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Magnificent mountains and MTB trails – Jungfrau Loop in 4 days

Mountain Biking Collection by Jungfrau Region

Picturesque villages and mountain chalets, magnificent mountains and stunning glaciers, breathtaking landscapes and, of course, awesome alpine trails – the Jungfrau Loop guides you through the Jungfrau region on your mountain bike in four days.

In this Collection, you discover Switzerland’s wonderful mountains as you climb tough passes such as the Grosse Scheidegg in the Bernese Alps and enjoy endless descents. The Jungfrau region is known as one of the most spectacular regions in Switzerland thanks to its lofty snow-capped peaks and alpine landscapes. If high mountains sound too challenging for you, we’ve included route variations so that you can adjust the ride to suit your ability level.

Your adventure begins in the village of Grindelwald in the heart of the Jungfrau region. From here, you head up Kleine Scheidegg to the idyllic villages of Lauterbrunnen and Mürren. On the first stage, you can choose from two variants: easy or crunchy and difficult. The next day, you continue through the beautiful Lütschinen Valley, passing the impressive Staubbach Falls to the village of Wilderswil, the stage destination. Stage 3 takes you to the lovely Brienz Lake where you enjoy a day of wonderful views before spending the night in the village of Meiringen, the setting of Sherlock Holmes’ final showdown with his nemesis Professor Moriaty. This stage offers you the choice between easy paths on the lake’s north shore and crisp, tough climbs on the south shore. On the final stage, you meet the Grosse Scheidegg pass. Here, there is also a slightly easier route to the summit. On the top, you can ride along mountain peaks admiring the wonderful landscape. If your legs need a break after four days riding, you can hop on a bus too.

We have designed this adventure to be adaptable for different ability levels. If you like to push yourself, you can hit the trails hard, climbing more than 6,500 feet (2,000 m) in one day and chasing that alpine feeling. If you prefer to take it easy, you can take the suggested alternative routes, giving you more time to relax in the landscapes.

You can plan your adventure along the Jungfrau Loop on your own or book a package tour. If you go with a tour, you can leave behind your bike bags as they will be dropped off at your accommodation each day.

The 4-day loop starts and finishes in the village of Grindelwald. Nestled in the heart of the Jungfrau region, it’s well-worth spending a few days in the village and the surrounding nature. The village is a great place to relax before exploring even more trails in the region.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    02:09
    7.38 mi
    3.4 mph
    3,625 ft
    250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to get a little rough on the first day of the Jungfrau Loop, then this section is just right for it. Although it is the easier of the two options up to the Kleine Scheidegg, 1,100 vertical meters are still waiting to be overcome by you - and this is only 12 kilometers away. The entire section essentially consists of an increase that sometimes requires less and sometimes more strength. But don't worry, the way up is peppered with promising highlights, so there are always worthwhile break stops.So after you have left Grindelwald, the uphill driving begins. From now on, a paved road leads you slowly and steadily upwards. After just under four kilometers you can enjoy a magnificent view back to Grindelwald. We continue towards the summit. Take it easy and prefer to take a break - an incline of up to twelve percent is not entirely without. The sensational panorama that surrounds you up here is both reward and motivation. At some point it will be done: you will arrive happy and proud at the little Scheidegg, where you can take a deep breath.You have the choice again for the descent to Lauterbrunnen: As for the way up, you can choose between an easier (1b easy komoot.de/tour/182580553) and a slightly more difficult route (1b difficult https: //komoot.de/tour/182582442) choose.

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    Difficult
    03:26
    12.6 mi
    3.7 mph
    4,825 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are mountain-experienced and want to go into the crowds right at the start of the Jungfrau Loop, then the difficult version of the tour start is just right for you. This section of the first stage gives you an increase of seven kilometers and 400 meters in altitude and is altogether significantly more demanding than the easier version. The highlight of this section is the summit of the Männlichen, which gives you a magnificent all-round view.It starts in Grindelwald with a slight but steady climb. The path slowly climbs up a few serpentines, mostly on asphalt. In between, a few crunchy, steep pieces will delight your calves and if you feel the need for a break, you should give in to them. The ascent is still long and the look back is far too beautiful not to enjoy it from time to time.And if there is one spot that makes you forget your exertion, it is this: At an altitude of 2,342 meters, an incredible panorama awaits you and the opportunity to provide yourself with decent supplies at the Berghaus Männlichen. If you find it difficult to leave this beautiful place again, look forward to the descent ahead of you. The name says it all on the Panorama Trail, so you can continue to enjoy the beautiful mountains with the Eiger North Face in large format. Then it only goes uphill again briefly (but crisply) and you have reached Kleine Scheidegg.At Kleine Scheidegg you have the choice again for the next section of the day: drive the easier variant (1b easy komoot.de/tour/182580553) or the crisp route again (1b difficult https: / /komoot.de/tour/182582442)?

