The picturesque Alpine village of Grindelwald, Switzerland, makes for a stunning holiday destination. Combining breathtaking scenery with a cosmopolitan ambiance, this dream mountain resort is sure to provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience.
Not sure what to expect from this popular tourist destination? Here we’ll reveal some of the best things to do while you are there to ensure you have a fantastic Grindelwald holiday.
The First Cliff Walk
On the minor summit of Schwarzhorn, you’ll find the adrenaline-pumping First Cliff walk. You can catch a gondola from Grindelwald to the top of the summit, ready for a spectacular mountain adventure.
Walk along the metallic walkway, located on the side of the cliff with a sheer 45 metre drop. The views over lakes, peaks, rocky slopes and Alpine peaks are absolutely breathtaking. If you fancy really getting your adrenaline going, there is a zip line which runs for 800 metres, allowing you to reach speeds of up to 84 kilometres per hour. There are also plenty of hikes you can take from here, each giving you extraordinary views.
If you plan on travelling to Grindelwald in the summer months, you’ll want to head to Pfingstegg. Just a few minutes from the village, this great attraction provides unbeatable views over the valley. There is also a tin toboggan ride which is open throughout the summer, which runs for an impressive 736 metres, including an almost 60-metre vertical drop.
If you decide you want to go again, you don’t have to face a long walk back to the top. Instead, there is a mechanism which takes you back up. From the top, you can also partake in several great hikes, some of which run for around 90 minutes.
Hike the Eiger Trail
If you do love to hike, the Eiger Trail is unmissable. Taking you to the foot of the north face of Eiger, the six-kilometre trail has been in use since the 1930’s. It will take around a couple of hours to reach the Alpiglen Station, and along the way you’ll find ropes secured to rocks along the pathways which provide support along tricky parts of hike.
There are a lot of hiking routes in Grindelwald, but the Eiger Trail is by far one of the most popular.
One of the great things about Grindelwald, is that the many cable cars and railways are adapted so they can fit bicycles inside them. This means, you’ll have access to a staggering number of cycling trails.
The route leading from First into Grindelwald is one of the best to try out, not just for its laid-back pace, but for its majestic views over the valley. You can hire a mountain bike from Grindelwald and for reassurance, the brakes on these bicycles are tested vigorously.
If you enjoy witnessing breathtaking scenery, Bachalpsee is the number one place to head to on your Grindelwald holiday. The sensational Alpine Lake has a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop and stunning reflective waters.
It sits at an altitude of 2,265 metres and it’s accessible via the First walk. If you do decide to pay the lake a visit, you’ll absolutely want to take your camera!
In winter, Grindelwald is the perfect destination for winter sports lovers. You’ll find three different skiing areas, including Grindelwald-First, where you can actually take a gondola to reach over 40 kilometres of pistes.
Other winter sports on offer include cross-country skiing and sledging. As Grindelwald has a variety of mountains to explore, you’ll find trails and courses to suit all abilities.
Take the gondola cableway from Grindelwald Grund Station, to the mountain peak of Männlichen. Set 1,300 metres up, the cable car journey up to the top is one of the longest in the world. It takes 30 minutes to reach the top, and you’ll be blown away by the stunning scenery as you make the journey.
Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the numerous lookout points, or take a trip into Wengen, a town situated at the other end of the peak. You could also choose to hike part of the way down to Grindelwald, catching the gondola around halfway down.
The above are just some of the reasons you’ll want to consider heading to Grindelwald on your next holiday. Why not browse our Grindelwald holidays collection now to see just how affordable this popular destination can be?