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1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina

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Via Alpina

Stage 10, Meiringen–Grindelwald

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For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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Via Alpina

After the rock barrier with the Reichenbach Falls, the trail follows the valley floor. We hike past the nostalgic Rosenlaui Hotel and glacier gorge, enchanted by the Wetterhorn. The route then crosses beautiful moorlands over the Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald in the heart of the Jungfrau region.
Our hike starts with a decision: on the left, a trail leads up to Zwirgi without a direct view of the Reichenbach Falls; on the right, the nostalgic cog railway runs to the waterfalls. From here, the mighty 300-metre-high cascade can be admired in close-up. The highest of the seven waterfalls is the upper Reichenbach Fall, measuring 120 metres. It achieved worldwide fame thanks to Conan Doyle’s short story of 1893, The Final Problem, in which Sherlock Holmes fought fiercely with his archenemy, Professor Moriarty. The scuffle ended with a plunge into the waterfall.

On the first high plain, the Gschwantenmad, it becomes clear why so many 18th century artists and poets fell under the spell of the Reichenbach Valley: the Rosenlaui Glacier looks majestic with its white crown, while the flanks of the Wellhorn and Wetterhorn seem almost threatening. They contrast with the charming, verdant meadows through which the stream meanders. The unspoilt valley played a key role in the development of Alpine tourism, as illustrated by the traditional Rosenlaui Hotel at the entrance to the mystical Rosenlaui Gorge. Its history began with the discovery of a sulphurous mineral spring in the 18th century.

From Schwarzwaldalp, the wild mountain valley is dominated on the left by the rugged face of the Wellhorn with its glacial offshoots and small waterfalls. The main feature on the right is the charming flora, characterised by meadows, flowers and forests beneath the Schwarzhorn. Reaching the top of the pass at 1,962 m above sea level, we catch our first glimpse of the Eiger’s north face and the 4,000-metre peaks of the Bernese Oberland. The trail continues – always in sight of the north face 1,800 metres high – down to Grindelwald and back to civilisation.
After the rock barrier with the Reichenbach Falls, the trail follows the valley floor. We hike past the nostalgic Rosenlaui Hotel and glacier gorge, enchanted by the Wetterhorn. The route then crosses beautiful moorlands over the Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald in the heart of the Jungfrau region.
Our hike starts with a decision: on the left, a trail leads up to Zwirgi without a direct view of the Reichenbach Falls; on the right, the nostalgic cog railway runs to the waterfalls. From here, the mighty 300-metre-high cascade can be admired in close-up. The highest of the seven waterfalls is the upper Reichenbach Fall, measuring 120 metres. It achieved worldwide fame thanks to Conan Doyle’s short story of 1893, The Final Problem, in which Sherlock Holmes fought fiercely with his archenemy, Professor Moriarty. The scuffle ended with a plunge into the waterfall.

On the first high plain, the Gschwantenmad, it becomes clear why so many 18th century artists and poets fell under the spell of the Reichenbach Valley: the Rosenlaui Glacier looks majestic with its white crown, while the flanks of the Wellhorn and Wetterhorn seem almost threatening. They contrast with the charming, verdant meadows through which the stream meanders. The unspoilt valley played a key role in the development of Alpine tourism, as illustrated by the traditional Rosenlaui Hotel at the entrance to the mystical Rosenlaui Gorge. Its history began with the discovery of a sulphurous mineral spring in the 18th century.

From Schwarzwaldalp, the wild mountain valley is dominated on the left by the rugged face of the Wellhorn with its glacial offshoots and small waterfalls. The main feature on the right is the charming flora, characterised by meadows, flowers and forests beneath the Schwarzhorn. Reaching the top of the pass at 1,962 m above sea level, we catch our first glimpse of the Eiger’s north face and the 4,000-metre peaks of the Bernese Oberland. The trail continues – always in sight of the north face 1,800 metres high – down to Grindelwald and back to civilisation.
23 km
1500 m | 1100 m
7 h 50 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult (without ascending to Schwarzwaldalp: medium)

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Meiringen
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note postbus recommendation No. 210 and 211 Meiringen–Grosse Scheidegg–Grindelwald.
Ascent Grosse Scheidegg (from Meiringen)
210
Ascent Grosse Scheidegg (from Meiringen)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Meiringen–Grosse Scheidegg
or
Grosse Scheidegg–Meiringen
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1300m.
SBB Timetable
Ascent Grosse Scheidegg (from Grindelwald)
211
Ascent Grosse Scheidegg (from Grindelwald)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Grindelwald–Grosse Scheidegg
or
Grosse Scheidegg–Grindelwald
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 900m.
SBB Timetable

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Grindelwald
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Schweizer Wanderwege
Postfach
Monbijoustrasse 61
3000 Bern 23

Services

Accommodation

bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Bauernhof Hagibodmen
Bauernhof Hagibodmen
Grindelwald
Hotel Kirchbühl
Hotel Kirchbühl
Grindelwald
Bikehotel Lauberhorn
Bikehotel Lauberhorn
Grindelwald
Jugendherberge Grindelwald
Jugendherberge Grindelwald
Grindelwald
Jungfrau Lodge
Jungfrau Lodge
Grindelwald
Mountain Hostel Grindelwald
Mountain Hostel Grindelwald
Grindelwald
Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald
Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald
Grindelwald
Parkhotel Schoenegg
Parkhotel Schoenegg
Grindelwald
Wohlfühlhotel Kreuz + Post
Wohlfühlhotel Kreuz + Post
Grindelwald
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Bärentrek
1 Via Alpina: Bärentrek
Bärentrek - Hintere Gasse Meiringen-Adelboden oder Lenk
Bärentrek - Hintere Gasse Meiringen-Adelboden oder Lenk
Baggage-free Hiking Tour in in the Bernese Oberland
Baggage-free Hiking Tour in in the Bernese Oberland
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Places

Meiringen
Meiringen
Grindelwald
Grindelwald
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Places of interest

Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Glacier Gorge Grindelwald
Glacier Gorge Grindelwald
Grindelwald–Grosse Scheidegg
Grindelwald–Grosse Scheidegg
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization