Having been to the Top of Europe on the Jungfraubahn the next item on my alpine itinerary was the panoramic walk between Kleine Scheidegg and the Männlichen. This is one of the most popular walks in the region due its relative ease and stunning views of the Grindelwald valley and the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
I found the whole experience very calming, it was so peaceful up there. Being in the mountains is just about as relaxing as it gets for me. Sometimes I like to close my eyes, breathe in the fresh mountain air and think about how lucky I am to be in such a beautiful and spectacular place. The walk takes about 90 minutes with some fantastic photo opportunities and the path is constantly winding around the mountains so you are always anticipating the next view that’s just out of reach. It makes the walk go quite quickly and keeps things interesting. Although for me it’s always interesting, especially if I have a camera!
Unfortunately the area was covered with cloud in the afternoon which meant that some of the most impressive mountains in Switzerland were obscured from view. This is quite common in the region – the mornings are sunny and clear with clouds rolling in for the afternoon and settling over the mountains. Having said that there were still some fantastic views, and it meant that toward the end of the walk the Tschuggen became the focus point of my photos.
I would suggest doing this walk as part of a day trip to the Jungfraujoch since it can be done on the same journey with a small detour. You can reach Männlichen from either Grindelwald or Wengen by cable-car, both of which are on the train route to the Jungfraujoch. It is best to walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg so that you have the incredible Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains as a backdrop for the whole journey. It’s also slightly downhill in that direction which is probably a good thing, depending on your preference! Having said that it’s not steep so either direction could be classed as easy, there were people with babies in push chairs on the walk! So that should give you some idea.
Up next on my journey was the ascent to the top of the Männlichen. I haven’t done much mountain walking in the past, but I have to say this was one of the toughest times I’ve had in the alps – stay tuned for that story next week!
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