Via ferrata Mürren
Spectacular - and unusual. The via ferrata leads from Mürren down to Gimmelwald.
On this via ferrata we do not gain height. On the contrary. Here we don't climb up, but down. The starting point is the Mürren viewing terrace, high above the Lauterbrunnen valley. More precisely, the intermediate station of the Schilthorn cable car, from where we reach the entrance to the via ferrata in just 15 minutes. This takes us over a steep precipice to Gimmelwald in about three hours - spectacular views of the Bernese four-thousand-metre peaks included.
Level of difficulty: K3
Total duration: 3 h
Route to the via ferrata: 0:15 h
Descent: 2:45 h, 340 m altitude difference
- 3 hours
- 730 vm
- 993 vm
- Starting Point
- Mürren, Schilthorn cable car station (1638 m above sea level)
- Ending Point
- Gimmelwald, Schilthorn cable car station (1367 m a.s.l.)
- Recommended season
Compulsory equipment: climbing harness, via ferrata set, climbing helmet, latching sling (webbing sling and screw carabiner), climbing rucksack and sturdy shoes.
Optional equipment: via ferrata gloves.
For the via ferrata we need good physical condition, surefootedness and a head for heights, appropriate equipment and knowledge of mountain behaviour. If you are inexperienced, it is advisable to do the via ferrata with a mountain guide. We only go to the wall in good weather - and leave immediately if the weather changes or there is a risk of thunderstorms. A carabiner always remains on the safety rope.
The via ferrata is at your own risk. Jungfrau Region Tourism declines all liability.
More information and links
Mürren, Schilthorn cable car station (1638 m above sea level)
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Gimmelwald, Schilthorn cable car station (1367 m a.s.l.)
Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, we travel directly to the Jungfrau Region on Intercity trains from Basel and Lucerne. Coming from Zurich we have to change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour. In Interlaken Ost we take the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) to Lauterbrunnen, then the cable car to Grütschalp. From here it's another 14 minutes by train to Mürren. Alternatively, we can take the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, to the valley station of the Schilthorn cable car - and then take it via Gimmelwald to Mürren.
From Basel and Geneva we travel via Bern to Interlaken and on to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. From Zurich, the fastest route leads via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass to the Jungfrau Region. Coming from the south, we reach our destination via Grimsel or Susten Pass (only in summer) or Simplon Pass (with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg Tunnel).
Mürren is car-free. We park in the Lauterbrunnen multi-storey car park (online reservation possible) or in the uncovered car park at the Schilthorn cable car in Stechelberg.