One of Switzerland’s chief mountaineering, summer, and winter resorts, Grindelwald village is the starting point for climbing the First (7,113 ft), which is reached by a chair lift 3,720 ft in length. The valley possesses excellent pastures and fruit trees.
* Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.
* Eiger north face – one of the most spectacular and difficult faces to climb in the world; successfully climbed for the first time in 1938.
* Eiger Trail – mountain tour imparting an ‘Alpinist’ feel: starting from the Eiger glacier station, the route sticks closely to the rock along the foot of the Eiger north face and leads down to Alpiglen.
* Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge) – at the village end of Grindelwald lies the wildly romantic, thunderous glacier gorge with its glacial mills and striations as well as the pink and green marble blocks, through which a path leads over man-made footbridges and through rock galleries and tunnels.
* First (2168 m) – over 100 km of hiking trails as well as 50 km of ski pistes and a toboggan run can be found on the south-facing, not overly steep First slope.
* Männlichen (2229 m) – gentle walking and winter sports terrain with a link to the nearby Kleine Scheidegg and with the perfect panorama across the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
* Pfingstegg – at 1391m is the lookout post of Grindelwald and offers a unique vista across the valley floor.
* World Snow Festival – during the course of a week, Swiss and international teams of artists hew and construct figures and sculptures from metre-high snow blocks that have been provided (January).
* “Velogemel” World Championship – every year a world championship on snow bikes takes place in Grindelwald, a speciality to Grindelwald (February).
* Snowpenair – Snow Openair, always held at the end of the winter season on the Kleine Scheidegg (March).
* Landart Festival – short-lived works of art are placed on the landscape using natural, local materials (June).
* Spring Mountain Festival – held annually on the Männlichen near Berghaus, with dances in traditional costumes, folk music and flag throwers (June/July).
How to get there
Public Transport: Direct trains run daily from numerous European cities to Interlaken. From here, direct connections take you in 35 minutes to Grindelwald. Daily train connections from neighboring countries to Interlaken.
By car: National roads (Autobahnen) lead from Basel, Geneva or Zürich via Bern to Spiez. From here, well constructed national and cantonal roads lead via Interlaken to Grindelwald.
Other/Air: The international airports Zürich-Kloten, Geneva-Cointrin and Basel Mulhouse have direct train connections to Interlaken – Grindelwald. Bern-Belp Airport is connected to the rail system via airport taxis.