>> We are planning to go from Grindelwald to the Schilthorn (June) We'll have both a SwissTravel Pass and an Oberland Regional pass. Originially, this was the plan: 1...Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen by train 2. cable car to Grutschalp 3 Train to Murren 4.cable car to Birg to Schilthorn However, I see there is a gondola from Grindelwald to Mannlichen. Is this an alternative way to get to Grutschalp and then to Murren to Schilthorn instead of going to Lauterbrunnen?
No matter which route you choose, you will have to get to Lauterbrunnen before proceeding further.
Options for getting to Lauterbrunnen are:
- Train Grindelwald > Zweilütschinen > Lauterbrunnen
- Train Grindelwald > Kleine Scheidegg > Lauterbrunnen
Then the route you asked about above, which is more complicated:
- Train Grindelwald > Grindelwald Grund station
- Walk Grindelwald Grund Station > Männlichen gondola valley station
- Gondola Grindelwald Grund > Männlichen
- Short walk on Männlichen from gondola station to cable car station
- Cable car Männlichen > Wengen
- Short walk in Wengen from cable car valley station to railway station
- Train Wengen > Lauterbrunnen
You will need to study the validity maps for the Swiss Travel Pass and Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland, as a variety of free travel, 50% discount or 25% discount applies, depending on sector and pass used. Please note that if you have a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, and got a discount on the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland because of this, you will have to use a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass Flex in order to use the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland.
Once you have reached Lauterbrunnen, you can go up via Grütschalp as you have already described, or else get a bus from Lauterbrunnen to the cable car valley station at Stechelberg and go up from there by cable car. You could also walk from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, but that would of course take longer.
I have attached a diagram of the transport routes in the Jungfrau Region to help you visualise it.
>> Which would you recommend?
I would recommend the fastest route, which will take almost 1.75 hours, i.e. train Grindelwald > Zweilütschinen > Lauterbrunnen > bus to Stechelberg > cable car Mürren > Birg > Schilthorn. If you take longer to get there, you run the risk of clouds closing in and obscuring the views before you arrive. The fastest route is usually the cable car from Stechelberg to Mürren, which connects directly with the cable car to the Schilthorn. If you go up to Mürren via Grütschalp, you will need to walk to the other end of the village to get the cable car to the Schilthorn. That takes 15-20 minutes.
You can take a more circuitous route on the way back, but make sure you know what time the last cable cars and gondolas run, and what time the last train goes down from Kleine Scheidegg. Mountain transport tends to stop running much earlier than transport between towns and villages.