Schilthorn to Birg Hike
Activity: Schilthorn to Birg Hike. How to Get There: Go to the back of the James Bond restaurant. Look for the signs that say NO HIGH HEELS and start there. Cost: Free with your lift ticket. Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
On our trips, I am the activity-finder and Alex is the navigator. It’s rare that he finds something he REALLY wants to do. When we got to the top of the Schilthorn, Alex spied a crazy steep hike down to the next stop. He begged me to do it with him instead of taking the gondola. I waffled a bit, but eventually trusted him because he rarely leads us astray. And that’s how we began descending a cliff of sliding shale. I complained a bit (ok a lot) and we didn’t dare let our child out of his hiking backpack, but it was one of the most amazing places we’ve ever hiked.
The trail was free of vegetation except edelweiss because we were high above the tree line. We had to scoot down some portions on our backsides but eventually we made it to Birg. Birg has a free Thrill Walk perched over the edge of a massive cliff. I refused to let my toddler near it, but it would be cool for adults and older kids! Hike was 2.2 km (40 min without kids) and is free with your lift ticket. Wear good shoes. I wouldn’t recommend taking children on this unless they are confined to a backpack or very obedient.
Once you get to Birg, there are some fun adventure excursions, like a glass bridge over a cliff. Well, fun as long as your husband isn’t trying to take your toddler on them and you are freaking out at both of them.