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Outstanding Hikes near Lauterbrunnen

Trying to see the hikes that others have enjoyed in the Lauterbrunnen area that we need to add to our future Switzerland trip.....any ideas? We are in our 60’s, healthy but not “professional” hikers.......thank you!

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Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Easy, beautiful walk.

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Its a nice level 45 min walk to the Trummelbach Falls to/from Lauterbrunnen.

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I've done most of the ones listed in the Rick Steves guidebook. It would be hard to pick a favourite - they are for different times of day, times of year, weather.

Maybe the Gimmelwald to valley floor hike. Maybe from Allmendhübel to Mürren.

A couple not in the book and a little further away are one on the train from Interlaken Ost to Luzern, and one easy to reach by boat from Interlaken Ost.

The train to Luzern changes ends in Meiringen, a very sweet little village on the way to Luzern. A short walk out of town is the funicular up Reichenbach Falls. Ride up, do the Sherlock Holmes bit, and walk down, or part-way down.

Much more of a walk or walks rather than a hike is probably my actual favourite at Giessbach Falls / Gießbachfälle on Lake Brienz / Brienzersee. It is across the lake from the train line so the best way to get there is the ship from Interlaken Ost to Brienz. Even more best is taking the one paddle steamship there. One stop short of Brienz is Giessbach where you could hike up from the dock or take the original antique funicular. Then up to the big hotel then into the woods for a hike. At the end reverse back. If you must you can drive there and park in the special hikers car park in the woods. Unless you are staying there you are not allowed to park at the hotel. There is a gate and you have to call to be let in. I love the area.

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Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, definitely, but the other side of the valley, Grütschalp to Mürren is magnificent, too. We like to time it to end in Mürren for lunch, then walk down to Gimmelwald and take the gondola back to the valley floor. A bit more demanding is the Mountain View Walk from Allmendhubel to Grütschalp and the North Face Trail from Allmendhubel to Mürren,

Walking the valley from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen is nice, through cow country, along a river, last self-service cheese stations.

We spend up to two weeks there every year and never run out of options.

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First to Bachalpsee... lovely, especially on a clear day when you can see the mountains reflected on the lake.

My husband pushed my 75-pound special needs son in his stroller on this hike, so you'll have no problem! A bit of an uphill at the beginning, but easy after that.

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The two favourites I've done are both downhill, fun and not too strenuous:
1. From Gimmelwald down to Stechelberg (Trail 17 on the linked map). Outstanding views down the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley. Stechelberg has easy transportation links to wherever you're staying. The easier of these two hikes.
2. Birg to Murren (Trail 11 and 3). Take the Schilthornbahn to Birg station. Get out and go left as you face up. Pass Grauseeli the most beautiful alpine lake (which Windows uses as one of its default wallpapers). Down the Wassenegg ridge, with views down both sides. To Bryndli (a bit uphill, but short), which is a spire with 360 views of the entire Valley. Down to Spielbodenalp, a pub/cafe in the middle of the Alps. Down to Sprutz waterfall, where you can actually walk in behind the waterfall. Then traversing across through alpine meadows with cowbells everywhere. Ending up in Murren.

Enjoy! The Bernese Oberland is our favourite part of Europe.

Here are some useful links:
http://www.gimmelwald.ch/e/activities/summer/hiking.htm (a list of several walks and a link to a map)
http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Schilthorn-Summer-Trail-Map
https://jungfrauregion.swiss/en/winter/product/page/restaurant-and-guesthouse-spielbodenalp-1382/

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If you click on my name, you'll find a link to our dozen favorite hikes in the Lauterbrunnen area, along with pics and maps.

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Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen AND Grutschalp to Murren to Gimmelwald AND along the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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Shoe's picture of Spielbodenalp is a great view of one of the hikes I mentioned. Birg station is at the top. You can see the Wasenegg ridge down to the little bump in the sky which is Bryndli. Thanks for sharing.

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I did a trip report on "Hiking in the Berner Oberland: September 2019." You can click on my name for a link to the trip report that discusses a lot of hikes.

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Thank you Bill......your research is GREAT.......appreciate your sharing it with me!

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No problem. Thanks for your kind words. Let me know if you have any questions I might be able to answer.

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It's the Berner Oberland - stepping out your hotel's front door will be more breathtaking than most people experience in their lifetime.

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I agree with Tim. For scenic beauty alone, I think the Berner Oberland is hard to beat. Majestic views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks from many perspectives -- plus valleys, meadows, glaciers, waterfalls, crystal-clear mountain streams and rivers, Trammelbach Falls, Schilthorn, Jungfraujoch, etc., etc. Also, many nice day trips and sightseeing relatively close by.

Whether you stay in InterLaken, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Murren, Gimmelwald, Grindelwald, Stechelberg or one of the near villages (or mountain hotels), it's a fantastic vacation. Each location is unique, and it pays to do your research to find the most desirable location for your situation.

Each of my three trips so far has been different, and I couldn't have enjoyed them more (42 nights total). I personally think September is the best month to visit for excellent hiking, fewer tourists and relatively dry weather. (If you're very unlucky, you might run into a string of 3-4 rainy days in any season.) I was planning to return in September 2020 but had to cancel plane and lodging reservations because of COVID-19. Hope I can make it back in September 2021.

Finally, if you're a hiker, I can't imagine a better destination in the whole world -- with a multitude of amazing, beautiful, gorgeous hikes ranging from easy to extremely difficult -- and everywhere in between. Whatever your hiking level/ability, you could take a different trail every day for a month -- and not exhaust all of the possibilities. I consider myself to be an intermediate-level hiker (for a 70-year-old) and have taken more than 25 great hikes in the Berner Oberland -- and I still have a list of 20 more hikes I want to take.