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Jungfrau, Silberhorn, Breithorn from Männlichen

The majestic view of the Jungfrau, Silberhorn and Breithorn from Männlichen, in the heart of the Jungfrau region.

Viewing point Männlichen

The Männlichen is a 2343 m high mountain in Switzerland’s famous Jungfrau region, to be reached by cable car and gondola. It offers spectacular views over a wide area and is the starting point for several hikes.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Beautiful rides up to Männlichen and spectacular views

The Männlichen is a 2343 m high mountain in the heart of Switzerland’s famous Jungfrau region. It can be reached in two ways: by cable car from Wengen and by gondola from Grindelwald. For a small surcharge, passengers can access the roof of the cable car from Wengen, enjoying the 6-minute ride in the open air. This is known as the 'Royal Ride'. The comfortable 10-passenger gondolas from Grindelwald get you up to Männlichen in 20 minutes full of scenic beauty. At the summit, views of the Jungfrau area await you.

What to expect at the top

Once you get off the cable car or gondola, you can enjoy stunning views of the Jungfrau region, including the famous trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Many more mountain tops can be admired, as well as the valleys of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald and the area surrounding Interlaken. The mountain guest house offers several restaurants, a large terrace and hotel rooms. Children can enjoy themselves at the playground.

Hiking and other activities in summer

Männlichen is the starting point for several trails that aren’t too challenging, but still guarantee great views:

  • You can take a 25 minutes’ hike up to the actual summit of the Männlichen for even wider views. This is the 'Royal Walk'.
  • Most famous is the popular panoramic hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, with continuous views of the Bernese Alps.

Longer hiking routes are available as well. And there’s more than hiking:

  • summer sledding with 'Summer Gemel' bikes;
  • paragliding;
  • mountainbiking;
  • the Chamois Trophy for true athletes: for a small fee you get to hike up from Wengen to Männlichen with fully automated chronometry. The fee also includes a goodie bag, a beer at the summit and a ride down to Wengen.

Activities in winter

In winter, several hiking trails will be groomed, so you can explore the snowy Männlichen area on foot. Skiing, snowboarding and sledding are popular too. There’s even a children’s ski school.

How to prepare

Clear skies are important, as clouds may block the views while you’re relaxing at the top or hiking. Check weather forecasts before you leave. Make sure you dress in multiple layers, allowing you to adapt to changing temperatures, wind and other circumstances throughout the day. Don’t forget sun glasses, and make sure you have solid shoes and appropriate gear when hiking.

A trip to Männlichen takes about half a day or less. If you combine your visit with a hike, this can result in a full day trip.

Combine your visit to Männlichen with other activities

The Männlichen is in the heart of the Jungfrau region and can be combined with other activities:

Find more activities in the Jungfrau region here.

Insider tips about Männlichen

  • For a small surcharge, you can experience the cable car ride from Wengen to Männlichen from the rooftop. This is the so-called “Royal Ride”.
  • You can book a stay at the mountain guest house and wake up to the best views of the Jungfrau region.
  • Not comfortable with heights? Access Männlichen from the Grindelwald: this gondola ride takes a bit longer, but is less steep than the cable car ride from Wengen.
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