Village Murren surrounded by snow peaks of Alps, Switzerland

Things to do in  Grindelwald

Under the gaze of the Eiger

Set in the Bernese Oberland against the iconic north face of the Eiger mountain, Grindelwald enjoys a lofty perch that’s enticed skiers, hikers, and adventurers since way back. One of the oldest Swiss ski resorts, the village has kept its yesteryear feel with wood-clad chalets and quaint clog railways, yet it’s moved with modern times to become an alpine adventure destination. High-capacity lifts now link up the wider Jungfrau region, and sleek visitor campaigns have cast open adventure attractions like Grindelwald First, leaving no shortage of things to do.

Top 6 attractions in Grindelwald

Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)

Perched on a rocky precipice 11,716 feet (3,571 meters) above sea level, the Sphinx Observatory is a working lab with a large telescope. The landmark sits on Jungfraujoch peak—known as the "Top of Europe"—and offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and beyond from its observation deck, one of the highest in Switzerland.More

Glacier Canyon

Forces of nature are on full display in Glacier Canyon, which was formed as the Lower Grindelwald Glacier slowly carved its way through the rock in the area. As waterfalls and streams pour down into the Lütschine River, a walk through Glacier Canyon is a total sensory experience.More


The Jungfrau, a sky-high saddle in the Swiss Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers jaw-dropping views of the Bernese Oberland’s massive glaciers and snowy peaks. Travel by narrow cog railway to Jungfraujoch and stand on “the Top of Europe” as you gaze out at the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, and far, far beyond.More

Grindelwald First

Located just north of Grindelwald, the 7,106-foot (2,166-meter) First Mountain is one of the region’s most accessible peaks. Affording spectacular views of the neighboring Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, it’s a scenic spot for hiking and skiing.More

First Cliff Walk

Seeming to defy gravity, the First Cliff Walk by Tissot is a metal walkway desperately clinging to the cliffside in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region. The suspension bridge and viewing platform offer adventurous travelers heart-racing views over the Alps and give the ethereal sensation of flying over the valleys below.More


At 4,547 feet (1,386 meters) tall, the mountain plateau of Pfingstegg is one of the best spots in the Swiss Alps to find a dramatic alpine view. The area boasts Grindelwald's only aerial cable car, and from the mountaintop vantage point, the panorama spans the rolling meadows and glacial peaks of the Grindelwald valley.More

All about Grindelwald

When to visit

The ski season in Grindelwald can stretch from December to April, but the most snow-sure months are from January through March. The classic summer months between June and August are the warmest and driest, and if you time your visit for the end of June, you’ll also catch the Männlichen spring festival. This is a treat for culture lovers, who’ll see Swiss mountain life and traditions flaunted with yodeling, alphorn blowing, flag waving, and plenty of traditional dress.

Getting around

Cars can be taken into Grindelwald village, but the cable cars and mountain trains make moving around easy once you're there. Ticket options can seem bewildering, but if you plan to explore the Jungfrau region in the summer using different modes of transport, the Jungfrau Top of Europe Pass is a good flexible option for trips between three and eight days. Winter visitors have a range of ski lift passes depending on the area they have time for or the skill to conquer.

Traveler tips: Grindelwald First Adventure Park

In the winter, Mt. First Peak is popular with freestyle skiers and snowboarders, while in the summer, it’s all about adventure. Several First-branded attractions make up the experience, accessed by the Grindelwald-First cable car: The First Cliff Walk lookout point, First Flieger zipline, First Glider 4-man zipline, and First Mountain Cart. There are also Trottibike scooters along with the Bort Alpine Playground and a walk to Lake Bachalpsee. Attraction tickets can be bought individually or for all of them with an Adventure Package.


People Also Ask

Is Grindelwald Village worth visiting?

Yes, Grindelwald is worth visiting for summertime hikes, winter snow sports, and photos that are pretty as a postcard all year round. If you want to experience a classic Swiss mountain village—think geranium-bedecked wooden chalets set against commanding alpine peaks—this is the place to do it.

How long should I spend in Grindelwald?

If you’re using Grindelwald as a base for exploring the Jungfrau region’s hiking trails and ski pistes, you’ll need at least a week to access the further-flung ski areas around Mürren and the Schilthorn. If you’re happy to base yourself just in Grindelwald, it works well for a long-weekend break.

Why is Grindelwald so famous?

Grindelwald is known as the Eiger village, set by one of Europe’s mightiest mountains. Dominating peak aside, Grindelwald is famous as one of Switzerland’s oldest ski resorts and for tobogganing. The Pintenfritz sled track from Faulhorn to Grindelwald Oberäll covers around 6 miles (11 kilometers), making it one of Europe’s longest sled runs.

How long is the cliff walk at Grindelwald?

Grindelwald’s First Cliff Walk by Tissot hugs the mountainside, but it’s more of a lookout platform than an actual walk. It covers a distance of around 990 feet (300 meters), which takes about 15 minutes to walk each way, stopping here and there to snap photos.

Is the cliff walk difficult?

No, the Grindelwald First Cliff Walk by Tissot is a flat metal footbridge that acts as a viewing platform anchored to the mountainside. While your photos will look dramatic, the walk itself isn’t—although you might want to skip it if you fear heights.

Is Grindelwald car-free?

Grindelwald isn’t a car-free village like Zermatt or Wengen. While you can bring your car into the village, chances are you won’t need it once there, as the hiking trails and ski routes are accessible by cable cars and mountain railways. Parking charges are also quite expensive.

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