For me, the Swiss Alps are a true paradise. With all the beautiful things that can be found here, it’s not hard to see why! The Swiss Alps’ spectacular 3-to-4-thousand-meter snow-capped mountains, awe-inspiring valleys, picture-perfect lakes, and majestic waterfalls are all a feast for the eyes.
If you are traveling in Switzerland and looking for a place where you can see them all, the Jungfrau Region is the place to be. And if you’re planning to visit, make sure you have Männlichen on your itinerary. Männlichen is the best natural viewpoint of the entire Jungfrau Region; it’s where you can see the most beautiful panorama of this alpine paradise.
Today, I’ll give you an idea of what beautiful things await you in Männlichen and how you can get there if you choose it as your destination. I’ll also share tips about how you can make your Männlichen trip much more memorable and other things to do during your visit. Let’s go!
Before anything, what and where exactly is Männlichen?
Männlichen is a 2343-meter-high mountain ridge in the heart of the Jungfrau Region that separates the heaven-on-earth Lauterbrunnen valley and Grindelwald. It’s the mountain that overlooks the point where the Schwarze Lütschine and Weisse White Lütschine Rivers merge to become the Lütschine River flowing in Wilderswil.
For travelers, Männlichen serves as a popular jumpoff location for hikers and skiers from Wengen and Grindelwald. It is an easily accessed mountain peak, served by two aerial cableways that also link the two alpine villages.
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If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
Why Visit Männlichen
If you’ve been planning a trip to the Jungfrau Region for a while, you know there’s no shortage of incredible alpine views. It can be tough to decide where to go, especially when you only have a limited time in Switzerland.
Coming from Bern or Zurich, epic mountain views start from the magical town of Thun, known as the gateway to the Bernese Oberland (the mountainous southern part of the Canton of Bern where the Jungfrau Region is). That’s 25 kilometers of beautiful scenery before you get to the Jungfrau Region, where there are even more stunning alpine views!
Take a look at the beautiful scenes and destinations before Jungfrau Region (see link below).
- 10 Beautiful Places To See In Lake Thun (the reason to visit
- Views From Thun Castle (viewpoints & what to expect)
- Magical Views Of Oberhofen Castle (why you should visit)
However, if you’re searching for the ultimate view of the Jungfrau Region, then Männlichen is sure to leave you with a lasting, awe-inspiring impression.
Männlichen is worth visiting for its unbeatable panoramic views of the Jungfrau Region. From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas in every direction. On a clear day, you can take in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Grindelwald, Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and Lake Thun — it’s an incredible sight!
Aside from the 360-degree views of the Jungfrau Region, another reason to visit Männlichen are the nice little experiences that come along the way to/from Männlichen. Examples are the Royal Ride and Panorama Trail, where you can see the formidable Eiger’s north face all of the time.
I think you would also like the soothing sound of chiming cowbells and the laughter of the kids playing in Männlichen’s playground. During summer, Swiss cows climb to Männlichen and graze in the meadows, giving a quaint countryside vibe that is so nice.
By the way, if you are looking for more stunning view points in the Jungfrau Region, check out Harder Kulm (Here’s What You Can Expect To See). Here you can take in panoramic scenery of Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, and the Jungfrau Massif.
Different Ways To Get To Männlichen
There are several ways to get to Männlichen.
However, if you are coming from outside the Jungfrau region, you have to get to Interlaken first. Interlaken is the gateway and the main transportation hub in the Jungfrau region.
After reaching Interlaken, you must get to Wengen or Grindelwald by train. They are the villages closest to Männlichen, where you can find the cable car stations and hiking trail’s jump-off sites to Männlichen.
Interlaken to Wengen:
- 20-minute train to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken (30-minute interval)
- 12-minute funicular to Wengen from Lauterbrunnen (1-hour interval)
Interlaken to Grindelwald:
- 35-minute train to Grindelwald from Interlaken (30-minute interval)
Check out Grindelwald, the adventure hub of the Jungfrau Region. Read it here: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary
Cable cars are the most convenient way to get to Männlichen. Using this public transportation, you can reach Männlichen as quick as 6 minutes from Wengen and 20 minutes if you are from Grindelwald.
You can book your tickets to Männlichen online from the official website of Männlichen for more convenience. But you can also purchase tickets from the stations in Wengen or Grindelwald.
Whether you are buying tickets online or through the station, you have options on different ways to get to Männlichen and back to your village of origin.
There are round-trip tickets that let you start/end your Männlichen journey and have a stop at these specific places: Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Alpigen, Holenstein, and Brandegg.
For example, if you are based in Wengen:
- Wengen > Cable car > Männlichen > Cable car > Wengen
- Wengen > Cable car > Männlichen > Panorama Trail > Kleine Scheidegg > Train > Wengen
- Wengen > Cable car > Männlichen > Cable car > Grindelwald Terminal
- If you want to add Holenstein to your round-trip journey, you can try: Wengen > Cable car > Männlichen > Lieselotte Trail > Holenstein > Cable car > Männlichen > Cable car > Wengen.
