Alpine Bike, Stage 12: Grindelwald – Interlaken
The ascent leads mostly over the asphalt road to Kleine Scheidegg. The descent via Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken is varied and technically easy to ride.
A special feature of this ascent is its proximity to the Eiger. Like a patron saint, he sits enthroned above the alpine road to Kleine Scheidegg. From the Kleine Scheidegg railway station, the 12km descent begins over gravel roads and leads to Lauterbrunnen. From time to time, you will find yourself stopping to soak in the clean fresh air and admire a magnificent panorama of the snow-capped peaks of the Bernese Alps. From Lauterbrunnen, the trail continues and follows the Lütschine river to Interlaken. If you feel, you can further continue towards Lake Brienz or Lake Thun and cool off in the turquoise waters. Otherwise, just lock your bike up at the nearest station in Interlaken and go for a swim in the Aare.
Unfortunately, there are no single trails available on this route.
- 5 hours
- 1250 vm
- 1700 vm
- Starting Point
- Railway station Grindelwald
- Ending Point
- Railway station Interlaken Ost
- Recommended season
For advanced riders it is advised to follow the Lauberhorn Trail which begins on Kleine Scheidegg.
- Mountain bike (well maintained)
- Repair kit
- First aid kit
- Helmet, gloves and bike bell
- Proper attire for the weather condition
(It is recommended to always check the weather conditions the day prior to riding. We recommend to always bring a rain jacket)
- Carry adequate supplies of food and water
- Please observe the signs and guidelines for mountain bike riders online as well as on the path
- Wearing gloves, helmet and MTB/Bike protective gear is recommended.
- Use only the marked paths and roads. Always follow the signs.
- Always close gates and pasture fences behind you.
- Respect hikers, plants and animals
- Hikers always have priority
- Assess your own abilities and your physical condition carefully before riding
- Use of the unmarked routes are at your own risk.
More information and links
Railway station Grindelwald
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Railway station Interlaken Ost
Step by Step Directions
Grindelwald - Brandegg - Mettla - Kleine Scheidegg - Wengernalp - Hannegg - Allmend - Wengen - Lauterbrunnen - Zweilütschinen - Gsteigwiler - Wilderswil - Interlaken
Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.
From Interlaken Ost railway station we reach Grindelwald without changing trains on the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB). Important: Get on the rear part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you get on at the front, you will end up in Lauterbrunnen. The journey takes 30 minutes to Grindelwald Terminal (V-Bahn). Three minutes later we are at the terminal in the village.
There are three stations in Grindelwald (Terminal, Grund and Dorf). The terminal station (Dorf) is in the centre of Grindelwald.
From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.
From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.
From Interlaken we follow the main road to Zweilütschinen. Here we turn left towards Grindelwald. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and leads over a partly winding road.
There are three public car parks: Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 parking spaces), Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 parking spaces) and the new Terminal Parking (1000 spaces) of the V-Bahn. Alternatively, we can also use the car park in Grindelwald Grund.