Which route is easier?

Which route is easier?

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bat23
bat23
16 posts
new member
Feb 5, 2013 - 7:43 AM
Hello to Everyone,
I'm having trouble to find which section is is easier and downhill and which section is uphill: Winteregg to Murren or Murren to Winteregg?

I've read it is better view to go Winteregg to Murren but also Murren to Winteregg is beautiful (although some views on the back). Am I right?

Which one is easier?
Olga
Olga
460 posts
top member
Feb 5, 2013 - 9:03 AM
Hello bat23,

From Winteregg to Mürren is a bit more uphill. In my opinion the views are more stunning when you're hiking in the Mürren direction, but that's a matter of taste I guess. And like you said: in fact it's the same.

(The difference in altitute between Winteregg and Mürren is about 60 meters, but it's a bit climbing and descending.)
Arno
Arno
7311 posts
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Feb 6, 2013 - 2:05 AM
Hi,

Most of the trails on this site include an altitude profile, so you instantly see whether it's up- or downhill, and how much altitude difference there is. For example, see the Grütschalp - Winteregg - Mürren trail.
Yumalation
Yumalation
8 posts
new member
Feb 16, 2013 - 4:31 PM
Is the old railway line from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen now a hiking path? If so, is it the easiest hike up to Wengen/down to Lauterbrunnen?
How long does it take between these villages uphill/downhill?

Another question: what are my chances to get a cloudless day on Jungfrau in mid-July? I have only two days..
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
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moderator
Feb 17, 2013 - 2:34 PM
Hi Yumulation. There's a good hiking path between Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. It's a steep route in curves and it's hard to say what's tougher, as that depends on your physical condition: the uphill variant will demand more of your lung capacity, the downhill variant more of your knees and legs :-). The height difference is about 380 metres. Official hiking times are about 1h for Wengen-Lauterbrunnen and 1h20 for Lauterbrunnen-Wengen, but in most cases you'll need more time.

It's very hard to predict anything about the weather. July is generally a sunny and warm month, but there are no guarantees. It's always wise to have some back-up plans for bad weather.

By the way, if you have other questions, you can best make a new topic rather then attaching them to this older one, as requested in the forum rules. Thank you!
Jamesbyrne
Jamesbyrne
1 post
new member
Feb 18, 2013 - 4:21 AM
In my opinion it depends on your choice and your physical condition because It's a steep route in curves.
Yumalation
Yumalation
8 posts
new member
Feb 21, 2013 - 5:28 PM
Thanks Annika and James.

Is it possible to walk the old railway line between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen?

I will go according to the rules from now on..
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 22, 2013 - 3:56 AM
Hi Yumulation. As far as I know, the old railway partly runs along the footpath, but it's forbidden and dangerous to use the railway line itself.
Wandermann
Wandermann
297 posts
top member
Feb 22, 2013 - 9:55 AM
Hi Yumulation,

I don't have much of an answer. But looking at photo's in Google Earth it seems the old railway track has been partially (maybe even completely?) removed. There will be no trains running.
Yumalation
Yumalation
8 posts
new member
Feb 22, 2013 - 2:01 PM
That's right, Wandermann.
  • 2007 Plans are announced to decommission and dismantle the old line between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen because of the steep gradient of 25% and the geological security risks.
  • 2009 The track is dismantled on the old line between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.

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