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  • Difficult
    00:43
    7.17 mi
    10.1 mph
    225 ft
    4,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After taking a deep breath on the Kleine Scheidegg and enjoying the magnificent mountain panorama, it is now time to tackle the descent down to Lauterbrunnen. If you want to do this in a technically rather simple way and overall more relaxed, this section of the first Jungfrau Loop stage is just right for you. There are also a few short sections that are a bit more technical, but on the whole you roll relaxed over forest paths and meadow trails.Right at the start, the beautiful trail to the Wixihütte is waiting for you. So you can slowly get used to the downhill flow and be ready for the next highlight: In winter, the best skiers jet down the Lauberhorn World Cup route. You now have the opportunity to find out that this is also a lot of fun with the bike. But be careful: the view is still exhilarating, don't be too distracted.You roll endlessly towards the valley until you arrive at the Allmend mountain restaurant. Here you should enjoy at least one iced coffee that tastes even better in front of the impressive mountain backdrop. When you have swung yourself onto the saddle again, continue towards Lauterbrunnen. The closer you get, the more details of the picturesque community in the Swiss Alps you can see. Among other things, you have a clear view of the landmark of the place, the Staubbach waterfall. Perhaps you would like to visit him up close?From Lauterbrunnen it goes on the third section of the first day (1c) to Mürren: komoot.de/tour/182583247

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    Difficult
    01:09
    8.66 mi
    7.5 mph
    325 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Instead of a faster, but rather easy downhill run on the easier route (1b easy), the difficult downhill version of the first Jungfrau Loop stage has a sometimes very demanding single trail. In any case, you should have already ridden technical trails if you choose this option. For this you get a fine mix of the most beautiful view and adrenaline.At the beginning, the route is the same as for the light variant. You drive past the Wixihütte and over the first part of the Lauberhorn downhill run until you reach the route of the mountain railway. Here the route bends and the demanding part of the descent begins.Again and again you are dealing with steep hairpin bends, root carpets and even steps. So you should always be on the ball and take a breather here and there - there are enough places where it is worth stopping briefly. Take a deep breath, enjoy nature, the mountains and the rushing adrenaline in your body. A long break at the Innerwengen cable car valley station is worth it: Mary’s Café tempts you here with a delicious cake. Then the wild ride continues for a few kilometers until you finally reach the White Luchine. You follow the river quite relaxed for about a kilometer to Lauterbrunnen.After a break in Lauterbrunnen, the last section of the first day continues to Mürren: komoot.de/tour/182583247.

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    Easy
    00:42
    3.38 mi
    4.9 mph
    825 ft
    350 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour marks the end of the first Jungfrau Loop stage and it actually starts in Lauterbrunnen. Quite comfortably though, as the cable car takes you up to Grütschalp. Instead of a demanding mountain stage, you literally fly up the mountain in just four minutes to cover the last six kilometers of the day. A few small ascents and descents are still waiting for you, but you already have the (day) goal in mind.The mountain station - or Grütschalp station - offers you an impressive view before you start. If you want to start driving, you have to be careful because you can't get lost on the Grütschalp Trail, which starts right at the mountain station. Or maybe you would like to add a wild descent and a new ascent by gondola? Otherwise you roll comfortably, the imposing panorama of the famous triumvirate Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau always in view, to Mürren.

