Richly varied hike at the foot of the Eiger massif. At first along narrow roads, then tracks and finally trails, this hike leads to one of the most famous spots in the Alps – Kleine Scheidegg. The higher you climb, the more the rugged flanks of the Mönch and Jungfrau and the prominent, perfect form of the Silberhorn come into view. Dark stone pines shape the picturesque foreground. Hiking time: 3 hrs 50 min.
First, at an altitude of 2168 metres, is a great place to admire the panorama and the starting point of several hiking paths. The aerial cableway from Grindelwald goes up there and even if one has no plans to go hiking, just the view of emerald green meadows and white narrow streams can be enough to make your day.
First is the end station, but there are also other two intermediate stations: Bort (at the altitude of 1570 metres and a starting point of other hiking paths) and Schreckfeld (1955 m).
Head to the Firstbahn gondola (5min from the railway station by bus) to explore 120 km of pistes and hiking paths in winter. The gondola will lift you to First in 15 minutes then up to the Oberjoch 2'500m thanks to the a 4-seater chairlift. From there, go downhill on the well grommed easy blue piste or the medium red one. A stop to the Schreckfeld restaurant will offer a nice meal/after ski bar, a good spot to enjoy the great view.
Skiing close to the impressive Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau will offer an unique opportunity to feel the alpine athmosphere. From Grindelwald to access the skiing area top you will have the choice between the cogwheel railway to the Kleine Scheidegg Railway Station (2'061m) a 30min ride or the red gondola Grindelwald Grund - Männlichen.
The slopes are steeper around the Lauberhorn area, if you are looking for more smooth and gentle slopes head to the Männlichen area. On the way enjoy the modern 6-seater chairlift Honegg to access to well grommed slopes for a perfect carving session.
Higher is better... Mürren - Schiltorn is the highest skiing area in the Berner Alps up to 2'970m. From Mürren take the cablecar up to the Schiltorn for a 17min ride... There have a break at the world's first revolving restaurant Piz Gloria to enjoy the breathtaking view on the Alps. More than 50km of slopes are waiting for your downhill runs.
More of a must Do rather than a Must See.
Trottibikes can now be hired from the Bort station between Grindelwald and Grindelwald First. We took the hike from Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee to Waldspitz to Bort and then took the trottibikes back to the Grindelwald base station. These are great fun and if you are a bit pushed for time, get you back that much quicker. We used a camcorder on the bikerack and it is superb.
Rental details from the link below.
One of the hiking paths from First leads to Grosse Scheidegg. It is an easy and pleasant hike, with a great view of the mountains and the glaciers on the other side of the valley: the Wetterhorn, the Oberegrindelwaldgletcher, the Mettenberg with the peak of the Schreckhorn just behind it, the Unteregrindelwaldgletscher and the Eiger.
This path crosses the so-called Marmot Valley, an area where many of these animals live. We were not able to spot any, but we heard them: after we had left behind the Marmot Valley we heard their typical cry of alarm, which sounds like a strong whistle blow. Looking back we saw on the path a man with a dog, apparently humans do not alarm the marmots, but dogs do.
At Grosse Scheidegg there is a bus stop, of the line that connects Grindelwald to Schwarzwaldalp and Meiringen.
The picture I have posted here is not of the same quality as the other ones in my Grindelwald page. I is a scanned picture I had taken with a small autofocus camera in 2003, when I did this hike.
The link I am providing here below is to a webpage with a detailed description of this hike, with a number of pictures as well. Actually it describes the walk in the opposite direction to the one I have done.
This tip is not about something I have done, but about a thing I wish to do the next time I go to Grindelwald.
There is another cableway in Grindelwald, which goes the opposite direction with respect to the one to First. The Pfingsteggbahn is not long (just over one kilometre) and the altitude difference with respect to the village is about 360 metres, but this is enough to see the surrounding panorama from a differente perspective.
My plan, however, is not just to get to Pfingstegg and have a meal at the restaurant. There is a hiking path, here in the lower part of the Mettenberg mountain, going to Stieregg, a vantage point to admire the glaciers Grindelwaldgletcher, Eismeer and Fischerwand. The hike from Pfingstegg is supposed to take one hour.
Grindelwald world snow festival has become a must for people visiting the region.
Different teams from different Nations every year challenge themself to create the best and fascinating snow sculpture.
Watching those sculptures will really leave you speachless, for both their beauty and perfection.
The beginning of the festival, takes place back in 1983 where a big snow sculpture of Heidi has been made by a team of Japanese, ans since then the festival has become a top event.
Every year, during January in a period of 6 days, artists form figures from huge cubes of snow, and only ice or snow are used as materials.
The last day of the festival, a typical cerimony will determine the end, and all the teams will get prizes based on people and experts votes.
The Eiger mountain with its impressive and famous North Wall is waiting for you. If you succed to climb the summit at 3,970m asl, as did the Swiss guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and the Irish Charles Barington via the West side in 1858, you will get a breathtaking view on its neighbours the Mönch (4,107m) and the Jungfrau (4,158m).
