Gimmelwald/Mürren: To the Sprutz on the Stutz
The circular hike on the sunny slope of Gimmelwald leads past flower-filled meadows and pastures into the valley of the Schiltbach, where a small but unusual waterfall shoots down into the depths.
The hiking trail from Gimmelwald to Mürren passes the Schwendi area. A small stream and a beautiful old maple tree structure the meadowland in an attractive way. On the edge of the forest, orchids, Turk's cap and other mountain flowers thrive. In recognition of their efforts to preserve this scenic gem, the farmers received the cultural landscape award of the Oberland-Ost region in 2019.
The steep mowing meadow lies directly above the Mürrenfluh. The view is magnificent: it stretches from the Männlichen chain over the Jungfrau to the north walls of the rear Lauterbrunnen valley.
From Mürren you go to the "Sprutz", the waterfall of the Schiltbach, which shoots down into the depths below the hamlet of Stutz. The hiking trail leads between the waterfall and the rock face. The section should be walked with caution, as the slope is steep and the path narrow (a somewhat exposed section is secured with a rope). The descent to Gimmelwald is in the forest and on scenic pastureland.
- 2 hours, 19 minutes
- 460 vm
- 460 vm
- Starting Point
- Ending Point
- Recommended season
The Gimmelwald intermediate station of the Stechelberg-Mürren cable car has unusual architecture. Because of the topography, the wheels and ropes are mounted on the roof of the station - reminiscent of a sculpture by Jean Tinguely.
- 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
- Pocket pharmacy
- Beverages and food
- Pocket knife
- 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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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 Mürren in one hour. The blue and yellow train of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) takes us to Lauterbrunnen. We board the front part of the train, as the rear part leaves from Zweilütschinen for Grindelwald. Afterwards we have two options. Via Grütschalp (gondola and train): At Lauterbrunnen station we cross the road and take the gondola to Grütschalp. Here we change to a small train which takes us to Mürren. The journey from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren takes 23 minutes. Or via Stechelberg (bus and gondola): In Lauterbrunnen we take the bus to Stechelberg and ride to the Schilthornbahn station. Here the gondola takes us via Gimmelwald to Mürren in 10 minutes. It takes 32 minutes to cover this distance.
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.
Mürren is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and use public transport. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes, to Stechelberg it is 25 minutes.
In Stechelberg there is a car park directly at the valley station of the Schilthorn cable car. There is a multi-storey car park below the station in Lauterbrunnen. Alternatively, the car park at the Lauterbrunnen church can be used. From here, a bus leaves for the station every half hour. On foot it takes about 10 minutes.
Lauterbrunnen multi-storey car park
A covered passage leads from the Lauterbrunnen car park to the cable cars in Mürren. The car park in Stechelberg is not covered.