Männlichen

Männlichen

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Männlichen is located at 2342 m above sea level in the middle of the Jungfrau region. The view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is particularly impressive from here. The Männlichen can be reached by cable car from Wengen and from Grindelwald. In summer it is very popular with mountain bikers and hikers. In winter it is transformed part of a ski resort with 102 km of slopes.

Männlichen Activities and tickets

Find out more about Männlichen

Männlichen is famous for the Lauberhorn race that takes place here every year in January.

7 Highlights at Männlichen

  • Royal Walk is a short hike in summer to the summit of Männlichen. The view from Männlichen of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate is breathtaking. Truly royal.
  • Royal Ride is the name of the ride with the cable car open at the top. However, this is only offered in summer.
  • Two beautiful theme trails lead from Männlichen via Holenstein to Brandegg. These are the Lieselotteweg and the Öpfelchüechliweg.
  • The mountain railroads take skiers and snowboarders quickly to the Männlichen skiing area.
  • 4 toboggan runs lead from the mountain to the valley station. In combination you sled down for 1.5 hours.
  • A magnificent mountain panorama attracts hikers to the area around Männlichen in summer and into autumn, which is suitable for easy and moderately difficult tours.
  • Summer Gemel (summer tobogganing) is released via hiking trail 61.

Two mountain railroads provide access to Männlichen: in the east from Grindelwald and in the west from Wengen. Männlichen is particularly suitable for families. In summer, there are themed trails and an alpine dairymen's playground near the Berghaus. In winter, the little ones learn to ski in children's ski schools.

Chamois trail (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Chamois trail (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)
Biking summer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Biking summer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Sights at Männlichen

At Männlichen there are excellent viewpoints of the mountain giants Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. In addition, there are several adventure and themed trails that can be walked well with the whole family. However, they can not be walked with strollers or wheelchairs.

Royal Walk on Männlichen

A short hike is the Royal Walk, which leads to the summit from May to October. With the Royal Ride, the open-top approach by cable car from Wengen also becomes a royal experience, but also only in summer.

The Royal Walk leads directly from the top station to the summit of Männlichen. There are 120 meters of altitude to be climbed from 2,222 to 2,342 meters above sea level. The path is equipped with information boards that distract from the effort of the ascent. Once at the top, there is a far-reaching view from the viewing platform, which is modeled on a crown and extends beyond the famous triumvirate. The two-kilometer ascent takes about 25 minutes, the descent 15 minutes.

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The Lieselotte Trail from Männlichen to Holenstein

The Lieselotteweg leads from Männlichen to Holenstein. It is designed as a theme and adventure trail and is suitable for the whole family, but not for baby carriages. The trail starts at the cow Lieselotte, who also has her say at the 13 stations.

Her friends, the chickens, support her. The children learn how a cow is milked or how to blow an alphorn. The path goes down about 600 meters and takes 1.5 hours. The path, which is easy in this direction, is suitable for June to October. In the opposite direction it becomes more difficult to walk, as then 600 meters of ascent have to be mastered. From Holenstein the mountain railroad goes down to Grindelwald.

The Öpfelchüechli trail from Holenstein to Brandegg

The Öpfelchüechliweg provides information on the subject of apples. The hike starts in Holenstein (1624 m) and leads past six information boards in front of a beautiful backdrop. To Holenstein the cable car leaves from Grindelwald, Holenstein is the middle station of the cable car. The walk takes about 1.5 hours.

The path passes alpine pastures and meadows strewn with flowers. Narrow mountain paths and alpine roads are easy to hike. On the way there is a barbecue area in the cool forest where you can grill your own food. The adventure and information boards made of discover contain games that teach a lot about the fruit. They are designed as questions and answers. In the last section it goes again slightly uphill. However, it is an easy hike that can be walked well in summer because of the alternation of cool forest and open clearings.

Having arrived at the mountain restaurant Brandegg (1330 m above sea level), the freshly prepared Öpfelchüechli (apple cakes) with vanilla sauce should be tasted there. As an encore, there is a view of the mountain world from the beautiful sun terrace.

Lieselotteweg (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Lieselotteweg (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)
Öpfelchüechli path (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Öpfelchüechli path (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)

By mountain railroad to Männlichen

The mountain railroads take visitors up to the Männlichen summit within a few minutes. The service starts daily at 8 am from Grindelwald and 8:15 am from Wengen.

Swiss Activities offer:

from Wengen by cable car in 5 min

The Wengen-Männlichen aerial cableway is an octogenarian gondola. Built in 1999, the cable car received new cabins with viewing platform at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. From the bottom station located in Wengen, the cable car climbs more than nine hundred meters in altitude to the top station. The length of the route is just under two kilometers.

