Best Things To Do In Grindelwald, Switzerland
Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Grindelwald, Switzerland is a captivating mountain village that seems straight out of a fairytale. Surrounded by majestic peaks, lush meadows, and cascading waterfalls, this enchanting destination offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. If you love mountains that are so beautiful they look photoshopped or water as clear as day, then this is the place for you. Grindelwald is located directly in the Swiss Alps, within the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains. It became one of the Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations from the establishment of its first hotel in the year 1818. Needless to say, there is a LOT of history here! In this blog post, we’ll unveil the best things to do in Grindelwald, Switzerland to ensure you have an unforgettable experience:
1. Grindelwald First
Grindelwald First is an adventure playground for nature lovers and adrenaline seekers alike. While we were visiting, we took part in several of the tourist attractions, as well as relaxed and enjoyed the beauty the town had to offer. The best recommendation we could give would be to take advantage of the Grindelwald First – Top of Adventure! We chose to purchase the Adventure Package, which allowed us to participate in multiple thrill activities, as well as have all-day access to the gondola up and down the mountain. There are several stops along the way that offer beautiful panoramic views, but the final stop takes you to Grindelwald First at an elevation of 7,165 feet! We would recommend that you purchase your tickets the day of, because you will want to make sure the skies are clear or it will be low visibility at the top of the mountains. However, make sure to get there early to avoid all of the lines! The activities that we enjoyed at Grindelwald First can be seen below:
2. First Glider
The First Glider was a four passenger, zip line type ride. We were strapped in and pulled backwards over the mountain, then suddenly released forward at up to 50 miles per hour! It was terrifying and amazing all at once! Just don’t forget to enjoy the view while you’re screaming your face off! For more information, click here!
Another unique and exhilarating experience while at Grindelwald First is the Trottibike! However, this adventure is not just about speed and excitement; it’s a chance to connect with nature and savor the scenery of the mountains. The joy of coasting through the fresh air down the mountain is unmatched, making the Grindelwald First Trottibike Adventure a truly unforgettable experience. While we rode, we encountered llamas, cows, goats, and other wildlife all living peacefully within the mountain pastures…. It was absolutely beautiful and all we could think was “Is this real life?!”
4. First Cliff Walk
Another activity that you can enjoy at Grindelwald First in Grindelwald, Switzerland at no additional cost is the First Cliff Walk. It was so beautiful, and allowed us to see the mountains from a whole new perspective. Get ready to experience heart-pounding excitement as you navigate along the cliff edge!
5. Hike to Bachalpsee
Hiking to Bachalpsee from First is a truly unforgettable experience that allows you to connect with nature and marvel at the wonders of the Swiss Alps. A 3km (1 hours) hike from First, making it suitable for all levels of fitness, is something you won’t want to miss.
Another popular adventure sport in Grindelwald, Switzerland is paragliding. Soar like a bird and revel in the sweeping views of the Swiss Alps below.
7. Stroll Through The Village
Beyond the adventure activities, we recommend strolling through the old village of Grindelwald and trying some of the Swiss delicacies. You cannot leave Switzerland without trying true Swiss chocolate. You can get this at any grocery store in Switzerland, but asking the locals to help you choose the best kind is the way to go. This leads us to our next tip, which is to not be afraid to buy groceries or cook at your stay in Switzerland. You will learn really quickly that eating out in Swiss villages can get really pricey. We recommend planning for a couple meals at your stay so that you can splurge on a few really quality Swiss meals. Some of our favorite restaurants to splurge at were C und M Café Bar Restaurant and Berggasthaus First (which is a stop on the Grindelwald First gondola ride). Both restaurants offer classic Swiss cuisine, such as amazing fondue! Stop, enjoy the view, and a great meal at either of these restaurants.
As you can see, Grindelwald is one Swiss village you do NOT want to skip out on! From the attractions to the beautiful sights, it is one of the most incredible places we have ever had the pleasure of visiting, and we hope you feel the same. Comment below with any questions or experiences you’d like to share with us about your time in Grindelwald, Switzerland. We would LOVE to hear from you!
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