Hike to Kleine Scheidegg from Wengen in the Bernese Highlands

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Distance

9.3 miles

Elevation Gain

2788.7 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Cat Ekkelboom-White

Views of the iconic Eiger & Jungfrau mountains in the picturesque Bernese Highlands in Switzerland.

This summer hike from the picturesque ski town of Wengen in the Bernese Alps to Kleine Scheidegg is an easy (although sometimes reasonably steep) trail along a well signposted gravel trail.

You start the hike at Wengen train station. When you exit the station bear right and follow the upper road. There are yellow hiking signposts to Kleine Scheidegg which estimate the hiking time from Wengen as 2:45. This first part of the route is along a paved road which takes you through the village and out in to the meadows. The road turns to a gravel path here, where it crosses the railway line and heads in to a forest. 

As you come out of the forest the path keeps following the curve of the mountain side. You’ll cross over parts of the legendary downhill ski race slope of the Lauberhorn. 

At the train station Wengernalp the hiking trail meets the railway again. The hardest part of the hike is now behind you. From this point the path flattens out for a gradual climb up to the final station at Kleine Scheidegg. Your hard work will be rewarded with amazing views of the Eiger and the Jungfrau, two of Switzerland’s iconic mountains.

At Kleine Scheidegg you’ll find a hotel and restaurants so there’s plenty of chance to rest and refuel here. 

Although we did this hike as a simple "out and back” route, there are plenty of options to include is as part of a longer hike. You could choose to start the hike in the village of Lauterbrunnen if you’re looking to add even more altitude meters, or from Kleine Scheidegg you could continue down the other side of the saddle to the town of Grindelwald. If you’re not ending back where you started, getting back via public transport is super easy, with local trains running throughout the day.  

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Hikeable in early spring

Make sure you bring micro spikes, as most of the trail is covered in snow. This hike is pretty incredible, but there aren't many switchbacks so its a steep one!

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