Via ferrata is Italian for “iron road” and is part hiking, part rock climbing, and part sturdy adventurous. On a via ferrata you follow a path that consists mainly of iron rungs attached to the mountainside all the while being clipped onto a steel cable.
1.A ferrata from Murren to Gimmelwald. You can do it without a guide. About 3 hours, 2 km. For a non climber it was incredibly scary as you walk around the rock face but it is mega specular as there is 400 meters of nothing below you. It is made up of a couple of tightrope canyon crossings, a Nepalese of suspension bridge and ladders. Think of it as a high up ropes park.
There is a Hostel that sells burgers and food in Gimmelwald with the most amazing view from their deck.
2. Also from Gimmelwald, there is a "climbing garden". From the village of Gimmelwald it is a 50-minute walk to the foot of the wall.
Follow the gravel road towards Chilchbalm. After crossing the river, a path leads up to the wall on the right. At the Chilchbalm, the end of the small valley, one can see the receding glacier, it is a magical walk that many people don't know about.
3. There is also a family friendly climbing garden on the Riggli. From the Birg station (middle station of the Schilthornbahn). From Birg you follow the white signposts downhill through the Engetal and after about 40 minutes you are at the foot of the wall, a few minutes' walk below the Schilthornhütte.
4.The Rotstock Via Ferrata is a family climb right next to the famous North Face Wall of Eiger. Using a harness, stairs and metal stairs you can climb 400m of incline to the 360-degree panoramic viewpoint. You can get there from the Eigergletscher Station which is above the Kleine Scheidegg station on the train route to Jungfraujoch. It is marked with the blue and white mountain standard trail signs.
Of course there is the Eiger - need I say more :)
5. Also from Eigergletscher Station is a blue and white graded walk to the ´Guggi hut that needs some athletic climbing skills but well worth it for the views and the traverse so close to the glaciers.
6. Mönch ridge walk is also a must do....walking toward the Mönch hut ís about an hour walk from Jungfrau Joch train station but before the hut you go up the southeast ridge. The lower section of the climb will lead you to the rain gauge, and from there you will easily climb to the first snow ridge. There is snow along the way but it is not far. You can do it as a day trip when you start early.
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