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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

Important happenings

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

twin towns

  • Matsumoto, Japan
  • Myoko, Japan
  • Nara, Japan 

wir grindelwalder

Local holiday home association in Grindelwald

In 1972 the landlords of Grindelwald founded the «Local holiday home association of Grindelwald (VVFG)». As a result the tourism board of Grindelwald became the main contact for all holiday apartments. 73 founder members showed that this association answered a basic need. 2010 the name was changed to "wir grindelwalder" - that means "we are Grindelwalders". All 166 members are local residents and as competent hosts we'll inform and accompany you, where required, during your holidays."wir grindelwalder" will arrange unforgettable experiences for you in the valley of Grindelwald.

Registration form in German

Association of Châlet and Apartment Owners

Our members have been spending their leisure time and holidays in the beautiful glacier village for years - partly for generations. There are numerous close and friendly connections with many local residents, but also close contacts with various associations such as Grindelwald Tourism or the Guest of Honour Club. We want to cultivate all these relationships especially in the future. If you are the owner of an apartment or chalet and live away from home, we look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our association. Interested?

More information

Honoured guests

Grindelwald Tourism honours guests who regularly spend their holidays in the Eiger village. After ten years, recognition is granted. For their twenty years of loyalty, they are named Guest of Honour with a diploma and golden pin. To date, more than 4,000 loyal Grindelwald guests have been named Guests of Honour! The guests' registration for the award is made by their hosts in Grindelwald. If you are "forgotten", please let Grindelwald Tourism know.

As Guest of Honour you are invited to join the "Club of Guests of Honour". Support the idea of the Guest of Honour Club and benefit from various discounts on the Golden Club Card.

Registration form Guest of Honour


Guest of Honour Club

The Guest of Honour Club was founded in 1992. The initiators were the guest of honour Walter Dürig, the then president of Grindelwald tourism Christian Brawand and the long-time president of Grindelwald tourism Joe Luggen. Walter Dürig was the first president. All guests of honour from Grindelwald are invited to join the Club of Guests of Honour.

Information can be found on our Homepage.

Eigerness

ORIGINAL GRINDELWALD

The Eigerness label gives guests a better understanding of Grindelwald's distinctiveness. The Eigerness Association combines industry, agriculture and tourism and highlights the rich diversity of the "Eiger village".

Eigerness voucher

EIGERNESS Gifting - easy and uncomplicated with electronic vouchers to print yourself!

Anerkennungspreis

Mit dem Anerkennungspreis von Grindelwald Tourismus werden ausserordentliche Engagements oder Erfolge von natürlichen oder juristischen Personen im Bereich Tourismus, Kultur, Politik, Soziales und Sport ausgezeichnet. Die Leistung muss einen direkten Zusammenhang mit Grindelwald haben. Der Preis ist mit 5000 Franken dotiert und kann jährlich verliehen werden. Es ist zulässig auch mehrere Anerkennungspreise pro Jahr zu vergeben.

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operating hours Hotels (pdf, 119 KB) déclaration de mission (pdf, 3 MB) Weekly Programme until 20 august 2020 (pdf, 985 KB) Weekly programme until 14 August 2020 (pdf, 987 KB)

Sports Center

Grindelwald sports centre is situated 1,050m above sea level and is easily accessible from the station. It is the place to come for sport, wellness, and leisure activities and to attend or hold events. At the EIGER+ cafe lounge you can enjoy a `cool ‘drink and meal with a view of the ice-rink and swimming pool. All the information you might need about Grindelwald is also at hand here.

Visitor's Card Grindelwald

For Free

  • Use of Ski bus
  • Use of the local bus
  • Library Graben
  • 1. August Apéro
  • Cross-country ski trail
  • Money Exchange Bank EKI Grindelwald

Reductions

  • Männlichen Cablecar 30%
  • First Railway 30%
  • Pfingstegg Railway 20% (summer)
  • Glacier gorge CHF 2.- (summer)
  • Hellbach outdoor pool CHF 2.- (summer)
  • Sports centre: indoor swimming pool*, sauna oasis, bouldering room, ice rink*, curling hall
  • Guests Curling (winter)
  • Grindelwald Museum CHF 2.- and other discounts in the Jungfrau Region

*free entry with guest card "A"

Visitors Taxes

Hotels and apartments

From 1st January 2018

  • Adult CHF 4.70/night
  • Children 12-15 years CHF 3.70/night
  • Children under 12 years are freed from the payment of the local tax.

For huts

From 1st January 2018

  • Adult CHF 4.00/night
  • Children 12-15 years CHF 3.00/night (12-16 years)
  • Children under 12 years are freed from the payment of the local tax.

Dokumente und Formulare

für Hotels und Ferienwohnungen

Abrechnung Kurtaxen und Beherbergungsabgaben / Länderstatistik

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