Trains are expensive but efficient. I trained from Thun to Grindelwald then changed to the cog rail for the short but steep ascent to Kleine Scheidegg. Take lunch and drinks with you and don't waste time or money going into a café or shop. I hiked up the steep trail to Eigergletscher, or take the tram up, if not trained at this altitude. Then head slightly up to the top of the chairlift on your left (Eiger Nordwand 6er), and see the faint trail heading slightly downhill and traversing first against the cliffs under the Nordwand. This trail takes you right to the beginning of the real Heckmair Route, or continue steeply down hill on the trail to the Alpiglen stop of the cog rail. If you have 2 days, good weather, and don't mind the cost, take the rail/tunnel to the Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe). Otherwise the view of the Eiger above, the flowers, and the cow bells make the trail traverse under the North Face and down to Alpiglen an unforgettable experience and foto op. The trail is a normal, but high altitude 6,000-7,000 ft. mountain hiking trail through meadows, over streams, short sloped snowfields, and over bridged gorges. Better in light boots or heavy Goretex tennies, rain parka, fleece, cap, gloves, and pack.
It had snowed the day or night before, and the slides were whoshing off, and the water from the melting snow was running off everywhere! Even with the cold, cloudy, off and on lite rain it was great:)
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