Viewing point Pfingstegg
Pfingstegg is located about half-way up the Mättenberg peak, overlooking the town of Grindelwald. At 1,387 m, it's one of the lower and most easily accessible mountain stations in the Jungfrau region.
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Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
Escort: independent (no guide)
Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
Duration: 1 day or less
Enjoying the views from Pfingstegg
You’ll be taken up by cable car from the village of Grindelwald. At the top, you’re treated to wonderful views over Grindelwald from the east. This location offers a different perspective than Männlichen, First or Kleine Scheidegg. You’ll also be looking right up to imposing mountain tops such as the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Eiger. You can enjoy the views at ease from the restaurant at the top, and there’s a playground for children.
Hiking, a toboggan run and a unique Fly Line
Pfingstegg is a typical summer excursion, as it’s only accessible from spring to fall. You can make beautiful hikes to several restaurants and mountain huts, for example:
- There's a scenic hiking path to restaurant Milchbach along the river that springs from the Upper Grindelwald glacier.
- A beautiful route leads to Berghaus Bäregg, where you’ll have views of the glacier below the Finsteraarhorn. You can dine here, or even spend the night. Experienced hikers can continue to the Schreckhorn hut.
- There’s a hiking path to Berggasthaus Marmorbruch and Hotel-Restaurant Gletscherschlucht, both close to Grindelwald’s glacier gorge.
Two adventurous activities await you at Pfingstegg:
- You can ride down in the toboggan. You won’t be going all the way down to Grindelwald, and an automatic lift takes you back up to Pfingstegg, so you can enjoy the ride several times. It usually opens by mid-June. The exact date depends on weather and snow conditions.
- There’s a unique Fly Line, which consists of a steel construction attached to the trees. You’ll be sitting in belts hanging from the steel line, and you'll gently slide down at a relaxing speed of 8-12 km/h. Once you’ve completed the 350 m long ride along the forest, an automatic lift will take you up to Pfingstegg.
Dining in the cable car
You can have a very special dinner experience in the cable car. One option is to book a romantic candlelight dinner for two. You will be served a multi-course menu during several slow cable car rides up and down. A sky dinner for groups of up to 8 people is available too: you’ll dine from a hot-stone table grill with Swiss meat and side dishes. Advance booking of these rides is required. More 'dine on the move' options in Switzerland can be found here.
Combine your visit to Pfingstegg with other activities
Your visit to Pfingstegg will take about half a day, if you don’t plan long hikes. This allows for a combined trip to other attractions near Grindelwald, such as Männlichen, First or the nearby glacier gorge. More activities in the Jungfrau region are listed here.
How to prepare
Dry and sunny weather is best for your visit to Pfingstegg. Views can best be enjoyed then, and the toboggan run and Fly Line might close in case of rain or wind. Check whether these attractions are open by consulting the Pfingstegg website before you leave. If you go out for hiking, stable weather conditions and proper gear are required. If you mainly go up to enjoy the views, no special preparation is needed.