Visit Eiger Trail and Grindelwald (First) same day

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May 30, 2018 - 6:28 AM


I am trying to plan one of my days spent in the Jungfrau region where I would like to walk the Eiger Trail and visit Grindelwald/First (and go to Bachalpsee) in the same day - we are based in Wengen (travel is in the last week of June this year).

I am considering: starting in Wengen and travelling to First to start the day, then travelling back to Alpiglen station to start the Eiger trail there and ending at Eigergletscher. Then heading back to Wengen.

I have several questions:

1. Is this doable in one day?

2. Which is better to do first? My trouble is planning what is the best route in terms of saving time and money (I am in the process of finalising our itinerary and so have not yet decided which of the Swiss Travel Pass rt Half Fare Card will be more beneficial but will definitely be investing in one).

I am a very tedious planner and Switzerland has proven to be a lot more intricate than initially expected!

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,


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top member
May 30, 2018 - 1:01 PM in reply to sdad19

Hi Sharon and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. I haven't done those hikes but I'm thinking it might be a bit much.
    First to Bachalpsee is about 2.5 hours round trip (plus time spent at the lake). Then the trail from Alpigen to Eigergletscher is another 7km or so... once after you arrive from First/Grindelwald.
    You can read a little about that hike here: https://www.walkingswi
  2. As far as choosing the best rail pass, you'll want to plan out the trips you plan on making each day then finding prices and doing the math to compare to rail passes. Read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass: https://www.myswissalp ses/practical/choosera ilpass

I'm sure other members who've done one or both hikes can give me concrete details for you.

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May 30, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Hi Sharon

i have done both hikes and would say they are doable if your in reasonable shape but it will be somewhat arduous. I would definitely go the opposite direction by starting on train from Wengen to KS to Eigergletcher and starting the Eiger trail from there. That way you will hike downhill to Alpiglen where you can have lunch at the outdoor cafe. This is way easier than going uphill from Alpiglen to Eigergletcher. Eiger trail rated 2:50 hrs. From Alpiglen take train to Grindelwald and cable car to First and hike out and back to Bachalpsee. Rated 1:40 hrs and is a fairly flat wide path really a road. You can return to Wengen by train or take cable car from Grund to Wengen by way of Männlichen,very scenic. Mark

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May 31, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Hi Lucas and Mark,

Thank you both for your helpful responses!

I did anticipate that it'll be a very long and tiring day but due to our lack of time in the area we wanted to really push to try and do both.

Thank you, Mark, for the route suggestion. I'll definitely take that on board in my planning.


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