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First – Waldspitz – Bort (No. 51)

The scenic sledge run via Waldspitz to Bort.

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
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The gondola comfortably takes you from Grindelwald to First. At the top, you have the possibility to rent a sledge, buy missing material in the sports shop, have a toilet break or enjoy a warm drink or meal in the mountain restaurant. Before you get going, you should definitely do the First Cliff Walk, which is located next to the station.

From the mountain station, the first thing to do is to walk up a few hundred metres in direction to Adi's Skibar and further in direction to Bachalpsee. Once you reach the highest point (Gummihütte), you can hop on your sledge for the first time. Now you can feel the cold mountain air on your face, but the fantastic view will make you smile. Towards the Waldspitz there are some flatter passages where you can recover a little on foot. Those who get hungry or thirsty on the way will gladly make a stop at the mountain restaurant Waldspitz.

After refreshment, the route continues through the beautiful forest down to Bort. Once arrived at Bort, you're spoilt for choice, either you take the gondola up to First, visit the mountain hotel and restaurant Bort or take the gondola back to the village. If the snow conditions are good, the toboggan run from Bort via Mühlebach up to Grindelwald is also open.

Difficulty
Medium
Distance
9.02km
Duration
1 hour, 15 minutes
Ascent
160 vm
Descent
770 vm
Starting Point
First, mountain station (2168 m)
Ending Point
Bort, intermediate station Grindelwald-First cable car (1561 m)
Top public transport friendly Scenic With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

Details

Difficulty
Medium
Technique
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2275m1515m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

Enjoy the great view from the First Cliff Walk or sail through the air with the First Flyer or Glider

Equipment

  • Sled or toboggan
  • Ski helmetday
  • hiking backpack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and waterproof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots (if necessary dredges and gaiters)
  • hat/headband, scarf
  • waterproof glovessun and rain protection
  • Provisions and drinking water, thermos bottle with hot drink
  • first aid kit
  • pocket knife
  • Cell phone
  • if necessary headlamp and reflectors
  • Map material

Safety Guidelines

The 10 rules of sledging   

  1. Show consideration for others
  2. Adapt speed and driving style to ability
  3. Respect the lane of the vehicle in front
  4. Overtake with distance
  5. Look up before entering and approaching the road
  6. Stop at the edge
  7. Get on and off at the edge
  8. Observe signs and markings
  9. Provide assistance
  10. In the event of an accident: give personal details

More information and links

Directions

Starting Point

First, mountain station (2168 m)

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.65986 N 8.05372 E

Ending Point

Bort, intermediate station Grindelwald-First cable car (1561 m)

Step by Step Directions

First - Waldspitz - Bort

The toboggan run runs from First first towards Bachalpsee. Shortly before Bachalpsee, it goes down towards Waldspitz and then on to Bort.

Getting There

Public transport

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

Getting there

From Interlaken follow the main road in the direction of Zweilütschinen. There you turn left towards Grindelwald. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and is partly winding.   

Parking

You can use the public parking garages in the center of Grindelwald: Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 parking spaces) and Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 parking spaces), as well as an uncovered parking spaces at the bottom station of First and Pfingstegg.

Alternatively Parking area Grindelwald Grund

Schlittelweg First – Waldspitz – Bort (Nr. 51)

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

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