Grindelwald is situated amidst the Bernese Alps. It's a hikers' paradise at the base of the mighty Eiger North face and the Wetterhorn.
WHAT TO DO
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Grindelwald, the larger mountain village
Apart from Interlaken, Grindelwald is the largest village in the Jungfrau region that can be reached by car. It can be reached by train as well. The town center is situated along the Dorfstrasse, between the main rail station and the First cable car station, about 800 m up the road. Outside of the town center, Grindelwald mainly consists of chalets in hilly meadows, spread out across a pretty large area.
Location and scenery
Grindelwald is situated at the end of the valley of the river Schwarze Lütschine, at the base of the famous Eiger and the impressive Wetterhorn. It's an excellent location for all sorts of outdoor activities.
Pros and cons of Grindelwald
Grindelwald is a tourist center. Some would say the town isn't as authentic as it used to be. While that is certainly true, Grindelwald has become a tourist center for a good reason: it's a stunning location that is not only beautiful, but convenient as well: cable cars and trains take you right into the high mountains surrounding the town, and you can start hiking or biking right from your hotel or chalet. There are lots of winter sports facilities too.
Grindelwald can be busy at times, but we feel that should not scare you off. Grindelwald is a very nice alternative for anyone who does not want to stay in a busy city such as Interlaken, but still wants some shops, restaurants and (outdoor) sports facilities around. Smaller villages generally have (very) limited facilities.
What not to miss during your stay
If time is limited, you'd best make sure not to miss this:
We have listed more attractions and hiking routes here.
Bad weather activities
Grindelwald is in the mountains, and that's where the weather can change quickly, for the better or the worse. Here are some ideas for a bad weather day:
- The Glacier Gorge just outside of Grindelwald;
- The indoor sports center;
- The Welness & Spa in the Sunstar hotel;
- Shopping in Interlaken;
- Great for kids: Heimwehfluh in Interlaken;
- Great for kids: JungfrauPark Interlaken.
Skiing and winter fun in Grindelwald
Grindelwald is a well-known destination for winter holidays. Its altitude at 1034 m means that snow is likely in winter, but not guaranteed. You’ll have the best chances of snow in town in January and February.
Even if it doesn’t snow in Grindelwald, the surrounding snow-covered mountains offer lots of winter activities. The best months for snow activities near Grindelwald are January, February and March.
Four ski areas are within easy reach: Grindelwald-First, Grindelwald-Wengen, Mürren-Schilthorn and Meiringen-Hasliberg. Together, they offer more than 265 km of pistes.
Apart from skiing, you can enjoy winter hiking, snowshoe hiking, curling and skating at the indoor ice rink. There are lots of sledging runs, including the longest one in the world: from Faulhorn (near First) to Bussalp and Grindelwald.
Each January, Grindelwald hosts the World Snow Festival. You can watch beautiful ice sculptures made by international artists.
Grindelwald is a charming village in winter. It can be touristy and crowdy, especially during Christmas season and Swiss school holidays.