In summer, Royal Ride is offered on the open-air balcony of the cabin.

Facts:

  • 1281 m a.s.l. altitude Wengen valley station
  • 2230 m a.s.l. Height top station Männlichen
  • 1915 m above sea level Length
  • 919 meters altitude
  • 860 people / hour

V-Bahn Grindelwald Grund - Männlichen in 19 min

In 2019, the 10-seater gondola lift replaced the old aerial tramway, which still took 30 minutes to reach the top station. The new gondola lift covers the distance to the summit of Männlichen in just 19 minutes.

The gondola lift operates in a single-rope circulating system and is part of the Jungfrau region's V-project. At a speed of 6m/sec, it climbs 1,282 meters in altitude.

Facts:

  • 947 m a.s.l. Grindelwald Grund valley station
  • 1624 m above sea level middle station in Holenstein
  • 2229 m above sea level Männlichen top station
  • 6,100 m length
  • 1,282 meters altitude
  • 111 gondolas
  • 1800 people / hour

The new 10-person gondola lift replaced two cable cars built in 1978. The modern terminal of the valley station is also the starting point of the cable car to the Eiger and has parking spaces as well as a connection to the Bernese Oberland Railways (BOB) via the new Rothenegg station.

Wengen Royal Ride gondola (photo Männlichen Bergbahnen)Wengen Royal Ride gondola (photo Männlichen Bergbahnen)
10-seater gondola lift (photo Männlichen Bergbahnen)10-seater gondola lift (photo Männlichen Bergbahnen)

Männlichen chairlifts at a glance

All the chairlifts and lifts on Männlichen can be seen on the piste map.

Männlichen chairlift

The Männlichen chairlift (built in 1990) is a detachable 4-seater high-speed chairlift with covers. From the bottom station at 1,795 meters, it travels in just under seven minutes to the Männlichen top station at 2,229 meters, covering 434 meters in altitude over a length of just under two kilometers. The chairlift runs daily from 8:30 am.

Läger chairlift

The Läger chairlift (built in 2003) is also a 4-seater high-speed chairlift with hoods that can be coupled. It travels from the bottom station at an altitude of 1,805 meters to 2,251 meters above the top stations of the cable cars. In doing so, it climbs 446 meters in altitude over a length of more than two kilometers. The Läger chairlift runs daily from 8:45 am.

Royal Walk (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Royal Walk (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)
Royal Walk (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Royal Walk (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)

Prices at Männlichen

The prices concern both the mountain railroads from Grindelwald or Wengen to and from Männlichen and round trips that include a hike.

Prices for adults - Grindelwaldbahn (CHF) in summer

cable carsinglereturn
Grindelwald Terminal-Männlichen32,0064,00
Grindelwald Terminal-Holenstein17,0034,00
round tripsTotal price
Grindelwald Terminal-Männlichen; Lieselotteweg (hike), Holenstein-Grindelwald Terminal49.00
Grindelwald Terminal-Männlichen; Panorama Trail (hike), Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald Grund62.00
Grindelwald Terminal-Männlichen; Romantic Path (Hiking), Alpiglen-Grindelwald Grund44,00
Grindelwald Terminal-Holenstein; Öpfelchüechliwegweg (hike), Brandegg-Grindelwald Grund25,00
Grindelwald Terminal-Holenstein; Hiking trail, Alpiglen-Grindelwald Grund29,00

Prices for adults -Wengenbahn (CHF) in summer

cable carsingleretour
Wengen-Männlichen26,0052,00
round triptotal price
Wengen-Männlichen; Lieselotteweg (hike), Holenstein-Grindelwald Terminal69,00
Wengen-Männlichen; Panorama trail (hiking), Kleine Scheidegg-Wengen52,00
Wengen-Männlichen; Romantic trail (hiking), Alpiglen-Kleine Scheidegg - Wengen68,00
Wengen-Männlichen; Öpfelchüechliweg (hike) Holenstein-Brandegg, Brandegg-Kleine Scheidegg-Wengen89,00
Wengen- Männlichen; Royal Walk, Männlichen-Grindelwald Terminal58,00
cable car with paragliderday ticket
adults: Wengen-Männlichen65.00
children and reduced: Wengen-Männlichen45,00

