Hiking the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail

by Aug 2, 2018Blog, Switzerland, Switzerland Blog

The Jungfrau region offers some of the best hiking that the world has to offer. One of the most popular and iconic trails is the one from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. The hike has sweeping views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountain range as well as incredible views of the valley down to Grindelwald. If you are around the area during your trip to Switzerland, believe me you will want to hike the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg trail.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Lake

1. Overview of the Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg Trail

 

Starting Point: Mannlichen

Ending Point: Kleine Scheidegg

Name: Panorama Trail

Trail #: 33

Duration: 90 minutes (one way)

Distance: 3.5 miles (one way)

Difficulty: Easy

Open: June to October

Views: Incredible

Mannlichen Royal Walk Eiger

For an a more in-depth view of the hike and everything you need to know about the trail, continue reading onwards…

 

2. How to Get to Mannlichen

Before you can begin the hike, you first will need to get to its starting point located at Mannlichen. And in order to get to Mannlichen you first need to get to either Wengen or Grindelwald Grund (walk or quick train from Grindelwald).

From Wengen: Take the Aerial Cableway – LWM (departs every 20 minutes)

From Grindelwald Grund: Take the Gondola Cableway – GGM (constantly)

Both the gondola and aerial cableway usually open end of May / beginning of June until mid October. They run from around 8:30AM to 5:00PM, depending on the time of year. For the most up to date schedule check out the Mannlichen website.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg MapMannlichen Cablecar

Note: If taking the cableway from Wengen, for a few extra francs you can actually stand on top of the cablecar instead of standing inside (see picture above).

 

3. Costs to Consider

While hiking the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg trail is free, getting to the start of the trail is not (that is unless you also hike to the starting point). Below are the costs from both Wengen and Grindelwald Grund, as well as options to either hike both ways or hike one way and train back.

 

From Wengen:

Cost of the Aerial Cableway is 23 CHF one way / 46 CHF round trip (half off with either a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card – 11.50 CHF one way / 23 CHF round trip).

If you are not planning on hiking directly back from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen you can also purchase a one way ticket from Wengen to Mannlichen, and then a one way train ticket from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen. This one way train back down will cost 24 CHF (18 CHF with a Swiss Travel Pass / 12 CHF with Half Fare Card).

To Recap (Cableway + Train):

Without Pass: 23 CHF + 24 CHF = 47 CHF

With Swiss Travel Pass: 11.50 CHF + 18 CHF = 30 CHF

With Half Fare Card: 11.50 CHF + 12 CHF = 23 CHF

 

From Grindelwald Grund:

Cost of the Gondola Cableway is 30 CHF one way / 60 CHF round trip (half off with a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card 15 CHF / 30 CHF).

Same as above – If you are not planning on hiking directly back from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen you can also purchase a ticket for the one way ticket from Grindelwald Grund to Mannlichen, and then a train ticket from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald. This one way train back down will cost 27 CHF (20 CHF with a Swiss Travel Pass / 13.50 CHF with Half Fare Card).

To Recap (Cableway + Train):

Without Pass: 30 CHF + 27 CHF = 57 CHF

With Swiss Travel Pass: 15 CHF + 20 CHF = 35 CHF

With Half Fare Card: 15 CHF + 13.50 CHF = 29 CHF

You can also take a look at my Train Travel in Switzerland Guide for more details about the different passes.

 

Take a look at some Switzerland guide books to better prepare you for your trip:


 

4. When To Go

The hike usually opens around early to mid June time period depending on snow coverage. Once snow begins to fall later in the season they will close the trail down. To check the status of the trail take a look at the homepage of the Mannlichen site.

I would not recommend hiking the trail if it is not officially opened. There are avalanche dangers on the trail as it wraps around the side of a mountain. When I was there in mid June, the trail had just recently opened and it seemed like they had a couple small bulldozers on the route clearing snow.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Open

You should also think about the weather on the particular day that you want to hike the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg trail. One of the highlights of the trail is to see the Alps out in front of you as you go along the route with the beautiful valley off to the side. If it is very cloudy and rainy, that can take away from the experience. So before you go I would check both meteoblue.com for the latest weather forecasts and the Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg webcams to get a live view of the area. Take a look at the Weather in Switzerland Guide for more info about both of these helpful tips.

 

5. Hiking the Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg Trail

The Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg trail begins right up top near the cableways. You will see yellow trail signs pointing you in the correct direction, and from there it is a pretty simple hike to follow. As you continue along the trail that zig zags along the side of the mountain, you will see the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau come into and out of focus throughout the duration of the hike. To your left you will be able to take in the beauty of the green valley down to Grindelwald out in the distance. You are sure to also pass by views of lakes, streams, wildlife and potentially even some cows!

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg SignsMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg EigerMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Lake ViewMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg WalkMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Bench

The path itself is well maintained with very little elevation gain or declines along the way, which makes it perfect for people of all ages. There are also a few rest stops and benches on the trail so you can really relax and take it all in.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Eiger ViewMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg GreeneryMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Eiger River

As you near the end of the hike you will start to see Kleine Scheidegg in the distance with a a few hotels & restaurants. Once you reach Kleine Scheidegg you can eat and hang out for a bit in the area before either turning back to Mannlichen or taking the scenic train back down to Wengen or Grindelwald.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg ReflectionMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg EndKleine Scheidegg Train Views

 

Take a look at some Switzerland guide books to better prepare you for your trip:


 

6. Additions to the Trail

At the beginning and end of the trail there are some additional activities that you can take part of if you have the time. The first being a short hike called the Royal Walk near Mannlichen and the second being heading all the way to Jungfraujoch for some of the best viewpoints in the area.

