The ultimate guide to Grindelwald in summer
Issue 5 / 01 August 2018
The ultimate guide to Grindelwald in summer

A popular gateway for the Jungfrau region, Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps is the perfect summer holiday destination.

Jackie Slaughter

Nestled at the head of the Lütschen Valley beneath the towering Wetterhorn, Eiger and Mettenberg, Grindelwald’s setting is picture perfect.

The main street (Dorfstrasse) is just what you’d expect of a Swiss Alpine village. Wooden chalets with sharply pitched roofs and window-sills adorned with pots of colour line the street. Hotels, cafes, clothing and adventure stores, souvenir and watch shops are amongst the most popular services on offer. A large supermarket is located in the centre of town above an underground car park. Grindelwald certainly offers something for everyone. Whether you’re keen to try out the activities mentioned below, prefer to enjoy a gentle stroll amongst pastures dotted with alpine flowers and grazing cattle, or just sit back on a sunny terrace whilst sipping a coffee and admiring the views, you won’t be disappointed.

There are a wide range of activities on offer in summer:

From 18-hole mini golf, with glorious views of the mountains and Oberer Glacier, to Europe's largest indoor rope centre with five different rope circuits there is more than enough to keep you entertained in-resort. In addition to the rope park, Grindelwald Sports Centre is also home to an incredible indoor swimming pool with a 70-metre "Black Hole" waterslide, an indoor ice rink, curling hall and bouldering area. After an action-packed day unwind in the extensive spa which has a Finnish sauna, sanarium, steam room, cold plunge pool, Kneipp foot bath and multi-sensory showers - total relaxation for body, mind and soul.

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The mountain activities are usually what draws visitors to Grindelwald...

  1. The First Flyer - a flying fox that stretches downhill for 800 metres from First to Schreckfeld. Strapped in to a secure harness, you can whizz along at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour.
  2. The First Cliff Walk - built into the side of the mountain face, the First Cliff Walk is an elevated walkway that offers exceptional views. The walkway winds its way around the mountain face over sheer drops before finishing at the terrace at Bergrestaurant.
  3. Hiking Trails - there are lots of hiking trails from First, suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. One of the most popular is the 5.9 kilometre round trip walk to Lake Bachalpsee at 2,265 metres above sea level. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, you’ll be rewarded with a reflection of the towering alpine peaks in the lake. The hike to Lake Bachalpsee takes around 50 minutes in each direction. In summer you’ll meander through pastures blooming with alpine flowers and overlook the lush green valley below dotted with grazing cows and alpine chalets.
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There are a number of fun activities to try on your descent from First...

  1. First Glider - gives you the chance to soar like an eagle. Four passengers are strapped into harnesses which are connected to an eagle ‘frame’. The frame is attached to a wire and the glider is operated by a pulley-like system. First the glider is pulled backwards at 72 km/h, then as the glider reacts and moves forward, speeds of up to 83 km/h can be reached as you glide along the 800 metre route. Age and height restrictions apply.
  2. First Mountain Carts - a sort of cross between a go-kart and a toboggan which will take you down a 3km long winding path of gravel and asphalt.
  3. Trottibikes - are a fun way to get from Bort to Grindelwald. Just like a scooter with a wide footbed but with the addition of larger tyres, brakes and suspension, you can roll downhill at your own pace while enjoying the surrounding views. The quiet road used by the trottibikes winds its way through fields, past houses and then enters the town of Grindelwald not far from the cable car station.

Thrill seekers will also find plenty to get their adrenaline pumping in Grindelwald. Climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning and rafting are just some of the outdoor adventure activities available.

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