Today we drove to Grindelwald and took the Männlichen cable car to Männlichen ridge (2230m) which divides the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys. The cable car is Europe’s longest and it did seem to go on for ever. From the top station we walked a steep climb to the crown of the hill. At the top we had magnificent views of both valleys, Tschuggen(2,520m), Lauberhorn (2,472m) and the ‘big three’ Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau behind.
After a brief coffee stop we headed along the Panoramaweg to Kliene Scheidegg. This was a broad trail, very easy to walk and popular. All along the trail there was views of the ‘big three’ although due to cloud they kept disappearing. When we stopped for lunch the Eiger became clear. We decided that people must be mad to climb it!
When we reached Kliene Scheidegg and after a refreshment break we left the crowds behind and took the path down to Alpiglen. This took us through a small valley below the Eiger. (There is the Eiger trail which takes you right below the mountain but that was on our list for another day. Again it was easy walking but hot in the sunshine.
Arriving at Alpiglen we caught the train down to Grindelwald.