A Trotti-Bike is a scooter-bike , not only for children, but also for grown-ups and you may rent them at Bort ( the middle-station of the First-cablecar). Hundreds of Trottibikes are waiting there for customers and you may go downhill on one of the various asphalted streets with a total length of 4,5 km.
The rent of 16 sfr / 11 Euros includes the rent of the compulsory helmet and you will also have to give a deposit of 100 sfr or register with your Creditcard / ID / Passport etc. !!
Trotti-bikes are available the whole summer-season ! No need to reserve them in advance, there are hundreds of them waiting at the station and will be taken up again by the cable-car again.
First is a mountain with a hight of 2168 meters above sea-level and it is a perfect point to start various mountain-hikes, from easy to energetic.
The cablecar to First starts in the centre of Grindelwald, close to the Sunstar-hotel and there are 3 stations where you may leave the cablecar:
1)BORT in a height of 1570m : from here you may walk to Wetterhorn within 1:50 h or take an easy trail back to Grindelwald - hiking or by trotti-bike
2)SCHRECKFELD in a height of 1955m is a great place to hike to Grosse Scheidegg
3)FIRST, in a height of 2168m : the starting-point for hikes to Bachalpsee, Faulhorn, Schynigge Platte etc.
We traveled everywhere in Switzerland by train! No rental car needed! It was actually pretty fun. It's a beautiful train ride to get to Grindelwald. I'm sure driving would be the same, but I think trains are so easy. They come to the exact minute they were supposed to, and leave on the exact minute. Everything precise and not to mention clean. That's the way Switzerland is! Precise and clean! This picture shows my mom looking out the window somewhere near Lucerne. Such gorgeous scenary!
We had spent most of the day walking in the mountains, and ended up in Grosse Scheidegg... where we decided we would take the bus back to Grindelwald instead of another 2 1/2 hour trek.
The busses leave from Grosse Scheidegg once an hour, so it is recommended that you plan ahead to get there to coincide witha bus!! We were lucky in that we only had to wait about 10 minutes after arriving there.
As we had to pay normal fare, it was rather costly we thought (CHF17,40 per person) but I was in no shape to complain.
Wanting to go to Kleine Sheidegg from Grindelwald?
Consider the Lauterbrunnen via Wengen route if you have a car. I think it is a cheaper route (whether you have a discount pass or not) and in my opinion provides better views. Alternatively go for the Round Trip ticket, Grindelwald to Grindelwald. You will find details on the grindelwald.ch website
THE NAME OF THIS RAILWAY IS THE WENGERNALPBAHN. IT CAN BE TAKEN TO KLEINE SCHEIDEGG AND BEYOND TO THE HIGHEST MASTIF, THE JUNGFRAUJOCH. WE WERE ABLE TO GO AS FAR AS KLEINE SCHEIDEGG WITHOUT PAYING AN EXTRA FEE USING OUR SWISS PASSES. TO GO TO THE TOP THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL cost. THE SNOW VIEWS WERE EXCITING AS THE DEPTH OF THE SNOW GOT DEEPER AS WE REACHED THE VILLAGE.
The most easy way to get to Grindelwald is through Interlaken. The major autoroutes and rails lead the principal cities (Berne, Geneva, Basel, etc) to it. We reached Grindelwald by car, from Interlaken, and I think it took less than an hour (45 minutes or so).
By the way, Switzerland has one of the most impressive system of autoroutes which communicates all the country, from the biggest cities to the most hidden villages. Hope that someday Peru has something similar... :)