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The walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is one of the most popular hikes in the Jungfrau region. This easy, mostly downhill trail offers spectacular views of both the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the mountain peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

This hike is suitable for all ages and ability levels. It’s perfect for families, travelers with limited time who want to do a short, memorable hike, and those who want jaw-dropping views with minimal effort.

If you only have the time or the desire to do one short, quick hike in the Jungfrau region, this is a good one to consider.

Panorama Trail Hiking Stats

Distance: 4.9 km (3 miles)
Elevation Loss: 200 meters, 650 feet (Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg)
Difficulty: Easy
Length of Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
When to Go: The trail is generally open from mid-June through October, depending on weather conditions and snowfall. Get updates on the trail status here.

This trail is called the Panorama Trail. On trail signs, you might see it written as Panoramaweg.

Mannlichen Elevation Profile

Elevation profile starting in Männlichen and ending at Kleine Scheidegg.


This hike can be done in either direction. The recommended way to do this is to go from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. This makes it an overall downhill walk and the views of the mountain peaks are always in front of you.

If you go from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen, it’s an uphill walk and the entire time you are walking away from Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau. To see the mountain peaks, you will have to keep turning around. It’s still a very nice walk and for some people, this may be the best way to do it, depending on your other plans for the day.

Map for Mannlichen Hiking Trail

Map of the Jungfrau region. The trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is blue. The Royal Way is green.

Please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.

How to Get to Männlichen

You can get to Männlichen from Grindelwald or Wengen.

From Grindelwald

There is a cableway that connects Grindelwald and Mannlichen. These 10 passenger gondolas take 19 minutes to travel between Grindelwald and Männlichen. The cableway operates from May 26 to October 23 from roughly 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (cable car times vary slightly month to month). 

From Wengen

To get from Wengen to Männlichen, ride the Wengen – Männlichen Aerial Cableway.

The cableway operates from May 26 through October 23 (2022), departing every 20 minutes, from roughly 8:30 am to 5 pm (cable car times vary slightly month to month). Get the full schedule here.

To get to Wengen, ride the train from Lauterbrunnen.

Wengen Cable Car

Overlooking Wengen and the cable way from Männlichen.

Walking from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg


In Männlichen, there are restaurants, a playground, and this crazy cow slide that kids will love.

Mannlichen Sliding Board

Consider making the 2 km round trip hike up the “Royal Way” to the peak of Männlichen. From the peak, the views over Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Jungfrau region are stunning.

This adds on an additional 30 to 45 minutes to your day. It’s an uphill walk to get to the peak, but then on the way back to Männlichen, you get to enjoy a downhill, easy stroll with views of Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau.

We did not do Royal Way walk. We arrived in Männlichen from Kleine Scheidegg right at 5 pm, just catching the last cable car of the day (yes, we did this walk in the opposite direction). Unfortunately, we did not have time to add on this extra walk, but it looks well worth the time and effort.


The view from the Männlichen cableway station. You can see Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley below.

Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

From Männlichen, follow the wide gravel trail downhill towards Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. The trail is well-marked and very easy to follow.

Here is the walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg in photos. The closer you get to Kleine Scheidegg, the better the views.

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 1

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 2

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 3

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 4

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 5

Just before arriving in Kleine Scheidegg, you will walk past Restaurant Grindelwaldblick. Even if you are not hungry, it’s worth the quick detour. There is a viewing platform that you can climb up that offers some of the best views of the day (it is where I took the cover photo for this post). And if you do want to stop and take a break, grab a table with a view. Having lunch or a snack here will beat any view that you will get in Kleine Scheidegg (plus, it will most likely be less crowded).

Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

Lunch Spot


Looking up at Grindelwaldblick from the hiking trail.

Once in Kleine Scheidegg, take the train to your next destination. Trains from Kleine Scheidegg go to Grindelwald and Wengen.

Kleine Scheidegg

Kleine Scheidegg

Ideas for What to Do Next

Jungfraujoch. If the weather is clear and you don’t see many clouds lingering around the peak of Jungfrau, consider riding the train up to Jungfraujoch and spending the rest of your day here. You need roughly four hours to fully see and do all that there is in Jungfraujoch, so make sure you have enough time left in the day. Also, clouds tend to move in during the afternoon, so check the forecast before you go.

Hike the Eiger Trail. The Eiger Trail is another stunning, downhill walk and one of our favorites in this region. It’s a 7.25 km (4.5 mile) point-to-point hike from Eigergletscher to Alpiglen and it takes 2 to 3 hours. From Kleine Scheidegg, ride the train (or hike 2 km uphill) to Eigergletscher to start this hike. Read all about hiking the Eiger Trail here.

Learn how to combine Jungfraujoch, the Eiger Trail, and the Panorama Trail into one epic day in our One Day in the Jungfrau Region Itinerary.

