Holidays to Grindelwald
A traditional Swiss town framed by dramatic mountains, Grindelwald is impossibly photogenic. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts have been falling for its charms for years, and it offers plenty of action all year round. In winter, Grindelwald provides access to a wealth of ski slopes. In summer, the hiking in the Bernese Alps is some of the best in Europe and there are several adrenaline-charged activities designed with visitors in mind. The mountains have had a legendary status among skiers and climbers for decades, and the majestic Eiger North Face presents a challenge to ambitious explorers. The most exciting way to start your holiday in Grindelwald is to take the train from Interlaken; the route offers spectacular views of the valley and the Alps to pique your excitement.
What to do in summer
Holidays to Grindelwald feature a backdrop of snow-capped peaks all year round and the formidable Eiger North Face looms over the town. The Oberer and Unterer glaciers are best admired on foot, and you can hike to various stunning viewing terraces in just an hour and a half from the centre of town. The gorge of the Oberer glacier is spanned by a hanging bridge that appeals to the boldest adventurers.
Hikers, watersports enthusiasts and bungee-jumpers alike flock to the Gletscherschlucht gorge, where a footpath weaves in and out of the cliff-face above fast-flowing waters. This dramatic spot is just half an hour’s walk from town.
In Grindelwald itself, you can get a fantastic, if blurred, view of the mountains from the First Flyer ZipRider. You can reach speeds of up to 80km/h on this downhill zip line, and your reach the end in under a minute.
What to do in winter
The main attraction of a Grindelwald holiday in winter is the skiing, and this is the primary reason for the visitors that stream in from November to April. The ski slopes around Grindelwald benefit from a picture-perfect alpine backdrop, and you can enjoy breathtaking views as you ski. There are runs for skiers of all abilities, and plenty of off-piste action for experts. You can arrange to go up by helicopter from Grindelwald into the best off-piste spots around the Eiger.
Other winter sports are available in and around the town. There is a strong tradition of sledging on the smaller hills around Grindelwald which adults and children alike will love. There are 10km of cross-country skiing trails in the valley, and the same number of skating tracks.
All year round
Grindelwald itself is a pretty town with traditional wooden chalets and plenty of entertainment in both summer and winter. Don’t miss the fairytale-feel and dreamy pastries of Café 3692, where a barbeque is thrown every Friday and Saturday evening in summer. Enjoy beer and live music at the deceptively named Espresso Bar, or join the lively crowd at Avocado Bar for après-ski.