Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail (Easy with Epic Views)

View along the Männlichen Panorama Trail Hike

The Männlichen Panorama Trail is an easy hike with epic views of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch and glimpses of Grindelwald below. It runs between the Männlichen gondola station and the Kleine Scheidegg and only takes around 1.5 hours to complete.

Trail Overview

The following is all the information related to the trail itself

Trail Length4.5 km
Hiking Time1-1.5 hours
Altitude Gain/Loss30m/160m
Starting PointMännlichen Gondola station
End PointKleine Scheidegg Train Station
Trail Condition & AccessibilityThe trail is mostly downhill on flat, wide gravel with some slight hills
Trail Overview

Trail Maps

The train is easy to follow once you start at Männlichen. There are signs at the start and you can’t really lose the trail all the way to Kleine Scheidegg. Below is a map showing all the trains, cable cars and the trail in red.

Below that is a more details map of the trail.

Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail details
Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail details (Trains, Cable Cars, Trails)

You can also explore the full trail map here.

Getting There & Back

Grindelwald-Männlichen Cable Car
Grindelwald-Männlichen Cable Car

You can do this trail in either direction, but starting in Männlichen, it is almost all downhill and you will save around 30 minutes.

Starting Point

To get to the start of the trail at the top of the Männlichen gondola. We took the cable car from Wengen after catching a train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. You can also catch the Männlichen gondola from Grindelwald Terminal, which is connected with Grindelwald village by train.

End Point

The endpoint is conveniently at Kleine Scheidegg, a stop on the train line from either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald so you can do this hike from either location. As I said above, we came from Lauterbrunnen, but it works just as well from Grindelwald, so it’s up to you.

You can also combine this short hike with a walk along the Eiger Trail, which starts above Kleine Scheidegg and ends in Alpiglen, on the train line back to Grindelwald. It’s also easy to get back to Lauterbrunnen from there, which is what we did.

All of this is on the map above to better understand how it works together. I find maps helpful :>

I have made a table below for all the train and cable car prices and times. You can come from either Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Grindelwald and return via any of them.

Kleine Scheidegg train platform
Kleine Scheidegg train platform
Wengen – MännlichenTravel time: 6 minutes
Cable car times: every 20 minutes (Timetable)
Ticket Prices: One-way – Adults CHF 26, Children CHF 13 (Prices)
Discounts: 50% with Half Fare/GA, Swiss Travel Pass
Free: Children under 6, Bernese Oberland Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, Top of Europe
Grindelwald Terminal – MännlichenTravel time: 6 minutes
Cable car times: every 20 minutes (Timetable)
Ticket Prices: One-way – Adults CHF 32, Children CHF 16 (Prices)
Discounts: 50% with Half Fare/GA, Swiss Travel Pass
Free: Children under 6, Bernese Oberland Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, Top of Europe
Kleine Scheidegg – GrindelwaldTravel time: 39 minutes
Cable car times: every 30 minutes (Timetable)
Ticket Prices: One-way – Adults CHF 34, Children CHF 17
Discounts: 50% with Half Fare/GA, Swiss Travel Pass
Free: Children under 6, Bernese Oberland Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, Top of Europe
Kleine Scheidegg – LauterbrunnenTravel time: 41 minutes
Cable car times: every 30 minutes (Timetable)
Ticket Prices: One-way – Adults CHF 35.8, Children CHF 17.9
Discounts: 50% with Half Fare/GA
Free: Children under 6, Swiss Travel Pass (free til Wengen), Bernese Oberland Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, Top of Europe
Lauterbrunnen – WengenTravel time: 12 minutes
Cable car times: every 30 minutes (Timetable)
Ticket Prices: One-way – Adults CHF 6.8, Children CHF 3.4
Discounts: 50% with Half Fare/GA
Free: Children under 6, Swiss Travel Pass, Bernese Oberland Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, Top of Europe
Cable car and train times, prices, discounts

Train & Cable Car Prices & Discounts

I have included all the helpful information on cable car times, prices, and discounts above. However, I want to clarify a few things quickly.

