8 best things to do in Grindelwald
The village of Grindelwald is in southern Switzerland’s Jungfrau region – known for its incredible scenery, mountain railways and endless walking trails. Take a look at some of our favourite things to see and do on a holiday here…
Head up to First Mountain
Catch the gondola to the top of First mountain and head to the First Cliff Walk – a 45m walkway that stretches out over a sheer drop – for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. And if you’re after a real thrill, you can soar through the air at over 80km/h on the First Glider zipline.
Laze around Bachalpsee
From the top of the First mountain, follow the gentle walking route to Bachalpsee, one of the prettiest alpine lakes in Switzerland. It’s surrounded by rugged peaks and grassy banks, so you can stretch out and soak up the scenery in between dips in the water. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it?
Ride the Jungfrau Railway
One of the top things to do in Switzerland, this trip’s a must for any holiday here. Catch the mountain train to Europe’s highest railway station up at 3,454m, nicknamed ‘the Top of Europe’. You can take in panoramic views from the Sphinx Observatory, have fun in the snow on the glacier, and see frozen tunnels and sculptures in the Ice Palace.
Eat at Barry’s
This cosy restaurant’s a must-try, both for its tasty food and its unique history. It’s named after Barry, a St Bernard dog that lived 200 years ago and used his excellent sense of smell to save people who got lost on the mountain. In his honour, the restaurant serves up a delicious range of traditional fare – think rösti, fondue and roast meats.
Go up to the Schilthorn
Take the cable cars up to the Schilthorn summit to get 360-degree views of over 200 peaks, including the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. While you’re there, stop for lunch at the rotating Piz Gloria restaurant – it featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the menu includes themed dishes like ‘James Bond spaghetti’ and ‘Skyfall beef entrecôte’.
Look for marmots
Want to meet some of the local wildlife? This mountain-top walk winds around marmot burrows, so keep an eye out for the furry residents as you stroll along. Or take a seat on one of the benches dotted along the path to rest your legs while you wait for them to appear. There are info boards too, so you can learn more about the marmots, as well as a barbeque area where you can stop for a bite to eat.
Explore a glacier gorge
Carved by a glacier thousands of years ago, this 300m-deep canyon is a pretty impressive sight. Follow the walkways through rock galleries and tunnels – and if you dare, climb across the Spider’s Web, a net suspended 7m above the Lütschine river.
Top tip: Use a summer card
You’ll get a free Visitor’s Card when you stay in Grindelwald – make the most of it to get free travel on local buses and discounts on other activities and attractions.
Where to stay: Hotel Spinne
This 4-star hotel is all about the views – whether you’re enjoying them from the balcony of your south-facing room, the big windows in the restaurant or the outdoor sun terrace. There’s a modern wellness area too, with a sauna and whirlpool on hand for a bit of pampering. And the hotel’s right in the middle of the village, a few minutes’ walk from the station and gondola.
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