On the other hand, if you are based in Grindelwald:
- Grindelwald Terminal > Cable car > Männlichen > Lieselotte Trail > Holenstein > Cable car > Grindelwald Terminal
- Grindelwald Terminal > Cable car > Männlichen > Panorama Trail > Kleine Scheidegg > Train > Grindelwald Grund
- Grindelwald Terminal > Cable car > Männlichen > Romantic Trail > Alpigen > Train > Grindelwald Grund
If you are from outside the Jungfrau Region (like Bern), maybe you are wondering, “which village would be the best jump-off location to get to Männlichen?”
I would recommend Wengen over Grindelwald. Not only can you get to Männlichen much faster, but also, you see a rewarding view of Lauterbrunnen Valley from Wengen. Most importantly, you can try the Royal Ride (an upgraded cable car experience) from Wengen to Männlichen, which is so nice.
If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 50% discount for the Wengen-Männlichen Cable Car and Grindelwald Terminal-Mannlichen Cable Car rides. For Jungfrau Travel Pass holders, you can use these cableways and railways for free.
You can check the official website of Männlichen, linked at the end of this post, if you want to know the updated prices of the cable car tickets (with train ride ticket combinations). The complete reduction matrices indicated in the Fare Guides (PDF) are also found on their website.
Previously, I mentioned Wengen and Bern. They are beautiful places that you can make as your home base during your Bernese Oberland or Jungfrau Region trip. Learn more about them:
If you are driving from other regions in Switzerland and want to see Männlichen, the quickest way to get to Männlichen is by taking the Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen-Wengen route.
However, you can only bring your car until Lauterbrunnen. Wengen is a traffic-less village; only public/accommodation service vehicles can use the roads in the village. In Lauterbrunnen, you can find a multi-story parking garage beside the train station, where you can park your car before heading to Wengen by train.
Once you arrive in Wengen, you can go to the cable car station (as mentioned previously) to send you straight to Männlichen.
Gemsenweg (Hiking Trail #45) — From Wengen to Männlichen
Hiking is another way you can get to Männlichen. And if you’re a sporty person, you can take the challenge to conquer yourself on your way to Männlichen by hiking Gemsenweg (Gemsen Trail).
Gemsenweg is the hiking trail linking Wengen and Männlichen which usually takes 2 to 3 hours to finish. Although you can find rewarding views from Gemsenweg, it can be really demanding, especially for newbies.
This hiking trail entails climbing a steep inclination (approximately 1000+ meters) over a short path. So, I don’t recommend it if you’re just getting started hiking.
Panoramaweg (Hiking Trail #33) — From Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen (vice versa)
Gemsenweg is only one of the few hiking trails you can use to reach Männlichen.
Another is Panoramaweg (Panorama Trail). It is the hiking trail that links Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen. And you can hike it in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes.
To reach Männlichen by hiking Panoramaweg, first, you have to get Kleine Scheidegg — the mountain pass between Lauberhorn and Eiger. Kleine Scheidegg has a station along the Wengernalp Railway, connecting Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, and Grindelwald. So you can reach it whether you’re from Wengen or Grindelwald.
Panoramaweg is one of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the Jungfrau Region and relatively the easiest, too.
However, I would recommend hiking Panoramaweg to get to Männlichen only for a few specific cases only. Like, if you just finished visiting Jungfraujoch (Jungfrau Railway starts/ends in Kleine Scheidegg) or you want to see Kleine Scheidegg first.
Getting to Männlichen is faster and more efficient using cable cars from Wengen or Grindelwald. Most importantly, Panoramaweg is much better to be hiked the other way around (Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg) — it is easier and more scenic.
Best Things To Do In Männlichen
How you can spend time in Männlichen is pretty straightforward as hiking (skiing during winter) and “relaxing” with a view. Taking in the ultimately panoramic views of the Jungfrau Region in all directions from Männlichen can already be a more-than-satisfying experience.
However, you can do a few other things to make your visit to Männlichen even more worthwhile. I have five suggestions:
1. Royal Ride
Among the different ways you can get to Männlichen, the cable car from Wengen is the most exciting. It can be a one-of-a-kind experience, unmissable if you’re going to Männlichen from Wengen.
The cable car ride from Wengen to Männlichen is a 6-minute journey. It is a short yet scenic cable car experience, letting you view the Lauterbrunnen valley from different angles as you ascend to new heights every minute.
For only an additional 5 CHF, you can upgrade your Wengen to Männlichen cable car journey to “Royal Ride.” On a Royal Ride, you can stand on a rooftop balcony of the cable car and take in the beautiful vistas all around you like a king or queen!
2. Royal Walk
Technically, you are already in Männlichen as soon as you arrive at the cable car station at the ridge. However, you aren’t at the summit yet, and you still have to do a short hike to get to Männlichen’s peak.
They call the summit ‘Gipfel,’ which means ‘summit’ in direct translation from German to English. You should be able to quickly see it from the cable car stations.
Overall, it is a round-trip hike to Gipfel and back to the cable car station. This hike is called the Royal Walk, and it is the main highlight of a visit to Männlichen. At the summit, a viewing deck designed like a crown awaits you.