Combi prices for events (CHF) in summer

Jazzbrunch Combi TicketAdultswith Half-Fare Card/GA
combiticket (ascent, descent, brunch) from Wengen59,0046,00
combiticket (ascent, descent, brunch) from Grindelwald66,0054,00
combiticket (ascent, brunch) from Wengen46,0038,00
combiticket (mountain trip, brunch) from Grindelwald53,0043,00
Barbecue CombiticketAdultsChildren 12 to 15 yearsChildren up to 11 years
combiticket (ascent, descent, barbecue) from Wengen64,0044,0030,00
Mountain Brunch Combiticketadultswith Half-Fare Card/GA
combiticket (ascent, descent, brunch) from Wengen59,0046,00
combiticket (ascent, descent, brunch) from Grindelwald66,0054,00
combiticket (ascent, brunch) from Wengen46,0038,00
combiticket (ascent, brunch) from Grindelwald53,0043,00
jazz brunch or mountain brunch without cable car ticketprice
adults30,00
children 12 to 15 years20,00
children up to 11 years1,00 per year

Activities at Männlichen

Männlichen is a popular excursion area all year round

Popular summer activities are:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking and Summer Gemel (summer tobogganing)
  • Trail running
  • Alpine playground near the mountain house
  • Paragliding

Some of the most popular winter activities include:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Sledding, winter hiking and snowshoe tours
  • Alpine sightseeing flights by helicopter

There are also children's ski schools at Männlichen.

Children's playground (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Children's playground (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)
Nature (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Nature (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)

Hiking on Männlichen

The hiking map shows a good overview of all hiking possibilities. Hiking trail 61 between Männlichen and Holenstein is open for Summer Gemel (summer tobogganing).

Hiking trail no. 60 Royal Walk Männlichen - Männlichen summit

Only 900 meters long, this hiking trail starts at the top station of the gondola coming up from Grindelwald and passes the top station of the Wengen cable car. The hike takes about 25 minutes with 122 meters of elevation to climb. It is classified as moderately difficult, as it leads well uphill despite being pleasantly short. The path probably gets its name Royal Walk from the majestic view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The view also extends to the Breithorn, as far as Lake Thun and the Wetterhorn. **The hiking trail is also open for sledding

Hiking trail no. 61 Easy Männlichen - Holenstein

This easy hiking trail is also popular for a winter hike. The trail leads along the road and starts at the mountain station of the gondola and is groomed in winter. After just under six kilometers, Holenstein is reached. From here you can take the gondola lift down to Grindelwald. The trail leads along the Läger ski bar. The path leads steadily downhill and overcomes about 600 meters of altitude on the total distance. **It is also suitable for sledding and summer tobogganing (Summer Gemel)

Hiking trail no. 63 Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg

This hike is popular in winter. It starts at the mountain station of the cable car and leads via Tschuggen to Kleine Scheidegg. On a distance of about six kilometers, there are 224 meters of altitude difference in the ascent and 390 meters of altitude difference in the descent. It is a moderately difficult hike that requires good physical condition. **On the first section, hikers and sledders are on the same trail in winter

Hiking trail no. 67 Holenstein - Grindelwald Grund

The trail from Holenstein to Grindelwald Grund is a good six kilometers long. It leads over the Itramenstrasse and crosses the ski run 3 several times. It is not prepared as a toboggan run in winter and is therefore not suitable for tobogganing. The trail leads as an easy hike exclusively downhill.

Panorama trail to Kleine Scheidegg

From the Männlichen mountain station, the tour runs along the Höhenweg in a southerly direction and is 4.6 km long. The easy hike takes 1.5 hours and is particularly popular because of the fantastic view. The path leads almost exclusively downhill. At the same altitude along the eastern flank of Tschuggen, you come to Honegg and via Rotstöckli to Kleine Scheidegg. This path is passable from June to October. The way back to Grindelwald is by Wengernalpbahn.

Romantic path from Männlichen to Alpiglen

The Romantikweg starts almost parallel to the Panoramaweg at the Männlichen mountain station, but then heads off to the east. Via Teufenschlucht, Alp Gummi, Alp Bustiglen and Arvengarten the trail leads to Alpiglen. In total, the moderately difficult hike is just over seven kilometers long and takes about 2.5 hours. From Alpiglen you can take the Wengernalpbahn back to Grindelwald. The hike is possible from June to October.

Chamois Trail from Wengen to Männlichen

The ascent from Wengen is 6 kilometers with 950 meters of ascent. The demanding hike requires a good physical condition. In Gassen is reached shortly after Wengen. Here a momentous landslide occurred in 1971. Via the Parawengi junction, the panoramic ascent leads to the Männlichen plateau. This path can be hiked from June to October. It is called the chamois trail because chamois can regularly be observed on this stretch.

