You could take a half a day trip to Jungfraujoch,which is one of the mountain peaks of Switzerland.It is one of the most popular peaks among tourists.I however found it to be overrated and over crowded.There were too many fenced areas.
There is a ice statues museum.There are many restraurants.One popular one being"Bollywood",which caters mostly to the Indian tourists.The ambience of this place is interesting with pictures of Indian film actors and movie artists.
Grindelwald is a very picturesque and traditional style mountain village in the Bernese Oberland region.
It is a common starting point for climbing the Eiger and the Wetterhorn.
Nowadays Grindelwald is also a popular summer resort with many miles of hiking trails across the Alps.
The Eiger - Nordwand is certainly the most famous climbing-area in the alps and for several centuries people could not believe this side of the mountain may ever be conquered.But finally in 1938 2 alpinists from Austria : Heinrich Harrer and Kasparek, and 2 germans , Heckmair and Voerg succeded and conquered the Eiger-Nordwand. .There are 4 different ways to climb up the Eiger-Nordwand and when you look at Eiger from Kl.Scheidegg it is almost unbelievable, that anyone is able to climb it up there within one single day. On a map you may see the various paths to get to the peak of Eiger, with a height of 3870 meters above sea-level.
When hiking downhill the "Eiger-Trail" from the station "Eigergletscher" you will pass by the places, where the mountain-climbers start.
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b.t.w. Heinrich Harrer spent the time of WW II in Tibet, educating todays Dalai Lama, when he was a child. The movie "7 years in Tibet" with Brad Pitt tells that story in "Hollywood-style".
Heinrich Harrer is also the author of the book "Kampf um den Eiger" - see a scan of the book-title as my last picture - scanned and forwarded as a courtesy by my brother Leo (globerover), who has the book in his library and is also the better expert about these stories than me - I rather go to these places BUT read less about them :-))
Take time during your walks and see those lovely flowers around the area. Know their names and have fun. Can't identify them all though :-) We prefer late Spring till late
Summer to perfectly see these nature's beauty.
A tiny natural lake fed mostly from snowmelts and rainfall. Not only supplying hydroelectrical power for over a century but also offers a great stunning views of the Bernese Alps. Can be reached through a hiking trail from First station. An easy hiking path for all ages. About 2 hours hike. Not to be missed by every travelers lists and take the world famous picture postcard scene ........from yours truly.
Catch the next Postauto from Grindelwald center. The bus drives you through a winding road to Grosse Scheidegg. Take off and proceed your trail going to First directions. Have a break at the restaurants terrace and enjoy some stunning views of the mountain chains. Then proceed to the lake directions. Again, during this trail you will be rewarded with a magnificent views around the region. Have fun with the cows on the way and if you are lucky enough, you could see chamois, ibex and marmots. We have spotted marrmot, and chamois and because they are very timid they usually stay at the distance.
This is a small monument to the Alpine Marmot, a groundhog type rodent. It is located on the hike to Schwarzhorn from First. I never actually so one, though. As a rodent fan, I was pretty excited to see this.
One of the coolest things to do in Grindlewald is to climb up to the Upper Glacier viewing point. To get there, you must walk about 1 1/2 hours east of Grindlewald (follow the hiking signs, they're well marked). You will then reach a long set of wooden stairs climbing up the side of a large boulder. It costs 6 CHF to access the stairs. The climb up the stairs (~1000 steps) is a little scary, but there are great views along the way. It is a little annoying to climb because there is barely enough space for people to be going up and down it at the same time. On top there are great views of the Upper Glacier and the mountains around Grindlewald. There is a restaurant on top.
This is a mountain pass south of Grindlewald. It is a 3 1/2 hour hike from Grindlewald, but can be approached from various other hiking paths, including First and Pfigstigg. It is also possible to ride the bus here (though very expensive). From here, there are great views of all the mountains in the region, inclulding the Upper Glacier.
A 2930 m peak across the valley from the big mountains of the Jungfrau region. There is a trail from First that leads to the peak. For the most part it isn’t too difficult, but the snowy regions at the end are pretty demanding. To get to the top you really need good weather. Unfortunately for me, it was raining and I didn’t make it too far past the snow line.
This place has several (pretty challenging hikes) including one to the peak of Schartzhorn. It is located at 2000 m (1000 m above the city) and has great views of the area (if there is good weather). Be careful since it may be decent weather in Grindelwald, yet foggy and rainy on Frist (look from below to see if the mountain is covered with fog). To get there take the gondola (30 CHF one way, 50 CHF round-trip).
This place is located on the side of Schreckhorn (the mountain) at 1391 m elevation. To get there follow the signs in Grindelwald to the Pfingstegg cable car. It is also possible to walk up though the route is not direct (check a hiking map). There is a restaurant at the place the cable car arrives. There is also a place that offers toboggan rides next to the restaurant. There are several hiking paths from here, including a 1 ½ hour path (one-way) to the Baregg restaurant, which has great views of the city and the surrounding mountains, as well as the lower glacier. There another hike through tunnel (which I didn’t go on). Some mountain hiking experience is required for this path (red/white trail).
My favourite Swiss mountain!!! One day I will climb into one of these helicopters that offer flights in this region.... ;)
I´m totally fascinated by the Eiger history and its tragic! Bigsi is in love with an ugly mountain hehe!!
This is a very special train ride you can make. At the end is the highest train station in Europe, the so called "Top of Europe", the Jungfraujoch. It´s 3454 m high, and the observatory, the "Sphinx" up there is even at 3500 m. You find yourself inside the mountian world when you get out. The air is much thinner than down in Grindelwald and the views are terrific on a clear day. The say you can even see the Black Forrest on a very cear day...
Looking south is the famous Aletsch glacier....You can cross it on guided tours if you liek.. Must be a great adventure.... There are also two day glacier trips offered by Grindelwald Sports... Maybe one day I will do this....even if the glacier holes are really scary I think.... don´t won´t to experience one from inside really.... :)
You can easly spend half the day up on Jungfraujoch. There is a tobboganing, skiing hill, a spider highway, polar dogs restaurants, an ice grotto........ Or you can hike to the Mönchsjochhuette...but remember the path is on ice and snow... Or just enjoy the views....
For many people, this is a stop on the way to the Jungfraujoch. You get off one train, go by the shops and eateries, and then get on another train. I highly recommend taking some time to explore this area. Some of the regions best hiking trails begin and end here. I chose to take the trail all of the way back down to Grindelwald. In June, very few people were on the trail. The weather was nice, mountains were visible, and wildflowers were everywhere. This was a great place to walk, take photos, and eat lunch somewhere on the trail. Kleine Scheidegg itself is above the timberline, so there is an unobstructed view of the high peaks of the Eiger, Monch, and the Jungfrau. The trails will lead to forested regions, mountain meadows, and one even skirts the area just below the Eiger's north wall. This region is full of classic hikes. Signs will lead to the various paths and give the hikers an idea of how long the hike will be. Many people save the Kleine Scheidegg visit for the afternoon after returning from the Jungfraujoch. I concur that this is a good idea.