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    Difficult
    02:59
    20.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,900 ft
    5,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the second stage of the Jungfrau Loop you can look forward to wonderful views, strenuous climbs, flowing descents and all of this almost exclusively on unpaved trails and paths. After a quiet night in Mürren, the tour begins with the long climb to the Rotstockhütte. 700 meters of altitude await you and sometimes it is really steep - you will definitely have to push, but that's just part of a tour. The last part of the hut even leads downhill and over a breathtakingly beautiful trail. At the latest at lunch on the stone-built hut, the exertions are forgotten and you can look forward to the upcoming descent with 1,200 meters of depth.After strengthening yourself in an ingenious Alpine ambience, including a panorama of the peaks and grazing cows, you are ready for the descent. On the official hiking trails you dash over stones and forest floor into the valley. Tight curves, smaller steps and fluid sections combine to form an extremely varied trail that spits you out directly on the legendary Basejump steep wall in Lauterbrunnen.Now you follow the White Luchine to Lauterbrunnen for a while. You can see the impressive Staubbach Falls from afar. It is the symbol of Lauterbrunnen and if you feel like it, a detour directly to the waterfall is worthwhile. You can view it from behind through a gallery and enjoy this natural spectacle from a unique perspective. It is not far to the stage goal Wilderswil and so you can use the last slightly sloping kilometers again to take a deep breath and enjoy.

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    Intermediate
    02:30
    22.3 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you still have tired bones from the first two stages of the Jungfrau Loop, then you should try this easy version of stage 3. A relaxed day awaits you on this route with little ascents, but with many beautiful views along Lake Brienz. On around 35 kilometers, you only collect around 600 meters of altitude and mostly drive along forest roads and paved bike paths.Before you reach the beautiful Lake Brienz, it is worth taking a stop in the typical Swiss town of Interlaken. The urban flair is a nice contrast to the natural idyll that you have experienced on this tour so far. Perhaps you are looking for a cozy café and enjoy the lively city bustle for a moment before you dive back into the quiet idyll of the mountains.The view of Lake Brienz, which has been with you for quite a while, is really impressive. From the cozy mountain path, which leads up and down again and again, you usually have a good view of the water, which is framed by the impressive Alpine panorama. On the way you can take short breaks in the two cozy villages of Oberried and Brienz. Cozy seating is waiting for you on the waterfront promenades and there are various bathing options. If it is very warm, you can even cool off on the go.Shortly after Brienz you reach the eastern shore of the lake and have to say goodbye to it. You will now roll past the small Meiringen airport via quiet side streets and soon you will have reached your destination.Tip for evening entertainment: A visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

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    Difficult
    05:03
    28.2 mi
    5.6 mph
    6,475 ft
    6,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Are you fit, rested and in the mood for a lot of trails and vertical meters? Then the heavier version of the third Jungfrau Loop stage is just right for you. Things get really busy on the eastern shore of Lake Brienz, so you can collect an impressive 2,000 meters of altitude over 45 kilometers.The route starts very relaxed. You can roll up warmly along the shore of Lake Brienz and enjoy the beautiful path right on the water. Gather your strength and get ready for the upcoming ascent. It is around ten kilometers long and really challenging. You mainly drive through shady forest, which is a blessing in summer. Only the foresight suffers - the good view is a bit of a wait today. For this you can look forward to the first descent, which will bring you very close to the lakeshore.The next long climb follows - demanding but not quite as steep as the first. About halfway you will reach the Axalp, where you can take a break in the restaurant. Without a doubt, you deserve it. You can still manage the remaining vertical meters, especially since the picturesque Hinterburgsee with its idyllic lake shore and a magnificent mountain panorama also captivates you on the way. One last climb and you made it. The more than ten kilometers long descent down to Meiringen is now waiting for you. Exhausted and satisfied, you can rest here for the rest of the day or pass the time in the village.Tip: If you find on the way that you have driven uphill enough, you can shorten it after the first descent. At the Bramisegg restaurant, just follow the Axalpstrasse down to the lake and then drive parallel to the Aare to Meiringen.