Royal Walk and Jungfrau Eiger Walk

Three short hikes between Männlichen and the Eiger glacier are combined to form a viewing tour:

  • Royal Walk
  • High trail Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg
  • Jungfrau Eiger Walk

Thus, the tour starts at the Männlichen mountain station and ends at the Eiger glacier. In total, this adds up to 8.6 kilometers, which also become a moderately difficult tour because of 420 meters of altitude in the ascent.

Panorama (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Panorama (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)
Romantic path (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)Romantic path (Photo: Männlichen Bergbahnen)

Mountain biking and summer tobogganing (Gemel) on Männlichen

Mountain biking is not always allowed everywhere. On weekends and between Wengen and Kleiner Scheidegg, the bike must be pushed if necessary. Mountain railroads do not take mountain bikes!

Mountainbiking

A bike map of Grindelwald shows the most beautiful tours.

KtBE Grindelwald - Männlichen - Zweilütschinen

This medium-difficulty tour covers almost 42 kilometers and includes almost 2000 meters of ascent and 2300 meters of descent. The route leads from Grindelwald (train station) - Kleine Scheidegg - Männlichen mountain station - Chilchenstein - Wengen (high trail above the village) - Spätenalp - Burglauenen to Zweilütschinen (train station). Attention: the route touches three nature reserves.

Between Zweilütschinen and Grindelwald the Bernese Oberlandbahn (BOB) runs about every twenty minutes and takes about 24 minutes.

Kleine Scheidegg

This mountain bike tour starts in Zweilütschinen at the station of the Bernese Oberlandbahn and leads along the rack railroads for long stretches. Via Gündlischwand - Lütschental it turns off shortly before the valley station of the Männlichen cable car even before Grindelwald in the direction of Aspen. Via the Bielwaldweg the trail continues to Arven and to Wengernalp and back via Wengen. The tour of medium difficulty is about 35 kilometers long. More than 1600 meters of altitude are climbed and descended.

Grindelwald - Männlichen (summit)

This mountain bike tour ends at the summit of Männlichen, the return trip is the same way. The ascent is very challenging in terms of sport with about 1,300 meters of altitude, but free of motorized traffic. An asphalt road leads up to the Männlichen mountain hotel. A further one hundred meters or so in altitude are covered on passable gravel to the summit, the last stretch even on foot. Sturdy shoes are important. The best time for this tour is from July to October.

KtBE Grindelwald-Männlichen-Grindelwald

Classified as a difficult tour, it starts and ends in Grindelwald. It is 37 kilometers long and includes 2000 meters of ascent and 2100 meters of descent. The route runs via the Mättenberg bridge - Aspen -Tschuggen -Kleine Scheidegg - Berghaus Männlichen - Wengen and via the Schildboden trail back to Grindelwald. Attention: the nature reserves Feldmoos, In Erlen and Sattelegg / Am undren Brand are on the way.

Summer Gemel on Männlichen

With a Summer Gemel (also known as Mountaincart) you can drive down the slope between the top station Männlichen and the middle station Holenstein in summer. The route for the Summer Gemel starts at an altitude of 2,225 meters and leads down about 600 meters over a length of 6 kilometers.

Tickets are available at the mountain railroad stores in Wengen, Grindelwald or directly at the Männlichen mountain station. The Gemel sled is issued in the Pit Shop at the top station and must be returned in person at the Holenstein middle station.

Facts:

  • 30-45 min ride time
  • 6 km route
  • 600 meters of altitude descent
  • 10 years minimum age (when accompanied by an adult)
  • 130 cm minimum height

Opening hours:

  • From 10.00 - 16.00 (Friday - Sunday)
  • Last briefing at 13.45 hrs

Starting fee 2021:

  • Adults CHF 35.- (max. 80 kg)
  • Children CHF 25.-
Gemel (Photo: Jungfrau Region)Gemel (Photo: Jungfrau Region)
Gemel (Photo: Jungfrau Region)Gemel (Photo: Jungfrau Region)

Trail running

Trairunning is particularly challenging on Männlichen

Uphill trail Männlichen U2

The Uphill Trail is described as the toughest uphill in Grindelwald with 1290 meters of altitude to climb over a length of 9.2 kilometers. It starts at Grindelwald Grund and there you can also park your car. The end of the route is at the Männlichen mountain station. Best time: May to October

At the foot of the Dreigestirn No. 31

This trail starts and ends at the Grindelwald sports center. 1938 vertical meters are to be overcome in 6-7 hours. The route of the Eiger Ultra Trail routes E101 and E53 are first taken from Burglauenen via Wengen. Already in Wengen the snow-covered Jungfrau massif can be seen. Zigzagging, the Gemsweg trail continues up to Männlichen. Here you have the choice of taking the cable car back down to the valley. Alternatively, continue walking to the Holenstein middle station. The trail back to the valley follows the Öpfelchüechliweg to Brandegg and from here to Grindelwald Grund.

