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Grindelwald is a mountain village in Bernese Oberland in Swiss Alps.

Get in

Car, or regular train service from Interlaken are the main options. Train journey time is a little above half an hour and usually cost Fr. 8-12. Interlaken has connections to other major Swiss cities.

Charter/Tour buses, taxis, and car rentals are also possibilities. Mysterytours offer some options, as does Fun-rental Interlaken. Only 30 minutes by scooter to Grindelwald from Interlaken.

In summer and early fall, is also possible to hike into Grindelwald from well-marked Bernese Oberland trails, with or without the assistance of gondolas or cable-cars.

Get around

Grindelwald has two train stations: 1 Grindelwald and 2 Grund. The Grindelwald station is in the center of town; the Grund station is in the valley floor, on the way to Kleine Scheidegg. Wengernalpbahn trains (painted yellow and green) to Kleine Scheidegg generally stop at both stations. Berner Oberland Bahn trains (in blue and yellow livery) from Interlaken via Zweilütschinen stop only at Grindelwald. If you plan to walk between these stations, be aware that the two stations are about 1 km apart, and separated by roughly 100 m of vertical elevation.

A local bus service can get you to nearby destinations.

The gondola lift to Männlichen departs a few hundred meters west of Grund station. The gondola lift to First begins about ten minutes' walk east of Grindelwald station, while the cable car to Pfingstegg is about fifteen minutes' walk east of Grindelwald station.


There is an information centre in the village. There is also a local history museum.


Grindelwald is a ski resort. Also a starting point for Eiger and Wetterhorn tails.

  • If you enjoy dancing, go to the Plaza Night Club. They play great techno mixes of Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop!
  • 1 Grindelwald - Wengen ski area (155 km, 27 lifts), ☎ +41 33 828 72 33, e-mail: info@jungfrau.ch. The ski area is shared with Wengen. Different parts of the ski area can be accessed from Grindelwald by two different cable cars or by train to Kleine Scheidegg. Day pass Fr. 63/32, it is also possible to get combined tickets for the whole Jungfrau area.
  • Take a mountain train trip through Kleine Scheidegg (2061 m) up to Jungfraujoch (3454 m) where there is an observation terrace and "ice palace".

Hiking destinations (take cable car to make the hikes considerably easier):

  • 2 Bachalpsee (Use the cable car to the "First" station, then follow the masses.).
  • 3 Faulhorn (Continue past Bachalpsee.). A not too hard hike up a valley and small mountain, with a pleasant small restaurant and hotel at the top.
  • 4 Schynige Platte. The hike can be further lengthened to the plateau and end at a train station stop, quite near Interlaken.
  • 5 Burg.
  • 6 Eiger. A technically difficult - climbing equipment required - classic. Reachable via 1 Eiger-Ostegghütte and 2 Mitellegihütte huts.
  • 7 Schwarzhorn. Regarded as one of the most stunning look-out peaks in the Bernese Oberland. Its summit can be accessed by a trail on the southern ridge.


There are plenty of shops in the 1 village center, including groceries.

  • Swiss Army knives. As anywhere in Switzerland you should buy a knife (or several as they make excellent gifts). Most places have the same prices and a decent collection. But Vogts Corner on Hauptstrasse stands out because here all knives are on display for you to touch, fondle and try out. Another good thing is that they have both Wenger and Victorinox knives on display if you are having trouble to decide. You'll find it by Hans Passage near Coop.


  • Jasmine Garden (Center of town), ☎ +41 33 853-0733. Good Chinese food. Somewhat pricey (e.g., Fr. 2 for tap water), but so is most everything else here! Fr. 25-50 per plate.




A few camps are available south of the town, but within walking distance:

  • 3 Eigernordwald.
  • 4 Gletscherdorf.


  • 5 The Downtown Lodge, Dorfstrasse 152, ☎ +41 33 828 77 30, e-mail: info@downtownlodge.ch. Typically you would want to book ahead of time during the winter versus the summer. From Fr. 60.
  • 6 Youth Hostel, Geissstutzstrasse 12, ☎ +41 33 853 10 09, e-mail: grindelwald@youthhostel.ch. Dorm from Fr. 32.


