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 in summer months, enjoying the 6 minutes’ 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 about 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. Most noticeable is Switzerland’s famous mountain 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
If possible, you should definitely try one of the hiking trails. 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;
- the Chamois Trophy for true athletes: if you manage to reach the summit on foot from Wengen in less than 75 minutes, you’ll be rewarded with a free ride down.
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. Carefully 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 easily be combined with other activities. Here are some suggestions:
Find more activities in the Jungfrau region here.