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Augstmatthorn, a part of the Hardergrat trail, Switzerland

Not very long ago I wrote a blog post about an insanely cool Swiss hike, the Hardergrat trail above Brienzersee. We gave it a try but realised quickly that it was not possible with our toddler sitting in a backpack on her dad’s back.

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But then I found out that we could do a small part of the Hardergrat trail starting from Harder kulm up to Augstmatthorn and then down walk from there. After studying the map and reading blogs we decided that this could be done.

The very next morning we parked our car at indoor parking lot by the Interlaken Ost railway station. As it was on a Sunday it cost only 1chf/hour instead of 3chf. And from there we walked about 5 min to the Harder railway Valley funicular station at Interlaken Ost. The funicular ride up takes about 10 min.

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Harder kulm

There is a hotel/restaurant and a fun balcony with a great view of the surrounding area. The trail starts by the restaurant. Just follow the yellow trail sign to Augstmatthorn.

I will divide this hike into 4 parts.

1. Harder kulm to the feet of Suggiture

2. The climb to Suggiture

3. Suggiture to Augstmatthorn

4. Austmatthorn and way back

1. Harder kulm to the feet of Suggiture.

This part of the trail is mostly in the forest. The “boring” part as you will be walking up about 400m of elevation gain with no view. It took us around 80 minutes to reach to “the feet” of Suggiture.

Augstmatthorn hiking Switzerland

Suggiture Augstmatthorn Interlaken Switzerland

When you get out of the forest you will see the Suggiture and you will feel very scared just by looking at it. Don’t worry, it looks scarier than it really is!

For us, there was a good picnic spot by the “feet” of Suggiture because there were spaces for Mirabelle to run around and shade to sit under.

Thai food Brienzersee AugstmatthornEating Miang Kham, a Thai speciality!

Augstmatthorn Hiking Switzerland

2. The climb to Suggiture

The trail is steep and very rocky, but also very short. It is about 150 m of elevation gain and it took us about 30 min to reach Suggiture. 

Suggiture Augstmatthorn Harderkulm

Hike in Switzerland Suggiture

Brienzersee Augstmatthorn Switzerland Brienz Interlaken

Augstmatthorn Hiking Switzerland

Augstmatthorn Hiking Switzerland

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Suggiture Augstmatthorn Hiking Switzerland

3. Suggiture to Augstmatthorn

This part is what I was looking forward to the most; walking on the ridge of the mountain!

But I have to tell you that I got quite disappointed as the ridge between Suggiture and Augstmatthorn is not as narrow as I thought and the distance between those summit is very short. So we have been walking more in the forest than on the top of the mountain.

Hardergrat Augstmatthorn Suggiture

Suggiture Augstmatthorn Hike Switzerland

That said, it was still beautiful! And if you can and want you can walk all the way to Rothorn where the trail suppose to be very narrow.

Augstmatthorn Brienzersee Switzerland Swiss lake

Rothorn Brienz Hardergrat Hike Switzerland

4. Augstmatthorn and way back

From here on you either walk back the same way you came or you can walk down to Lombach and then walk another 1-1.5 hour to Habkern and to finally take a bus to Interlaken. We decided to take the steep path down to Habkern via Lombach. The trail down to Lombach is steep and takes about 30-60 minute.

By the base of the mountain in Lombach lies a restaurant Jägerstübli and it was there we realised it was better to hitchhike. And I am glad we did it because not only it was another 1 1/2 hours to Habkern, Mirabelle started to be impatience aswell. Beside that, the kind couple drove us all the way to Interlaken!

Augstmatthorn hike Switzerland

We stop by for a drink and cake. And a play pause for Mirabelle.

 

What we should have done!

Knowing about Jägerstübli restaurant now afterwards it could have been easier to park the car here and from here walk up to Augstmatthorn.There are two ways up. The same way we walk down. Not recommended as it’s boring! I suggest to take the path up to the “feet” of Suggiture and from there up to Suggiture and then Augstmatthorn.

Have fun guys and hopefully we will be able to finish the Hardergrat trail one day!

 

 

 

 

 

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41 Comments

  1. Hi there! I am interested in doing this hike in early June. What time of year did you do it? Wondering if there will still be snow in June.

    • Hi Katie, we did the hike at the begining of June but it all depend of the weather. If you want to make sure I think its best to call the Interlaken information center before heading out there. Enjoy the hike and the beautiful view!❤️

  2. Hi Dawan,

    This blog is so helpful! I’m wondering, the sign at the beginning of the trail says it takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get to Augsmatthorn, but it sounds like you guys did it much faster? How long did it take you in total to get there?

    • Hi Kayla, thank you for reading!
      After discussing with my husband it took us about 2.5-3h from Halder kulm to Augstmatthorn. I hope you will enjoy the hike and the view!❤️

  3. Thank you for this. I’m here and was looking forward to doing the Hardergrat hike but was going to start from Rothorn back to Interlaken. They told me it was closed. So I think I’ll do this one instead Harder Kulm and if I’m allowed go as far as Augstmatthorn.

  4. Thanks for this helpful post! We are hoping to do something similar soon, and I wanted to clarify you suggestion to park at the Jägerstübli restaurant and hike up from there. If we did this, would you just suggest making the summit to Augstmatthorn and then hiking back down? Or hiking all the way to Harderklum, and then taking the funicular back down and taking a bus back to the car. I like the idea of doing the section between Harder Klum and Augstmatthorn, but getting back to the car seems a little tricky without adding a bunch of extra hike time. Thanks for your advice!

    • Hi, thank you for reading! I wouldnt do Augstmatthorn to Harderkulm because I dont think its worth the hassle getting back to the car afterwards. I think from the restaurant via the “feet of Suggiture” to Augstmatthorn is enough. Instead you guys could walk further beyond Augstmatthorn as long as you manage and then walk the same way back? Have fun whatever you decision will be and please keep me updated of you hike!❤️

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