In the midst of a breathtaking alpine panorama, Grindelwald is located at 1,034 m above sea level. It is an outdoor paradise for families as well as for adrenaline seekers. A variety of exciting activities are practiced here throughout the year.
Some places in the Bernese Oberland have even left traces in the film and television world. James Bond "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" had spectacular chases with sledges and on skis on the Schilthorn, the famous master detective Sherlock Holmes staged his own death in the 120-meter-high Reichenbach Falls in the mighty Aare Gorge near Meiringen in front of his opponent Professor Moriaty, and the name Grindelwald is a household name, especially for Harry Potter fans.
Gellert Grindelwald is the name of the dark magician who was considered the most feared wizard in the world before the no less dark Lord Voldemort appeared on the scene. Gellert Grindelwald was played by none other than the prominent Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
However, there is still no place to go for Harry Potter fans in Grindelwald, such as the 007 Walk of Fame and the Bond World 007 interactive experience exhibition on the Schilthorn or the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen.
Nevertheless, Grindelwald of course offers enough other possibilities for eventful activities and exciting excursion destinations. By the way, not only the 007 Walk of Fame is a point of attraction, but also the Thrill Walk at Birg, which is designed with wire ropes and glass floors and starts at the middle station below the Schilthorn and runs along a steeply sloping rock face.
The activities and experiences offered around Grindelwald range from a variety of outdoor activities to an indoor rope park and museums as bad weather alternatives. well known is the Grindelwald Glacier Gorge, which can be walked.
Which climber has not dreamed of climbing the north face of the Eiger? The myth of the Eiger has always fascinated people. With the necessary equipment, every experienced via ferrata climber and mountain hiker can climb the 2,600-meter-high, vertically sloping Rotstock summit via the Eiger Trail and the moderately difficult Eiger-Rotstock via ferrata
It's not the Eiger North Face, but it comes very close to the North Face ambience Only professional alpinists should venture on one of the 30 interconnected routes on the Eiger North Face, which are rated at the highest difficulty level 10.
The 2,343-meter summit of Männlichen can also be climbed in about 30 minutes from the top station of the Grindelwald-Männlichen cable car via the steep Royal Walk summit trail. Less thrills, but therefore no less natural beauty, can await passionate hikers in the Grindelwald vacation region. Massive glacier gorges, wild mountain streams, themed and adventure hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty and fragrant alpine meadows are just a few examples.
Several mountain railroads start from Grindelwald to the summits and alpine meadows of the surrounding mountains. One of them is the Pfingsteggbahn, which takes visitors from the southeastern outskirts of Grindelwald to the 1,300-meter-high Pfingstegg-Alp in five minutes.
The Pfingstegg is not only an ideal starting point for hikes through the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides a fantastic view over the Grindelwald valley, but also offers several other highlights, such as the 763-meter-long summer toboggan run. In addition, the Pfingsteggbahn has a unique activity to offer since summer 2020: Fly Line
You fly like a bird several meters above ground between the trees at up to 8-12km/h while enjoying nature. Delta gliders and paragliders are drawn by the gondola from Grindelwald to the 2,160-meter Grindlewald First , a natural plateau of the southwest ridge to the Widderfeldgrätli. Here, ideal wind conditions prevail for unforgettable flights through the imposing mountain scenery.
In the Grindelwald region there are several providers of tandem flights, which also use the take-off points on Männlichen, which rises to the west of Grindelwald. From here you can see the ice giants Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. With the Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola lift, which at its opening was the longest gondola lift in the world with a length of 6.2 kilometers, you can reach the Männlichen top station at 2,225 meters in 19 minutes. It takes about four hours to walk from Grindelwald to the summit of Männlichen.
If you don't want to miss out on cool water during your vacation, you can take the Bernese Oberland Railway from Grindelwald to Interlaken in 35 minutes and stand directly on the shores of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. By car it is not quite 30 minutes. If you don't want to drive so far for swimming, the open-air swimming pool Hellbach at the foot of the Eiger north face also offers the necessary cooling.
In winter, the Swiss mountains are transformed into a fairytale land of snow and ice. Skiers, snowboarders, tourers, cross-country skiers and tobogganers have direct access to several top ski areas in the Jungfrau Region during a winter vacation in Grindelwald.
Directly from the valley station in Grindelwald you can take the Grindelwald-First gondola lift to the ski area of the same name, a true freestyle El Dorado and one of the hottest après-ski locations in the Jungfrau Region.