At the viewing deck, you can find the true unobstructed view of Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen, Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger. Turn around, and you’ll see Lake Thun, Schynige Platte, and Grindelwald. You’ll be like a king or queen in a medieval fairytale movie, overlooking your magical kingdom.
The Royal Walk should be a piece of cake for everyone — no hiking experience is required! It’s a short and sweet hike, but it can get your heart pumping with a 100-meter elevation gain over a kilometer of trail. You’ll be at the summit — usually just 20-30 minutes from the cable car station.
3. Berghaus Männlichen
Like most mountains in the Alps, Männlichen has a hotel and restaurant. If you want, you can dine at the alfresco seating for one memorable chillin’ time in the mountain. It’s the perfect way to cap off the Royal Walk – you’ll be sure to leave with your eyes and stomachs satisfied!
The food in Berghaus Männlichen is priced higher than the restaurants in the villages, but it is justified by the awe-inspiring views and mouth-watering appearance of the food they serve.
For us Asians, Berghaus Männlichen has got us covered with their rice meals. There’s a huge selection of grub to choose from for everyone: pesto, pies, fries, steak, ice cream, bread, sausage, coffee, wine, and much more.
4. Panorama Trail
If you’re looking for an ultimately breathtaking hiking trail in the Jungfrau Region, the Panorama Trail linking Männlichen and Kleine Scheidegg is the one for you. It’s the second best thing to do in Männlichen, and I’m sure you’ll love it.
Hiking the Panorama Trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is an awe-inspiring experience! You’ll have a view of the formidable north face of Eiger and the massive Jungfrau massif the whole way down. It’s a marvelous sight that will fill you with a sense of wonder.
The downhill path is another advantage of hiking the Panorama Trail from Männlichen. It’s easy and relaxing! Overall, there is an approximately 160-meter elevation loss throughout its 4.5-kilometer length.
If you hike the Panorama Trail from Männlichen, you can expect to crush it in two hours. I threw in a few short breaks and some photo ops, so that’s a pretty solid estimate.
Thinking it’s all relaxing and chilling in Männlichen? Not totally. You can make your Männlichen trip exhilarating. How? By paragliding!
You can fly down the valley from Männlichen for a memorable and unique way of ending your Männlichen visit. You wouldn’t wonder anymore what do the birds see when they fly over the land that’s considered a piece of heaven on earth.
Paragliding in Männlichen is only available for visitors ascending to Männlichen from Wengen. You can book a paragliding session at the valley station in Wengen.
Before You Go To Männlichen
With the 360 degrees panoramic views, we can all agree: Männlichen is the Jungfrau Region’s best viewpoint, isn’t it? Surely, it’s totally worth it!
Not all the time!
You won’t want to go to Männlichen if the weather isn’t so nice. Especially when there are low-lying clouds — they cover the view — which is a total bummer. With the clouds surrounding Männlichen’s peak, all that you might see is a white wall, and that’s what we want to avoid.
How would you know if there’s nice weather in Männlichen?
I would not recommend checking the weather apps because they can only tell weather predictions and not real-time weather status.
Instead, you can check the live video broadcasts on the official website of Männlichen. In it, you can see the current view in Männlichen, which is totally helpful when deciding whether to go or not.
That said, having a weather-flexible itinerary is important when visiting the Jungfrau Region.
Where To Next After Männlichen
Männlichen is only one of the best places in the Jungfrau Region I can think of. If you are currently creating your itinerary, I suggest you also check out the following places:
- Lauterbrunnen and its viewpoints (with a map)
- Gimmelwald – the little gem of the Jungfrau Region
- Murren – Quaint village with adventures and breathtaking views
You should also check out Mount Pilatus near Lucerne. Many call it one of the most beautiful mountains and Switzerland, and I agree!
It is an alternative to Männlichen if you are traveling outside the Jungfrau Region. Check it out here: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mount Pilatus (a day trip from Lucerne).
Sources: Visiting Männlichen
Männlichen is a totally different place when it is winter. There is no Royal Ride, and you can’t hike to the summit. However, there are tens of kilometers of pistes you can ski if you visit Männlichen during winter. You can check Männlichen’s website for more information.
Below are the quick links to Männlichen’s cable ticket booking forms and the live camera to see what it’s like at the summit.
- Round Trip Tickets to Männlichen From Wengen
- Round Trip Tickets to Männlichen From Grindelwald
- Männlichen Live View (Webcam)
Do you have accommodation already? If you still don’t have one, here’s where you can find the best hotel deals in the Jungfrau Region (or Bernese Oberland). Also, here’s where you can find the complete list of outdoor activities and passes in the Jungfrau Region/Bernese Oberland.
Lastly, if you have spare time in Jungfrau Region, I suggest including Iseltwald in your itinerary. It’s a beautiful village perched on the shores of the most turquoise lake in Switzerland!
Check it out here:
- Iseltwald – Why Visit Iseltwald and How to Get to This Beautiful Village.
- Lake Brienz – 7 Things To Do In Lake Brienz (And Visiting Information)
I hope you enjoy your trip, and may it be one truly memorable journey! Live life.
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