Hiking from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen

For some people, it will make more sense to do this walk in the opposite direction. For example, if you visited Jungfraujoch in the morning and want to do this hike in the afternoon. From Jungfraujoch, ride the train to Kleine Scheidegg, hike to Männlichen, ride the cable car to Wengen, and then take the train to your next destination.

To walk from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen, it is a gradual, uphill walk. It’s not overly strenuous, but it could be difficult for very young kids. Plus, since you are walking away from the mountain peaks, you don’t get the same, spectacular views right in front of you, like you would if you did this walk from Männlichen.

What We Did

This was our final hike at the end of one epic day in the Swiss Alps. We had clear skies so we wanted to squeeze as much out of this day as possible.

Our day started bright and early with a visit to Jungrafraujoch. We spent the morning here, touring Jungfraujoch and hiking out to Mönchsjochhutte. From Jungfraujoch, we rode the train to Eigergletscher and hiked the Eiger Trail. Once back in Kleine Scheidegg, we hiked to Männlichen, just barely getting on the final cable car to Wengen. We had 45 minutes to hike a trail that takes an hour and a half, but we made it. Unfortunately, we did not have time to do the Royal Walk. Bummer, guess we will have to come back again someday. 🙂

How to Get to Männlichen

From Wengen: Cableway to Männlichen
From Lauterbrunnen: Train to Wengen, cableway to Männlichen OR train to Grindelwald, cableway to Männlichen
From Mürren: Train to Grutschalp, cable car to Lauterbrunnen, train to Wengen, cableway to Männlichen OR train to Grutschalp, cable car to Lauterbrunnen, train to Grindelwald, cableway to Männlichen
From Gimmelwald:  Ride the Schilthornbahn to Stechelberg, take the bus to Lauterbrunnen, ride the train to Wengen and then the cableway to Männlichen.
From Grindelwald: Cableway to Männlichen
From Interlaken: Train to Grindelwald, cableway to Männlichen OR train to Lauterbrunnen, train to Wengen, cableway to Männlichen

If you are already in Kleine Scheidegg (for example, after a visit to Jungfraujoch) and want to do this walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, it will take a lot of time and money to get to Männlichen. From Kleine Scheidegg, ride the train to either Grindelwald or Wengen and then ride the cableway to Männlichen. This will add over an hour to your day and cost roughly 40 CHF.


For more information about how to get around the Jungfrau region (it is a complicated network of trains and cable cars), check out our Guide to the Jungfrau Region. This guide also covers things to do, how to plan your time, where to eat, and more.

Tips to Have the Best Experience

The walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is best done on a clear day, so that you get those amazing views of Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau. Check the weather here.

Before you go, you can also check conditions on the webcams in Männlichen and Kleine Scheidegg.

Wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Hiking shoes are not necessary for this trail.

If you have any questions about walking from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, let us know in the comment section below.

More Places to Go in Switzerland

JUNGFRAU REGION: What exactly is the Jungfrau region? Find out in our Guide to the Jungfrau Region, which includes maps and important travel planning information. We also have articles about the best things to do in the Jungfrau region as well as the top hikes in the Jungfrau region. The Eiger Trail and Schynige Platt to First are our favorite hikes. Our favorite day in the area was combining Jungfraujoch, the Panorama Trail, and the Eiger Trail.

JUNGFRAUJOCH OR SCHILTHORN: Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn are two high alpine excursions in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. If you only have the time for one, which is better, Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn?

LUCERNE: Learn how to spend one perfect day in Lucerne with a trip to Mt. Pilatus.

ZERMATT: In Zermatt, don’t miss the hike from Gornergrat to Riffelberg. Another popular hike is the 5 Lakes Trail. For more ideas on what to do, read our article Best Things to Do in Zermatt.

SWITZERLAND ITINERARY: If your visit to Zermatt is part of a bigger trip to Switzerland, check out our Switzerland Itinerary, which has suggestions on what to do if you have 7 days, 14 days, or even longer.

Read all of our articles about Switzerland in our Switzerland Travel Guide.


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  1. Avatar for Steven Cannon
    Steven Cannon

    Your guides have guided me so many places. I was curious to know, I am looking to visit Paris and Switzerland Mid May to the end of May. Is this an alright time to go? Will I still be able to see all the things you have on your guides, specifically the Bernese Oberland area? I’d love to know.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Steven. Paris will be beautiful in May. The Bernese Oberland might still have some snow, but you can visit it all year. However, some hiking trails might not be open that early. It really depends on how much snow the area gets, and how late into the spring they get it. But you can still ride the trains and cable cars to Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, etc. Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Dana

    Such a great guide. If you would only have time for one hike between the Eiger trail and this one which one would you choose? Both of them look amazing and I don’t know which one to do. Thanks

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Both are really great and give slightly different views. Here’s what I recommend. Hike the Eiger Trail. Once in Alpiglen, ride the train to Kleine Scheidegg. From Kleine Scheidegg, it is a 500 meter walk up the Panorama Trail to Restaurant Grindelwaldblick. From this restaurant, you get one of the best views from the Panorama Trail without hiking the full trail. It’s also a great place to get a drink or a snack or even a meal after hiking the Eiger Trail. I lay out how do this in more detail in our Jungfraujoch + Eiger Trail article. Then, walk back to Kleine Scheidegg and take the train or cable car to get back to your hotel. Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Stine

    Great information, thank you! I will be doing the panorama hike this summer. I’m planning a day trip to Lauterbrunnen and want to do the hike the same day. How to I get from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen? I’m travelling with car – where is the best place to park?

