Biglenalp: Green Idyll at the Foot of the Jungfrau
Wengernalp offers the most beautiful view of the Jungfrau. The Biglenalp peak is particularly scenic and can be reached on a varied circular hike.
The ascent from Wengen to Wengernalp via Sengg, Steinewald, In Gassen and Allmend is almost entirely on a gravel road. The Jungfrau and its pre-summit, the Silberhorn, can be seen between the trees.
From the Wengernalp railway station you pass alpine huts to the Wixi area and below the Wyssi Flue to Biglenalp. The alp lies directly at the foot of the Jungfrau - the view of its mighty rock faces and of the neighbouring peaks of the Mönch and Eiger is magnificent. The idyllic alpine area is an impressive contrast to the forbidding rocky desert: as a dry location, the pastureland harbours an above-average variety of species. Rare orchid species thrive here. In summer, countless butterflies frolic in the sea of blossoms. The young Trümmelbach stream runs through the middle of the alpine pastures. The scenic qualities of Biglenalp were recognised in 2017 with the cultural landscape award of the Oberland-Ost region.
Via Mettlenalp to Stalden, from where you descend to the Schiltwald forest and return to Wengen station.
- 4 hours, 45 minutes
- 810 vm
- 810 vm
- Starting Point
- Ending Point
- Recommended season
The view from the Staldenfluh is spectacular: between the trees you look down almost vertically to the valley floor of Lauterbrunnen 800 metres below. A fence ensures that you can safely enjoy the eerily impressive view.
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
Beverages and food
- 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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Step by Step Directions
Wengen – Wengernalp – Biglenalp – Stalden – Wengen
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 Wengen in 44 minutes. The blue and yellow train of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) takes us to Lauterbrunnen. Important: We sit in the front part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you take a seat at the back, you will make a detour to Grindelwald. In Lauterbrunnen we change to the yellow-green train of the Wengernalp Bahn (WAB). This takes us to Wengen in 12 minutes.
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.
Wengen is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen and take the train. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes.
There is a multi-storey car park directly below Lauterbrunnen station. Alternatively, you can use the car park at the Lauterbrunnen church. From here, a bus leaves for the station every half hour. On foot we need about 10 minutes.
Lauterbrunnen multi-storey car park
A covered passage leads from the Lauterbrunnen car park to the railway to Wengen.