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Jun 10, 2019 - 4:59 PM

I am really looking forward to my upcoming Switzerland trip in a few weeks. I will have 5 days in Basel (work related) and then 7 days in the Jungfrau region. I had made reservations for 2 days in Meiringen and 5 days in Wengen.

I made the Meiringen reservations because I wanted to spend a day taking the Gelmerbahn and hiking around the Gelmersee and also a day hiking to the Trift Bridge. It appears that these areas still have quite a bit of snow and they are delaying the openings due to avalanche risks. I was looking into other options in the area (if they are still closed when I get there) and would like to take the train up to the Brienzer Rothorn but then would like to do some hiking from the top. It appears that there are 2 options besides the Brienzer Rothorn train to get back down (Sorenberg cable car or Turren cable car). I am leaning towards the Turren-->Lungren cable car because the bus option from Sorenberg back to Meiringen is 2 hrs and does not run frequently whereas the train from Lungren to Meiringen runs hourly and is less than an hour ride.

Does anyone have any photos along the hike from the top rail station to the cable car at Turren. Are there long stretches where there are drop offs on both sides? Is snow usually a problem on this trail at the end of June?

I was on the SBB website looking at times for the cable car and the times are listed but you can't purchase any tickets (even when a put in future dates) so I was concerned this wasn't in operation either. Any information on this hike would be greatly appreciated.

On a 2nd note - I also saw that they had delayed the opening of the Schynigge Platte train (an area where I also planned to hike). This area must have gotten a lot of snow this year. I live in the New England region of the US and we got minimal snow this year (I guess it all went to you!).

Thanks again, this has been my go to site for all planning!!


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Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Hi Stephanie,

A week in the Jungfrau region is definitely something to look forward for! Basel is not bad either by the way: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/basel.

Whether those hikes are possible depends on the temperatures the coming weeks. Do check for the trail status at the tourist office before you go.

I haven't done the hike to Turren, but I know that it's a 3 hour route with steep sections, also at least one longer section with drop-offs on both sites as it's on a ridge. Not sure how steep exactly. It's without a doubt a beautiful hike, but not the easiest one. You will need good weather without too much wind and no snow on the trail.

You only need the SBB website for schedules, not for cable car tickets: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable. You can buy them on the spot, and perhaps in Brienz too.

More hiking suggestions are here: www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland/activiti es.

Have fun!

Last modified on Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM by Arno


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