Männlichen to Wengernalp in the Swiss Alps

  • Highlights: Swiss Alps, amazing views
  • Distance: 4.1 miles one way, requires train connections
  • Elevation change: 1,100 feet mostly downhill
  • Difficulty level: Easy/Moderate
  • Trailhead: Wengen-Männlichen lift station
  • Website: My Swiss Alps and part 2
  • Beer Pairings: Feldschlösschen—Original Lager

The Hike:

Several of our recent posts were for some of our favorite hikes in the American southwest. One of our all-time favorites was a hike we did as a family in 2005 in the Swiss Alps. It was a fantastic hike and we had great weather and were joined by our friends Chris and Carol.

We were staying in the tiny village of Gimmelwald, perched atop a cliff 1,500’ above the valley. Getting to the trailhead for this hike involved a cable car to Stechelberg, a bus to the train station in Lauterbrunnen, a train to Wengen, and ski lift up to Männlichen. Along the way are waterfalls and great valley and mountain views. The trail is well marked and very popular so you will have plenty of fellow hikers.

From the lift station, follow the signs to Kleine Scheidegg. Along the way are amazing views of the Eiger (as in the movie “The Eiger Sanction”), Mönch, Jungfrau, and Lauberhorn. Wildflowers and cows line the path. The trail is mostly level and the views are non-stop.

In 2.7 miles reach the Kleine Scheidegg train station with several options for food and drink. Follow the signs and continue on the trail downhill to the tiny village of Wengernalp. We took the train to Wengen from here, although it is possible to hike to Wengen; however, the trail is very steep in sections.  

Hike Photos:

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Beer Pairing:

After returning to our mountain-top pension in Gimmelwald, we enjoyed the only beer they served: Feldschlösschen Original Lager. After a fantastic hike, a cold beer with mountain top views was best way to end a great day in the Alps.

Hike and drink responsibly. Never drink and drive. Stay safe and be responsible.