Sennen playground

The Sennenspielplatz is located directly at the Männlichen mountain lodge. It has swings, a seesaw, small trampolines, climbing facilities and a bowling alley with balls. Next to it is a huge cow that immediately catches the eye. Lieselotte is the name of the cow, which is said to come from a small village in Germany.

She is on vacation in Switzerland. Lieselotte is 8.5 meters high and is made of wood and steel. She can be explored inside and outside, has a slide and a viewing platform. Parents can see directly onto the playground from the sun terrace of the Berghaus.

Paragliding

Paragliders can be transported on mountain trips with the aerial cableway leading from Wengen to Männlichen. Cheap day tickets are available for this at the valley station

Tandem paragliding flights are offered by several flying schools. They start near the mountain inn and take about twenty to thirty minutes. The view is always of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. The difference in altitude between the starting and landing points is between 945 and 1,690 meters.

Among the providers are for example:

Männlichen is often used as a starting point for smaller or larger cross-country flights. Pure gliding flights leading down to the valley station or as far as Lauterbrunnen are also very popular because of the impressive view. In winter, it is even possible to take off in a south-westerly direction (steep west / south-west slope).

Launch sites at Männlichen

Männlichen summit

  • GPS coordinates:46° 37' 6.61'' N,7° 56' 19.17'' E
  • Start direction east-southeast
  • 2.340 meters above sea level
  • Starting direction: 67.5° - 112.5°

From the top station of the gondola it takes 15 minutes to walk to the launch site, a medium steep meadow.

**Mountain station

  • GPS coordinates:46° 36' 37.4'' N,7° 56' 33.0'' E
  • Launch direction southwest-west
  • 2.220 meters above sea level
  • Takeoff direction: 202.5° - 247.5°

From Wengen cable car mountain station about 10 minutes walk north to the launch site, a flat area.

**Little Tschuggen

  • GPS coordinates:46° 36' 22.79'' N,7° 56' 42.26'' E
  • Launch direction northwest
  • 2.240 meters above sea level
  • Starting direction: 292.5° - 337.5°

From the Wengen cable car mountain station it is a 10 minute walk in the direction of Tschuggen- Lauberhorn to the take-off site, a medium steep meadow.

Landing sites at Männlichen

ground

  • GPS coordinates:46° 37' 13.14'' N,8° 1' 45.89'' E
  • 950 meters above sea level
  • Caution: often strong valley wind

The easy landing site is located at the bottom of the valley, 300m southeast of the Grindelwald valley station and close to the camping site.

Lauterbrunnen at the heliport

  • GPS coordinates:46° 35' 15.29'' N,7° 54' 44.19'' E
  • 790 meters above sea level
  • Attention: Flights to Lauterbrunnen must be announced at the heliport of Air Glacier under Tel. 033 8 560 560.

The landing site is located one kilometer south of the village center in the valley.

Zweilütschinen

  • GPS coordinates:46° 37' 57.36'' N,7° 54' 8.0'' E
  • 650 meters above sea level
  • Caution: often very strong valley wind !

The landing site is free of obstacles and is located east of the railroad station.

Lauterbrunnen Camping Site

  • GPS coordinates:46° 35' 15.29'' N,7° 54' 30'' E
  • 790 meters above sea level
  • Caution: often very strong valley wind !

This is the usual landing place of the tandem pilots. It is located one kilometer south of the village center in the valley and vis-a-vis the heliport.

Often landing is allowed on mowed meadows near the parking lots of the train station.

Alpine playground (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Alpine playground (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)
Alpine playground (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Alpine playground (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)

Skiing and snowboarding on Männlichen

The ski season at Männlichen starts in the first week of December and ends around mid-April.

The piste map of the ski area Grindelwald-Wengen shows all currently open pistes, cable cars and lifts.

The terrain is kept pleasantly wide and the slopes are regularly groomed. A snowmaking system provides for snow replenishment in case of insufficient snowfall. The lifts and cable cars are modern and run in short intervals.

Against the backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the ski areas are interconnected and allow direct access to the Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen lifts.

