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.
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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 towards Kleine Schedeigg. 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 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 26 CHF one way / 52 CHF round trip (half off with either a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card – 13 CHF one way / 26 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 26 CHF (18 CHF with a Swiss Travel Pass / 13 CHF with Half Fare Card).
To Recap (Cableway + Train)
Without Pass: 26 CHF + 26 CHF = 52 CHF
With Swiss Travel Pass: 13 CHF + 18 CHF = 31 CHF
With Half Fare Card: 13 CHF + 13 CHF = 26 CHF
From Grindelwald Terminal:
Cost of the Gondola Cableway is 32 CHF one way / 64 CHF round trip (half off with a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card 16 CHF / 32 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 32 CHF (24 CHF with a Swiss Travel Pass / 16 CHF with Half Fare Card).
To Recap (Cableway + Train)
Without Pass: 32 CHF + 32 CHF = 64 CHF
With Swiss Travel Pass: 16 CHF + 24 CHF = 40 CHF
With Half Fare Card: 16 CHF + 16 CHF = 32 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.
If the trail is closed maybe check out other hikes in the region like Bachalpsee Lake and the Murren to Gimmelwald Trail.
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.
→ Take a look at the Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg webcams to get a live view of the area and check out the Weather in Switzerland Guide that goes into more detail about both of these helpful tips.
Hiking Packing List
In general when it comes to hiking, there are a few main aspects to consider. These includes clothing layers, hiking shoes, hydration & fuel, electronics, and other essentials.
Below in a breakdown of some of the top items, but be sure to check out the Hiking Packing List for a more comprehensive view.
Layering is going to be a top consideration when hiking. You will want to be prepared for all sorts of weather so you can be comfortable in different situations. Some items may include:
→ Hiking Shorts
→ Hiking Pants
→ Short Sleeve Shirt
→ Long Sleeve Shirt / Sun Hoodie
→ Mid Layer Fleece
→ Puff Jacket (not always needed)
→ Packable Rain Jacket (Columbia Watertight II)
Note that your layers should be made of moisture wicking material as they are breathable and quick drying.
Having appropriate footwear will also be very important. You will want to have shoes with the necessary grip and support to keep you safe on the trail.
→ Hiking Shoes (Keen Targhee)
→ Hiking Socks (Darn Tough)
Whether it is hiking gear, electronics, or just some miscellaneous items, here are some other essentials to bring along on hikes.
→ Hiking Backpack (Osprey Talon 22) & Rain Cover (Joy Walker Cover)
→ Water Bottle (CamelBak Chute or Katadyn Filter Bottle)
→ Portable Charger (Anker PowerCore 5000mAh)
→ Action Camera (GoPro Hero)
→ Energy Bars & Snacks
→ Hat & Sunglasses
→ Sunscreen & Bug Spray
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 156 CHF (117 CHF with Swiss Travel Pass / 78 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 pick a hotel in 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:
Murren: Hotel Edelweiss Superior | Hotel Alpenruh
Interlaken: Hotel Bellevue | Hotel Roessli | Balmers Hostel
Wengen: Hotel Edelweiss | Hotel Baeren
Grindelwald: Hotel Lauberhorn | Hotel Belvedere
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.
Wednesday 14th of December 2022
Thank you for such a detailed plan. I've been looking for some options myself. Next summers, if we are staying at Interlaken and intent to make a day visit to Jungfrau with the panorama trail between Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen: 1. what should my route be? Go up to Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald and back via lauterbrunner with the panorama trail hike or visa versa? 2. Should we do the trek while going up or on return ? 3. should we trek from kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen or visa versa? Keeping in mind the cost of tickets too! You can see how confused I am. ;) Please help! Thank you Regards Mona
Thursday 15th of December 2022
Hi Mona - from a logistical standpoint, I would recommend heading up to Mannlichen first thing in the morning and make the hike to Kleine Scheidegg from there. The best views will be out in front of you this way. After arriving in Kleine Scheidegg, you can then hop on the train up to Jungfraujoch, and from there return back all the way to Interlaken. That would be my plan if the weather forecast is looking good. Hope that helps!
Thursday 16th of July 2020
We will be there next June and I thought I had read of people bicycling. We are staying in Wengen, and thought of Wengen to Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and back to Wengen. But it seems that the trail is only for walking, right? So is there an alternate route for bicycling, and is it a lot less scenic as a result?
Saturday 18th of July 2020
Hi Derek - I am not aware of a bike trail that goes from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. However, I am pretty certain you can bike directly from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg as it follows a similar path as the train between the two.
While it will offer different views than the trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, you will still take in some breathtaking views during that ride up. On a clear day you should get plenty views of the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger out in front of you.
Hope that helps a bit! Enjoy your time in Switzerland - it truly is an incredible country.
Tuesday 10th of September 2019
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.
Tuesday 10th of September 2019
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!
Monday 2nd of September 2019
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!
Tuesday 28th of March 2023
@Charles, Hi Charles, what an amazing resource you have put together. Thank you. we are staying in Wengen. If we do the hike mentioned above and end up at Alpiglen, do we just return to Wengen via train? Thank you. We will be tired by the time we reach Alpiglen, is there a restaurant or a good place to rest for a bit before returning back to Wengen?
Tuesday 3rd of September 2019
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!
Thursday 15th of August 2019
Do you know if it's possible to combine both Wengen and Mannlichen in a hike from Kleine Scheidegg?
Thursday 15th of August 2019
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!