The charming mountain village of Grindelwald is nestled in a breathtaking Alpine landscape at the foot of the legendary north face of the Eiger. It is the impressive diversity of this glacier village that makes it an extremely attractive destination. Numerous activities and opportunities for relaxation in the midst of unspoiled nature await you here.
As a starting point for first-class excursions in the Jungfrau Region, such as the world-famous Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, First, Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen or Pfingstegg, Grindelwald offers the ideal location.
Enjoy the incomparable beauty of this region and be inspired by its diversity.
Grindelwald was the first health resort in the Bernese Oberland to be visited by tourists in winter from 1888. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of winter sports activities.
Initially, sleigh rides, curling and ice skating were on the program, and from 1891 visitors could even experience skiing. Later, the resort even built its own bobsleigh run to offer guests even more adventure.
Grindelwald was thus a pioneer in the development of winter tourism in Switzerland.
Grindelwald in summer
Grindelwald and its surroundings offer an extensive network of hiking trails covering a total of 300 kilometers. One of the most impressive tours in the region is the high-altitude hike from Grindelwald-First along the picturesque Bachalpsee lake to the Faulhorn mountain hotel and on to the Schynigen Platte. This route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hikes in the region.
Another popular tour leads from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. This easy hike offers breathtaking views of the world-famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate. During the walk, visitors can admire the majestic peaks and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape to the full.
With such a diverse range of hiking trails, Grindelwald offers outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers the opportunity to explore the region’s impressive mountain world in all its glory.
Grindelwald in winter
The First and Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen – Wengen ski areas together offer 160 kilometers of pistes and around 30 lifts that reach up to 2500 meters above sea level.
The Schilthorn near Mürren, which is also part of the Jungfrau Region ski arena, even reaches an altitude of 2971 meters.
One of the most spectacular slopes in the region is undoubtedly the Lauberhorn downhill run near Wengen, which is famous from the World Cup circuit.
With breathtaking views of the surrounding four-thousand-metre peaks and majestic glaciers, the 80 kilometers of winter hiking trails in Grindelwald offer a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of the region.
Visitors also have 60 kilometers of toboggan runs at their disposal, including one of the longest toboggan runs in the Alps with a distance of 15 kilometers from the Faulhorn down into the valley.
Of course, many other winter sports are also possible in Grindelwald, so there is something for every taste and preference.
Popular excursion destinations around Grindelwald:
The Jungfraujoch is home to Europe’s highest railroad station at 3,454 meters. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The Jungfraujoch is a connecting ridge between the mountains Jungfrau 4,158 meters and Mönch 4,107 meters. Right next to it is the Eiger mountain with a height of 3,967 meters. All three mountains together form the world-famous Jungfrau Massif.
In the middle of the route towards the Jungfraujoch, the cogwheel railroad stops at the “Stollenloch” for 10 minutes, giving you a spectacular view of the north face of the Eiger and the glacier world through the window. This is a different world. One that you have to experience. Glacier experience up close doesn’t get any better than this…
The breathtaking world of the ice palace is just as fantastic as the glacier world of the Jungfrau massif. In an impressive hall that extends 20 meters deep into the glacier, visitors can immerse themselves in a fairy-tale setting of artistically designed ice sculptures.
The ultimate “Top of Europe” hiking experience is the glacier tour from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte.
Note: The excursion to Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn is part of our Luxury Tours Switzerland.
Situated at an altitude of 2061 m, Kleine Scheidegg is undoubtedly the most famous Alpine station. It is located directly at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger and offers an incomparable view of the majestic triumvirate of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Kleine Scheidegg is not only a starting point for relaxing walks and hikes through beautiful landscapes, but also an Eldorado for skiers and snowboarders. In winter, it is the center of the Grindelwald-Wengen ski area and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the world. Kleine Scheidegg is also the starting point of the Jungfrau Railway, which leads to the Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe”.
Whether you want to explore the picturesque nature or indulge in winter sports, Kleine Scheidegg is the ideal place to gather unforgettable experiences.
The Schilthorn with an altitude of 2,970 meters is another breathtaking mountain peak in the Bernese Oberland region. It is famous for its viewing platform and 360-degree panorama with the revolving restaurant “Piz Gloria”. The James Bond 007 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was shot on the Schilthorn in 1969.
