ViaSbrinz: Grimsel Pass-Handegg mule track

Grimsel - Handegg

Bern, Innertkirchen, Grimsel

Bern, Innertkirchen, Grimsel

Bern, Innertkirchen, Kreuzung

Bern, Innertkirchen, Kreuzung

Bern, Innertkirchen, Aareschlucht

Bern, Innertkirchen, Aareschlucht

On the old mule track from the Grimsel Pass to Handegg you walk through history - and the world of the Kraftwerke Oberhasli power company. Here they not only produce electricity but also memorable moments – many facilities are accessible, from the dam above the access tunnel to the works railway.

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Technical information

Starting point:Grimsel pass
Getting to the starting point:Post bus to the top of Grimsel pass
Getting to the destination:Post bus from Handegg, Gelmerbahn
Physical fitness:medium
Hiking time:3h00
Season:June till October


When the present day Sbrinz became an export market for central Switzerland, the mules lugged loaf after loaf over the Grimsel Pass to the markets of northern Italy. The mule track soon became a well-developed trade route.

Today, the "ViaSbrinz" is a spectacular hiking trail through dramatic mountain scenery. If you hike from the top of the pass towards Handegg, "Grims Kristallweg" with its host of surprises is your best route. It continues past the new visitor centre at the hospice and the entrance to the crystal cavern Gerstenegg, which may however only be visited on an official tour.

Over the old Böglisbrüggli mule bridge it goes to the "Hählen Platten" stairs (where the mule train drivers carved steps out of the smooth glacier-polished rocks) and finally on to Handegg. The next spectacle is not very far away - those seeking a nine minute thrill can take the steepest funicular railway in europe and slowly and jerkily rise through the fascinating alpine panorama almost straight up to Lake Gelmer in this rail convertible.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.


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