Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Bern with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

this hike was amazing!! went the beginning of october and had perfect weather. i suggest going early so you are alone on the trail - so peaceful. i thoroughly enjoyed hiking bottom up. we took the train to alpigen and then hiked up to the Kleine Scheidegg station. this was cheaper and 30 mins more walking than catching the train at eigergletscher. overall took 2.5-3 hrs hiking with a 15 minute lunch break.

Really challenging incline the whole way up and not worth it for the views that you can see via other hikes.

I enjoyed this trail with my parents and grand daughter recently. The trail is easy enough for small children to walk while being able to feel that they are exploring a deep forest. The lake is small, crystal clear and beautiful. The water is so clear that you can see the fish!

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3 months ago

Only did the Ascent, very tough, but doable for those who are already frightened by the comments already made for this trail; you could always slow down a bit! Did the trail in 4 hours.

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3 months ago

How to get there from Interlaken (~1 hour):
Take a train to Lauterbrunnen from either Interlaken Ost (if you are staying northern side of Interlaken) or Wilderswil (if you are staying in the southern side of Interlaken). From Lauterbrunnen buy a ticket to Murren. To get to Murren you take a cable car up to Grütschalp and then a train to Murren. The trail start is about a 5 minute walk from the Murren train station.

Impressions of the hike:
The hike was challenging and absolutely stunning. I wanted to stop every 5 minutes and take a photo. Also encountered some cows along the way! The first 4 miles of the hike are a steady ascent up and a pretty good workout as it steep in some portions. The last 0.5 miles up to Schilthorn are where it starts to get interesting. The last half mile is a scramble up rocks, snow and ice so I would highly recommend bringing good hiking boots/trail runners or trekking poles. I did not have trekking poles, but did have to catch myself a few times from slipping due to ice. The views both up and down were incredible. As a side note, if you only want to hike up to Schilthorn, you can buy a ticket down. This ticket will get you all the way to Lauterbrunnen and will cost about 62 CHF.

tl;dr
Do this hike if you are physically fit. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful sights.

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3 months ago

An absolutely amazing hike, up with the best I have ever completed. Ive been to Switzerland 5 times so I am fairly accustomed to the landscape, but this hike took my breath away yet again!

Countless waterfalls (50+), Oberhornsee lake, a herd of Ibex, snow storm’s and (distant) avalanches... what else could you want!!

We completed this hike twice, 4 days apart, due to the first hike being completed in clouds with close to 20-50m visibility in below freezing conditions, and knowing what switzerland is, I knew we were walking past some jaw-dropping views, plus the reason we did this hike was because I wanted to hike to the glacier/point where the Lauterbrunnen River starts, and having poor conditions meant we were unable to find the answer.

A few days later we had a sunny clear day and completed the hike again which showed us the beauty that was originally being hidden from us. We had no regrets about doing the same hike again as this time our eyes were glued to the scenery, and we even went for a swim (twice) at Oberhornsee and enjoyed the view for hours!

Hike 1 - Loop (20km & 1300m) : Stechelberg-Trachsellauenen-Obersteinberg-Oberhornsee-Schmadribachfall-Schmadrihütte-Stechelberg

Hike 2 - Return w/miniloop (24km & 1200m) : Gimmelwald-Obersteinberg-Oberhornsee-Schmadribachfall-Oberhorn-Obersteinberg-Gimmelwald

Difficulty : Hard, both are very steep at times, tough and gruelling but well worth the result and views at the end. Just prepare your knees for the way down :) I would recommend doing the Hike 1 hopefully on a clear sunny day so you can swim at Oberhornsee, but if its a cloudy day and its your only chance, still do it, you will not regret it!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Absolutely stunning hiking trail! My partner and I did it twice while in Switzerland this past week. The first time it was really cloudy and misty the whole time and we could not see all the views in front of us, but when we got to the top it started to snow! It was magical! Since it was so cloudy we did it again on a clear day and it was well worth it! My new favourite hike in Switzerland!

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3 months ago

There’s a couple of ways to do this hike. You can do it one way up or down... or you can do the whole loop which is (very weather dependent) an impressive (insane) hike.

If you want to do it one way up from Murren you should know this: If you make it all the way to the top of the Schilthorn you CAN buy one way cable car tickets down at the Piz Gloria gift shop.

However, if you get tired or weather moves in as it did when I was going up and you need to bail out at Birg they DO NOT sell tickets there and you’ll have to beg the cable car operator to let you go down or up and pay at those locations.

Also, it is extremely important you know the cable car hours! The last one down when we were there was 17:55!!! It’d be one cold, wet, dark and dangerous hike back to Murren if you got caught up there in a storm.

The way up from Shiltalp is a tough one and is pretty exposed. Lots of people come down from Birg or the Schilthorn (it’s big with the Rick Steve’s crowd), but we didn’t see a single person going up besides us all day!

The way up via Schilthornhutte is a little less exposed and gives you more options for cover if the weather gets lousy. This is a better route to take if weather is a concern.