Royal Walk

Right when you get off the cableway in Mannlichen, instead of going directly to the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg trail, you can head up the hill on the Royal Walk. The trail takes about 30-45 minutes and is entirely uphill but you will get views of the Alps, Lauterbrunnen valley, and maybe even see some paragliders jumping off the mountain as well. Once you reach the top and take in the views for a bit, you can head back down which should take much faster than the way up. After you are back at the starting point you can head in the opposite direction to start the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike.

Mannlichen Royal Walk UpMannlichen Royal Walk Valley

Jungfraujoch

At the end of the trail in Kleine Scheidegg is where the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe train departs from. If the weather is looking good, you have enough time, and Jungfraujoch is something you already had on your list of things to do, then this could be a good time to head up there. Note that the round trip from Kleine Scheidegg can cost up to 152 CHF (114 CHF with Swiss Travel Pass / 76 CHF with Half Fare Card) depending on season.

Jungfraujoch ViewJungfraujoch Picture

 

7. Where to Stay

There are a lot of different options to where to stay around the area. The easiest spot will be Wengen followed by Grindelwald, the tourist hub would be Interlaken, or you could stay in nearby towns such as Lauterbrunnen or Murren. Browse through Booking.com below to find the spot that is best for you.

 

Some of my recommendations would be:

Murren:

Hotel Edelweiss Superior
Hotel Alpenruh

Interlaken:

Hotel Bellevue
Hotel Roessli
Balmers Hostel

Wengen:

Hotel Edelweiss
Hotel Baeren

Grindelwald:

Hotel Lauberhorn
Hotel Belvedere

 



Booking.com

 

With all that said, I hope you found this guide to the Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg trail useful. Feel free to comment or ask any questions below! For more helpful info about the area check out the Switzerland itineraries and guides up on the site.

 

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Hike

 

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10 Comments

  1. Jasbir

    This is a very comprehensive write up about the trail. It is extremely helpful for future travellers. Your pictures amazing.

    Reply
    • Charles

      Glad you found it useful! Definitely let me know if you have any questions about the trail

      Reply
  2. David Stellwagen

    If we continue the hike from Kleine Scheidegg to Wegernalp, does the train cost less from there to Wengen? Can we buy a reduced train ticket (Swiss Travel Pass) at Wegernalp station?

    Reply
    • Charles

      Hey there David – it does seem like the train ticket from Wegernalp would be cheaper than the train from KS to Wengen. The full cost of that ticket would be 17 CHF vs. the 24 CHF (you can take at look at the Swiss rail website SBB.CH for all train costs). I cannot say for certain whether you can buy the reduced train ticket at Wegernalp. I would try and buy it in Wengen before you head onto the cable car (this is when I bought the return train ticket). Hope that helps!

      Reply
  3. Cathrine Grøtheim

    Do you know if it’s possible to combine both Wengen and Mannlichen in a hike from Kleine Scheidegg?

    Reply
    • Charles

      Hi Cathrine – yes that would be possible. You can take the Panorama Trail from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen. And then instead of taking the cable car to Wengen you can take the Gemsenweg trail down. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  4. Karlene

    The detailed logistics in your articles have been very helpful in planning our hikes for our early October trip! We’re really looking forward to hiking the Panorama Trail. We would also like to hike the Romantic Trail (Männlichen-Alpiglen) and the Eiger Trail (Eigerletscher-Alpiglen) perhaps the same day. From the maps we’ve seen it looked like these trails could be looped to start and end at Männlichen. If so, do you have a sense of how long it would take to hike the full loop? From what I could see it looked like about 8 hours of hiking, but I was just estimating for the connection from Eigerletscher to Kleine Scheidegg as this combines segments of two trails. We hike fairly quickly especially on a well-maintained trails with not too steep of elevation change, but I’m sure we will want to stop and take pictures and soak in the views along the way. So we’re looking for a nice long day of hiking, but not so much we feel rushed or there is not enough time to catch the return transit. Any thoughts would be very appreciated!

    Reply
    • Charles

      Hey Karlene – glad you enjoyed the articles. That sounds like an amazing day of hiking! If you start in Mannlichen, you can head on the Panorama Trail first to Kleine Scheidegg (1.5 hours), then hop on the train from KS (5 minutes) or hike (1 hour uphill) to Eigerletscher, do the Eiger Trail to Alpiglen (2.5 hours), and then from Alpiglen take the Romantic Trail back to Mannlichen (2.5 hours) – note though this last part would be uphill. So I would say hiking time around 7-9 hours or so depending on if you take the train or hike to Eigerletscher + the extra time you take for pictures, relaxing, etc. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  5. Bob

    I am planning a trip to Switzerland from June 11-21,2020 and plan on staying five nights each in Wengen and Zermat. I would like to do a lot of hiking, including the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail. As far as the weather goes, do you think it is better to stay in Wengen for the first five nights or to stay in Zermatt? I wold appreciate any advice that you can give me.

    Reply
    • Charles

      Hey Bob – weather wise it is impossible to tell and give advice for such a short timeframe. However, I can say that this trail in particular may not open until mid June (I was there the second week of June and it had just opened). So if this trail is a priority for you, maybe head to Wengen second which would then give you a better chance to be around when it is open. Hope that helps!

      Reply

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