The unique Eiger Village is located in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland at 1,034 metres above sea level. The third largest municipality of the Canton of Berne is surrounded by the world-famous alpine peaks of Eiger, Wetterhorn, Faulhorn and Fiescherhörner.
Top of Europe
A ride with the Wenger Alpine train via the Kleine Scheidegg and through the mighty Eiger up to the Jungfraujoch with its majestic Sphinx, is something that you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Grindelwald. This awe-inspiring experience with breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier is a highlight of any trip to Switzerland. Start your day trip at Grindelwald station; the modern trains will take you up to the highest railway station in Europe located at 3,453 m above sea level.
On the Jungfraujoch, you can also expect to see an Ice Palace, learn about the fascinating history and construction of the Jungfrau railway as well as visit the highest chocolate shop of Lindt&Sprüngli. In good weather conditions, even a hike over the Aletsch Glacier to the Mönchsjochhütte at an altitude of 3,657 m is possible.
Grindelwald First – Top of Adventure
Right next to Parkhotel Schoenegg, the First six-man cable car will take you to the First via Bort and Schreckfeld. The gondola can accommodate 1,200 people per hour and the travel time is approximately 25 minutes.
From the First summit, visitors to Grindelwald will see a unique view onto the opposite side of the valley with the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, the Eiger with its famous north face up to the Männlichen. The First Cliff Walk by Tissot newly opened in September 2015 offers the best view of this spectacular, spine-tingling Alpine panorama. Visitors taking the circular trail can walk the dizzying heights along the craggy cliff over a suspension bridge to a view point featuring a glass floor looking down directly into the abyss.
The Männlichen is a versatile mountain destination promising an unforgettable experience for everyone in any season. You can reach the mountain restaurant Männlichen from Grindelwald with the Männlichen gondola – the longest cable car in Europe.
In summer, exciting themed hiking trails begin at the mountain station, for all ability levels also suitable for the whole family. From the Männlichen summit, you can enjoy this majestic and particularly impressive panorama. A short climb via the “Royal Walk” will take you to the peak. The “Panoramaweg” leads all the way to Kleine Scheidegg, which in summer takes approximately 50 minutes, at all times facing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
In winter, Männlichen is a popular skiing and tobogganing resort. With good snow conditions, the descent to Grindelwald Grund is possible.
The sunny Bussalp (1,800 m) is located on the sunny side of the Grindelwald valley. Non-skiers and tobogganers will find everything their hearts desire, because the groomed hiking and toboggan trails promise exciting excursions in summer as well as in winter. The yellow “Grindelwald bus” will bring you from the Grindelwald bus station up to the mountain restaurant.
In winter, the Family Snow Park Bussalp offers fun for young and old with activities such as Snow-Tubing. With the toboggan, you can slide all the way back to Grindelwald on the 8 km long City Run. Furthermore, the Family-Run offers comfortable sledging fun for the whole family all the way to the Lochsteinen station; and on the Bussalp Run, you will have the ultimate toboggan experience next to the road on a perfectly groomed run – exclusively for toboggans.
Hiking pleasure in immaculate nature and year-round sun await you on the Bussalp in summer and in winter. In particular, the hike to the First station of Bort is a hiker’s delight.
The Schilthorn, with its 2,970 m, is the highest peak of the Bernese Alps. From Grindelwald, you can reach the Schilthorn using the train to Lauterbrunnen. Once there, you can take the bus to Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where the valley station of the Schilthorn cable car is located. From the moment you arrive, the scenery is already stunning, especially in the summer months when many waterfalls flow down on both slopes of the impressive valley.
Here, you can see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from a completely different angle and when the sky is clear, you can even catch a glimpse of the Mont Blanc.
The Pfingstegg cable car is only 8 minutes away from the hotel on foot, and during the summer season, it will take you quickly and comfortably to the Pfingstegg alpine restaurant located on the slopes of the Mettenberg at an altitude of 1,387 m. The terrace offers a wonderful view over Grindelwald. From here, it is possible to start several popular and highly recommended hikes to Hotel Wetterhorn or Berghaus Bäregg.
Tip: Ask for the “Climate Guide” at the reception and on your hike to several stations, you can learn interesting facts about climate change and its effects on the Lower Grindelwald Glacier.
Schynige Platte –
Top of Swissness
The Schynige Platte with its mountain restaurant and alpine garden, featuring 600 plant species, can be reached from Wilderswil using a historic rack railway. The 50-minute leisurely ride offers beautiful views of Interlaken and Lake Brienz as well as of Lake Thun.
The mountain restaurant invites you to pause for a small refreshment on the sunny panoramic terrace, before taking a hike or a walk in the alpine garden.
The Grosse Scheidegg is a pass at 1,962 m above sea level which lies between Grindelwald in the valley of Schwarze Lütschine and Meiringen in the Haslital. It is also a popular holiday destination with beautiful alpine nature and views. Hiking to the First is highly recommended and offers a magnificent panorama, accompanied by ringing cowbells and whistling marmots.
In summer, cyclists and mountain bikers can pedal to their heart’s content by taking part in a challenging tour on the pass from Grindelwald to Meiringen or in the opposite direction. Also, the conditions here are ideal for modellers to fly their model airplanes. The mountain hotel Grosse Scheidegg invites you to stay a while over refreshments.