In winter 2020, the new state-of-the-art 3S Eiger Express cable car will open, taking winter sports enthusiasts from the Grindelwald terminal to the ice giant Eiger in a whopping 15 minutes. With a view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate, winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to the predominantly red slopes in the Grindelwald-Wengen ski area with the Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen sub-ski areas.
On the longest ski slope in the world, the Lauberhorn run, which has already accelerated ski pros up to 160km/h, the famous World Cup Lauberhorn race is held. Throughout the Jungfrau Region, skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers have around 666 kilometers of slopes at their disposal. With the Jungfrau Region Top 4 ski pass, the largest ski areas and lifts can be used at discounted prices.
In addition, the ski areas of Grindelwald are equipped with modern children's slopes, with winter hiking trails, with cross-country ski trails, with creative snowboard parks as well as with spectacular attractions, such as the First Glider and the spectacular toboggan run Eiger-Run.
After or during an eventful day in the wintry mountains, fortify yourself with delicious cheese fondue and warm yourself with mulled wine in one of the rustic alpine huts on the sun terrace. Another opportunity to sample culinary specialties from the Bernese Oberland is the annual, atmospheric Adväntsmärt (Advent market) at Märthysi Bärplatz in the middle of Grindelwald, where you can also buy homemade handicrafts, handmade ointments, creams and schnapps as well as individual Christmas gifts.
Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, whether sunshine or rain - the offspring can't get bored at all on a vacation in Grindelwald! Numerous attractions and excursion destinations in the Bernese Oberland region make sure of that.
Several creative playgrounds have been created for the little ones, such as the adventurous, 700-square-meter Alpine Playground Bort am First and the BodmiARENA right on the edge of Grindelwald, where the offspring can take their first turns on skis and snowboards, as well as snow tubing and sledding. If the parents need some time off, the possibility of care in a nursery is offered.
Children can learn about the diverse flora and fauna on the marmot trail from First to Schilt, which is designed with interactive elements. Along the path there is also an idyllic barbecue area, several marmot benches for taking a breather and numerous vantage points.
Children and adults learn interesting facts about apples on the newly designed Öpfelchüechliweg on Männlichen. During the hike across lush alpine meadows and through fragrant forests, the little explorers are accompanied by Barry and Hans, the two animal actors from the Swiss fruit commercials, with the support of an audio play.
Adventure and action are promised by a fast ride on the summer toboggan run of the Pfingstegg Alp, which leads from the mountain station of the aerial tramway at an altitude of 1,391 meters 750 meters down the mountain. For the very brave, Pfingstegg Alp also awaits the Fly Line, a steel cable construction on which you fly 350 meters through the air and over the treetops.
A somewhat more leisurely family excursion is with an off-road scooter bike, which you can rent including helmet at the valley station of the Grindelwald-First gondola lift.
On bad weather days, kids can let off steam at the Grindelwald Indoor Ropes Course, Switzerland's first indoor ropes course and the largest indoor ropes course in all of Europe. The 40 elements in 5 courses are also a challenge for big climbers. In about half an hour by car you can reach another rope park of superlatives: the rope park Interlaken. More than 120 challenges on 9 courses, which reach up to 20 meters into the treetops, offer the right adrenaline rush and sharpen concentration, balance as well as coordination at the same time.
A visit to the Alpine Bird Park Grindelwald near Ischboden, which has become a home for rare bird species, also offers a special nature experience. With a voluntary donation from visitors, capercaillies, buzzards, little owls, eagle owls and many more alpine birds are cared for and nurtured.
Since the beginning of the 19th century guests have been coming to Grindelwald to relax in the wild and romantic mountain world, to enjoy the fresh mountain breeze and to conquer the mountain giants. In 1820 the first guesthouse, the Hotel Schwarzer Adler, was opened and in 1858 two Grindelwald mountain guides and their Irish guest tackled the first ascent of the 3,967-high ice giant Eiger.
The difficult north face of the Eiger, also known as the "Mordwand", was not conquered until a century later by two Germans and two Austrians (including the famous mountaineer and Tibet traveler Heinrich Harrer). Shortly thereafter, the Bernese Oberland Railway was opened.
Today, the historic narrow-gauge railroad still connects the villages of Grindelwald, Lauterbrunn, Zweilütschinen and Interlaken. The Wengeneralpbahn cogwheel railroad runs over the Kleine Scheidegg pass at 2,000 meters above sea level. The gondola lift to the 2,600-meter-high First, the Pfingsteggbahn aerial tramway to Alp Pfingstegg and the Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola lift provided access to the fantastic mountain world around Grindelwald until the end of the 20th century.
Whether summer or winter, the mountain railroads take hikers, climbers, paragliders, skiers, snowboarders and nature lovers to the highest peaks.