First - Bernese Oberland
Heavenly hiking and crystal clear lakes
From Interlaken 86 Sfr or 43 Sfr with your Half Fare Card. FREE with the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass or Jungfrau Travel Pass. FREE to Grindelwald with the Swiss Travel Pass 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 and the pastures and waterfall below.
Grindelwald First is open from May until October. 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.
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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.
Fun and action: 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 and at the bottom, the ride is halted by a dampening brake mechanism. 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. You can walk 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. Please click here for a map of the area and here for the map of the whole region.
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.
The bottom of the First cable car station 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 Lakes Thun and Brienz. There are plenty of car parking facilities if you are driving up to Grindelwald.
More things to see and do in the Bernese Oberland
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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