What’s our favorite way to explore the Alps? Running from inn to inn, with our bags transported for us! Here at Alpinehikers, we’ve been running through the Bernese Oberland on our own for years, and we’re excited to team with Doug Mayer from Run the Alps to offer these incredible inn-to-inn trail running adventures in our home region in the Alps.
Our trail running tour of the Bernese Oberland will traverse some of the most famous mountain terrain anywhere in the Alps, from Grosse Scheidegg pass, along a high traverse and down to the mountain town of Grindelwald, with the North Face of the Eiger in full view. We’ll run about ten miles over the course of the day, taking plenty of time to fast hike the hills, pausing frequently to take photographs, enjoy the scenery, and sample great food and drinks en route. From Grindelwald, we’ll run and hike sections of the Eiger Ultra trail race route, running over the Kleine Scheidegg pass to Wengen. Our tour will finish with two days of running past high alp farms, within sight of the Jungfrau, from in Mürren, a mountain town perched atop a plateau above the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn trail running. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, and each day there will be options for an easier or more ambitious run. Each morning, we’ll bring out a variety of trail snacks for you to choose from, and many of our runs will include stops at mountain huts or alp farms where we can tank up with a hot soup or fruit torte.
Most of these stages can be hiked in a full day or run in half a day, and we should finish each day with plenty of time to wash up and relax. You will have your own bedroom and luggage or a drop bag every night. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are multi-course feasts, often featuring local French and Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one night in Grindelwald free, where you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen to start the Bernese Oberland tour.
We’ll meet in the afternoon and take a bus ride up to our remote inn to start the tour. Waterfalls and imposing mountains watch over us in this relaxing corner of the Alps.
Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll run over the Grosse Scheidegg pass and enjoy our first views of the Eiger and of the Grindelwald valley.
With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world. After reaching the pass, we’ll traverse the upper reaches of the valley to the postcard-perfect Bachsee lake before winding down on quiet trails to the glacier village of Grindelwald and our lovely 3-star hotel in town.
Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll have a 2nd day to explore the region around Grindelwald.
One classic trail starts with a cogwheel train to the mountaintop viewpoint at Schynige Platte, where the huge mountain views to the south are balanced by stunning views down to the Thun and Brienz lakes just north of us. This ridge trail brings us eventually the Berghotel Faulhorn, one of Switzerland’s very first mountains, where we can enjoy a drink and time to relax before descending the farm at Bussalp where we catch a bus to town.
Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and run to the famous Kleine Scheidegg pass.
The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps. We’ll finish the day with a long descent from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen, on quiet trails at the foot of the Jungfrau mountain, where a comfortable hotel awaits.
Mürren – We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the glacial-carved Lauterbrunnen valley and surrounding mountains on the way down through Wengen to the valley floor.
Our trail winds through flowery meadows along the Lauterbrunnen valley and up to a wild and isolated corner of the valley, a nature preserve, in one of the most spectacular corners of the Alps. Then we continue to Mürren, a car-free village on top of a huge cliff, and one of our favorite stops in the Alps. You’ll be on your own for dinner in town tonight.
Mürren – We’ll take a day to enjoy our perch high above the Lauterbrunnen valley. The trail running possibilities here are practically endless.
We may run high pastures of the nearby Sefinen valley, with views over our shoulder of the Jungfrau, to lunch at the classic Rotstockhütte, or a more gentle traverse of the alp farms above town. Or simply relax with a day with Mürren’s unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains!
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.
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