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Via Alpina

Stage 9, Engstlenalp–Meiringen

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Via Alpina

Through Alpine flora to Tannalp with dairy, inn and lake. The ridge hike over Balmeregghorn, with wonderful views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau is truly impressive. Muggenstutz the dwarf and a sculpture garden promise variety on the way to Meiringen.
This stage combines an enjoyable walk with a ridge hike. Leaving the peaceful Engstlensee lake via a mountain path, we first arrive in the busier tourist destination of Tannalp. The idyllic Tannensee lake, formed in the 1950s by an embankment dam, is popular among anglers because it is stocked with six different species of trout and char.

With the Tannensee and Melchsee lakes in sight, we make our ascent to the Balmeregghorn. Here, accompanied by the spectacular, clear view across the Trift glacier to the Jungfrau region, is where the varied and wonderful Horizon Trail (Horizontweg) begins: an enjoyable hike to the Planplatten cable car, lasting about one-and-a-half hours. Fascinatingly, iron ore was already being extracted and mined up here in around 1400 by the citizens of Obwalden and Bern on both sides of the cantonal border. Hikers will constantly come across fields with names like «Erzgrueben» and «Ärxegg» that bear witness to this bygone age.

From Planplatten, the long hike downhill passes Hasliberg Reuti and continues towards Meiringen. A detour to the Schrändli sculpture garden will add variety to the descent: situated on a small plateau, the natural garden is open all year round and exhibits works by contemporary artists. The Alpbach Gorge is another must-see, though it can only be walked uphill. Sure-footedness is essential here. It’s also worth checking the water level beforehand, because the waterfall sometimes runs dry. A baked classic awaits us at our destination: legend has it that an Italian confectioner named Gasparini first created a dessert made of sugar and beaten egg whites in Meiringen around 1600 and named it after the village. The French word «meringue» is said to be derived from «Meiringen».
Through Alpine flora to Tannalp with dairy, inn and lake. The ridge hike over Balmeregghorn, with wonderful views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau is truly impressive. Muggenstutz the dwarf and a sculpture garden promise variety on the way to Meiringen.
This stage combines an enjoyable walk with a ridge hike. Leaving the peaceful Engstlensee lake via a mountain path, we first arrive in the busier tourist destination of Tannalp. The idyllic Tannensee lake, formed in the 1950s by an embankment dam, is popular among anglers because it is stocked with six different species of trout and char.

With the Tannensee and Melchsee lakes in sight, we make our ascent to the Balmeregghorn. Here, accompanied by the spectacular, clear view across the Trift glacier to the Jungfrau region, is where the varied and wonderful Horizon Trail (Horizontweg) begins: an enjoyable hike to the Planplatten cable car, lasting about one-and-a-half hours. Fascinatingly, iron ore was already being extracted and mined up here in around 1400 by the citizens of Obwalden and Bern on both sides of the cantonal border. Hikers will constantly come across fields with names like «Erzgrueben» and «Ärxegg» that bear witness to this bygone age.

From Planplatten, the long hike downhill passes Hasliberg Reuti and continues towards Meiringen. A detour to the Schrändli sculpture garden will add variety to the descent: situated on a small plateau, the natural garden is open all year round and exhibits works by contemporary artists. The Alpbach Gorge is another must-see, though it can only be walked uphill. Sure-footedness is essential here. It’s also worth checking the water level beforehand, because the waterfall sometimes runs dry. A baked classic awaits us at our destination: legend has it that an Italian confectioner named Gasparini first created a dessert made of sugar and beaten egg whites in Meiringen around 1600 and named it after the village. The French word «meringue» is said to be derived from «Meiringen».
21 km
720 m | 1950 m
6 h 45 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Engstlenalp
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Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections.

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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note cableway recommendation No. 209 Planplatten–Meiringen.
Ascent Planplatten
209
Ascent Planplatten
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Meiringen–Planplatten
or
Planplatten–Meiringen
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1600m.
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Meiringen
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Contact

Gestione della segnaletica
La segnaletica è gestita dall'associazione cantonale per i sentieri escursionistici su incarico del cantone. Aiuta anche tu! Diventa socio nel tuo cantone.
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3000 Bern 23

Services

Accommodation

bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
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1 Via Alpina: Braunwald - Meiringen
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Places

Engstlenalp
Engstlenalp
Meiringen
Meiringen
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Places of interest

Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
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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