Gorgeous, well-marked trails are ubiquitous in the Bernese Oberland, this mountainous region south of the Swiss capital Bern, making the area an ideal spot for lacing up your hiking boots and taking a mountain stroll. One of the most challenging yet rewarding routes traverses along the bottom of the infamous north face of the Eiger. This is Trail 36, or the Eiger Trail, which takes you on a four-mile, one-way, steeply pitched walk through meadows, forests, and spectacular alpine scenery. Most people start the hike from the 7,610-foot-high Eigergletcher railways station just above Kleine Scheidegg and hike for a few hours to another station, Alpiglen, at 5,302 feet, where you can hop a train back down to the valley. For something closer to Interlaken, take the train up to Schynige Platte, a broad area high over Lake Brienz, where the Schynige Platte-Faulhorn-First trail brings you on a six-hour journey along airy ridges and bucolic meadows around the Faulhorn to First.
For more information about hiking routes in Jungfrau and Interlaken, visit myswitzerland.com.
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