  • Swiss Travel Pass holders can travel on the trains for free up to Grindelwald or Wengen. From there, you get a 50% discount, including on the cable cars to/from Männlichen.
  • Half Fare Pass/GA pass holders get 50% off all ticket prices mentioned above.
  • Bernese Oberland Pass, Top of Europe Pass or Jungfrau Travel Pass – free travel on all of the trains and cable cars for this walk

Männlichen Panorama Trail Description

Start of the Männlichen Panorama Trail
Start of the Männlichen Panorama Trail

The Männlichen Panorama Trail to Kleine Scheidegg is one of the easiest hikes in the Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen area. I recommend it not only for people who don’t often hike or walk much but also for seasoned hikers.

The views are spectacular the whole way along the trail. Walking towards Kleine Scheidegg, you are constantly in awe of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Three of the most inspiring 4000m peaks in the region.

You also get a broad panoramic view of the valley below, which includes views of Grindelwald, over to First Mountain and even further up the valley to the Wetterhorn and beyond.

Männlichen Panorama Trail path
Männlichen Panorama Trail path

The trail itself is straightforward as it is a wide path made of gravel and stone that is predominantly smoothed out the whole way. You can walk it with a stroller, but I recommend using larger all-terrain wheels. Otherwise, you will not be happy by the end of the walk.

There is also a cool playground for kids at the beginning of the walk so that you can convince them to do the walk before setting out.

Männlichen Panorama Trail down to Kleine Scheidegg
Männlichen Panorama Trail down to Kleine Scheidegg

There are a couple of restaurants at the end of the hike and we stopped for a great meal at Restaurant Grindelwaldblick for a Rösti lunch. They also have a free viewing tower, which gives a great view of Kleine Scheidegg and the mountains beyond. Just walk through the terrace and up the metal stairs to the top.

Restaurant Grindelwaldblick
Restaurant Grindelwaldblick

If you want to eat at Kleine Scheidegg, there is a reasonable restaurant at the back facing the Jungfrau or a more upmarket one at Bellevue des Alpes just opposite.

Optional Hikes

The Männlichen/Kleine Scheidegg area is full of hikes, and you are a little spoiled for choice. First, you could walk up from Wengen and connect to this hike. Or even walk up from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and continue to Männlichen. The Swiss hiking trail system is a jigsaw puzzle of options!

Two trails that make sense to consider adding to either end of the Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail are:

Männlichen Royal Walk

Royal Walk Männlichen
Royal Walk Männlichen – View down to Männlichen Panorama Trail

Also starting at the top of the Männlichen gondola is the Männlichen Royal Walk. I would recommend this as it gives you 360 degree views of the whole area from Interlaken to Grindelwald and then around to the 4000m peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. You can also see the Panorama Trail you are about to embark upon when you return. It takes around 40-45 minutes, return.

The Eiger Trail

The Eiger Trail is another famous walk in the Jungfrau region worth connecting to this one. The only small challenge is you have to get to the start of it from Kleine Scheidegg, as it starts above the Eigergletscher train station. You can walk up (adding about an hour and a 270m ascent) or catch the train one stop from Kleine Scheidegg.

It takes around 3 hours and is quite a downhill hike at 780m descent. You walk right below the infamous Eiger North Face and can learn and see how the climbers takle this insane climb. Honestly, the views on this walk are not as stunning as the one you would have just done from Männlichen, but as an extension to that walk this is worth it. You are looking down at Grindelwald most of the way towards Männlichen and the Lauberhorn (where the yearly World Cup ski race is).

The walk ends at the Alpiglen train station, where you can then take a train down to Grindelwald or back uphill to Kleine Scheidegg and over to Wengen or Lauterbrunnen if you need to.

Männlichen Panorama Trail Photos

Trail signs on the Männlichen Panorama Trail
Trail signs on the Männlichen Panorama Trail
Eiger views on the Panorama Trail
Eiger views on the Panorama Trail
Restaurant Grindelwaldblick Lookout tower
Restaurant Grindelwaldblick Lookout tower
View across to Grindelwald
View across to Grindelwald
Maennlichen Kleine Scheidegg panorama trail view backwards
Maennlichen Kleine Scheidegg panorama trail view back
Resting on the Panorama Trail
Resting on the Panorama Trail
Kleine Scheidegg station and the Bernese Oberland mountains
Kleine Scheidegg station and the Bernese Oberland mountains (walk up to Eigergletscher station on the left)

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

2 thoughts on “Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail (Easy with Epic Views)

    1. You are right. I had it in mind that it was included, but seems only until Grindelwald and Wengen. I have corrected the post. Thanks for the heads up.

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