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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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55 Comments

  1. Do you think this hike would be ok for someone who is inexperienced in hiking? I’m going in a few weeks and would love to do this hike. However, I live in Texas and it’s pretty flat, so I have no hiking experience.

    • Hi Jessica, are you generally fit? If so, yes you can do it! If you have never been hiking before then it wont be easy but its once a life experience! Just keep in mind that going down is harder for some, both for the knees and for the balance. Please let me know how it went for you!

  2. My family of 5 (youngest child is 16) is heading to Switzerland soon and are considering your “What we should have done!” suggestion above. We’ll be there the 2nd week in May. Do you know where to check to see if that is too early considering the weather this year?

    • Hi Carole, you could call or write the Interlaken tourism office! In my experience, Mai should still be too early but perhaps this year the summer comes early! If the the trail to Augstmatthorn is close, there are many other hiking trails around the area. Have fun and enjoy Switzerland!

  3. Alyssa Janssen Reply

    I see your post is dated June 12. What would you think of doing this at the end of May? Thanks for the info!!

    • Hi Alyssa, its hard to say as the weather is not the same each year. Can you belive it, we had snow yesterday!😮 You can always write or call the tourist information in Interlaken a few days before you are planning to go. I hope you will get up there and havd fun!

    • Hi Gillian, the hike itself should take about 4-5hours without the breaks. Enjoy!❤️

  4. So which side did you enjoy more? I don’t think I’ll be able to convince my husband to do the whole thing (not after the miles and miles of hikes we are doing in the Dolomites and elsewhere in Austria and Switzerland…) which would you say is a more unique trail/ more scenic? Doing the recommended way here from the restaurant? Or just working your way backwards from Rothorn?

    • Hi Amanda, I think it would be more scenic from the restaurant! Have a nice hike!❤️

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