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Must knows about Pfingstegg

  • a visit to Pfingstegg can well be combined with a hike in the nearby glacier gorge;
  • Pfingstegg is a nice viewing point above Grindelwald, offering a beautiful view over the region from a different perspective than Männlichen and First;
  • Pfingstegg is great for a summer visit. It’s open from May to October and offers plenty of hiking options, a toboggan run and a Fly Line.
View from Pfingstegg

Mount Eiger and the hiking trail from Pfingstegg to the glacier.

Viewing point Pfingstegg

Pfingstegg is located about half-way up the Mättenberg peak, overlooking the town of Grindelwald. At 1,387m, 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, which offers a different perspective for those who already admired the views from 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, toboganning and a unique Fly Line

Pfingstegg is a typical summer excursion, as it’s only accessible from May to October. You can make beautiful hikes to several restaurants and mountain huts, for example:

  • a scenic hiking path to restaurant Milchbach along the river that springs from the Upper Grindelwald glacier;
  • a beautiful route 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 and climbers 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 further attractions 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. The toboggan run can be closed in case of rain or other unfavorable weather 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. Opening dates and hours depend on weather conditions.

Dining in the cable car

For those looking for a special dinner experience, there’s the option 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 possible too: you’ll dine from a hot-stone table grill with Swiss meat and side dishes. Advance booking of these culinary rides is required.

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.

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