Interlaken to Grindelwald High Route

Cruising singletrack after passing the Schynige Platte Station

The trails around the Schynige Platte offer some of the best trail running in the region, also some of the best views.

After leaving the Schynige Platte behind, you’ll traverse a section of remote terrain. This route is almost entirely runnable.

Views from above Grindelwald include the Schreckhorn, and Grindelwald Glacier

Interlaken to Grindelwald  |  Trail Running & Hiking

A local’s classic that has it all; a big climb, rolling singletrack, summit and multiple food options.

Description : This is a true classic, and one of the most logical tours in the whole region, but… one that is really only known by the local crew. It’s a tour with everything. Starting with a huge initial climb (1700 meters right from town) to one of the best viewpoints in the Jungfrau Region, the Schynige Platte. There you can refresh yourself with housemade baked goods, a coffee, or most anything you like before continuing on.
At this point you’ve done the hard part, now it’s time to mostly roll on singletrack.
The trail continues along a narrow ridge with dizzying views down to the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) on the left, and unobstructed views of the Jungfrau Peaks to the right. After this section you’ll wander through remote feeling rocky terrain for a time before reaching the Berghaus Männdlennen, another opportunity for calories and/or caffeine.
After this it’s a cruise on good running trails and a short climb to the Faulhorn (2681 meters, your highpoint) before a long descent on one of the most scenic panorama trails anywhere. You’ll arrive in First, a restaurant and lift station high above Grindelwald. Here you have the option of continuing down to Grindelwald (1200 meters down) on trails, or hopping in a gondola. Or another option, run down part way, there is another station at Bort where you can hop into a gondola.

From Grindelwald, trains run every half hour back to Interlaken.

For more information, visit our Elevation Schynige Platte to Grindewald Run.

Start : Interlaken (@Wilderswil Train Station) /   Finish : First, or Grindelwald

Distance : ~25km

Vertical : ~1900 meters

Effort : Difficult

Dan’s Tip : Don’t want to climb the initial 1600 meters…? There is a fun old cog train that will take you to the Schynige Platte starting point. More info at Jungfrau Tourism.


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Comments 12

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for your fantastic blog! It’s a truly invaluable resource.
    I wonder whether this route can be hiked in 2 days – with an overnight stay at the Berghaus Männdlenen, and on the 2nd day a descent to Grindelwald via First or some more straightforward route, all on foot.
    The point is, I’m trying to connect this route with another route of yours, the Bäregg and Schreckhorn Huts (also stretched into a 2-day hike), to make for a not-too-difficult 4-5 alpine hiking experience. This would probably necessitate a night’s stay in Grindelwald, assuming Männdlenen-Faulhorn-Grindelwald takes the better part of the day. I’m reasonably fit but I’m a hiker, not a runner.
    Are my assumptions correct, especially regarding the extra night in Grindelwald? I’d greatly appreciate your feedback.
    RanCoh (from Tel Aviv)

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      You can certainly do this the way you describe but the days will be pretty short. Depends on how big of days you’d like to have, most people hike from Schynigge Platte to Grindelwald in one day. It’s a classic day.

  2. Thanks for your reply! Yes, I realize you can hike from Schynigge Platte to Grindelwald in a day. My question, though, was about hiking right from Wilderswill train station (adding the big 1700-meter ascent). Is that feasible in a single day, too?

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      This is for sure possible, I have done it many times – but I don’t know you so it is impossible for me to say. It adds a lot and means going light is important – this is a route I run and am carrying very little. An option is to take the First cable car into Grindelwald to avoid the big descent and cut off distance. No matter what though, you will have a great full day.

  3. Hello,

    Would you happen to know where would this trail begin if I start in Grindelwald?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  4. Thanks so much for your reply – would you know how long will it take for me to hike this trail??

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  5. Thank you for the excellent information! I will be visiting at the end of September. Shall I expect the weather conditions to still be good for trail running in the Jungfrau region?

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  6. Thanks a lot for sharing the route ! It is a very nice & strong climb up to Schynige Platte, and no crowd with a 7am start in Interlaken (even on a beautiful Saturday). Running the long plateau is a cool experience, quite special compared to the constant ups & downs usually seen in the Alps.

    The route can be extended all the way to Rosenlaui, you get a long day of high-altitude running ! (42km 3200mD+).

  7. Going to Grindelwald next week. Planning on linking this route with the Hardergrat over two days. First day going from Grindelwald to Interlaken and next day from Interlaken to Brienz. Anyone having any thoughts or recommendations regarding this?

    From what I’ve read so far Hardergrat seems to be the tougher one requiering a super early start (~4am) whilst Grindelwald-Interlaken might be a bit easier (but it shall of course not be underestimated). How many hours should I consider for the route from Grindelwald to Interlaken?

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