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Hasliberg Horizontweg, Skyline Trail Alpen Tower – Melchsee-Frutt

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Hasliberg Horizontweg, Skyline Trail Alpen Tower – Melchsee-Frutt

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The hiking and skiing area of Hasliberg, just above Meiringen, is a destination with a wide range of hiking trails for all ages and fitness levels. Well connected by public transport and an efficient cable car system, the area is truly scenic, surrounded by high, often snow-capped mountains and the view of Lake Brienz not far away. Among the many hiking trails, we chose to reach Hasliberg - Alpen Tower and from there take the Skyline trail that follows the mountainside to Tannalp, Melchsee-Frutt and Engstlenalp. In this article we tell you about our route and give you some useful tips.

We love... the Hasliberg Skyline Trail!

The hiking and skiing area of Hasliberg in the Bernese Oberland, just above Meiringen, is a popular destination with a wide range of hiking trails for all ages and fitness levels. Well connected by public transport and an efficient cable car system, the area is truly scenic, surrounded by high, often snow-capped mountains and the view of Lake Brienz not far away. We reached Hasliberg at the beginning of September and, among the many hiking options, we chose to take the panoramic trail that starts at Alpen Tower and, following the mountainside, reaches the Tannalp area and then Engstlenalp. At Engstlenalp, a bus takes you back to Meiringen.
However, this route requires careful planning, because the bus that connects Engstlenalp with Meiringen
has a rather limited frequency and, in case you miss it, there are no other transport options. For this reason, we preferred to reach Tannalp and then detour to Melchsee-Frutt, where the return connections are more efficient for us.
Should you opt to travel to Engstlenalp, our advice is to carefully consult the online bus timetable and book your seats in advance. You can find all the information at this link.

Hike overview & map

The hike we propose is a variant of the traditional Hasliberg Skyline Trail, which starts at Alpen Tower, above Meiringen, and follows the mountainside to the valley of lakes between Tannalp and Melchsee-Frutt. It is an approx. 13.5 km route that takes about 3 and a half hours to walk, but offers magnificent views first of the high mountains framing the Meiringen valley and then of the hills and moors surrounding the Tannen and Melch lakes. It is a route of medium difficulty due to some more exposed sections and a couple of ascents, but never too difficult or dangerous. However, we recommend caution if you have vertigo, as the path is rather narrow and runs along the side of the mountain. For everyone else, as always our advice is to wear good hiking shoes with a good grip on the ground and to carry trekking sticks.
As already mentioned, we chose to reach Tannalp, where we took a short break, and then turn back towards Melchsee Frutt. Along the way, you will not find any restaurant options except at Alpen Tower and at Tannalp and Melchsee-Frutt. Take your lunch with you and look for a picnic spot with a view around the Balmeregghorn area!

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Arrival at Alpen Tower

The starting point of this hike – the Alpen Tower – can be easily reached using the area’s efficient cable cars. Our recommendation is to reach Meiringen by public transport and, from there, use the cable car that goes up to Hasliberg Reuti. From there, another lift will take you up to the Bidmi middle station (stay in the cabin!) and then to Mägisalp, from where the last cable car up to Alpen Tower departs. To skip the queue at the ticket office, our advice is to buy tickets in advance for the entire route at this link. You will need a Hiking Pass, which covers the three areas of the ski resort and also includes the Postbus, which directly connects the Brünig Pass with Hasliberg Reuti. If you decide to take advantage of this, you can thus avoid travelling to Meiringen by train and depart by cable car directly from Hasliberg-Reuti.

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Hiking route

From Alpen Tower to Balmeregghorn

The ascent with the cable car to the Alpen Tower is truly fascinating. But once at the top, you will be even more enchanted by the view of the valley below down to Lake Brienz and the high snow-capped mountains that surround the area. At Alpen Tower you will also find a restaurant and toilets (use them, because you won’t find any more until Tannalp!). Before you start your walk in the direction of Tannalp, we suggest you walk a short section of about 400 metres on the path going in the opposite direction. This will take you to a small viewpoint from where you will have access to a magnificent view of Lake Brienz. In our case, the mist in the valley did not allow us to fully enjoy it, but on a clear day it must be absolutely unmissable!
Having taken the ritual photos, we began our walk! The first part of the route, about 3.5 km long, is on a dirt and gravel path that is easy to walk on, but rather narrow in places. We do not consider it dangerous, but as already mentioned, we advise caution to those who suffer from vertigo. In addition, we occasionally passed mountain bikers in the opposite direction to us, so be careful.
The trail does not require much effort. The only more challenging section is the 600-metre ascent to Balmeregghorn, the highest point of the route at 2,250 metres. Here, just before the summit you will find some small meadows to have your picnic and lunch.

From Balmeregghorn to Tannalp and Melchsee-Frutt

After Balmeregghorn, the slow descent of about 3.5 km to the valley of the lakes begins. This section of the trail is also not particularly difficult. In addition, from here you have access to the view of the lakes, first Lake Melch and then the Tannalp valley and its lake. The advice is to take your time and enjoy the view. We are really in love with this area! From here, the Tannalp area is really close by! In Tannalp you will find a Berggasthaus – a mountain guesthouse and restaurant – where you can have a snack or a coffee. After a short break, we continued on towards Melchsee-Frutt. We have chosen to take the path on the left-hand side of Lake Tannen, which is less frequented and not used by the Frutt-Zug, a tourist train that shuttles from Melchsee-Frutt to Tannalp during the summer months. So, having travelled the 600 metres of asphalt road to the Tannensee, we take the road to the left bank once we arrive at the crossroads. This is a flat stretch of about 2 km, but it gave us some of the most beautiful photos of the whole day! When we reach the dam, we opt to continue along the path on the left bank of the lake. This section of the hike leads along pastures and heaths that are truly photogenic. At the end of the path, having reached the shores of the Melchsee, we recommend a short visit to the photogenic Fruttkapelle, a small mountain church on a peninsula along the shores of the lake. Really lovely. But if you don’t have enough time, you can take the Panoramalift, a panoramic lift that will take you from the lakeshore to the village of Melchsee-Frutt – a little higher up – where you can take the cable car back down to Stockalp.

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How to get there

Arriving by public transport

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the valley station of the Meiringen-Alpen Tower cable car – can be easily reached by public transportation. To find the best travel option for you, as always we recommend using the SBB website or the SBB App, that you can also use to check the timetables and operating status of the lines and purchase tickets.

Arriving by car

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the valley station of the Meiringen-Alpen Tower cable car – can also be reached by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. Near the valley station of the cable car, there is a convenient pay car park. However, if you decide to reach Meiringen by car, remember that the proposed route ends in Melchsee-Frutt. Therefore, if you are travelling by car, we recommend that you follow the official trail and end the hike at Engstlenalp, where you can take the bus back to Meiringen.

Tips

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There are plenty of barbecue and picnic areas along the valley of the Tannen and Melch lakes, in case you want to postpone your lunch break or take an afternoon break.

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During the summer, we recommend a visit to the Tannalp cheese dairy (Käserei Tannalp), one of the few alpine cheese dairies at an altitude of over 1,900 m, which uses traditional methods to produce fresh products such as mountain cheese, Sbrinz, butter and yoghurt.

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If you want to make the walk lighter, you can cut all or part of the way back from Tannalp to Melchsee-Frutt by taking the Frutt-Zug, the tourist train that shuttles between Melchsee-Frutt and Tannalp during the summer. All information here.

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Are you planning an excursion here and have doubts or concerns? Leave us a comment below and we will give you a feedback as soon as possible!

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