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    Difficult
    02:47
    11.1 mi
    4.0 mph
    4,550 ft
    75 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Who has the choice ... - no, the fourth stage of the Jungfrau Loop is by no means a pain. Rather, you can design it exactly as it suits your mood, mood and fitness on the last day of the big tour. A look at the bare numbers of this variant may leave you with a question mark in your eyes: Almost 1,400 vertical meters over 18 kilometers should be “easy”? In this case, the "simple" rather refers to the technical requirements of the route. For the most part it leads up a paved road to the Grosse Scheidegg and will not pose any technical driving challenges. The rise, on the other hand, is tough and requires a certain amount of staying power. If you take it easy, use one of the numerous breaks here and there and enjoy the beautiful nature in peace, you will still have a lot of fun on the bike.The Reichenbach Falls, the idyllic Reichenbach Valley, the picturesque Gschwandtenmad, the imposing glacier ravine Rosenlaui and various cozy places to stop off make the long ascent varied and entertaining. So you slowly get higher, always with the knowledge that the next highlight worth seeing is waiting for you soon. Before you know it, the saddle of the Grosse Scheidegg is within reach. Above you can be enchanted by the wonderful panorama before the exhilarating descent into the valley is waiting for you.There are two other options for the trip up to the Grosse Scheidegg: The "difficult" variant (komoot.de/tour/182590503) is an extra round that replaces the first part of the road climb and instead leads over challenging but beautiful trails. It ends about halfway up the road, which you take the rest of the way to the summit. If you are running out of breath, there is a third variant: The Postbus runs from Meiringen to Grosser Scheidegg, which can take you and your bike comfortably upwards if you wish. Of course, you can also start driving and then simply use the Postbus if you want. If you are quite exhausted on the fourth day of the Jungfrau Loop, this is definitely a sensible alternative and in any case a calming plan B.No matter how you get up to the Grosse Scheidegg - after you have rested and enjoyed the grandiose view a little, the enjoyable last stage back to Grindelwald is waiting for you: komoot.de/tour/182590503.

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    Difficult
    02:59
    13.0 mi
    4.3 mph
    4,325 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In this section of the fourth stage of the Jungfrau Loop, it is not the distance or the number of vertical meters that are the difficulty. Rather, it is the technical demands of the trails and paths that make this route a challenge. If you are still fit and would prefer to ride real trails instead of a quiet road, then this variant is just right for you. A long, panoramic ascent awaits you, followed by a partly technically demanding descent.After a very short warm-up phase in Meiringen, things get straight to the point. It is partly steep uphill and in contrast to the driveway on the road you are in the hinterland. This is of course beautiful, but you don't have a backup plan. So take it easy and don't challenge yourself and your material too much. The magnificent mountain panorama and the high moor landscape on Wandelalp are real highlights for nature lovers. This makes it twice worth taking a break and taking a deep breath.If you pass the Wandelbach Falls, two-thirds of the ascent is done. From now on, the summit countdown is in the form of three small hamlets: First you pass "In the lowest change" and "In the middle change". If you have left “in the top change” behind you, it will be done immediately. As soon as you can no longer see the last houses behind you, you can look forward to the next descent. The trip to the Reichenbach Valley is a pleasure and only a little more demanding in terms of driving technique. When you have reached Scheideggstrasse and you feel like a break, you can change to the Postbus and let him do the rest of the climb to Grosse Scheidegg.Otherwise, it continues from here with the last section of the fourth stage: komoot.de/tour/182590503.

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    Difficult
    02:22
    12.4 mi
    5.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After you have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful view on the Grosse Scheidegg, the last section of the fourth Jungfrau Loop stage is waiting for you. Your tour of the Jungfrau Region is nearing its end. So once again fully enjoy what awaits you here: wonderful views, breathtaking landscapes, the picturesque Bachalpsee and, of course, grandiose trails that ultimately transport you back to the starting point of the stage trip to Grindelwald.You start high up on the Grosse Scheidegg, where the Alps present themselves again from their most beautiful side. Before the last descent, however, you stay "at the top" for a while: Pedaling along promising trails to almost 2,300 meters, where the Bachalpsee is another wonderful highlight. You should definitely plan a break here and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake, whose sparkling water reflects the top of the Schreckhorn. Why is this lake the most photographed mountain lake in the Alps? When you are here, this question will answer itself.Now you can plunge into the descent and enjoy the mountain again from its action-packed side. The Bachalpseetrail, which is particularly demanding in the first part, is now descending rapidly into the valley. First you drive through the high alpine lunar landscape, later through forested terrain until you finally have a clear view of Grindelwald. Here you started the Jungfrau Loop four days ago and here you are pretty exhausted but absolutely happy to be back. Four days of pure mountain bike fun are behind you. Four days that you can now review in detail in the wonderful ambience of Grindelwald.

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  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    146 mi
  • Duration
    26:50 h
  • Elevation
    30,000 ft
Magnificent mountains and MTB trails – Jungfrau Loop in 4 days
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