A Walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

During our short excursion to Wengen in the Berner Oberland we managed to get in one good high level walk. This was the Panoramaweg which goes from the Männlichen cablecar station to Kleine Scheidegg. The cablecar takes you up to a height of 2230m. From there it is a 4.5km mainly downhill hike to Kleine Scheidegg, which stands at a height of 2061m. Männlichen is an important ski centre and rises steeply above Wengen. From the Wengen side it appears as a long and narrow ridge. Below is the view from the village up to the top station.
Luckily for those of us of a less adventurous mind, there is a lovely and gentle walk on the other side. As one would expect, there are some stunning views to be had along the way. First up is the view back from the upper station to the summit of Männlichen which stands at 2343m. Then a view down the valley to the village of Grindelwald, followed by the summit ridge of the Lauberhorn. This is at the other end of the walk and the other side of the Lauberhorn will be used in January for the Ski World Cup.
Apart from the views, there is plenty of interest to see whiling walking along the route. Here are three examples, some gentle cows, one of the many colourful flowers and finally some of the spectacular cairns which line the route.
The route ends at Kleine Scheidegg, which is not much more than an railway junction with a big hotel. The mountain lines from Grindelwald and Wengen meet up here. Kleine Scheidegg is also the starting point for the famous Jungfrau railway. This runs deep within the Eiger and Mönch mountains to arrive at the highest railway station in Europe at the Jungfraujoch (3,454 m). Below is a view looking down to Kleine Scheidegg. You can see a train, coming up from Grindelwald, about to arrive at the station. Then a glimpse of the north face of the Eiger, taken from the route. Before we reached the end of the walk we stopped for a little light refreshment at a restaurant just above Kleine Scheidegg. Kathleen and Alessio could not resist the chance to relax on the swings.


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