    Thank you!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      There is parking in Lauterbrunnen. For more details about parking and how to get around the area, check out our Guide to the Jungfrau Region. To get from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, you will ride the Wengeralpbahn, which a train. Then from Wengen, ride the cable car up to Mannlichen. Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Alex

    Hello! My family and I were planning a similar route visiting the Jungfraujoch in the morning, hiking the Eiger trail, and then taking the train from Alpiglen to Wengen and a cable car up to Mannilchen to be able to hike the panoramic trail and get the views. Would this be too long of a detour just to hike the trail or should we take a similar route you took to save time (and potentially money)? We will be coming from Lauterbrunnen.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      It is a long detour to get back to Mannlichen from Wengen. You would have to move fast through everything you did this day (first train to Jungfraujoch, leave by Jungfraujoch by noon, hike Eiger fast, etc) to make it work. We left Jungfraujoch and then did these two hikes, adding on Mannlichen on the spur of the moment. And we made the last cable car down to Wengen for the day, cutting it extremely close. Adding on the detour probably adds an hour to the day as a rough estimate. So, I think it is best to hike the panorama trail from Kleine Scheidegg and turning around a lot for the views. Not ideal but the timing will work out better. But it’s a great day…probably our favorite of the 6 we spent in the Jungfrau region. Cheers, Julie

  5. Avatar for Ina

    Hi, there

    Thank you for these useful information, I will bear them in mind when I’ll go and visit this beautiful places, especially Jungfraujoch . I want to ask you: if you take the round trip to Top of Europe (from Lauterbrunnen in my case) is there any additional costs downhill from Jungfraujoch, or you can step down and go up the train anytime you want?
    I want to do the same thing as you: Top of Europe first thing in the morning, and then all the other trails.

    Thak you very much!


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      That is a very good question. When we did this, we booked round trip tickets from Murren to Jungfraujoch. In the morning, we went directly to Jungfraujoch on the first train of the day. After visiting Jungfraujoch, we got off at Eigergletscher and hiked the Eiger Trail. We had to purchase a train ticket to go from Alpiglen to Kleine Scheidegg. Then we hiked this trail, ending in Mannlichen. We had to purchase cable car tickets from Mannlichen to Wengen since this was not part of the Jungfraujoch round trip ticket. Then we used the round trip Jungraujoch ticket to get back to Murren. It is my understanding that the round trip ticket can be used throughout the day for any parts of the journey. But since parts of what we did are not part of the route, we had to purchase those separately. I am not an expert when it comes to these tickets, so if you visit a ticket office in the Jungfrau region, it would be a good idea to confirm if this works or if there is a cheaper option to string all of these trains and cable cars together. Cheers, Julie

  6. Avatar for Kathy Hansen
    Kathy Hansen

    Your travel blog is beautiful. I am using your itinerary in the Bernese Alps to shape my itinerary.

    One question I have: Did you find the small towns of Mürren and Lauterbrunnen to be crowded with tourist? I saw a comment on another site that up to 5000 visitors a day visit this valley to hike. Most of these visitors bus in for the day, but it can be very crowded with tourist. My swiss friend said once you are on the trails hiking, you don’t see most of the tourist. But she warned that staying in Mürren, we may feel suffocated by the number of tourist. What was your experience?

    Thank you so much.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Our visit was in early to mid-July, peak tourist season. This area of Switzerland felt busy, but it did not feel overly crowded. Yes, you are correct, there will be a lot of day trippers to this area. This Mannlichen hike is one of the most popular things to do, so it will be a crowded trail midday. However, we did it at the very end of the day, catching the last cable car to Wengen, so there were only a handful of people on the trail (which is why our photos don’t have many people in them). And that theme goes for the whole area…big crowds midday, but quiet in the morning and later afternoon/evening. I LOVED staying in Murren and it didn’t feel too crowded, even when we would walk through it midday. However, I would avoid cable cars midday because the lines were very, very long. Other trails we did (Eiger, Faulhorn to First, and even the Northface Trail) didn’t have that many people on them. I hate crowds and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay in Murren again (our hotel was a bit outside of town so maybe that made it nicer for us). If you really want to avoid the crowds, the next town over, Gimmelwald, should be quieter. Cheers, Julie

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