What surprised me the most was all the waterfalls. The entire trip was amazing. On a 5-star scale, I give Alpenwild a 6! - D.J. - Washington


Day 1 – Arrive Zurich and train to Lauterbrunnen

Upon arrival, you’ll take a train to Lauterbrunnen, set in the world’s most spectacular glacial valley, ringed by 72 gushing waterfalls. You’ll stay near the base of Staubbach Falls—the highest in Switzerland—dropping over 1000 feet, and visit Trümmelbach Falls, where torrents of water have created a series of caves and underground waterfalls. Then it’s dinner and a group orientation. D

Day 2 – Lauterbrunnen to Obersteinberg

The best off-the-beaten-track scenery in the Jungfrau is in Obersteinberg at the head of the Lauterbrunnen valley. You’ll follow a mountain trail to the remote Berghotel Obersteinberg framing postcard views of Schmadri Falls and the scenic head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. In the afternoon we will take an additional hike up to the upper glacial bowl of Oberhornsee with more breathtaking views of the Jungfrau region, before returning to Obersteinberg. BSD

Day 3 – Obersteinberg, Gimmelwald, Murren, and return to Lauterbrunnen

From high in the valley you’ll cross the Busenalp and descend to the captivating village of Gimmelwald, perched above the Lauterbrunnental, and set on a hillside so steep that even the chickens wear crampons (so say the locals). Then it's on to the car-free village of Mürren before heading back to our inn in the Lauterbrunnen valley. BSD

Day 4 – Jungfraujoch

The Jungfrau railway takes you through Wengen and on to the alpine crossroads of Kleine Scheidegg at the base of the Eiger. From here a dramatic cog-wheel climb takes you into a tunnel through the Eiger to ascend to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe and overlooking the longest glacier in the Alps. We descend to Grindelwald along the Eiger interpretive trail. BSD

Day 5 – Faulhorn, Bachalpsee, and First in Grindelwald

This morning we experience cheesemaking over an open fire in an authentic and traditional alpine farm. You'll enjoy a farm breakfast and assist with making the cheese. After breakfast, we will traverse the scenic Faulhorn Panorama trail with views extending into Germany and climb to Faulhorn for lunch at Switzerland's oldest mountain hotel. From Faulhorn we will continue to the infinity pool setting of Bachalpsee, where your backdrop is the snowcapped peaks and glaciers of the Jungfrau region. The trail leads to First where we can choose to descend back to Grindelwald by tram, zipline, mountain cart, or trottibike. BSD

Day 6 – Grindelwald Hiking

Today we take a tram above Grindelwald before hiking along a beautifully landscaped footpath leading along the base of the Mättenberg mountain that sits high above the gorge of the lower Grindelwald glacier. The ice glacier has receded during the last decades but still an amazing sight. We will continue along this trail to a remote mountain hotel with commanding views of the area, making this a beautiful location for lunch. We will then visit the massive Grindelwald Gletscherschlucht, which is a ravine with a glacial runoff river flowing through it. We will walk along a combination of slatted walkways and tunnels cut into the mountain before returning to Grindelwald.  BSD

Day 7 – Hiking through the Rosenlauital into Scenic Meiringen

Since the 18th century, a crossing of the Grosse Scheidegg has been considered to be the highlight of a journey to Switzerland. In 1779 Goethe departed Grindelwald over this stunning pass and wrote "No thoughts, no description or memory can equal the beauty and magnitude of this site." We start with a gondola ascent and scenic traverse to the Grosse Scheidegg before descending the beautiful Rosenlauital on the Romanticweg into charming Meiringen. BSD

Day 8 – Meiringen to Zurich

As we spend the day in and around Meiringen, we discover the nearby sights including Reichenbach Falls, the setting for a dramatic Sherlock Holmes' story. We have lunch in a tea room famous for Meiringen’ s namesake confection—the meringue. Then we continue to Zurich for a celebratory farewell dinner. Evening in Zurich. BSD

Day 9 – Depart Zurich

An early morning departure from Zurich. Welcome home. B

Trip Videos

Cow in the Jungfrau mountains

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as moderate. You should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 5 to 7 hours per day on well-groomed and graded trails at an elevation up to 9,000 feet above sea level. On one day a mountain railway takes you to an elevation of 11,400 feet.