Activities and excursion destinations around Grindelwald:
In Grindelwald you can’t really go wrong with hiking. Wherever you turn, you will find perfectly signposted routes: to peaks or mountain lakes, into valleys or along streams. Just the right thing for a summit tour or an unforgettable excursion with the whole family in the Grindelwald mountains.
The 160 km of signposted cycle paths, the varied tours and, of course, the mountain passes will give you the chance to really pedal. Whether a leisurely family tour or a challenging single trail downhill: there is something for everyone! And the mountain panorama is included as always.
Bike rental and workshop:
The countless trails around Grindelwald are the ideal terrain for beginners and experienced runners alike. They simply offer everything you could wish for as a trail runner. From leisurely forest and meadow paths to technically demanding trails, such as the Eiger Ultra Trail, everything is here.
You will find a large test centre for your trail running equipment in the Backdoorshop.
It’s very easy, after a short introduction at the start, you and your pilot run a few steps down the gentle slope and you will silently float away into the air. The flight takes you high above Grindelwald and the breathtaking mountain panorama of the Jungfrau Region lies at your feet, while the pilot circles like an eagle. An unforgettable experience for connoisseurs and flight enthusiasts!
Paragliding in Grindelwald
Take the gondola up to First and enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful viewpoints at 2’168 m with a view over seven four-thousand-metre peaks.
In summer, hikers, bikers and adventure fans are sure to get their money’s worth. In winter, First is the Mecca for snowboarders, skiers and sledgers.
The top station of the new cable car at 2’222 m is the starting point for countless hikes. The themed trails «Lieselotte» and the «Öpfelchüechliweg» have some surprises in store for families. The Royal Walk leads up to the summit and offers a breathtaking view over the whole Jungfrau Region.
In winter you can enjoy the varied slopes, hiking and sledging trails and of course the view!
The cosy restaurant is located at 1’800 m with a large sun terrace and a unique panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The yellow Grindelwald Bus takes you comfortably into the middle of the hiker’s paradise. But bikers also get their money’s worth!
In winter Bussalp is the Mecca for sledgers. The longest toboggan run in Europe passes here. The sledge runs through the nocturnal winter landscape are unforgettable.
The starting point of the hikes to the two Grindelwald glaciers can be easily reached by cable car. Highlights include the summer toboggan run, popular with young and old, and the new Fly-Line, on which you float gently and silently through the forest like a bird. Or how about a candlelight dinner in the gondola?
The Gasthaus Waldspitz is situated at over 1’900 m above Grindelwald between numerous picturesque hiking and cycling paths, which have something for everyone. If you don’t want to go up by mountain bike or e-bike yourself, you can also reach Waldspitz in summer with the yellow Grindelwald Bus.
In winter the Waldspitz can only be reached on skis, on foot or by sledge.
The centre of the skiing and hiking region at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From here you can explore probably the most beautiful region in the Bernese Oberland on countless excursions. You are spoilt for choice: would you rather continue by train to the Jungfraujoch and enjoy the view of the Aletsch Glacier, hike on the Eiger Trail or conquer the Lauberhorn?
Extremely popular with bikers and hikers. The view is always fascinating: on one side the Eiger and Grindelwald, on the other the imposing Engelhörner and Reichenbach Valley.
Tip: hike along the Romantic Trail to Schwarzwaldalp and visit the Rosenlaui Gorge. Return with GrindelwaldBus.
On the seven-kilometre route from Wilderswil to the viewing mountain, the Schynige Platte railway overcomes 1’420 metres in altitude. The train ride alone is a special experience, but you shouldn’t miss the Alpine Garden with its 650 plant species. The high-level hike from Schynige Platte to First is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Lakes Thun and Brienz
On both lakes you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountain panorama with the Bernese Alps. For an active day on the water choose kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling, sailing or wake-surfing. You can combine a leisurely boat trip across the lake with a short walk along the water or a visit to one of the historic castles. Tip: The Giessbach Falls on Lake Brienz are absolutely worth seeing.
Jungfraujoch «Top of Europe»
The highlight of every Swiss trip, in the middle of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschorn UNESCO World Heritage Site! Via Kleine Scheidegg you can reach the highest railway station in Europe in 1.5 hours, with breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier, lined with four-thousand-metre peaks. Seat reservation recommended. Tip: Hike to the Mönchsjochhütte (1 hour per way, open in summer season only).
Schilthorn «Piz Gloria»
The most impressive 360° panorama of the Alps! Enjoy the breathtaking view of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and more than 200 other mountain peaks in the world’s first revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. When visibility is good, you can even see the Mont Blanc massif and the Black Forest.
A visit to Bond World and a walk on the 007 Walk of Fame will immerse you in James Bond’s world.
a few Restaurant tipps
The cosy Café on Terrassenweg
Onkel Toms Hut
Famous for its special (but fine!) pizzas. No reservation possible
Ristorante Pizzeria Da Salvi
Pizza from the classic stone oven, pasta, fish or Grindelwald specialities
Hotel Kreuz & Post
Traditional restaurant with Swiss and international specialities
Swiss classics and international, light dishes. Fondue Restaurant (only in winter)
Whether at Barry’s or Memory, you are always in good hands here. Reservation only possible at Barry’s