Grindelwald is located at the foot of the Eiger at an altitude of about 1,000 metres above sea level. The Eiger village is in a stunningly beautiful location, surrounded by lovely mountain scenery.
Climbers and visitors from all over the world come together in Grindelwald – what may at first sight seem out of place proves to have things in common: after all, the Japanese Direttissima is one of the most well-known routes up the North Face of the Eiger. Grindelwald, the village of the Eiger and its glaciers, is a lively, diverse place where active holidays are guaranteed to be a success.
Grindelwald is just as delightful in summer as it is in winter. Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy spectacular panoramic views from 300 kilometres of well-marked footpaths. For those who prefer a faster pace, there are 160 kilometres of mountain bike trails in the region, not to mention the excitement of tandem paragliding, canyon jumping, the First Flyer zip wire, the toboggan run, the indoor Rope Park, river rafting or scooter hire.
If you want yet more action in the evening, you can round off your day in one of Grindelwald's bars or night clubs.
Facts & Figures
- 4'113 inhabitants (as of 01.01.2020)
- Location 1'050 m above sea level
- Municipal area 171 km2
- 1,288,005 overnight stays per year (as of 2018)
- About 8,000 beds
- 44 mountain transportation systems and ski lifts
- 210 km of ski slopes
- 50 km of sledging runs
- 300 km of summer hiking and trail running trails
- 70 km of winter footpaths
- 160 km mountain bike trails
1146 First official mention of the name Grindelwald
1820 First Hotel Schwarzer Adler
1858 First ascent of the Eiger by Charles Barrington, via the West Flank
1888 First winter season
1890 Berner Oberland-Bahn BOB went into operation
1893 Wengernalpbahn WAB went into operation
1912 Jungfraubahn went into operation
1947 Firstbahn went into operation
1967 Grindelwald-Pfingstegg aerial cable-car went into operation
1978 Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola cable-car went into operation
1991 Modernization Firstbahn
2019 New opening Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola cable-car
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