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Trail Running Options near Grindelwald/Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen?

Trail Running Options near Grindelwald/Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen?

Old Feb 22nd, 2020, 01:25 PM
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Trail Running Options near Grindelwald/Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen?

Hi travelers,
Wondering your best advice for our family:

Husband wants to do a few nice trail runs during a 4-5 day stay in or around Grindelwald. He is an avid trail runner and would love something in the 5-10 mile a day range with moderate difficulty. On the flip side, wifey (me) and the teenagers are not runners, and need easy access to either a nearby village to explore while he's running so we're not waiting around in the chalet/condo while he's out. As a family we'll also have a car to explore, hike, etc.

We haven't picked accommodations yet and would love your advice of where to make a home base.
Wengen? Lauterbrunnen? Grindelwald? Interlaken? Other suggestions?

Also, are there running guides or tour companies that will take runners out on guided runs? (There are a few operators like this in Chamonix, but we're not headed there this trip.)

Are there good areas that would have a mix of running and hiking trails starting from the same staging/parking area?

Thanks!
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Old Feb 22nd, 2020, 03:35 PM
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Grindelwald will give you and your kids a large enough village to keep you busy and it’s setting it stunning. . It also has great train connections to other locations. Sorry can’t help you with running info.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2020, 03:37 PM
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I can't help with the trail runs (sorry), but FWIW, here are some thoughts on your home base choices:
  • The views from Wengen are, IMO, the most magnificent in the area. It's a little harder to get to than other possible bases, as you have to go through Lauterbrunnen to get there.
  • Lauterbrunnen is probably the easiest for connections, and IMO, is a very pleasant place if you stay in a place with views down the valley.
  • Interlaken isn't all that interesting, IMO; it's convenient if you want a base for places some distance from Lauterbrunnen, but less convenient for places reached by going through Lauterbrunnen.
  • I wasn't favorably impressed by Grindelwald -- when I was there, it was massed with huge exhaust-spewing tour buses and day trippers. JMO.
I trust you realize that having a car doesn't make much sense for the area? Swiss public transportation is excellent -- comfortable and convenient, with frequent connections and luggage storage options at most stations. Browse the Swiss rail website for more information
https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html
And note that you can't take a car to Wengen or Murren -- they are car free.

Hope that helps!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2020, 04:20 AM
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For trail running there are countless miles of hiking trails in that area. He should look on his favorite run tracking app or hiking app and look for popular routes. Strava, mapmyrun, alltrails, etc. I do the same for hiking or road biking.

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Old Feb 23rd, 2020, 06:19 AM
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As above: the hiking trail network is endless.
...and the family cn easily reach the most scenic points along these trails by bus, cog wheel railway or gondola.
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