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Hiking holidays Via Alpina Braunwald - Meiringen

Hiking: Via Alpina

Pristine Alps and wild passes

This hike from the Glarus Alps to the Bernese Oberland leads through some of the "wildest" mountain regions in Switzerland. The Alps Urnerboden and Engstlenalp lie idyllically on your way.

For innumerable years, alpine dairymen have been bringing their cows to graze in summer here and have been farming these traditional Alps. While the Alps lie almost untouched in front of you, some passes make this hiking tour a demanding undertaking. Certainly one of the most beautiful hiking tours in Switzerland.

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Itinerary

From sunny Braunwald over wooded rocky ridges to the largest Swiss alp with 1'200 cows. Open, flat and wild terrain along the Fätschbach stream to the Urnerboden.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 13 km
815 m
300 m

Simple alps and mobile bee boxes on the Klausen pass, fascinating high trail with mountain panorama above the Schächen valley, then steeply down to the valley floor below.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 17 km
850 m
915 m

Bus ride to Altdorf. Short hike to Attinghausen and by cable car up to the Brüsti. Continue over the panoramic Alp Grat to the historic Surenenpass. The rock bastions on the Brunnistock and the basin of the Blackenalp are impressive. A varied valley path leads to the monastery village of Engelberg.

approx. 6.5 – 7 h
approx. 20 km
910 m
1'415 m

The trail leads over two altitude steps up to the spectacularly situated Trübsee lake at the foot of the Titlis, and further over the Jochpass into the Bernese Oberland. The destination is Engstlenalp, an idyllic place of power with a lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of alpine roses.

approx. 5 h
approx. 11 km
1'265 m
400 m

Through alpine flora to Tannalp with a cheese dairy, inn and lake. The ridge hike over the Balmeregghorn impresses with magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Dwarf Muggenstutz and a sculpture garden provide variety on the way to Meiringen. Individual departure after arrival in Meiringen.

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 21 km
715 m
1'940 m

Tour character

Especially the long last stage can be shortened by cable cars. The tour leads partly through very remote areas. Good basic condition, sure-footedness and experience in alpine hiking is required.

The Via Alpina at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Braunwald
  Season 1
10.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

every day
Season 2
02.07.2022 - 09.09.2022

every day
Via Alpina Zentralschweiz | TO, CH-ZSWLM-07X
Base price
895.-
955.-
Surcharge Single Room 279.- 279.-

Category: 3* hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
every day
Via Alpina Zentralschweiz | TO, CH-ZSWLM-07X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
895.-
279.-
955.-
279.-

Category: 3* hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Braunwald
Extra night double room (BB) Linthal
Extra night single room (BB) Linthal
Meiringen
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
99.-
104.-
89.-
124.-
99.-
104.-
89.-
124.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Braunwald
  Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

every day
Braunwald
Extra night double room (BB) Linthal 99.- 99.-
Extra night single room (BB) Linthal 104.- 104.-
Meiringen
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 124.- 124.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 6 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Halfboard on Engstlenalp 
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Cable car Attinghausen – Brüsti
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Please note:

  • Bus transfer to Attinghausen not included in the price
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Parking in Linthal. CHF 3.- per day.
  • Return journey by train via Interlaken, Berne and Zurich to Linthal, duration approx: 4.5 h.
Travel documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Kyle Fennell US | 06.09.2022
A fantastic trip in the Bernese Highlands
We had a great week hiking the Via Alpina from Braunwald to Meiringen. I've done a few other hikes in the Swiss Alps and found the scenery on this trip every bit as spectacular. The trails were well marked, with good options for side trips or shortening longer days as we walked through pastures, over passes, and intro towns. The hotels ranged from small rustic inns to stylish city hotels and were all comfortable and welcoming. The Eurotrek team was quite helpful when we were researching the trip and provided clear and complete materials to guide us on our hikes.

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