A 10-mile day with segments through Grindelwald, from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, and the Eiger trail from Eigergletscher to Alpiglen. Incredible mountain scenery, delicious food, and
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Cable Car – Gondola – Train
The Männlichen Panoramaweg (Panorama Trail) is another gem I discovered while exploring in Google Earth. It is an easy walk with a lot of tourists but has great views of the Eiger North Face, the Wetterhorn, and down to Grindelwald. I remember reading about the Eiger when I was young and wondering at that time if I’d ever get to see it in person.
I strolled through town, where there were way too many tourists, and walked over to the Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Männlichen station for a ride up the other side of the valley to Männlichen on the world’s third longest passenger-carrying gondola cableway. It was miserably hot inside the gondola, however, with only a small fresh-air vent for relief.
After emptying most of my pack in my room and eating lunch in the restaurant (bratwurst with onion sauce), I hiked up toward Eigergletscher station to check out the glaciers but ran into hordes of tourists disgorged from the train station above. I escaped the tourists on the main path by taking the more difficult (and longer) Moraine trail, which was nearly empty and much more rewarding.
I read The White Spider decades ago, in which Heinrich Harrer describes not only the first successful ascent of the North Face of the Eiger (on which he summited) but the numerous previous attempts that ended in tragedy. And today I was standing here where so much mountaineering history had occurred.
I enjoyed a
I had my first Fondue dinner tonight while enjoying a spectacular view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.