Ski course kids at Männlichen

There are two ski lifts at Männlichen:

Tschuggen ski lift

The Tschuggen T-bar lift has a T-bar/anchor. It was built in 1966 and starts at 1,707 meters above sea level. Up to the top station at 2,045 meters, it climbs 345 meters in altitude over a length of about 1.5 kilometers. The transport takes about eleven minutes at 2.5 meters per second. The Tschuggen ski lift runs in the winter season in the morning from 9:00 am.

Männlichen ski lift

The Männlichen platter lift climbs 44 meters in altitude over a length of 330 meters. The ride takes about 2.5 minutes. It was built in 2018. The ski lift runs daily from 9:00 am in the winter season.

Winter hiking, sledging and snowshoe tours on Männlichen

The routes used in summer as popular hiking trails on Männlichen are popular in winter for winter hiking and in some cases also as sledging routes For winter, this piste map is a good guide to the sledging runs and winter hiking trails.

Good sledding trails include these hiking trails:

  • 60 Männlichen summit
  • 61 Easy Männlichen Holenstein

Snowshoe tours on Männlichen

Some snowshoe tours already start in Grindelwald. To go on a trail with snowshoes on Männlichen, it is best to take the mountain railroad. The best time for snowshoe tours is between December and March.

Eiger Trail No. 7 from Holenstein to Brandegg

On this trail, the view of the Eiger north face dominates and fascinates. Six kilometers with only slight inclines totaling about 125 meters of ascent make the trail an easy snowshoe hike. It starts at the middle station of the Männlichen mountain railroad and ends in Brandegg at the Wengernalpbahn. The "summer" Eiger Trail takes a different route.

Aspen Trail No. 6 to Vorsassi

Aspen is accessible hourly via bus line 123 from Grindelwald train station. The moderately difficult snowshoe tour is only 1300 meters long, but contains 219 meters of ascent on this short route. It leads over snowy mats first uphill towards Moosgaden. The trail then follows the snow-covered forest road to Vorsassi at the lower part of the Itramenwald. Here the trail meets the Eiger Trail No. 7. To the right the Eiger Trail leads to Holenstein and to the left it goes to Brandegg.

Winter hiking (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Winter hiking (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)
Skiing (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Skiing (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)

Alpine sightseeing flights at Männlichen

Helicopter flights are booked primarily because of the good view of the four-thousand-meter peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The flight almost always takes you over the area of the Männlichen Group and the Wengen-Grindelwald ski area. There are various providers and different flight bases for this region, some of which are listed here:

helicopterflight

Helikopterflug is a provider of helicopter flights with several flight bases. For the Jungfrau/Männlichen flight area, the airport in Lauterbrunnen is used.

Eiger North Face

The starting point is the airfield in Lauterbrunnen. The flight itself takes about 13-15 minutes. The flight is carried out with five passengers. It goes from Zweilütschinen through the Grindelwald valley, flies over the Männlichen ski area and on to the Eiger North Face. Over the vacation region Grindelwald the flight goes back to Lauterbrunnen.

Jungfraujoch

About 20 minutes lasts the helicopter flight, which is also carried out from Lauterbrunnen. The flight initially has the same route as the flight to the Eiger North Face, but continues from there to the Jungfrau. Via Silberhorn and Wengen it goes back to Lauterbach.

Swiss Helicopter

Flights are made by helicopter from Gsteigwiler airport near Interlaken, and in winter from Männlichen to carry out sightseeing flights in the Jungfrau region. Flights go from all 14 flight bases to the Männlichen ski area and from Belp to the Mutthornhütte.

Other flights to/from or over Männlichen are offered by Swiss Helicopter online.

Great Glacier Flight UNESCO World Heritage Site

This sightseeing flight leads from Gsteigwiler via Zweilütschinen and Grindelwaldtal to the Eiger north face. Over the Mittellegi ridge it continues to the south side, over the Eismeer, the Ewigschneefeld and the Konkordiaplatz. Subsequently, Lötschenlücke, Petersgrat and Schilthorn are flown over before returning to Gsteigwiler.

From Männlichen (only in winter) the flight starts at the Eiger north face and then also leads over the Mittellegigrat to the south side. Then it continues over Eismeer, Ewigschneefeld, Konkordiaplatz, Lötschenlücke and Petersgrat. From Silberhorn it continues to the Jungfrau north side and Kleine Scheidegg and finally ends back in Männlichen. This round flight takes place from 4 persons.

Flight to the skiing area Männlichen

You can fly directly into the Männlichen ski area by helicopter. Beforehand, coffee and croissants are served at the flight base, for example in Gordola on Lake Maggiore. The day ticket is included in the price and at the end of the day there is a small aperitif before departure. The flight is carried out with a minimum of 3 persons. Swiss Helicopter has 14 flight bases.