  • Sunstar Grindelwald (Directly adjacent to First gondola, 100 m walk), ☎ +41 33 854 77 77, fax: +41 33 854 77 70, e-mail: grindelwald@sunstar.ch.
  • Hotel Gletschergarten (Ca. one km east of the train station(if booked, pick up possible.), ☎ +41 33 853 17 21, fax: +41 33 853 29 57. A family run hotel and the hosts are very helpful, friendly and multilingual. The rooms are somewhat dated, but things are so clean and neat that this feels homely and cozy rather than disappointing. Many rooms have views facing Mt Eiger and most include balconies. Free and reliable wi-fi, a laundry downstairs, clean and well cared for bathrooms and soft beds. High season: 18 Dec-07 Jan; 29 Jan-11 Mar; 03 Jul-28 Aug (2010). Single room High Fr. 150/Low Fr. 140; Double room High Fr. 230, Low Fr. 220.


  • Belvédère, fax: +41 33 853 53 23, e-mail: belvedere@grindelwald.ch. 4-star superior hotel 200 m from the railway station. Outdoor salt water jacuzzi. Double room from Fr. 340 (as of 2009).

Go next

  • First-Bahn - Gondola to hiking/skiing.
  • Consider the JungfraubahnenPass, which gives you six consecutive days of access to all regional trains and cable cars for Fr. 200.
  • Lauterbrunnen

Swiss Bernese Oberland : A Summer Guide With Specific Trips to the Mountains, Lakes and Villages


The 3rd Edition Swiss Bernese Oberland recommends 12 specific trips and 4 excursions in the Bernese Oberland for the Independent Traveler on mountain trains, lake steamers, cable cars and selected walks and hikes. These trips are shown in graphic form with 45 color pictures and 15 maps. Information is provided for the villages of Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren and Kandersteg, plus local Swiss food and wine. Also featured are Internet sites and links to assist in planning your trip.

Downhill Walking Switzerland

Richard Williams

"As you read about the towns and walks outlined in Downhill Walking Switzerland, while you look at the pictures, we want you to mentally follow the Downhill Trail. We want you to imagine that you see the clear mountain skies, hear the scolding squirrel, tiny birds and the trickle of the mountain stream. Our desire in writing this guide is to share with you the beauty of the Downhill Walking experience, whether you are an armchair Downhiller, a real first timer or a veteran traveler." -from the Introduction. Includes an Index.

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The Best of the Alps

Jay Cowan

A 7 1/2" by 11", lay-flat bound, 4-color, glossy photo and text travel book about 11 of the best known resorts in five countries in the Alps. The book describes activities, events, locations, dining and amenities in both winter and summer in all of the resorts, along with a short section of history on each. It is not a guide book, but rather a book to tell people what they can find in these resorts if they're thinking about going, or if they want a souvenir of a place where they've been. Over 200 full-color photos.

A pleasure-book of Grindelwald,

Daniel Pomeroy Rhodes

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE RINK Ice-worshippers--English figure-skating: its triumphs and its perils--Lessons by the book--An ambitious skater, his judges, and a Little Bear--Gymkhanas and Ice Carnival. I Am assuming that you will spend the whole of your mornings on the rink, with the understood exception of mornings when you are away on all-day expeditions. If I failed to start with this assumption I should be considered utterly incompetent to give advice on any subject connected with winter Grindelwald. It is the first article of faith; and the fact that nobody but a few unhappy individuals to whom I will later introduce you carries it into serious practice will never cause it to be forgotten. The limited size of the rink--which is nevertheless large as rinks go--enables everybody to keep a sort of informal mental muster-roll; and if, on the other hand, you meet an acquaintance in the hotel between half-past ten and one, he will explain to you how he happens to be there, and will expect you to do likewise. All this is indicative of the following undisputed facts: (i) that skating is a very beautiful accomplishment, and the Bear rink an exceptionally good one; (2) that a large proportion of the visitors have come to Grindelwald especially to enjoy this sport and to try to become really proficient; and (3) that, with so good facilities and so pious an example the other visitors dislike to say Can't, or Don't want to. Now the rink itself is roughly of the shape of Lake Geneva, and for the sake of convenience I will describe it with reference to its well-known counterpart without wishing to invoke the Fohn and a general thaw. Villeneuve is the north-east corner of it towards the Schwarzhorn and Great Scheidegg; thence following the Swiss shore, which at first is parallel ...

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