On our second day in Wengen, we took a cable car up to the top of the ridge — the opposite side of Lauterbrunnen Valley from Murren.

From the cable car station, we walked up the “Royal Way” to the “crown” of Mannlichen mountain. We’re not quite sure why they went all in with the royalty theme here, there’s nothing in the history of mountain having to do with Swiss royalty (or any other royalty that we could see). The info signs on the “Royal Way” were just about the topography and climbing history of the area. So yeah, chalk this one up to (maybe slightly) clever marketing gimmick that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

But that’s ok because the views from the summit of Mannlichen were great! We could see the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, plus Schilthorn and Birg (which we had visited from Murren the previous day). Plus, as we had become royalty by completing the Royal Walk, the royal gates parted for us as we approached!

From Mannlichen, we walked along the ridge around the peak of the Lauberhorn to Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass where the ridge that makes up Mannlichen and Lauberhorn meets the much higher mountain block of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Most of this trail was on the other side of the ridge from Wengen, and we had wonderfully panoramic views of a new valley and set of mountains.

At Kleine Scheidegg we went off-book for a bit and started our hike back down to Wengen on a set of narrow trails that wound through Alpine valley with rocky streams, cheese-making huts, and wildflowers. Oh so many wildflowers! This is a great time of year to be walking in the Berner Oberland; the hills are alive with blooms.

We eventually made our way back onto the main track heading down into Wengen, and we did so just in time to see an Alp hut offering Alpkäse: cheese made in that very hut for sale from the farmer. We bought ourselves a slab and ate it when we sat down to rest. No kidding, all those wildflowers the cows eat sure lead to some tasty cheese!

Fortified by cheese, we hiked down and down and down back to Wengen. Part of the descent followed the Lauberhorn run of the Ski World Cup, but we were much happier traversing it on our feet at 3 miles per hour instead of on skis at up to 80 miles per hour.