A visit to the Grindelwald village was part of our Grindelwald First trip but there is plenitude of other things to do in Grindelwald. The alpine landscapes are sure to leave you enraptured. The beautiful Eiger village of Grindelwald is located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. It is surrounded by magnificent mountainscape which is a major draw for the tourists. It is also one of the popular and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region.
One of the top things to do on your visit to Switzerland is to explore the pretty Swiss villages. The Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland is home to numerous beautiful villages that look no less than a fairytale. Grindelwald is one such charming village located at the foot of the magnificent Eiger.
Here are the awe-inspiring things to do on your visit to Grindelwald –
Visit the Alpine Village of Grindelwald
Though we could not spend much time in the village of Grindelwald. But we decided to walk around exploring a bit before we finally commenced our journey up to the summit. The chalets and wooden buildings looked stunning with a backdrop of gigantic mountains as far as eyes could see.
While you are here you can also visit the Grindelwald museum especially if you love to dig in the Alpine history and alpine farming and some traditional handicrafts. The museum is just a couple of minutes bus ride from the First Bahn. More here. There are also plenty of great places to stay if you are planning to choose Grindelwald as your base. There are plenty of things to do in Grindelwald and around.
One of the top highlights that lures visitors to Grindelwald First is the grand view of the Eiger North Face. To get to the summit you will have to take a cable car ride up from the Grindelwald Firstbahn.
The ascend offers breathtaking views of the pretty village of Grindelwald at the foot of gigantic Eiger. Make note that the cable car to the First summit operates only during summer (April to October).
Grindelwald First Cliff Walk or First Cliff Walk by Tissot
From the summit, the cliff walk is another 10 minutes walk. If you have enjoyed walking the Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest suspension bridge then First Cliff Walk will leave to spellbound. The astounding views of the mountains around are breathtaking. And the valley below with a sheer drop is sure to take your breath away.
At the end of the cliff walk is the Berggasthaus First with a sun terrace with enough place seats. The terrace offers great views of the mountainscape around.
Further, from the First summit, the ‘First Flyer’ can fly you down from First to Schreckfeld on a fun-filled 800 m long zip line for yet another thrilling experience.
When you are descending from Schreckfeld to Bort you can try the descent by mountain cart for a unique experience.
From Bort hop onto the Trotti bike scooter to zoom down to Grindelwald winding through the meadows dotted with alpine blossom and cows grazing.
Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge)
The Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge) with gigantic rocky cliffs and the roaring Lutschine River winding through it looks no less than a wonderland. Gletscherschlucht should be on your list of places to visit in Grindelwald.
There are walkways and tunnels for visitors to explore the gorge similar to the Aare Gorge in the Hasle Valley. There is also a large SpiderWeb net which lets visitors walk over the gushing Lutschine River.
To reach Gletscherschlucht you can take a bus 122 from Grindelwald Firstbahn directly to the gorge which will take you about 10 minutes.
Hike to Bachalpsee
The summit of First is the starting point for many hiking trails. And one of the most popular ones is a hike to Bachalpsee. If you love hiking you wouldn’t want to miss this hike offering beautiful mountain views.
The hike to the Bachalpsee at an altitude of 7431 ft takes about an hour. The winding path is mostly uphill and gravel filled so hiking with a stroller would be a bit of challenge.
The lake will astound you with the stunning views of the Eiger and Schreckhorn mountains and its reflection in the lake. A perfect place to picnic taking in the scenic mountain vistas.
From Bachalpsee you can head back to the first summit or hike your way down to Bort station. If you visit early April there is a possibility that the path to the Bachalpsee is snowed down and the hiking path closed for visitors.