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. This guide will go over everything you need to know to take part of the hike and what to expect along the way.
1) Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg Trail Facts
Below are some helpful facts about the Mannlichen to Kleine Schedeigg Panorama Trail. All you need to do to take part of the hike is make your way to the top of the Mannlichen cable car station and begin the trail from there. While you can do the hike in reverse, starting in Kleine Scheidegg, you will have your back to the best views.
That is why I would recommend starting from Mannlichen and making the walk from there. It is nearly flat hike all the way through, making it the perfect trail for anyone to take part of.
Name: Panorama Trail
Starting Point: Mannlichen
Ending Point: Kleine Scheidegg
Trail #: 33
Duration: 90 minutes (one way)
Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 KM (one way)
Open: June to October
» 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 will need to get to either Wengen or the Grindelwald Terminal (20 minute walk or quick train from Grindelwald).
From Wengen: Take the Aerial Cableway (LWM) → departs every 20 minutes → 5 minute ride
From Grindelwald Terminal: Take the new Gondola Cableway (GGM) → departs constantly → 20 minute ride
Both the gondola and aerial cableway usually open end of May / beginning of June and close in mid October. They run from around 8:30AM to 5:00PM, depending on the time of year. Take a look below at the schedule and be sure to take a look at the Mannlichen website for the latest.
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.
3) Train & Cable Car Costs
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, as well as options to either hike both ways or hike one way and train back from Kleine Scheidegg.
Cost of the Aerial Cableway is 24 CHF one way / 48 CHF round trip (half off with either a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card – 12 CHF one way / 24 CHF round trip). The only reason to purchase a round trip here is if you plan to hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Schedeigg and then back to Mannlichen.
If you are not planning on hiking directly back from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen you can also purchase a one way cable car 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: 24 CHF + 24 CHF = 48 CHF
With Swiss Travel Pass: 12 CHF + 18 CHF = 30 CHF
With Half Fare Card: 12 CHF + 12 CHF = 24 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).
Similar to 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 cable car ticket from Grindelwald to Mannlichen, and then a one way 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
4) Trail Opening Times
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 or contact the Wengen tourism team.
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.
5) Mannlichen Webcams & Weather
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.
There are two ways to better understand the weather – a mountain forecast website like Meteoblue and the local Mannlichen webcams.
Instead of searching for the weather of Grindelwald or Wengen, you are better off checking the weather of higher up locations like Kleine Scheidegg. As you head up higher in elevation, the weather can be very different.
So before you go I would check the Kleine Scheidegg weather for the latest forecasts. Meteoblue is a great site that has more accurate readings for mountain weather, and you can better understand cloud coverage and hours of sun each day.
When you are set to actually head out on the hike or would like to just understand what the weather up by Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg looks like, you can rely on the webcams of the area. They give you a live shot of what the weather is and can better help you prepare for your time in the mountains.
» If you are wondering what to bring along when taking part of hikes in general take a look at the comprehensive Hiking Packing List that I put together. It includes everything I bring along on day hikes, and it will have you better prepared when taking part of trails all over Switzerland. The list includes several different essentials such as:
Hiking Shoes | Keen Targhee
Water Bottle | CamelBak Chute
Action Camera | GoPro Hero 9
Rain Jacket | Columbia Watertight II
Backpack Rain Cover | Joy Walker Cover
Portable Charger | Anker Powercore
Hiking Backpack | Osprey Talon 22
6) 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!
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.
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.
7) Royal Walk and Jungfraujoch
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 is a short hike called the Royal Walk near Mannlichen and the second is heading all the way to Jungfraujoch for some of the best viewpoints in the area.
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.
» Learn more in the Mannlichen Royal Walk guide up on the site
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.
8) Where to Stay in the Jungfrau
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. I put together a guide comparing the towns of Wengen, Murren and Grindelwald if you want some help deciding.
Some of my recommendations would be:
With all that said, I hope you found this guide to the Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg hike 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.