Walk the iconic Eiger trail from the Eiger Gletscher Railway station via the Gletscherschlucht to Grindelwald.
Moderate Option - Walk the beginning section of the Eiger Trail for 5.5km, turn left to Alpiglen and catch the train to Grindelwald.
Difficult Option - Walk the full Route Notes
One of our favourite Swiss walks is the Eiger Trail from the Eigergletscher (a train ride from Wengen or Mürren, switch at Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujochbahn). This high route brings you right in front of the famous Eiger Nordwand itself: look up and right to see the metal ladders and perhaps even a climber or two set off on an adventure.
Soak up the views over the Wetterhorn and the Grosse Scheidegg before continuing on a zig zag trail via Gletscherschlucht to Grindelwald. If you would like to shorten this walk, jump on the train from Alpiglen which will take you directly back to Grindelwald.
**Please note: there is a diversion at the Eigergletscher
The route is being diverted near the Eigergletscher until end of December 2020 due to construction work. Please note the local signposts.The hiking time is extended by about 20 minutes
This walk can open quiet late in the season, double check the trail is open before choosing this walk.
There are many variations of this walk, this is our favorite one, but if you would like to shorten it turn down to Alpiglen from where you can catch a train back up to Kleine Scheidegg or Grindelwald.
After the turning for Alpiglen, continue straight on to dip your toes in some of the most gorgeous glacier streams
This walk involves a lot of sheer drops, not for someone who doesnt have a head for heights.
The distance of a route doesn't tell you much about how difficult it is, or how long it takes. The difference in height is far more important, and so is the type of trail (wide paved road versus a narrow rocky path) and the terrain (valley floor versus high Alpine terrain). For these reasons, signposts display hiking times, not distances
Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in.
Don't choose a high-altitude route on overcast days. You will risk missing out on the good views, and navigating is difficult in the mist.
If necessary, avoid trails covered with snow. Trails at high altitudes can be covered with so much snow that hiking is nearly impossible, even in Summer. The risk of avalanches is not restricted to Winter and Spring. The local tourist agency or rail station can provide up to date information about trail conditions.
There are no water fountains along the way so make sure you have packed enough water for the day
Good sturdy hiking boots and walking poles are recommended as the path can be uneven in places.
Wearing several layers of thin clothing is more comfortable than wearing just a rain coat or just one warm jacket. The weather in the mountains can change quickly. Layers allow you to adapt quickly.
Hikers greet each other. If you want to greet like the locals do, you would say "grüezi" (Swiss German)
This tour is available in the following itineraries: