Aug 17, 2020 - 2:53 PM
I've hiked the high route (via Tschingelhorn) probably 20 times so quite familiar with it. I've come down the lower route once, many years ago. And Tanzbödeli route once as well. My thoughts:
1. The high route has a quite steep pitch upon leaving Stechelberg but the path is well maintained and without exposure. It goes on for quite a bit but once you are through that section the going isn't nearly as steep.
2. The lower route has shorter, less steep sections. The overall route is longer than the high route, as of course you can tell from the map
3. Neither of these routes is as challenging as Schynige Platte to First. The terrain is easier to navigate and the routes are much shorter. For example, the high route can easily be done in 2 hours.
4. If you want to do a loop (good idea), I'd go up the high route and down the low. The long-ish, steep pitch up from Stechelberg is rather tedious to go down.
5. Good choice to avoid Tanzbödeli. I say that only because I have a considerable fear of heights and the section just around Tanzbödeli has lots of exposure.
6. If you want to extend your hike or take a short day hike during your full day at Obersteinberg you can hike up to the Oberhornsee. The "See" looks like a large lake from the valley floor but, in fact, it is a rather small pond. I'm not saying it's not worth doing, just keep your expectations in check!
You have probably already learned this from your investigation but Obersteinberg Hotel has no electricity, only cold running water in the shared toilets, no showers.