The Grosse Scheidegg
Arguably the most scenic cycling pass in the Alps
DISTANCE: 80km, Clockwise Loop
TIP: While tempting to look heroic on Strava, you’ll regret not stopping for the views of what is certainly one of the most stunning road rides in the world. At the very least, sit in the sun for a few minutes on the Grosse Scheidegg pass itself and soak in what you are amongst.
One turn away from the top of the Grosse Scheidegg's east side.
Riding the Grosse Scheidegg from the east side has a spectacular final few switchbacks beneath the Wetterhorn
Cyclists all imagine the perfect climb; narrow, car free, good pavement, and huge views. This is it.
Tiny rider on a tiny road in a HUGE landscape.
The Eiger's famous north face hides in the cloud above Grindelwald, on the Grosse Scheidegg's west side.
Lots of media attention on the Grosse Scheidegg by PatitucciPhoto/ALPSinsight.
We are very interested in riding The Grosse Scheidegg . We are planning a trip in September. Is the weather favorable that time of year? Are there any specific weeks you would recommend? Also where do we rent bikes?
Thank you for any information.
Hi Karin, September is typically a more stable month for weather, but no guarantees…! For bike rentals, check Imboden Bikes in Lauterbrunnen. Have fun.
interested in this on a trip back to Grindelwald
Hi Matt, this is a fantastic ride. Let me know if you have any question. You can email me at email@example.com
If you are in good shape… running 3 miles a day and working out would you say this is doable? I am concerned about the level of strenuousness.
I think a lot of uphill cycling ought to be a part of that program!
I looking to take on the Grosse Scheidegg Loop and possibly others in and around the area. I’ll possibly be solo, are there guided rides or “club” rides that frequent these passes?
Best, James USA
Hi James, there aren’t any club rides that I know of but there are private guides available. One of the partners here at ALPSinsight guides it. If you’d like we can help. Best to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the quick response, I ‘ll be in contact soon!
I would like to know if there is a lot of car traffic on the road between Interlaken and Meirigen?
Very little if you stay on the north side of the Brienzersee and then follow bike roads. You can also ride the south side of the lake if you are okay with some gravel roads. After the lake is a great bike road.
We were able to do it last Saturday. It was really beautiful !!!
Thank you very much for your advice! Indeed there were not many cars along the lake.
The busiest part was the last part from Grindelwald to Interlaken just after the bike path. But nothing big deal.
This road looks incredible. I arrive in Grindelwald this Sunday, I’m a nordic skiier and hope to roller ski up Gross Scheidegg and then take the bus back down. Do you know if roller skiers are allowed on this road? Also, is the bus free?
I’m not sure about the rollers skis, it’s probably fine. Heads up on how narrow the road is and you’ll have to completely step off the road to let the bus pass. The bus isn’t free, it’s Switzerland! It’ll be costly. Have fun.
Is the mentioned route best clockwise or counterclockwise? (climb the Grosse Scheidegg from Grindelwald or from Innertkirchen?)
Looking to climb it one of the next few days.. Thanks in advance!
In my opinion, the best way to do the loop is clockwise. The Meiringen side climbs better. But, it’s not so different. Just be sure to do it! 😉
Hi there! Thanks for the reply and I did the trip on the first of august, clockwise as suggested. Beautiful trip! In the first part of the climb I ended up on a part of dirt road, because I tool the alpine cycling route, probably not exactly what was intended. I think I should have stayed on the main road in Shattenhalb and turn right on the scheideggstrasse. Instead I turned right on the alpine route in Shattenhalb:
Nevertheless: beautiful route.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Could this loop be done on an ebike? Maybe with lunch and recharge in Grindelwald?
Hi Curt, Yes, for sure it is possible with an ebike, they are very common up there.
Hola curt, has fet la ruta en bicicleta elèctrica?
Sóc un persona de 72 anys i peso 90 Kg. I tinc dubtes si la bateria de 625 kw seràsuficient. A la Grosse Scheidegg, es pot carregar la bateria?
Would June 15 be too early in the summer for cycling this route , Furka, or St. Gotthard?
Might be too early, but it all depends on how big the winter was. Best to check in around April May.
I will be in Grindelwald from 20 to 23 July 2020. I would like to climb Gross Scheidegg. I was going to just rent a bike from Imboden in Lauterbrunnen and follow course on my Garmin. I see on your website you mention guides. I was wondering what services do you offer for a guide and organising bike rental.
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Hi Tom, Thanks for the note. Yes, Alain, here at ALPSinsight does a lot of guiding. He will email directly. I hope it all works out for you! Dan
Hi – great video! Where is the cafe at the end (and can you get a boat across from there)? Thank you for the reply 🙂
Thanks, James – yes, there is a boat that connects several ports, including the cafe in Oberhofen, on Lake Thun.