Grindelwald, in southern Switzerland’s Jungfrau region, is home to a world-renowned mountain railway, lush scenery and cable cars galore. Connected to Interlaken by the reliable Swiss rail network – where you can catch trains to other Swiss cities like Montreux and Zurich – it’s no surprise this Alpine resort is one of the most popular and cosmopolitan summer holiday destinations in the country.
Catch the gondola to the top of First mountain, then wander the few steps over to the First Cliff Walk – a suspended metallic walkway that protrudes 45 metres over a sheer mountain drop – for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the Jungfrau and Kleine Scheidegg. If you’re feeling daring, head back down the gondola to the mid-station to ride on the First Glider, an 800-metre zipline that takes you soaring through the air (horizontally) at up to 83 kilometres an hour.
First cliff walk
Make your way up the hill on the First gondola to find the idyllic Bachalpsee lake – it’s a leisurely 1-hour walk from the top of the lift. Surrounded by rugged mountains and unspoilt grassy banks, you can take your pick of where to sit before taking in a dip in Bachalpsee’s crystal-clear waters. It’s so quiet up here that, on most days, you’ll practically have the place to yourself.
This popular walk can be completed by all abilities and begins with a relaxed ride on the Mannlichen gondola. At the top, stop to admire the beautiful views of Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen valley over the ridge before following the signs to the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass. The walk is mostly flat and winds around the side of the hill, providing the best views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks.
The Jungfrau Railway – completed back in 1912 – is the highest train line in the world. From Kleine Scheidegg the journey takes 50 minutes to get to the ‘Top of Europe’, which sits at an incredible 3,453 metres above sea level. Standing on the mountaintop, you’ll be able to gaze over the Swiss Alps, picking out famous sights like the dominant and distinctive Mount Eiger. The Sphinx Observatory is only a 1-minute walk away, and has views that stretch all the way into France.
Designed for little legs, this mountain-top walking route is great for spotting some furry friends. The path is dotted with benches – many of them close to the entrances of marmot burrows – where you can sit and wait for the marmots to appear. You’ll need a good helping of patience, but they’ll eventually come to say hello. And if you’re silent enough, you may be able to catch their warning calls echoing down the hillside.
This age-old mountain hut is named after Barry the St Bernard dog who, thanks to his fantastic sense of smell, saved a lot of lives 200 years ago. Today, Barry is honoured through the restaurant’s wide selection of traditional dishes, like Swiss cottage cheese rostis, barbecued meats and cordon bleus, all accompanied by an all-you-can-eat salad bar.
Dig in to cured salmon platters with pumpernickel bread or roast lamb rump on white wine risotto at one of Grindelwald’s most popular restaurants. Seating just 64 people over two floors, this modern chalet is small yet beautiful – and has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views. The in-house patisserie also serves up homemade cheesecake on weekends.
Wake up to views of the Wetterhorn and Eiger peaks at this 4-star hotel in the centre of Grindelwald. Comfortable, clean rooms and 4-course evening meals are married up with a modern wellness area – complete with sauna and whirlpool – and a free guest card that’ll get you entry into the local public swimming pool.
Marvel at the mountains this summer with a Lakes & Mountains holiday to Grindelwald.
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