The village of Grindelwald nestles beneath the mighty Eiger, whose north face overlooks the main ski area at Kleine Scheidegg. It's the 'end of the road' so there's no through traffic. Grindelwald is a lively spot, but with a relaxed atmosphere and everything is geared towards ensuring that the guests enjoy their stay.
The village has long been a popular choice with the British although you will hear many different languages as you wander along its bustling main street lined with shops, cosy stüblis and wooden chalets. As well as the vast ski area of Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen, there are also the sunny slopes of the 'First' area with its restaurant terrace and fantastic views.
2022/23 Grindelwald holidays benefit from the village being located at the heart of the ambitious new V-Cableway. This multi-million franc, state of the art transportation system makes skiing in the Jungfrau mountains better than ever! The valley terminal is easily reached and boasts shops to cater for all your skiing needs as well as souvenirs and snacks. From here, the 10 seater gondolas take you up to the Männlichen at 2,225m in just 19 minutes: 11 minutes quicker than the previous cable car service, with double the capacity. The other 'arm' of the V cableway is the brand new Eiger Express. Opened in December 2020, the 26 seater cabins travel from Grindelwald to the Eigergletscher station - including close up views of the north face of the Eiger - in just 15 minutes. From the Eiger station, with its amazing panorama viewing hall, you can ski directly to the Wixi chairlift and then on to the world-famous Lauberhorn run: the longest race track of the Ski World Cup. Alternatively, you can take the connecting train from the Eigergletscher to visit the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,454m.
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The Grindelwald Jungfrau ski area
Jungfrau ski region Some of the finest skiing in the Alps is spread out below the mighty Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains which tower 4,158m above the vast 211km ski area. To the east are the sunny slopes of 'Grindelwald First' whilst to the west is the superb 15km run from the 2,970m summit of the Schilthorn down to Lauterbrunnen.
Grindelwald-First This is a sunny and attractive ski area with open, south facing slopes and a high point of 2,500m (Oberjoch). A series of interconnecting lifts and runs offer 50km of prepared pistes and there are three different 8km runs back down to Grindelwald. The gondolas stop at Bort and Schreckfeld and both have excellent restaurants with sun terraces and spectacular views across the valley towards the Eiger and Wetterhorn mountains. The First is also great for adventure: experience the 'First Flyer' zip wire or take a scenic walk along the amazing Cliff Walk by Tissot. You can eat here in the First restaurant with a view of the north face of the Eiger.
Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen This superb ski area is situated between Wengen and Grindelwald and is reached by frequent trains and cable cars. Ski runs fan out from Kleine Scheidegg in different directions, well suited to the beginner or intermediate skier, or you can take the chair lift up to the Lauberhorn at 2,472m where there are more challenging runs. At Fallboden there is a wonderful ski run below the north face of the Eiger. Take the lift up to Eigergletscher and try the 'Black Rock' run or the exhilarating piste that answers to the name of 'Oh God'! From Kleine Scheidegg you can also work your way across to the Männlichen (2,230m) with a series of long runs and various lifts, stopping en-route for a drink or a bratwurst at one of the snow bars. On the Männlichen, there are wide open slopes above the tree line and some steeper slopes with moguls. The new V Bahn cable cars between Grindelwald-Männlichen and Grindelwald-Eigergletscher offers superb new ski connections from the village.
The main Kleine Scheidegg restaurant is particularly good with a large sun terrace and spectacular views of the Jungfrau. The terrace of the restaurant up at Eigergletscher also affords stunning views and good food. Just above Scheidegg is the Grindelwaldblick restaurant - take the Lauberhorn chair lift and then ski the piste that leads down to the restaurant. The Männlichen restaurant also features plenty of seating inside and out.
Grindelwald resort facilities
Ski hire Our recommended sports shop is just a few minutes' walk from the hotels.
Shops & cafés Grindelwald has a great variety of sports and souvenir shops and cosy bars to tempt you in from the snow.
Ski bus Free ski bus linking hotels with the Kleine Scheidegg railway, Männlichen and First stations. Very frequent service and skis can be taken on the bus.
Winter walking Over 80km of paths kept open all winter. Take the train up to Kleine Scheidegg and follow the path down to Grund. There is also a path from Männlichen to Scheidegg and First-Waldspitz-Bort for experienced walkers. The Jungfrau hiking and sledging pass allows unlimited travel on the local transport system for non-skiers (and half price for Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch and Mürren to Schilthorn) - please call for details.
Toboggan A network of scenic and exciting runs link Mürren, Wengen & Grindelwald. You can buy a local day pass or an unlimited sledging pass for the whole region. Hire your sledge from an Intersport shop and drop it off at any other in the region. There's a popular 8km toboggan run from the rustic restaurant up at Bussalp which is reached by PostBus from the village. Try the full 15km run from Faulhorn - the longest in Europe - or head to Männlichen for the fantastic sledge run to Holenstein. You can also try night tobogganing on the illuminated 'Eiger Run'.
Sports centre Modern sports complex with swimming pool, ice rinks for skating and curling, climbing wall, gym and games room.
Ski school Lessons Monday to Friday. Private tuition can also be booked in advance and is available any day of the week, including Sundays.
Après ski in Grindelwald
Grindelwald has an easy going, relaxed atmosphere with stüblis, bars, discos and live music. There really is something for everyone here. The Mescalero is a popular venue for music and dancing as is the Gepsi Bar and Le Plaza Club whilst the Espresso Bar is another popular après ski spot. The rustic Challi Bar close by the station has a 'gemütlich' ambience and usually live music. Try the hot chocolate and pastries at the C & M. There is a bowling alley In Grindelwald and you could even watch an exciting ice hockey match at the sports centre.
How to get to Grindelwald ski resort
Your ticket wallet will contain comprehensive travel instructions to help you reach your destination with ease, including recommended rail connection times and platform numbers. These are the most common routes for your Grindelwald ski holiday.
Fly to Zurich
Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
Swiss Railways: Zurich Airport > Bern > Interlaken > Grindelwald with a transfer time of around 2 hours 50 minutes.
Fly to Geneva
Flights available from London, Stansted, Luton, Southend, Bournemouth, Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast.
Swiss Railways: Geneva Airport > Bern > Interlaken > Grindelwald with a transfer time of around 3 hours 40 minutes.
Travel by international rail
Rail from London St. Pancras via Paris to Basel.
Swiss Railways: Basel > Interlaken > Grindelwald with a transfer time of around 2 hours 40 minutes.
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