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5 Best Jungfrau Hiking Trails

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5 Best Jungfrau Hiking Trails

Are you ready to explore the best Jungfrau hiking trails? ECHO Rails prepared a list of 5 of our favorite hiking trails in the heart of Swiss Alps.

If you’re looking for a postcard-perfect Switzerland with sky-high snow-capped peaks marking the horizon and lush green meadows cut by bubbling streams, you must come to the Jungfrau Region. Nestled in the heart of the majestic Swiss Alps, Jungfrau stands as a haven for hiking enthusiasts, boasting a collection of trails that weave through its breathtaking landscapes.

Here are 5 best Jungfrau hiking trails that showcase the best the region has to offer.

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1. Eiger Trail: Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg

The iconic Eiger Trail has been calling generations of hikers and mountain lovers and is our absolute number one among the best Jungfrau hiking trails. This trek winds its way from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg, treating hikers to unparalleled views of the Eiger’s legendary north face. Traverse paths that reveal towering cliffs, expansive glaciers, and valleys that seem to stretch into infinity. This trail is a testament to the raw, untamed beauty of the Swiss Alps.

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2. Via Alpina: Grindelwald to Melchsee Frutt

Via Alpina is a European hiking trail connecting Alpine countries from Slovenia to the east and France to the west. Via Alpina crosses Switzerland through the border to Lichtenstein and winds from Sargans in St. Gallen to Altdorf in Uri, Engelberg, through the Jungfrau region to Montreux in Vaud. Via Alpina offers one of the most spectacular views in the Jungfrau region—the route from Grindelwald to Melchsee-Frutt and down to Meiringen stands in our top 3 of the best Jungfrau hiking trails. Climb the famous five-lake trail from Engelberg to Melchsee-Frutt, a mountain village only reachable on foot or by cable car. Visit the famous Reichenbach Falls, where the final showdown between Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Embark on a several-day trek through the Jungfrau region’s beating heart: traverse varied terrains, from verdant meadows to rugged mountain passes and serene lakes along the way. 

3. Schynige Platte to First Trail

Discover the Schynige Platte to First Trail, a picturesque hike that treats hikers to stunning panoramas of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. Accessible from the Schynige Platte railway station, this trail meanders through alpine meadows, presenting vistas that seem to belong to postcards come to life.

Schynige Platte is an important place for the Swiss, reachable by a nostalgic train ride, offering views of the Grindelwald Valley and the peaks beyond.

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4. Bachalpsee Lake Trail

For a moderate yet visually rewarding hike, the Bachalpsee Lake Trail beckons. Accessible from Grindelwald First, this trail guides adventurers to the mesmerizing Bachalpsee Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters mirroring the surrounding peaks.

Admire the stunning views of the mighty trio, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau along the way, and bathe in the icy-cold waters of Bachalp Lake. From there, you can descend to Bussalp and take a bus back to Grindelwald or continue your hike to Faulhorn.

5. Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Trail

Traverse the Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg panorama trail, famed for its sweeping views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Accessible via the Männlichen cable car from Wengen, this route winds through alpine meadows and rocky terrain, offering vistas that redefine the term “breathtaking.”

Although listed here as number 5 among the best Jungfrau hiking trails, the trek from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is a sure heartstopper for everyone who dreams of seeing the postcard-perfect views of the Swiss Alps.

Though the path can be narrow, this trail is accessible with little to no elevation and even surface. 

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Best Jungfrau Hiking Trails

Jungfrau’s collection of hiking trails offers an unparalleled glimpse into the enchanting beauty of the Swiss Alps. From the legendary Eiger Trail to the serene Bachalpsee Lake Trail, each path promises an unforgettable adventure, showcasing the diverse landscapes and panoramic vistas that define this alpine wonderland.

If you’re planning a hike in the Jungfrau Region, check out our 8-day semi-guided Via Alpina private hiking trip. You will have a chance to step on Via Alpina in Engelberg, sleepover at Melchsee-Frutt, a remote Alpine village surrounded by 4000 meter (10 000ft) tall peaks, and visit Grindelwald and Meiringen along the way. Explore the joys of hiking in Switzerland It comes with great amenities helping you to recover after a strenuous day.

Dive into the heart of Switzerland’s natural splendor and embark on a hiking journey through Jungfrau’s captivating trails. Check the details of our 8-day hiking trip below.

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