Times:

  • 08:15 am at the base, departure 8:30 am
  • 15:30 aperitif, departure 16 o'clock

Mutthornhütte

Flights to the Mutthornhütte are operated from the flight base Belp. Over Thun, Interlaken and the Männlichen ski area, the flight goes to the Eiger North Face. From here the helicopter flies on over the Eiger glacier, past the Mönch and Jungfrau to the Silberhorn.

After Breithorn and Tschingelhorn, the helicopter lands at the Mutthornhütte, an SAC hut. It stands at 3,000 meters above sea level. Lunch or a snack can be eaten on the terrace with an impressive view. The way back is via the Gasterental or the Kiental.

The pure flight time is about 50 minutes, the whole excursion takes two hours. This excursion is carried out only in summer from mid-June to mid-September. Since ten minutes are spent walking over ice and snow, sturdy shoes are very important.

Aletsch Glacier (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Aletsch Glacier (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
Aletsch Glacier (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Aletsch Glacier (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Events at Männlichen

Numerous events are held on Männlichen, especially during the summer season. The current events can be seen on the Männlichenbahnen website.

A selection:

Gemsentrophy

The Gemsentrophy is a sporting competition. Whoever reaches the top station faster than in 75 minutes gets the return trip to Wengen for free. To do this, the participant's card must be stamped at the valley station, at the Parwengi checkpoint and on arrival at the top station. By handing in the card to the railroad staff, everyone automatically takes part in the competition.

Alphorn blowers

On 08.08.2021 about 100 alphorn blowers will come together from 09:00 - 16:00. They will play together at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. In between individual performances take place according to the appropriate announcement. This event takes place every three years since 2016.

Traditional costume festival

The annual Trachtenfest on Männlichen has been organized by the Trachtengruppe Buochs since 1959. Traditional dances, Innerschweizer Geisslechlöpfer, an alphorn trio and a yodel duet are always included

Mountain Spring Festival

The Mountain Spring Festival thrives on folkloristic performances by various groups. These include a yodeling group, a traditional costume group, alphorn blowers, a country band and the Schlitzohre Rüschegg Schwyzerörgeli quartet.

Jazz brunch

For the jazz brunch, offered between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm at Berghaus Männlichen, there will be musical entertainment from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm by the Full Steam Jazzband. To make a reservation, call this number: Reservations required by calling +41 33 853 10 68.

Barbecue

On Tuesdays and additionally on August 01 (National Holiday), the barbecue starts with the 19:00 mountain trip from Web'ngen and ends with the valley trip at 21:45. Connections to and from Lauterbrunnen are available Registration by 12:00 noon the day before by e-mail to [email protected] or by phone +41 33 855 29 33. Advance payment or credit card guarantee is required

Lauberhorn Race

The Lauberhornrennen takes place every year in January on the Männlichen. It lasts three days and a visit can be well combined with a ski day at Männlichen.

Eiger Ultra Trail

The difficult Eiger Ultra Trail takes place over a weekend in mid-July. Stage points are

  • Grosse Scheidegg,
  • First,
  • Faulhorn,
  • Schynige Platte,
  • Wengen,
  • Männlichen,
  • Kleine Scheidegg
  • Traverse under the Eiger North Face

A total of 6,700 meters of elevation gain over 101 kilometers must be completed on the E101 route. The trail is a particularly tough test for every participant.

Männlichen Mountain Spring festival (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Männlichen Mountain Spring festival (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)
Chamois Trophy (Photo: Andre Maurer Bergbahnen Männlichen)Chamois Trophy (Photo: Andre Maurer Bergbahnen Männlichen)

Mountain huts, restaurants and ski bars at Männlichen

Some mountain restaurants are open in summer and winter. Ski bars are added in winter. After a hike, several ski or toboggan tours, sun terraces are ideal for resting and soaking up the sun. Everywhere on Männlichen and in the whole skiing area Grindelwald-Wengen the necessary catering is provided.

Berghaus Männlichen

The Männlichen mountain lodge stands on the ridge directly between the Grindelwald valley and the Lauterbrunnen valley. The Berghaus is open summer and winter and also offers overnight accommodation in single, double and triple rooms. It is situated 2,225 meters above sea level. In summer several hiking trails start here, in winter it is located in the middle of the skiing area.

The restaurant offers Swiss specialties and has a large sun terrace and in winter a snow bar. In summer the Sennen playground is open.

