The views from the Marbachegg are incredible, extending across the High Bernese Alps with the Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn and Eiger to the Schibegütsch and Hohgant on the horizon beyond. Given that the Marbachegg gets so much sun, it’s no surprise to find the sun loungers on the terrace of Berggasthaus Marbachegg are nearly always occupied. The views towards the village of Marbach are also superb when skiing down into the valley.
Among skiers, the Marbachegg is especially attractive to families with children. The very youngest visitors – helped by Snowli and his friends – make their first tentative ventures on skis or a snowboard via the children’s ski life adjacent to the base station of the gondola cableway. Meanwhile, their parents can speed down the Marbachegg, enjoy a hot coffee at Ranch-Beizli next to the children’s lift or visit the restaurant of the nearby Hotel Sporting. Once the kids start to find their feet, families head to the slopes of the Marbach-Marbachegg skiing area to explore 10 kilometres of descents, courtesy of two ski lifts. The skiing area is varied yet compact, so every member of the family is sure to find a slope to suit their tastes and abilities. Once a month, the central slope opens for the hopelessly romantic spectacle of night skiing under the full moon. Gliding over the soft, moonlit snows on skis or a snowboard makes for an unforgettable experience.
Leading through a fairytale winter landscape of stunning views, 50 kilometres of cross-country tracks link up the Escholzmatt-Marbach-Bumbach network. One section of track is even floodlit at night. The nursery slope adjacent to the children’s lift at the gondola base station is also ideal for some crazy, fun toboggan rides. Moreover, as soon as the wintry weather bites, a natural skating rink is created on Marbach tennis court. Ice skates are available to rent, so every visitor can enjoy this thrilling experience.
Winter hiking trails and snowshoe trails of varying difficulty levels and lengths (from 1.3 to 4.5 kilometres) are signposted from Marbachegg into the valley. Alternatively, you may prefer to make your way up the Marbachegg under your own steam – and enjoy the splendid panorama of the mountainscape as your reward.
Situated next to the summit station, the unpretentious and welcoming Berggasthaus Marbachegg impresses diners with its home-style fare. From December to March, various events – including cheese fondue evenings, a cordon bleu festival, a barbecue buffet and many more – promise great entertainment for gourmets.
871 to 1,500 metres