This is a great hard hike. And probably the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. It’s stunning from beginning to end.

Just keep an eye on the weather.

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4 months ago

Amazing hike! Challenging as others stated. I followed this route and it was a solid 2 hours from Murren to top of Schilthorn. There is a water fountain near the bathrooms in Piz Gloria so don’t pay for the restaurant water. Descent took nearly as long as it’s technical, especially the first 2 miles. Some runnable sections near the bottom and lots of cows. Enjoy!

Stunning view of the Eiger and Grindelwald down there. Easier to hike downhill from Eigergletcher train station to Alpigen station. You’ll have the North Face of Eiger, a very tall 90 degree cliff shooting up in the sky on your right, and the green of hills around Kleine Scheidegg on your left. Most sections of the trail are green, while some are more rocky.

This trail was a lot more challenging than we thought. Once you start, make sure you take your time, take a lot of water breaks and enjoy the scenery changing gradually with the altitude. The views are breathtaking and rewarding the more you approach the summit.

* Careful coming back down because it’s pretty steep and slippery.

In order to get to the starting point you have to take the cable car and bus from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren where you will begin your journey.

Enjoy the workout guys!

Great walk again after doing it 20 years ago. Shame the opening stretch was closed, but detour was fun.

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5 months ago

This trail was much harder than I expected but 100% worth it. Very lightly trafficked, recommend starting the top portion of the loop first, upon reaching the highest point of elevations you're presented with a breath taking view.

5 months ago

Best of the Best, you see everything

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6 months ago

This is a Hard trail but the magnificent views make it worth it! To make it a little easier to get started on the trail I thought this may help: Use the app to find the trailhead as the signage in Murren (second stop on tram) is OK at best and no one we asked could get us to where we needed to be. AllTrails app was right on the money. Once on the trail it is easy to follow with some exceptions of traversing some snow higher up or on the final .5 mile where some scrambling up the rocks is necessary. That being said, there are arrows or symbols spray painted on the rocks to guide you where you need to go. We hiked up but rode the tram down because of our limited time. Awesome hike!

Absolutely beautiful views from just above Murren. Part of our trail down from Murren to Winteregg and down to Lauterbrunnen went through lots of cows. Just amazing!

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6 months ago

Okay, didn't do this exact trail, but they don't have the exact path we took. We hiked Murren to Gimmelwald, then down into the valley. The down wasn't worth it because you were in the trees and I hate hiking down, but Murren to Gimmelwald is easy and amazingly beautiful, so 5 stars!

Amazing hike that isn’t too long and easy considering the region.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Hiked this trail for the second time 9/17. The trail condition below Grauseeli had deteriorated and is to be hiked down with much caution. Alternate descent from Schilthorn is suggested via Rote Hard and Rotstockhutte to Murren.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Absolutely stunning! We visited in late August. The trail is gravel and was moderately to lightly trafficked with more people between First and Bachalpsee. Has a couple of steep but short switchbacks and a 360° view throughout the trail. Cows are commonly seen along the trail and we saw some sheep climbing up to Faulhorn (definitely worth the 15 min). View was periodically obscured by clouds but they made for pretty cool photo backdrops. Several glaciers, peaks, wildflowers, and wildlife were visible throughout the hike.
We took the bus down from Waldspitz (24 CHF per person) although the walk is likely doable as well. I highly recommend.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Did most of this from Murren as I wanted to take in the sunrise (and the cable car wasn't operating yet) and it was incredible. I definitely recommend getting up to Birg for the sunrise, but just know that if you're hiking from Murren it's a legitimate hike.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stunning scenery beyond description. We hiked this last summer and are going back in 2 months.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

We did this loop in July of 2014. Can't begin to describe the view you have from this trail. The Swiss Alps are something. You have an ever changing view of the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau the whole way. The waterfalls cascading down the other side of the valley are too many to count. We began this hike from the town of Murren where we took the Funicular cable cars up to the top of Allmendhubel. From there we started hiking up the trail with the hopes of making it to the top of the Schilthorn. The trail is super steep right off the bat but mellows out some when you get close to the Schilthornhutte. Then from there you have a fairly gradual climb to where the trail is just below the Birg Tram station. This is where our hopes for the top ended. The trail was still snowbound, and they weren't even letting people hike down if they had taken the tram up. So we re-grouped and took another way back to Murren via the small lake that was below us. Once down at the lake, we crossed the outflow stream and then the descent from there was ridiculously steep. And it seemed to never end. We were glad to be back on semi level ground once we got off that pitch. We passed by what looked to be a spot where one could get a cold drink and maybe some eats. From there it was a steady downhill and then a slight climb back to where we started at Allmendhubel. We rode the cable car down to Murren to end our incredible sunny Swiss day. I would go back to Murren tomorrow if I could. It is a town with no vehicles. All walking. It sits on a 3000' cliff above the valley. It's something to see. This review barely scratches the surface of the beauty to be seen here.

on Murren Loop Trail

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