Grindelwald is a charming ski resort situated under the majestic peaks of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch mountains which are famous for their dramatic scenery. Grindelwald is steeped in mountain history and oozes alpine charm and character. There is lots to do for the non-skier and the nightlife is also pretty plentiful (although should not be considered as lively).
There are over 200km of pisted ski trails which are mainly suited to beginners and intermediates although there is enough challenging piste skiing and plenty of off piste to keep any expert happy for a week. Mountain restaurants as you might imagine are charming and the general pace of life much slower and more relaxing compared to the big French resorts. In short Grindelwald is something of an Alpine retreat.
People can get annoyed that the lifts (gondola or train) to Kleine Scheidegg (the top of the ridge dividing Grindelwald from Murren) are slow. However, devotees of this resort claim that the leisurely ascent is one of the charms of Grindelwald. Sit back and relax, enjoy the amazing scenery (as good as anywhere) and let the train take the strain.
Although not a place for partying till dawn (try Verbier, St Anton, Val d'Isere or Zermatt for that) there is quite a bit of life to Grindelwald. Live music in several bars and lots of in-town entertainment like the ice carving festival in January. The main lift is at Grund but this area is rather charmless and out of the village centre. It's best to stay in town near the First Gondola, here you will also find the nursery slopes and the ski school meeting points.
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift