männdlenen - Faulhorn - First
High altitude hike to the oldest mountain hotel in Europe
Incomparable walk at an altitude above the tree line. The snow-capped Alpine peaks form a wonderful contrast with the green valleys of the Lütschine and Aare rivers. Also worth mentioning are the Alpine Gardens on the Schynige Platte with over 500 local varieties of Alpine flowers, the two-hour panoramic loop trail affording fabulous views down to the lakes Brienz and Thun, the Alpine lakes Sägistal and Bachalp which are so different in their nature, at 170 years Europe's oldest mountain hotel Faulhorn, and finally also the overwhelming views of Grindelwald's mountains from First. Entirely natural footpath, partly in rock and over scree.
- 6 hours
- 832 vm
- 698 vm
- Starting Point
- Schynige Platte, summit station
- Ending Point
- First, summit station
- Recommended season
hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
comfortable and sturdy footwear
adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
sun and rain protection
snacks and drinking water
first aid kit
if necesessary: telescope sticks, headlight, maps
More information and links
Schynige Platte, summit station
|Geographic||46.65225 N 7.91117 E|
First, summit station
Step by Step Directions
Schynige Platte - Oberberg - Louchera - Güwtürli - Egg - Männdlenen - Faulhorn - Bachsee - First
Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.
There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.
From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.
Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.