Mannlichen Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

9 mi
4,435 ft
9.4 %


Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, USA; Bruce Hamilton/Stacy Topping, USA


Wow! How many times can we say "Bucket List" on this website?? We don’t want to overuse the phrase, but this is simply a magnificent climb - stunning. We begin this Top 100 World Climb in the very quaint village of Grindelwald (population 3,818 in 2016 - at the foot of The Eiger) in roughly the center of Switzerland. The climb is tough from the outset and overall is 8.9 miles, 4,465’ at 9.55% average grade. Mannlichen is PJAMM's pick for World's Most Scenic Bike Climb and also on our World Top 100 Bike Climbs list. 
9.6% average grade.  39% of the climb is at grade 10-15%, 4% is at 15-20%, and 2.5% (the last 300 meters) is ≥ 20%. The steepest 500 meters is 18.4% and steepest kilometer 15%. 

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Roadway;  Two lanes for the first third of the ride narrowing to one lane for the trip to the top.  The road is in good condition and paved except for the brutally steep last 300 meters which averages 21%.  

Traffic:  Mild - this is a very peaceful and pleasant climb. 

Parking:  We parked at the hostel where we stayed and rode the few hundred meters to the start.  However, there is a big parking lot 100 meters from the start of the climb (Map; Street View). 
Provisions:  None along the climb but there is a restaurant at the finish of the paved portion of the climb (check to ensure it is open if you are relying on it) - Google Map + Reviews.  There are also a couple of restaurants and a market in the village at the start of the climb. 

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Grindelwald is an extremely popular tourist destination, famous for its stunning mountainous views and surroundings, as well as great hiking. The most famous view from Grindelwald is the iconic Eiger peak. Here is a Trip Advisor link for the Top 15 Things to do in Grindelwald. See also Google Map + Reviews: Things to do in Grindelwald

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Climbing by bike Cycling the prettiest bike climbs in the world - Mannlichen - rock mountain in the clouds 

World Top 10 Most Scenic Bike Climb

Wow!  How many times can we say Bucket List on this website??  We don’t want to overuse the phrase, but this is simply a magnificent climb - stunning.


We begin this Top 100 World Climb in the very quaint village of Grindelwald (population 3,818 in 2016 - at the foot of The Eiger)  in roughly the center of Switzerland.  The climb is tough from the outset and overall is 8.9 miles, 4,465’ at 9.55% average grade (¼ mile 17.4%, ½ mile 14.5%, 1 mile at 13% and 2.5 mile stretch at 12.25%).

When we visited in July, 2017, the town was in the midst of a very festive event that revolved around some form of sumo-style wrestling.



The roadway is narrow throughout but in excellent condition and with very little traffic which is slow moving when it is encountered.  The end of the roadway is also serviced by a gondola that ends at Berghaus Mannlichen which is a nice and highly regarded hotel/restaurant.  

A pleasant surprise at the “top” (what we thought was the top, anyway) is that you can continue up a dirt path to an observation platform which is actually on Mannlichen Peak.  From there, you can observe on a clear day (our day sadly was not clear) the likes of the mighty Eiger as well as many other powerful mountain peaks in the area.  Beware however that the last .4 miles is extremely steep and we were fortunate to have 28mm tires and a 36t and a 42t rear cassette (I am embarrassed to say - that was the Old Man’s!!) - we made it up about ¾’s of the way to the platform.


Stopped about ¾ of the way to the top.


View from the top includes Eiger to the southeast; there are legends at the platform to assist orientation



We stayed at a nice and inexpensive hostel in Grindelwald, but since tourism is king in this area, there are many nice hotels to choose from.



Steepest Gradients by Distance


36% for 100 yards is inaccurate - likely the highest 100 yards is 25%

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