1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina

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Via Alpina

Stage 10, Meiringen–Grindelwald

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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

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Meiringen
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Saving metres in altitude Grosse Scheidegg
There is a bus between Meiringen and Grosse Scheidegg that saves about 1350 metres in altitude.
Saving metres in altitude
There is a bus between Grosse Scheidegg and Grindelwald that saves about 900 metres in altitude.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Grindelwald
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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.
Overview map of all stamp stations

Contact

Gestione della segnaletica
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the communities.
Schweizer Wanderwege
Monbijoustrasse 61
3000 Bern 23

Services

Accommodation

bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Bikehotel Lauberhorn
Bikehotel Lauberhorn
Grindelwald
Hotel Kirchbühl
Hotel Kirchbühl
Grindelwald
Parkhotel Schoenegg
Parkhotel Schoenegg
Grindelwald
Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald
Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald
Grindelwald
Jugendherberge Grindelwald
Jugendherberge Grindelwald
Grindelwald
Jungfrau Lodge
Jungfrau Lodge
Grindelwald
Bauernhof Hagibodmen
Bauernhof Hagibodmen
Grindelwald
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Bear Trek Berner Oberland
1 Via Alpina: Bear Trek Berner Oberland
Bärentrek - Hintere Gasse Meiringen-Adelboden oder Lenk
Bärentrek - Hintere Gasse Meiringen-Adelboden oder Lenk
1 Via Alpina: Bear Trek Charme
1 Via Alpina: Bear Trek Charme
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Places

Meiringen
Meiringen
Grindelwald
Grindelwald
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Places of interest

Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge 
Grindelwald–Grosse Scheidegg
Grindelwald–Grosse Scheidegg
Glacier Gorge Grindelwald
Glacier Gorge Grindelwald
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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