Wir Gehen Sweiss Velo Riding Again!
Our stuff wiating for SBB
We have friends in Unteraegeri who came to ride in North Vancouver in 2007, and skied in Vancouver in 2012, we also rode with them in 2011 in Davos. They said we HAD to check out their trails so we stayed with Guido and Nicole for a couple of nights to check out the Trail Rider bike shop and some of the trails in Unteraegeri. While the trails were challenging and good for local goods, they didn’t quite have the views offered by the rest of Switzerland. I did see how they became good riders though! Slippery roots will either kill you or make you stronger!
The weather when we arrived was unsettled so we were able to check out the aegeri trails at their sketchy best!
Typical Aegeri trail
Riding with Rene, Guido and Helen
Grindelwald – Wallis
Our next destination was Grindelwald in Wallis. Best know for the Eiger and Jungfraujoch I didn’t really click in that the Jungfraujoch was accessed by a train that went through a tunnel in the Eiger. Built 100 years ago in 1812, it travels to 3454m and is branded as the TOP OF EUROPE. While very touristy it is worth checking out. They’ve done a great job at the top to highlight the glacier and the environment in the area. Its also used as a place for Mountaineers to climb the Jungfrau and other peaks in the area, you can also travel down the Aletsch glacier to the Bettmeralp/Reideralp area. You can buy a ticket up the Jungfraujoch for half price with your Swiss Rail Pass.
We stayed at the Kirchbuhl Hotel – Grindelwald, with their super friendly helpful staff,
Courtesy Shuttle, VERY good food, continental breakfast with fruit, cereal, lots of bread and cheese choices, awesome half board food, views of the mountains and wellness center, I would stay at this hotel again.
Bern is not known for its mountain biking. Of all the Cantons in Switzerland it is the most confused about whether or not to embrace this growing demographic. Some do, some don’t but just like anywhere, so long as you say hi, we all get along.
We did our first ride in Grindelwald up the First Gondola. Its VERY long, 5,226-meter long, it climbs to 2167m. The mountain bike route down is on a gravel and ashphalt road, but the views are spectacular. We didn’t go up to the lake that is there since it was cloudy and the views weren’t that good. On a clear day it would be worth it to go up for the views.
Ride down from First Gondola
The second day we met Simon and Noodlez for a local tour. We rode up to Kleine Scheidegg, which you can take your bike up on after 4:00, but not before since this is the main tourist access point for the Jungfraujoch. We climbed from 1000m to 2140m for a nice warm up. Then we had some Kafe and Alpin Macaroni before we started our ride down the Lauberhorn to Lauterbrunnen where we went up another Gondola and rode to Winteregg and down an awesome wanderweg trail back to Lauterbrunnen. After a beer we cruised down to the train station at Zweilutschinen and took the train back to Grindelwald and another amazing dinner at the Kirchbuhl Hotel.
Climbing to Kleine Scheidegg with Noodlez and Simon and eating there!
Kleine Scheidegg with the Eiger in the back.
Start of the Lauberhorn ride
Silburhorn in the back beside the Jungfrau
Looking about a hanging Wallis valley
Singletrack in the trees.
Bottom of the Wanderweg from Winteregg
Signage to note!
Waterfall off the cliffs near where we rode from. There is a Swiss flag hanging over the waterfall.
Our Train Schedule from Aegeri to Grindelwald to show how easy it is to travel on SBB
Kleine Scheidegg – Lauberhorn
Length: 31 km
Duration: 6 hours, 33 minutes, 13 seconds
Vertical up: 2075 m
Vertical down: 2263.4 m
Average Speed: 4.7 km/h
Length: 14.8 km
Duration: 1 hour, 24 minutes, 42 seconds
Vertical up: 1085.3 m
Vertical down: 1099.7 m
Average Speed: 10.5 km/h
Length: 32 km
Duration: 4 hours, 36 minutes, 28 seconds
Vertical up: 1088.3 m
Vertical down: 1051.2 m
Average Speed: 6.9 km/h
Length: 19.0 km
Duration: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 40 seconds
Vertical up: 685.4 m
Vertical down: 620.5 m
Average Speed: 6.8 km/h
Aegeri and Grindelwald Videos
Aegeri , Sept 2012 – Switzerland
Grindelwald – Riding the Lauberhorn