Sunday, January 15, 2017

Easy Hike in Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland

For those of you that regularly follow my blog, you may know that I visited Switzerland in the Fall of 2016.  I have not yet had a chance to write about my trip because I love writing about Fall and Christmas decorating. 
Now, though, in the middle of Winter, I thought it would be a perfect time to write about my trip!



When I first was researching about my trip I was a little iffy about hiking in the Swiss alps because I was unsure of how good of shape one needs to be in to go hiking in the Alps!  
Well, I can tell you that there are some easier hikes in the Alps for those of us who aren't hardcore hikers!

For this hike, we got off the train that goes to the top of the Jungfraujoch at the station Eigergletscher.  
We started our hike here, below.  We were treated to spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers!


From the Eigergletscher, we hiked down to Kleine Scheidegg.  Below, the train leave us.  In this direction of the hike, we are looking towards the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Kleine Scheidegg is a main train station and a place with hotels, bathrooms, and restaurants.  
From there, we continued on our hike and made our way to Männlichen.  This part of the hike I believe is called the Panorama Weg.  It seems most people were hiking the opposite way as us - our tour books recommended going from Männlichen to Kleide Scheidegg because it was mostly downhill - however we went the opposite direction.  
The reason we went the opposite direction is because we went to the top of the Jungfraujoch in the morning (the mornings are the best weather), and then hiked our way back down. We combined several hikes. Eigergletscher to Kleide Scheidegg and then Kleide Scheidegg to Männlichen.

There were only a few parts on the Panorama Weg that I thought were a little hard going uphill, but it was only for about 10-15 minutes of the hike. Just take your time.
 We were treated to beautiful views and beautiful weather.  This hike took us longer than projected due to us pausing constantly to take in the view. 
And also we had little Schockolade (that means "chocolate" in German) breaks as there are benches along the way to sit and enjoy the views.
Here we crossed over babbling brooks and enjoyed a Schockolade break.  
I may have been singing The Hills are Alive along this hike.
 As you can see, the trail is fairly wide.  This part of the hike was relatively flat. You can see in the distance one of the glaciers that we were at! 

Our hotel was in that valley a mile below! 
 Here is one of the benches along the trail.  And, you really do hike next to the cows!

I still cannot believe we were hiking in such a beautiful place! 
 Here is the cable car from Männlichen back to Grindelwald. It drops over 1 mile in elevation.  I did *not* enjoy this cable car ride back down. I have a total phobia of heights.  But I sucked it up and closed my eyes (okay and then opened them and proceeded to look out with sweaty palms until we made it back down!).  
If you have a fear of heights, as I do, I say, suck it up, close your eyes, and then open them and look out! This is a beautiful place that should be visited. I overcame my fear of cable cars and gondolas to go hiking here! Okay, never mind, I still am afraid of them, but I would get on one again if I am treated to this view!
Above is a picture from our hike the next day.  What was neat is that you could see exactly where we had hiked! 
I *strongly* recommend this hike.  You don't have to do the Eigergletscher - Kleide Scheidegg, as it is way harder (although hiking down was easier), but I *strongly* recommend the Männlichen-Kleide Scheidegg hike, which was the second half our our hike.
Most of the tour books recommended taking the cable car to Männlichen, then hike to Kleide Scheidegg and then taking the train up to the Jungfraujoch.
I recommend instead getting up super early, going to the Jungfraujoch in the early morning when it is most likely to be clear so the views are the best, and then getting off the train early and hiking just like we did above! 
Below is the hiking map that is all over the place when you visit the region.  Make sure you study this before you go!

I thought this hike was reasonably easy and not too difficult, granted there were some places I huffed and puffed!!  Although you should consult your physician before hiking at elevation in the Alps if you have health conditions!

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16 comments:

  1. I think it would be so much fun to hike in the Alps! Glad to hear there are different levels of walks and that all are not super strenuous. Those are beautiful views. I don't see how you managed to wait this long to post pictures! Looks like an exciting trip. Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    1. I don't know how I waited so long too.... I just had so much going on this past Fall and for the holidays... plus I hadn't even had a chance to really look through all of my photos! There will be more posts... eventually!

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  2. I'm not much of a hiker but these photos certainly inspire to try it!!

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    1. Well, you don't have to go on hikes to enjoy the views in Switzerland!

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  3. Your photos are stunning! What an amazing trip.

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  4. Oh MY, I would be singing at the top of my lungs while huffing and puffing. How simply gorgeous!. The ride down must have been spectacular...Thank you so much for posting your Wunderbar hike! Sandi

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    1. Danke Schön! The ride up and down was amazing! The ride down had my sweating, but I did it! The thing launches you off the cliff!

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  5. Guten Tag Angelina! I finally read about your trip to Switzerland. I visited several years ago but did not get to take long hikes. My favorite memories are the shaggy cows wandering around and of course, the amazing views. I love the picture of you on the bench. Did you go on a tour? Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful land. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Yes I loved the cows! I did not go on a tour.., just went to the bookstore and seriously bought all the Switzerland books they had! I am glad I reminded you of your trip! It is the prettiest country I've ever been to.

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  6. amazing! great job, and such great photos. last summer we stayed in the austrian alps for a week, and while we didn't do official hiking, we certainly did unofficial hiking. to get from point a to point b for a few things we did, it was steep and switchbacks!

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    1. Oh, well it is easy to do "unofficial" hiking in the alps! Isn't is just so pretty over there?

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  7. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  8. Oh, this is awesome, Angelina! I want to get on a plane right now and GO! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend -- you're being featured!

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