If you can only do one walk in this region make it this one. Follow the trail from Gruetschalp to Muerren via the Mountain View Trail to see the most breathtaking views this region has to offer. This trail is slightly more demanding than the lower level walk to Muerren but let me tell you, it is worth every extra step!
This trail begins at the Gruestchalp Train station, it quickly takes you up above the railway tracks. Follow the signs to Muerren (Mountain View Trail) for a tough ascent through a forested area, opening up into the most stunning views of the Jungfrau, Moench and Eiger as you walk along a path surrounded by alpine flowers. The trail traverses along the mountain side and then a short descent back into Muerren.
This walk is incredible if the weather is on your side, if it isn’t you are very exposed to the elements. Double check the weather forecast before you head out and make sure you pack enough water and snacks as there is no restaurants/cafes/shops.
There are plenty of ways to make this walk more strenous, if you are feeling up for a challenge have a look at the extra loops which can be added on, I would recommend a detour to Allmendhubel (which is marked on your route notes).
Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in.
Don't choose a high-altitude route on overcast days. You will risk missing out on the good views, and navigating is difficult in the mist.
The distance of a route doesn't tell you much about how difficult it is, or how long it takes. The difference in height is far more important, and so is the type of trail (wide paved road versus a narrow rocky path) and the terrain (valley floor versus high Alpine terrain). For these reasons, signposts display hiking times, not distances.
Take a detour to Allmendhubel, which sits just above Muerren and has a restuarant and toilets if you would like to soak in the views after your walk.
Schildhorn is worth a visit (and half the price of the Jungfraujoch, with the same views): http://schilthorn.ch/
There are plenty of mountain biking trails in the area if you are interested in renting a bike in Muerren and exploring: http://www.mountainbikeland.ch/en/routes-p193.html
This tour is available on the following itineraries:
Bring sturdy boots and walking poles as the trail is uneven for the most of this walk.