Grindelwald Travel Guide - Switzerland
Aw beautiful Grindelwald! One of the most photogenic areas in Switzerland and a destination that cannot be missed when visiting this country. For those of you who are not familiar with it and would like to learn more about it, or you already have your ticket and are looking for things to do and points of interest in the area, you found the right blog post!
For a great hotel/chalet/apartment option you can check out this review I did of GriwaRent Apartments, which is one of the best options for accommodation in the area.
For those of you looking to visit this area, it can be reached by car or train from virtually any airport in Switzerland. You can take a flight to Basel (which is what I did), Bern, Geneva and Zurich and, depending on the airport, you need to check how to get to the train station, and maybe change to another train that will lead you to Grindelwald. For example, if you get off at Basel airport, you will have to get a bus that runs every 10 minutes to Basel's main train station, and from there take a train to Interlaken, then change to the one for Grindelwald.
I also recommend renting a car if you can, and that is what I did on my trip as it is a great way to better explore the area.
Grindelwald is located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, and it is one of the most accessible mountaintop resorts in the country. It is surrounded by the peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Mönch, and Jungfrau, facing the Eiger North face, which has claimed many mountain climbers' lives. The Oberer and Unterer Glaciers are also found right nearby, as well as many waterfalls and lakes.
That being said, this region is a perfect destination for any time of the year, so let's get started with mentioning some of the things you can do in and around Grindelwald, shall we? ;)
Things to Do in Grindelwald
Depending on the time of the year you wish to visit, you will get to enjoy different landscapes and activities.
During winter, this area offers a variety of sports and a ski resort that is one of the best in Switzerland. Grindelwald, by itself, offers 213 km of pisted ski runs, but since it is connected to the other resorts of the Jungrau Region (named Lauterbrunnen, Murren and Wengen), your ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other areas as well, giving you unlimited possibilities, which is perfect whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced skier.
I consider myself more of a beginner skier and I had a blast going down the blue rated slopes. The best perk was definitely the scenery on the way down, which was breathtaking!
Another awesome activity is sledding, and Grindelwald has the longest sledding path in Europe.
So I definitely had to check it out, having my first sledding experience there. I have to tell you that I had so much fun doing it and I definitely recommend anyone to do it :)! First, I took a Gondola ride with the cable car Grindelwald-First to the mountain station First. Then I hiked to the Faulhorn, which took me approximately 2.5 h, followed by sledging on the Faulhorn-Bussalp-Grindelwald with a length of 15 km!
Apart from hiking and many other winter sports, you should also take a train to the Jungfraujoch, which is the highest point in Europe that can be reached by train, at an altitude of up to 3658m high. This is definitely a sight you shouldn't miss! It will take you a bit over an hour to get all the way to the top and it will certainly take your breath away (literally as you will also notice the thin air as soon as you get up there :). The view of the snowy mountains was simply amazing and it was a sight I will never forget. Up there you will also find an ice cave carved right into the mountain, which I thoug was so unique, and the Alpine Sensation, which is an interactive walking tour where you will experience the Bernese Oberland wonderland.
Grindelwald is the perfect destination for other times of the year as well. During warmer days you can enjoy the hiking, climbing or, if you are not that fit, you can even rent an electric bike to explore the area.
One of the most popular activities is following the Eiger trail or hike to the beautiful Bachalpsee Lake. Especially in the summer, you will be able to take stunning pictures of the mountains and this high altitude lake.
Some other hiking, mountain biking and climbing experiences can be done on the Monch, Grosse Scheidegg, Jungfrau, Kleine Scheidegg, Faulhornweg, and the Eiger (which is the most difficult one, so you better be an experienced mountain climber).
Another day trip that I totally recommend any time of the year is visiting the Lauterbrunnen region, either by train or car (if you rented one). This area of Switzerland is one of the most beautiful and magical I’ve ever been to, with numerous cliffs and dreamy waterfalls, as well as forgotten villages. So if you are looking to add some beautiful photos to your album, this is a not-to-miss spot ;)
When it comes to apres ski, the village of Grindelwald is probably the best option in the area if you are looking to find more of a lively atmosphere in the evening, although expect more of a laid back scene. A popular bar with live music is Avocado, and other options are Grand Regina Alpine Wellfit and the Plaza. Night tobogganing is another popular evening activity.
Where to Stay
For those of you looking for a perfect getaway in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland, you’ve found the right place. Those Swiss style chalets are so comfy and elegant, and I love how the wooden style makes it even more cozy.
Nonetheless, if you are looking for just a room or a whole apartment or house, you can find the right accommodation for your taste, budget and group size there.
One company I recommend who offers one of the best accommodation in the area is GriwaRent. I stayed at one of their 3 bedroom apartments located about 15 minutes walking from the village centre, and you can find my apartment’s review here. They also have rooms and chalets available, so make sure to check their website.
Grindelwald can also be quite a romantic getaway, with many places offering a fireplace and beautiful views of the mountains.
And, as you have noticed above, this area offers so many activities and sights that I would recommend for you to stay at least 4 days in the area, especially if you are looking to ski and explore the surroundings.
What to Eat
There are many choices to choose from when it comes to dining in Grindelwald, with cuisines that range from the obvious Swiss, to Italian and Asian. And how can you resist the Swiss cuisine? I honestly could die for a great fondue (cheese, chocolate and meat) or raclette.
Other great options are Restaurant Pinte, with traditional Swiss cuisine; Restaurant Barry’s at Hotel Eiger, well-known for Barry's Napf Mongolian BBQ; Onkel Toms's Hütte, which offers great Pizza; Restaurant Steinbock, with a Pizza and Italian food menu; and the Bergrestaurant Bussalp, which is well known for cheese fondue or “Rösti”.
I hope this blog post helps you plan your unforgettable trip to Grindelwald and its surroundings. And to hopefully make you even more excited, below is a video I created that shows a bit of my trip there. For more photos you can follow me on Instagram ;)