For more challenge, try the mythic Nordwand (North Wall), which was first climbed by Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer and Fritz Kasparek on July 24, 1938. Dangerous because of frequent rockfalls, the face was renamed Mordwand (Murder face) instead of Nordwand as since 1935 over 50 climbers have died on this ascendent way.
So I prefer to take a few steps back and admire the spectacular face “down to Earth” and relaxing by Contemplating the characteristic (= eigen in German) shape of the Eiger.
You could also admire the inside Eiger on the way up to Jungfraujoch with the Jungfraubahn railway. The Eigerwand railway station at 2,865m offer some viewving-windows from the tunnel.
So choose your own way...
This commemorative statue is located in the street in an area surrounding the Tourist information Office.
There is a plaque on it which states it commemorates 100 years of winter sports in Grindelwald - 1888 - 1988. This is shown in the second picture.
The Tourist Information office can be seen behind the statue in my picture with the flags flying on top.
The Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This mountainscape and the numerous lookout points and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland, and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region.
Thanks to its magnificent vista and the glacier which once reached right into the basin, Grindelwald attracted its first guests – primarily the English – from the end of the 18th century onwards. The actual breakthrough of Alpinism occurred in the mid 19th century, and local mountain guides climbed the peaks of the region with English tourists. The first ascent of the Eiger, the most difficult of Alpine mountains took place in 1858 (the north face only in 1938).
Road and railway construction made Grindelwald much more accessible towards the end of the 19th century, which in turn also heralded the onset of winter tourism. The first cableway in the Alps was built here in 1908 on the Wetterhorn. And in 1912, a railway reached the Jungfraujoch via Kleine Scheidegg; today the «Top of Europe» still remains Europe’s highest railway station and a world-renowned excursion destination within permanent snow and ice.
There are 300 km of walking trails around Grindelwald. The high-altitude walk from Grindelwald-First along the Bachalpsee to the Faulhorn mountain hotel and then on to the Schynige Platte ranks among the most beautiful hikes of the region. An easy walk with fantastic views of the three, world-famous mountains of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau leads from the Männlichen up onto the Kleine Scheidegg.
The two ski regions of First and Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen – Wengen offer 160 kilometres of pistes with around 30 lifts reaching up to an altitude of 2500 m. The Schilthorn near Mürren, also part of the Jungfrau region ski arena, even reaches 2971 metres. But the most spectacular piste of the region is without doubt the Lauberhorn piste near Wengen, popularised by the World Cup circus.
Choose from 80 kilometres of winter walking trails with views across seven four-thousand-metre peaks and majestic glaciers, as well as 60 km of toboggan runs, including, at 15 km, one of the longest toboggan runs in the Alps from the Faulhorn into the valley. Naturally Grindelwald also has many further winter sports on offer.
The next Top Events
Alpine Cheese Festival on the Grosse Scheidegg
(19 Sep 2009 )
(14 Oct 2009 - 18 Oct 2009 )
79th International Lauberhorn race, Ski World Cup
(15 Jan 2010 - 17 Jan 2010 )
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One of the longest sledge runs of Europe is at Bussalp. Just drive up to Grindelwald by train or car. A few meters from the trainstation are busses (Grindelwaldbus) to Bussalp. If the snow conditions are good there is a 8 km long sledge run. You can rent sledges on top. You can buy a daily ticket so that you can do it more than once. Or even go at night for some additional fun (they serve good cheese fondues as well in the Restaurant on top). Fit people should hike up to the Faulhorn ( 2.681m) from Busalp for some stunning views and make you sledge run even longer 12.5 km.
If you go in the evening it is highly recommended to make reservations for dinner.
For bus information: www.grindelwaldbus.ch
Take a trip to Trummelbach Falls.Beautiful,interesting and truly scenic.The approach to the Falls is also very picturisque.
Be prepared to do some steep climbing.Might be difficult to do this with very small infants or while carrying prams.
There is one cafe at the base of the falls.
Check out the bus timings for otherwise you could end up waiting for too long as the frequency is not much.
The badenburg live museum makes a fascinating day's trip.Reachable from Grindelwald/Interlaken,it houses model houses of different cantons of switzerland in different periods of history.It is an interesting depection of the lifestyle,occupation and crafts of the bygone era.The way the rooms of individual houses of the bygone era are preserved is truly enchanting-- the furniture,house plan,utensils et al.
While purchasing an entry ticket you could purchase a map to guide you through the museum.It is worth buying this map for the place is vast and the map is very easy to follow.
My favourite part here was the live demonstration of wood carving by one Mr.Fuschs.There are animals in there which all add up to the natural ambience that has been created.
They also have a counter selling different kind of cheese.On the outside you have a store selling fresh chocolate and another selling soviniers and momentos.
Worth a visit!