From the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria, you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the neighboring peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and countless other majestic mountain peaks, as far as Mont Blanc and the Black Forest in the distance. Other attractions include the large viewing terrace, the Touristorama and the new James Bond Bar.
The Schynige Platte (1967 m) is a popular excursion destination and an ideal starting point for wonderful hikes amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. The Schynige Platte Railway runs from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte, offering a varied and impressive natural backdrop. During the journey, you cross picturesque forests, pass idyllic alpine meadows and enjoy incomparable views of the famous landscapes of the Bernese Oberland, including Lakes Thun and Brienz and the majestic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The 7.255 km long cogwheel railroad line climbs 1,420 meters in altitude. A special experience awaits travelers after passing through the “Grätli Tunnel” (5.6 km), when the scenery changes abruptly.
Most of the wagons and locomotives on the Schynige Platte Railway come from the historic stock of the Wengernalp Railway and are thus a living testimony to the history of Jungfrau Railways.
An absolute highlight on the Schynige Platte is the unique botanical alpine garden, which presents over 520 plant species from the Swiss Alps in their natural environment.
Mürren is a car-free, quiet mountain village at 1,650 meters in the Jungfrau Region. It offers the most beautiful view of the four-thousand-meter peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and is known for its outdoor activities and Alpine culture. Mürren is the starting point for the trip to the Schilthorn.
It is the highest permanently inhabited village settlement in the canton of Bern and is located on a terrace 1650 meters above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. From Lauterbrunnen, a cable car takes you to the plateau, while from Stechelberg, a cable car takes you past impressive waterfalls and steep rock faces directly to the car-free village of Mürren and on to the Schilthorn at an altitude of 2,970 meters.
Wengen is a very well-known winter sports resort at 1,274 meters. The village is car-free and can only be reached by cable car. The World Cup ski race on the Lauberhorn takes place every year. But snowboarders of all abilities also love the steep downhill slopes in the region.
The Wengernalp Railway runs over a distance of 19,114 meters and connects the villages of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Grindelwald with Kleine Scheidegg, which lies at an altitude of 2,061 meters above sea level. This makes the WAB the longest continuous cogwheel railroad in the world.
From Wengen, you can take the Wengernalp Railway to Kleine Scheidegg station and then take the Jungfraujoch cogwheel railroad to the Jungfraujoch. The Jungfraujoch lies at an altitude of 3,463 meters above sea level, making it the highest railroad station in Europe.
The St. Beatus Caves on Lake Thun are located in the Niederhorn massif. You can admire the stalactites and stalagmites in the fascinating underground world along a well-developed and illuminated one-kilometre path. They have been formed over millions of years and offer a unique natural world underground in the stalactite cave.
During the tour, visitors cross several bridges and encounter the waterfall flowing out of the cave. Around 14 kilometers of the extensive cave system have been explored to date, one kilometer of which can be explored on a self-guided tour. The constant annual temperature in the caves is 8 to 10 °C, so it is recommended that you wear warm clothing!
The Giessbach waterfalls are located in a beautiful wooded area. The source area of the Giessbach is located in the high valleys of the Sägital-Faulhorn region. The waterfalls follow a cascade with 14 steps over a height difference of 500 meters. A footpath leads under one of the waterfalls near the Grandhotel Giessbach.
Ballenberg Open-Air Museum
The Ballenberg Open-Air Museum near Brienz is dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture, culture and way of life of the Swiss rural population. It displays 109 original historical buildings from all over Switzerland. Local farm animals, original gardens and fields can also be admired at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum.
The museum also offers demonstrations of traditional crafts. The Ballenberg Course Center is integrated into this concept, offering opportunities for further training in various craft skills. In addition, every summer the Ballenberg Landscape Theater stages a play in a historical setting, which takes visitors back in time and offers an unforgettable experience.
The Ballenberg Course Center is integrated into this concept. In addition, the Ballenberg Landscape Theater stages a play in a historical setting every summer.
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are located on either side of Interlaken. Lake Thun is a fjord lake and is 17.5 km long, 3.5 km wide and 217 meters deep.
Lake Brienz is 14 km long, 2.8 km wide and 173 meters deep. The “Schnäggeninseli” in Lake Brienz lies 250 meters from the village of Iseltwald. There is a chapel and a barbecue area on it.
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