Getting to the Faulhorn

There are no roads, but many trails lead to the Faulhorn

When the hotel opened its doors in 1830, visitors either made the journey on foot or, if they could afford it, on the backs of mules.

This content was published on September 5, 2002

The mules have long since disappeared but part of the journey can be done with a cable car or cog railway.

The steep hike up from Grindelwald can take anywhere from three to five hours depending on the pace. This was the main route in the old days taken by the mules which were either carrying supplies or wealthy guests to the top.

The cable car from Grindelwald to the First station shortens the journey by a couple of hours. A longer, more scenic but more costly route begins in Wilderswil outside Interlaken.

From here, a cog railway winds its way up to the Schynige Platte, which is the start of a four-hour hike along a ridge to the Faulhorn.

Only hikers with the sturdiest of legs attempt to overcome more than 2,000 metres in altitude by starting the climb from either Iseltwald or the Giessbach Hotel on the shore of Lake Brienz.

swissinfo, Dale Bechtel

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