Great Swiss Hikes: Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

If you could design a land to be the perfect idyll for hiking, then Switzerland would be it. It’s practically the national pastime and an activity made so easy for anyone hankering for the fresh air and the great outdoors. On my recent trip to Switzerland I did several hikes of half a day or less and will be sharing the delights of these hikes with you in some future blog posts. Today I would like to share one of my absolute favourites – the Panoramaweg from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg.This hike is located in the Bernese Oberland and provides a magnificent view of the Alps throughout, especially of the big three mountains in the area: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The trailhead is easily accessible from Wengen or Grindelwald via a cable car or gondola up to Männlichen. Both Grindelwald and Wengen are served by regular trains plus Grindelwald can be reached by car so access from the local towns and villages is really good.

I chose to start the hike from Wengen where I was based. The Wengen to Männlichen cableway has added an open-air balcony to the cable cars this summer. Marketed as the Royal Ride, for an extra 5 Francs you have access to the top of the cable car and a spectacular ride up in the open air. It’s definitely worth paying a little extra for but not for those with a fear of heights!

View from the cable car towards the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Once you reach the top at Männlichen, there are toilets and café facilities should you wish to have a comfort stop before commencing the hike. It’s a well signposted and pretty straightforward hike of approximately 5.5km (just under 3.5 miles), graded easy and on good paths all the way. Hikes on Swiss signs are posted not in distance but in time for an average older walker. This walk can be completed in around 75 – 90 minutes but as a first timer allow plenty more time to stop and enjoy those views. Benches are thoughtfully spaced throughout the walk to enable you to do just that. Through the course of the hike you will meander gently downhill toward Kleine Scheidegg with spectacular views like these:

One of the nicest things about this hike is that it’s accessible for all the family and ideal for walking with young children. Pushchairs or strollers can access the path but it’s advisable to have one with wheels that can cope with the gravel and occasional bumpy part of the trail. I saw people of all ages on the path. It can get quite busy, but I found that it was easy to space out and have a really peaceful walk. If you find that walkers are bunched up, take a stop on a bench and enjoy the view until it thins out again. Bearing in mind that I was visiting in high season, I found that I had the path to myself for long stretches which made for a tranquil experience.

On arrival at Kleine Scheidegg there are toilets and a handful of cafes and bars with lovely outdoor terraces. From here you can take the train back down to either Wengen or Grindelwald. It is also the jumping on/off point for trains to the Jungfraujoch. You can read more about this excursion here.

Whilst you can tackle this hike in the opposite direction by starting at Kleine Scheidegg I would advise against this, at least the first time. By walking in the opposite direction, you will have the spectacular mountains behind you all the way and the views across the Jungfrau massif are integral to the beauty of this hike. I’d much rather have this in front of me than behind me:

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22 thoughts on “Great Swiss Hikes: Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

  1. I can’t believe I never commented. In my head, I had. Guess I had made a mental note to go back and leave a comment. So glad I decided to check your site again.

    These pictures are so beautiful! It looks like it was an incredible trip of a lifetime. I am not much of a hiker, so not sure if I’ll ever get to do this. I am living this vicariously through you. Thank you so much for sharing!

    -Kathy @ Tasty Itinerary

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    1. Ah, no worries at all. It sounds like you’ve had a challenging time of late. I really enjoy photography so am always happy when people like my photos. It really was a fabulous trip, real soul food. I’m a novice hiker but Switzerland has really stoked my enthusiasm so its a new thing I can do now I’m back home! Thanks as always for stopping by and for your support x

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  2. Wow, your photography is always fantastic! It really makes me want to explore Switzerland, it looks like such a beautiful country. I like the idea of the open-air balcony on the cable car, it sounds spectacular although I do have a little fear of heights so I’m wondering if I could overcome it for this kinda experience. Great post as usual, you always make me want to book a holiday 😂💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Haha, I’ll take that compliment about making you want to book a holiday 😂 The open air cable car was on the verge of terrifying as I hate heights but I was glad I made myself do it. Once was enough! 😊

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  3. Wow. The photography here is so amazing it almost doesn’t look real! It’s so beautiful! I’ve never been to the mountains but I’d love to one day x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It looked pretty unreal too! Hope you get to go someday 😊

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  4. Those views are absolutely amazing OMG. I would love to go on a hike like this, and would definitely spend that extra money for the cable car to the top!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

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    1. It was worth the extra few francs for sure! X

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  5. These pictures and the overall description of this place makes me want to go hiking here as well!
    Beautiful pictures!
    I’d just put this down in my bucket list 😊

    http://www.theportablehub.com

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  6. This hike looks SO dreamy!

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  7. I literally have no words for how breathtakingly stunning this place looks. I am incredible jealous of your travels

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    1. I struggled for the words whilst I was there. Mother Nature has this way of transcending words 😉

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  8. This looks so beautiful. I’m wondering if it’s very cold.

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    1. It was really warm whilst I was there in July, perfect hiking conditions.

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  9. Wow I can’t believe how beautiful this place is! The pictures are really well done! This makes me want to go for a hike right now.

    Thanks you for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, if it makes you want to get out and hike then I’m really happy with that 😊

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  10. It looks so heavenly. The pictures are amazing, they look professional.
    Stunning post as always. All your posts are so calming. World is such a beauty.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. The world really is so beautiful and that beauty is always around us. Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so glad my posts make you feel that way!

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  11. Beautifully written & some really great clicks up there…hey, I too visited Jungfraujoch very recently (June 2018) with my family , along with the 6 year old kiddo (who has by now become a permanent wanderer, thanks to his nomadic parents)and we just loved it..I have in fact shared the entire Jungfrau experience including the incredible train journey from Interlaken Ost Station to Jungfraujoch yesterday only : https://insideoutwithrahulyuvi.com/2018/09/03/an-incredible-train-journey-to-the-top-of-the-europe-interlaken-ost-station-to-jungfraujoch/

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