During my travels in Switzerland I went on some lovely walks, actually they were better than lovely, they were spectacular! As you’re strolling with the backdrop of the Swiss alps, with mountains, waterfalls and wildlife all around, you really feel one with nature. Another great thing was that there were hardly any people on the paths meaning you had the place to yourself to immerse yourself in your surroundings.
One of the treks which I really rate is the journey from Manlichen to Kleine Sheidegg. Every time that I visit Switzerland I make sure I put this on my list as it is simply exquisite. It’s downhill, requires little effort and you will get the most gorgeous scenery that Switzerland has to offer you. Keep reading to experience the journey.
For those of you who haven’t been here before, there are three types of walks you can go on in Switzerland;
Wanderweg: an easy walk which requires minimal effort
Panoramaweg: a panoramic walk with outstanding scenery
Bergweg: for mountain or hilly walks which requires a fair bit of effort and should be taken with caution.
These are all signposted and colour coded so that you can manage your expectations on what sort of walk to expect. The wanderweg is blue, whereas the bergweg is red with warning. You will see the colour codes on yellow walking signs or sometimes painted on rocks.
Getting to Männlichen
Manlichen is located 2,343 metres above mean sea level and so the only way to access this easily is by Cable Car. There are two main stations located in Wengen and Grindelwald.
From Wengen it will take around 5 minutes and the cable cars run every 20 minutes, from Grindelwald it will take about 45 and are on a continuous loop.
The Royal Walk
On my most recent visit to Manlichen, they have revamped the cable car station and labelled the walk up to the viewpoint ‘the Royal walk’. You can be queen for the day, they even have crowns to wear, as you make your way to the crown on top of the hill. Yeah, yeah it’s for kids but you’re never too old right?!
Although this walk is short in distance, it is not to be reckoned with. It seems easy at first as you make your way up the gravel path but as you get closer and closer to the viewpoint you will feel the path get steeper and steeper! I have to admit, I was a little breathless when I got to the top. Okay, I was really breathless. But luckily, there were benches and distractions to keep you occupied on your way up to take your mind away from your legs.
When I finally got to the end, I was greeted with a fantastic golden crown perched on the hill. I was proud to make it up there, after I caught my breath. The views were on another level of amazing. You could see the mountains, the little Swiss villages in the valley, and scenery for miles around you! I was in my element.
Now…as much as the view was a lovely, it couldn’t distract me enough that had to venture back to the cable car station. I always feel that your muscles work harder going down and so as I was hobbling back down the path, I had to be careful not to slip over. Luckily, that wasn’t the case and I met some furry friends on my return.
Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg
From here, you can make you’re decent to Kleine Sheidegg. The walk in total takes around an hour and a half but if you’re like me and enjoy taking your time and tonnes of photos I would allow around two hours.
The path is gravelly, windy and has running water falls over the path sometimes, but it is beautiful! You can walk, explore sit and take in the views or bring a picnic with you and have one of the best dining views in Switzerland. You can really take it at your leisure.
As you’re making your, rather steep, way down to Kleine Sheidegg don’t forget to walk up to the famous treehouse which is located in one of the cafes close to the end. You get some awesome views of Kleine, with their crazy Tipi bar and the trains which come and go from the stations and Jungfraujoch.
Arriving at Kleiney
After your walk, you’re probably in need of a sit down! Kleine Sheidegg, or ‘Kleiney’ as I like to call it, is a pretty little place. There’s isn’t much here as it is a stopover station in the mountains for those travelling up to the Jungfraujoch but they do know how to party. They have a drinking Tipi tent which you can use at your disposal and a Café to sit and have a drink. As it was a chilly day, I decided to try their Gluewein (even though it was August), it was scrummy!
Where to go from here
After you’ve made your way back to Kleine you have a wealth of attractions in your reach. You can go to Wengen and explore or do some shopping. Visit Lauterbrunnen at the bottom of the valley and see the famous Staubach falls. Or, visit Mürren which is one of my favourite places in all of Switzerland!
You must experience the Royal walk for yourself if you are planning a holiday in Switzerland, you definitely won’t regret it!
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