Grindelwald is situated at the foot of the three world famous mountains Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau, close to the Brienz and Thun lakes, in the Bernese Oberland region .
In no other region of central Europe glaciers are so easily accessible as they are here. They extend right down into the valley, and have earned Grindelwald world-wide renown as the "Glacier Village" offering a 300 km/ 180 miles network of hiking and mountain paths, embracing one of the most beautiful of all Alpine regions, climbing attractions such as rock and ice climbing courses, week-long tours, glacier hikes and pre-Alpine trekking.
The region is rich in folklore, too. Costumes, customs, music and festivities are as genuine as the people themselves. Visitors can see a wide range of rural skills - such as mountain farming and cheesemaking - in the most natural scenic surroundings.
Grindelwald is located in the Canton of Berne in a valley above lakes "Brienz" and "Thun". Grindelwald can be reached from Zurich on National Highway N1 via Bern-Spiez, continuing on a well built "A" road via Interlaken to Grindelwald or by train via Interlaken where visitors change from the international express trains to a cogwheel train (30min. ride). Distance from Zurich app. 195 km/ 121 miles; from Berne 70 km/ 43 miles; from Basle 175 km/ 108 miles; from Geneva 200 km/ 124 miles.
Places to visit
Bachalpsee and First
The hiking area around First is of outstanding natural beauty. Over 90 km/ 60 miles of valley and high-alpine walking trails are all easily accessible via the Grindelwald-First panoramic gondola lift.
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
A memorable trip to the magnificent mountain world of eternal ice and snow. The ascent by Jungfrau Railway to the highest railway station in Europe (3454 m/ 11,333 feet) is the highlight of any visit to the Jungfrau region.
Eye to eye with the three mighty peaks of Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. Europe's longest aerial cableway lifts you up from Grindelwald to this viewpoint over 2225 m/ 7300 feet above sea level. A magnificent walking area and a spectacular view.
Niederhorn, the panorama mountain
Families feel just as much at home here as the ibex, chamois and marmots. The Niederhorn abounds in natural beauty and offers an almost endless network of clearly -marked hiking paths.
A superb point from which to view Grindelwald, in the midst of the excellent walking area between the two Grindelwald glaciers.
Blue Ice Grotto
The "Blue Ice Grotto" is at the Upper Grindelwald glacier. After climbing up towards the glacier on a built stairway, enter the cave and have a look right inside the Glacier with its mystic natural beauty. During summer months.
Evening Entertainment on Skis
In winter there's nothing more romantic and typically alpine than the frequently held full-moon and torchlight descents including a fine Swiss cheese-fondue.
At the lower Grindelwald Glacier, a gallery leads past potholes and glacier ground sections 1 km into the wild and romantic gorge.
Schilthorn Piz Gloria
Visit the world-famous Piz Gloria revolving restaurant at the top of the 2971 m/ 9750 feet Schilthorn, with its constantly-changing panorama of over 200 peaks.
World Snow Festival
Established in 1983 this festival has become one of the most attracting cultural events in winter. One week long national and international teams of artists create fascinating sculptures with ice and snow in a natural ice rink in the center of the town. During the festival visitors are always welcome to watch the progression of the artists' works.
This folk museum features information and displays on local customs, alpine cheese-making, and the birth and growth of mountaineering and winter sports.
Sport facilities are diverse - in summer as well as during winter periods. The Grindelwald Mountaineering center offers a large variety of courses and tours for beginners and advanced climbers and hikers, all over the year.
In summer, visitors find over 300km/ 186 miles of well marked walking and hiking paths in the Grindelwald valley. Guided hikes are available. Furthermore visitors can enjoy Fishing, Golf, Mountain-biking, Minigolf, Riverrafting, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor Ice-skating/ Ice hockey, Curling, Paragliding.
Hotels in Grindelwald
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The Hotel Belvedere is located on a sunny terrace and offers everything the heart could desire, with a spacious wellness area as well as fantastic views of the famous north face of the Eiger.
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The traditional Derby Hotel is located at the train station. 69 comfortably furnished rooms provide an atmosphere to relax, including free entrance to the indoor swimming pool in 300 m walking distance and to the sauna or solarium.