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Unesco Theme Trail: Pfingstegg - Bäregg - Pfingstegg U2 & No. 24

Climate change and natural hazards 

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH - 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12

The UNESCO theme trails are digitally accessible via smarTrails (only in german). All you need is this link and an internet-enabled smartphone. Alternatively, you can also book guided tours here.

The hike from Pfingstegg to Bäregg is not only scenic but also educational. At seven locations you will learn how the spectacular rockfall on the Eiger occurred, why the resulting glacial lake is a danger and how the picture of a mountain hut on the precipice became a symbol for the possibly dramatic consequences of climate change in Europe.

The trail winds leisurely from Pfingstegg across open meadows and through coniferous forest towards the glacier. As soon as the forest is left, the steep ascent to the hut begins. In the background, the snow-covered peaks of the Fiescherhörner can be seen. The trail becomes narrower and winds up curve by curve. Down in the valley on the right are the remains of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier. If you look closely you can see pieces of ice and the glacial lake.

2 hours, 25 minutes
428 vm
405 vm
Starting Point
Pfingstegg summit station
Ending Point
Pfingstegg summit station
Top public transport friendly Scenic With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent


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Author Tips


  • hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • sun and rain protection
  • snacks and drinking water
  • first aid kit
  • penknife
  • mobile phone
  • if necesessary: telescope sticks, headlight, maps

Safety Guidelines

  • hiking-check
  • only for sure-footed hikers who are free from vertigo

More information and links


Starting Point

Pfingstegg summit station

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.617591 N 8.056894 E

Ending Point

Pfingstegg summit station

Step by Step Directions

Pfingstegg - Bäregg - Pfingstegg

Getting There

Public transport

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

Getting there

There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport. 


Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH - 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12

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