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From Gimmelwald to the Tanzbödeli

Breathtaking view from the high plateau of the Tanzbödeli

Mürren Tourismus
CH - 3825 Mürren
+41 33 856 86 86
muerren.swiss
info@muerren.swiss

The Tanzbödeli is not a down-to-earth disco, but a vantage point in the rear Lauterbrunnen Valley. The path up is steep. So instead of dancing shoes, a good sole profile is required.

From Gimmelwald, the trail first leads into the valley of the Sefinenlütschine, then steeply up to Alp Busen. At point 1977, a narrow path branches off from the main trail and leads to the Tanzbödeli. The site lives up to its name: the flat, grassy plain would have been suitable for a few spirited pirouettes, at least in olden times. All around, however, the plateau slopes steeply. So it is better to keep still and enjoy the magnificent view.

The descent back to the junction follows the same path. From there you continue to the Obersteinberg mountain hotel. The surrounding alp Obersteinberg is a first-class scenic jewel and was therefore awarded the cultural landscape prize of the Oberland-Ost region in 2011. A good sixth of the land area is considered dry meadows or dry pastures of national importance. These zones have a particularly large variety of plants and attract a correspondingly large number of insects. Via Wilde Egge, Schiirboden and Trachsellauenen, the trail descends to Stechelberg.

Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
12.32km
Duration
5 hours, 40 minutes
Ascent
980 vm
Descent
1440 vm
Starting Point
Gimmelwald
Ending Point
Stechelberg
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Details

Difficulty
Moderate
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2132m906m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

A stop for refreshments is recommended: the cuisine of the Hotel Obersteinberg uses products from the neighbouring alpine farming. There is neither electricity nor running water in the rustic hotel rooms, but nostalgic petrol lamps and cuvettes.

Equipment

  • The sun's rays are particularly intense in the mountains. Sun cream with a high protection factor, a sun hat and sunglasses with UV protection should therefore be part of your luggage.
  • Even in summer and in good "starting weather", warm clothing and rain protection are part of the equipment. The onion principle with several layers of clothing is recommended.
  • Day hiking backpack with rain cover
  • Sturdy and comfortable shoes
  • Clothing adapted to the weather and hard-wearing (onion principle)
  • Charged mobile phone
  • Pocket pharmacy
  • Beverages and food
  • Pocket knife

Bergwandern.ch equipment

Safety Guidelines

  • Regularly check the location and compare it with the schedule. In this way, alternatives, shortcuts, demolition, etc. can be considered in good time.
  • In the event of bad weather, turn back in good time or seek shelter. If thunderclouds are gathering, it is advisable to abort the tour as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave the marked paths. Stay on the official hiking trails even if trails look like shortcuts. Some of these paths are not maintained and can end in a dead end.
  • Lost? Stay together as a group and return to the last known point. Wait for better visibility or call for help.
  • Plan enough time and energy reserves for the descent.
  • Slow down and take breaks.
  • Steep grass, scree and snow slopes are safer to tackle on the ascent than on the descent.
  • For the descent, choose the easier option or take the train down to the valley.
  • Avoid herds of cattle calmly and at a sufficient distance. Keep dogs on a leash.
  • In encounters with guard dogs, the following applies: Remain calm so that the dog realises that you are not a danger to the herd. Keep a generous distance from the herd.
  • Allow mountain bikers to pass without obstructing their ride unnecessarily.

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Directions

Starting Point

Gimmelwald

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.547089 N 7.893323 E

Ending Point

Stechelberg

Getting There

Public transport

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 station we reach Mürren in one hour. The blue and yellow train of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) takes us to Lauterbrunnen. We board the front part of the train, as the rear part leaves from Zweilütschinen for Grindelwald. Afterwards we have two options. Via Grütschalp (gondola and train): At Lauterbrunnen station we cross the road and take the gondola to Grütschalp. Here we change to a small train which takes us to Mürren. The journey from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren takes 23 minutes. Or via Stechelberg (bus and gondola): In Lauterbrunnen we take the bus to Stechelberg and ride to the Schilthornbahn station. Here the gondola takes us via Gimmelwald to Mürren in 10 minutes. It takes 32 minutes to cover this distance.

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Getting there

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.

Mürren is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and use public transport. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes, to Stechelberg it is 25 minutes. 

Attention

Mürren is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and use public transport. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes, to Stechelberg it is 25 minutes.

Parking

In Stechelberg there is a car park directly at the valley station of the Schilthorn cable car. There is a multi-storey car park below the station in Lauterbrunnen. Alternatively, the car park at the Lauterbrunnen church can be used. From here, a bus leaves for the station every half hour. On foot it takes about 10 minutes.

Stechelberg car park

Lauterbrunnen multi-storey car park

A covered passage leads from the Lauterbrunnen car park to the cable cars in Mürren. The car park in Stechelberg is not covered.

Mürren Tourismus
CH - 3825 Mürren
+41 33 856 86 86
muerren.swiss
info@muerren.swiss

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