Grindelwald First - Bernese Oberland

Heavenly hiking and crystal clear lakes

 
About Grindelwald First

Available: May-October & December-start April.

Costs

Half Fare Card: 43 Sfr from Grindelwald

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass and Jungfrau Travel Pass: FREE 

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE to Grindelwald, then 50% discount

There is plenty to see and do on the First mountain, one of the most scenic areas in the Jungfrau region. Not to be missed is the new summit attraction - the Cliff Walk by Tissot - which consists of a suspension bridge jutting out from the side of the mountain, with an amazing 45m long observation platform. You will enjoy unparalleled views of the mountains. 

The cable car stops at the intermediate stations of Bort and Schrekfeld and if you are a keen hiker you can leave the cable car at these stations and walk the remainder of the way up to the First. 


Highlights

First Cliff Walk by Tissot

On the lookout platform near the Bergrestaurant terrace, you can have a unique view of this magnificent mountain landscape. The terrace rises 45 metres out into the void above the valley below. Not only is the view into the valley beautiful, so is the view of the mountainside and the rocks with their layers and outcrops are home to the alpine birdlife.

Flowers & healing herbs

Many wild flowers, alpine plants and healing herbs line the hiking trails and are simply wonderful to see. There are at least 100 different species which flourish along the route from First via Waldspitz down to Bort. Anyone who wants to learn more about alpine flora can join the guided hike along the Healing Herbs Trail. The expert guide will let you in on a few secrets....such as which herbs make the best alpine tea or which plants have a natural medicinal effect. Tours run from mid June until the end of September.

The First Flyer & First Glider

The First Flyer is an 800m long steel cable zip wire, up to 50m above the ground, with speeds of up to 84km per hour! This ride is definitely for thrill seekers. The Flyer takes you from First down to the middle station of Schrekfeld. You are safely strapped into a seat with well constructed harnesses. Up to four people can ride down separately but simultaneously on the gigantic zip lines.

For a bird's eye view of the mountains, try the new First Glider - glide in a horizontal position under an Eagle's wings at around 70km per hour over an 800 metre descent! These attractions operate year round apart from a short break in April and November.

Bort Scooter Bike Adventure

The 'Trottibikes' are great fun for all the family. Bikes and helmets can be hired from the bottom station and the cableway stops at Bort middle station, from where you can race your friends and family back down to Grindelwald. At Bort you will also find a children's playground with a mountain restaurant, slides, sand pits and water games. Open May until October.

Hiking

There are several hiking routes possible from First and from the Bachalpsee with its picture postcard views. One particularly recommended route is from the First over to the Grosse Scheidegg and from there take a PostBus back down to Grindelwald or to Meiringen, stopping off to visit the Aareschlucht on the way.

The Bachalpsee

The Bachalpsee is situated a little way above the First mountain station. It is reached on foot and takes approximately 45 minutes. On a clear day the striking Shreckhorn is perfectly mirrored in the clear blue waters. The walk up to the lake is suitable for all ages and there are BBQ areas with supplies of wood for a spot of lunch beside the lake. The roundtrip walk takes around 1hr 40mins.


Directions

The valley station of the First cable car is in the upper part of Grindelwald village centre.

You can travel to Grindelwald by train from Lauterbrunnen. It is also very easily accessible from Interlaken, Wengen, Mürren and the lakeside resorts. 

More excursions in the region

There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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Your choice of resorts

Dominated by the Jungfrau mountains and the lakes of Thun and Brienz, this region offers everything you could wish for on a classic Swiss holiday. You can choose to stay in a mountain village, a lakeside resort - or try Interlaken at the heart of it all.

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