The following seats are available

  • Panorama restaurant with 320 seats
  • Tschuggenstube with 130 seats
  • Eigerstube with 96 seats
  • Alpenstübli with 34 seats
  • Arvenstübli with 28 seats
  • Large terrace with almost 400 seats

Vorsass-Stuba

The Vorsass-Stuba is located on valley slope 3 between Holenstein and Grindelwald in the Männlichen ski area. Nearby, the sledding and hiking trail from Hohlenstein to Grindelwald and also the snowshoe trail pass by. There is a large terrace and 40 indoor seats with stove.

Open from mid-December to Easter daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Skibar Läger at Männlichen

During the winter season, the Skibar Läger am Männlichen mainly offers snacks and small snacks (hot and cold). The ski bar is located not far from the Läger chairlift.

Restaurant Eigernordwand - Station Kleine Scheidegg

The Eigernordwand restaurant is located at 2,070 meters above sea level at the Kleine Scheidegg station. In addition to a staffed restaurant, there is also self-service. In addition to Swiss specialties, a selection of Asian dishes is offered. The view of the Eiger North Face gave the restaurant its name.

Mountain house (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Mountain house (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)
Mountain house (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)Mountain house (Photo: Bergbahnen Männlichen)

Mountain Restaurant Brandegg

The Restaurant Brandegg is closed for renovation until December 2021.

The Brandegg mountain restaurant is located at 1,335 meters above sea level at the foot of the Wetterhorn. Several hiking trails pass by here, for example the Öpfelchüechli trail. It is directly accessible by the Wengernalpbahn. There are 180 seats in the restaurant here and another 280 seats on the terrace.

In winter, the Eiger-Run sledging trail and the Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald ski slope run alongside the mountain restaurant. It is also accessible via winter hiking trails.

Holzer Bar

The quaint Holzer Bar can be reached on the Tschuggen - Kleine Scheidegg - Grindelwald valley run. Here you can get Holzhacker bacon, Chäsbrätel, alpine cheese, mulled wine, Holdrio and more. The Holzer Bar is located about 300 meters above the Restaurant Aspen.

Restaurant Aspen

The restaurant of the Hotel Aspen is open all year round. It has an indoor restaurant and an alpine parlor for 25 people as well as a large sun terrace. Only a few meters along the Itramenstrasse is the Restaurant Jägerstübli. Here you can get mainly burgers and nuggets. Bus 123 takes you from Grindelwald train station to Aspen every hour.

Start bar

At the start of the Lauberhorn downhill run is the Start-Bar at 2320m. The sun terrace has a direct view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Grilled specialties are available here.

Mary's Café/Hexehüsli

The Hexehüsli is located at the finish of the Lauberhorn downhill run, about 1 km outside Wengen in Schiltwald. The menu includes typical Swiss specialties and daily changing lunch menus. The homemade cakes are very popular.

Climate at Männlichen

The summit of Männlichen is located at 2342 m above sea level. Here, a light wind blows almost constantly, sometimes reaching 20-30 km/h in the winter months. In winter, the daily average reaches -5 degrees Celsius, at night -14 degrees Celsius.

Nights are cold even in summer. During the day, an average of 13 degrees Celsius is reached in the months of July and August. At night, the average value in these months is 3 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius are possible even during the day in midsummer, as soon as the clouds move in. The weather often changes very quickly here on the mountain.

For activities on Männlichen you should therefore always have warm clothing with you, especially windproof jackets. On hikes lasting several hours, the onion technique is recommended for clothing. Sturdy and ankle-high mountain boots are a must

Hiking Panorama Trail (Photo: Männlichen)Hiking Panorama Trail (Photo: Männlichen)
Winter hiking (Photo: Männlichen by.davidbirri)Winter hiking (Photo: Männlichen by.davidbirri)

Location and approach to Männlichen

Männlichen is a mountain in the foothills of the Bernese Alps. Its summit is 2342 m above sea level. Two cable cars lead to Männlichen: one from Wengen, the other from Grindelwald. The mountain peak can be reached quickly by cable car from Grindelwald as well as from Wengen.

On foot, you can reach Männlichen from Grindelwald via a road in about a four-hour walk. From Wengen, it takes about three hours to reach Männlichen on a narrow and steep footpath.

Arrival by car

The fastest route for those arriving from Basel or Geneva is via Bern. For those arriving from Zurich, it is best to take the direction of Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open all year round.

Those traveling from the south will enter this region via the Grimsel or Susten Passes. It should be noted that these two passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, the Simplon Pass can be driven. After that, the Lötschberg car transport is available.