15 Best Things to Do in Grindelwald (Switzerland)

Best Things to Do in Grindelwald (Switzerland)

Switzerland is known for its photogenic mountains and hundreds of ski resorts like Grindelwald. This wonderful mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region has been one of the first tourist resorts in Europe since the 17th century. Even today Grindelwald is known as the best ski resort in Switzerland. Visitors come here for relaxation and a wide variety of sports activities. Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains,  lots of green valleys, and the Jungfraujoch railway, local food make this place a must-visit spot in the region. 

The only disadvantage of this place is the lack of direct flights. But do not worry! It takes only 2 hours to get Grindelwald by car and about 3 hours by train after landing on the country. The nearest airport to Grindelwald is Zurich, the largest international airport in Switzerland.  

We have listed beat things to do during your Swiss adventures. 

Here are 15 Best Things to Do in Grindelwald (Switzerland):

1. Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch. Source Getty Images

Jungfraujoch is also known as Top of Europe with its highest railway station in the whole region. You will indeed have the chance to see this unique railway, as it is possible to get Jungfraujoch only by train. But there is much to see at Jungfraujoch than only this station. You must see the Aletsch glacier from the Sphinx observatory or take an exciting walk in the ice tunnel of Ice Palace.

2. Eiger Trail

Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail. Source Getty Images

Eiger Trail is one of the favorite places for hiking and alpinism lovers. This six-kilometer trail starts from Eigergletscher station to Alpiglen Train Station.  The trail is safe for anyone, even for children. So do not miss the chance to marvel at the Alps and have adventures.

3. First Cliff Walk by Tissot

First Cliff Walk by Tissot
First Cliff Walk by Tissot. Source Getty Images

The First Cliff Walk by Tissot is a wonderful summit attraction at over 2,000 meters above sea level.  First should be the must-visit place to enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Grindelwald. There are three stations in this way, so you can take a leisurely walk on the clean and fresh alpine air. After the gondola ride, take a Cliff Walk or go hiking to Faulhorn.

4. Männlichen

Männlichen. Source Getty Images

Männlichen is a mountain hub in the Jungfrau region allowing its visitors to find amazing views and a big playground. It is also a great place especially for going family hiking due to its high-safety. Though all trails are safe and suitable for every member of the family, however, some of them are sharp and steep. But Mannlichen is just what you need. Thus you can satisfy your little hikers too. It is also recommended to take the Panorama trail to Kleine Scheidegg. 

5. Pfingstegg

Pfingstegg. Source Getty Images

What better way to enjoy the view of the Grindelwald valleys and the high Alps than to walk to the glaciers. Moreover, in Pfingstegg you can have an about 736 meters long summer toboggan run. Along with the Pfingstegg Fly Line, this would be a great experience for adventure lovers. After these activities, it’s time to eat and drink in the Pfingstegg restaurant near to the mountain station.

6. Bachalpsee

Bachalpsee. Source Getty Images

Bachalpsee is one of the most attractive lakes in Switzerland surrounded by wildflowers and glacial mountains. If you are keen on more activity you can hike from Grindelwald to the Bachalpsee. However, the main way to get there is to take the cable car from Grindelwald to First and then hike about 3 km. This will be a simple hike full of many beautiful moments and amazing lake views.

7. Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing. Source Getty Images

This 30 kilometers cross-country skiing is an excellent choice for you in Grindelwald. Due to high-quality instructors, you will learn skiing in a short time. Generally, there are two main styles of cross-country skiing: Classic and Skating. For beginners, Classic cross-country skiing is an ideal style to choose from. Note that it is not only a sport but also an easy way to stay fit and healthy.

8. Sledging

Sledding. Source Getty Images

Looking for a way to relax? Sledding in Grindelwald is what you are looking for. In many parts of the world, Sledging is considered to be an activity for children, but things are a bit different in the Jungfrau region. Both children and older members of the family enjoy this winter activity.  It allows you to relax in the fresh air and have great fun. Start your journey with Bob-run sledding particularly suitable for beginners.

9. Grindelwald Museum

Grindelwald Museum
Grindelwald Museum. Source Wikimedia

Grindelwald is not only a wonderful tourist center but also a historical village. Since the 18 century, Grindelwald Museum has become a lovely place for many visitors. In the past, this building was a common school next to the church, but then it has become home to many paintings, traditional handicrafts, and vintage farming tools that tell you every detail about the rich history of these places. 

10. Marmot Trail

Marmot Trail
Marmot Trail. Source Getty Images

Another thing to do in Grindelwald, especially from June to October is to take The Marmot Trail. Its name comes from big ground squirrels that live in these places.  Do not leave Grindelwald without seeing The Marmot Trail. It will take you from First to Schilt in Wegen and then you will get back to Grindelwald by a cable car. 

11. Spa

Spa. Source Pixabay

What to do for body relaxation better than to go to spa centers. Grindelwald has a wide variety of such centers. Belvedere is one of the best spa centers, where you can destress yourself in the sauna or at an outdoor saltwater pool. Besides these specialized centers, there are many hotels that offer wellness services to all visitors. 

12. Downhill Skiing

Downhill Skiing
Downhill Skiing. Source Getty Images

As you can understand Grindelwald is a great choice for adventure lovers offering many outdoor activities, including downhill skiing. Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen is one of the most amazing places for it.

13. Gletscherschlucht

Gletscherschlucht. Source Getty Images

Discover Glacier Canyon at Gletscherschlucht, about 35 minutes’ walk away from Grindelwald.  This masterpiece of nature is one of the lovely spots of tourists. It allows you to take a magic two hours to walk through the rocky tunnels and enjoy the beautiful views of the glacial river.

14. Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking. Source Getty Images

Being located in the heart of many attractive mountains, every year Grindelwald welcomes thousands of visitors to hike, bike, ski, or just spend a wonderful time. Particularly for bikers, it is a paradise. Grindelwald railways allow bikers to have a comfortable bike ride almost 2,250 meters above sea level. 

15. Grosse Scheidegg

Grosse Scheidegg
Grosse Scheidegg. Source Getty Images

The Grosse Scheidegg is another great cycling road in Switzerland.  However, most people prefer to take a leisure walk and a breath of the clean and fresh air of these lush green mountains.  You will really enjoy relaxing away from busy city streets and listening to the sounds of nature like chirping marmots or singing birds.

Welcome to Grindelwald for  an amazing Swiss vacation of your life. 


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