Augstmatthorn, a part of the Hardergrat trail.

Augstmatthorn, a part of the Hardergrat trail.

Not very long ago I wrote a post about an amazing hike at the Hardergrat. 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 and walk down from Augstmatthorn. After studying the map and reading blogs we decided that this could be done.

The very next morning we took the first funicular at 8.10am up to Harder kulm from Harder railway Valley station, at Interlaken Ost. It takes about 10 minutes up!

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

I will divide this hike in 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 elevation with no view. It took us around 80 minutes to reach to “the feet” of Suggiture.

Suggiture Augstmatthorn Interlaken Switzerland

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

Thai food Brienzersee AugstmatthornEating Miang Kham, a thai speciality!




2. The climb to Suggiture

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

Suggiture Augstmatthorn Harderkulm

Hike in Switzerland Suggiture

Brienzersee Augstmatthorn Switzerland Brienz Interlaken

The trail is steep and very rocky, but very short. It took us about 30 min to take us all up to Suggiture. Now enjoy the view and have a break!

 

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

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 “thin”.

Augstmatthorn Brienzersee Switzerland Swiss lake

Rothorn Brienz

 

4. Augstmatthorn and way back

From here on you either walk back the same way you came or you can walk down to Habkern and take the bus to Interlaken. We decided to take the steep path down to Habkern.

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

But once we came down to a restaurant Jägerstübli at Lombach on the base of the mountain 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 and Mirabelle started to be impatience. Beside that, the couple drove us all the way to Interlaken!

 

Another option of how to get to Augstmatthorn

Knowing about this restaurant now afterwards it could have been easier to park the car here and 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.

We parked our car at indoor parking 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 funicular station.

The funicular timetable.

I am still dreaming of doing the Hardergrat trail all the way to Rothorn. One day!

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Dawan Schneider
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30 Comments
  • Margarette Puno
    Posted at 03:13h, 10 September Reply

    Wow! These pictures are so beautiful! But i dont know if can go in here because i am afraid of heights. But i would love to try. Seeing the place might help me to overcome my fears.

  • Anna
    Posted at 18:12h, 10 September Reply

    OMG – the colour of the water, the huuge green mountains in the sunny atmosphere, this is a hiking paradise!! I just showed this article to my boyfriend, we need to do that!

  • Jackie Beck
    Posted at 03:03h, 19 September Reply

    Hello! I want to do this trail, but we won’t have enough time to do all of it. I know you wrote this, but I want to make sure I read it right.

    You can park at the restaurant, Jagerstubli, and there are two trails. One trail leads up to Suggiture, then to Augstmatthorn, then you take the other trail down – so you finish where you started?

    • Dawan
      Posted at 06:58h, 19 September Reply

      Hi, yes thats correct! Its like loop. However I am not sure if its doable now when it has been raining so much?

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