Grindelwald, Switzerland is a village in the Bernese Alps. Its scenic views and mountains make it an ideal place to hike in the summer and ski in the winter. Gletscherschlucht is a glacial gorge just outside of the village with interpretive signate, waterfalls and striated limestone walls that make it a sight to see.
During Christmas time, snowfall is likely making for a white Christmas with plenty to see and do. Here are some recommended activities.
To truly appreciate the white Christmas Grindelwald has to offer, you must take days out to appreciate the skiing and snowboarding the village’s many resorts have to offer. To access Grindlewald’s finest snow areas, you will have to take a gondola up the mountain. There, you’ll experience fantastic views of the Bernese Alps.
For many skiers, a highlight will be taking the run down from Oberjoch back to Grindelwald. The run stretches over 8 km. long and is known for being one of the best intermediate runs.
The area has about 50 km or pistes as well as several off-piste activities. There are also ski parks that provide terrific snowboarding experiences.
Experience the Velogemmel
The volgemmel is a wooden bike the has two small sled edges instead of tires, It was initially designed for local postmen going door to door but today, it’s a great way to experience winter fun .The bikes can be rented at several locations around the вёска and used at the many sledge runs in the area.
Try the First Flyer
The First Flyer combines a ski lift and zip line experience. Riders are strapped in to hurtle down a 800 meter long zip line. They can do this in a classic upright position or while hanging over the mountain and soaring like an eagle.
Try the Fondue
Fondue may be a popular dish where you live, but in Switzerland, it’s a rite of passage. The savory melty cheese is used as a dip for a variety of foods, but in accordance with Swiss tradition, it will only be used for bread. It makes for a great holiday meal tradition.
Check out Wengen
Wengen is a nearby village that’s completely car free. It sits above the Lauterbrunnen valley and offers stunning views of the Switzerland’s tallest waterfall. It is a laidback ski town in the winter, a relaxing oasis in the summer and a terrific hiking destination.
If you’re not experienced in skiing of snowboarding, sledding makes a fun alternative. And if you’re sledding in Grindelwald, you’re in luck. The village has the world’s longest sled run which covers 15 km and drops nearly 1600 m. All gear can be rented on site.
Grindelwald has plenty of shops to enjoy while you’re not busy on the slopes. Many of them offer fashionable ski gear, but you can also pick up souvenirs and other fun items.
If you prefer enjoying winter while on solid ground, there are several trails where you can get in some great physical activity and enjoy the sights the village has to offer.
To make your hiking even more interesting, try taking it on in a pair of snow shoes. There are 18 snowshoe trails in Grindelwald giving you a chance to get close with nature and take in the serene views of the Swiss valley.
Venture on to the First Cliff Walk
Thrill seekers will not want to miss out on an opportunity to check out the First Cliff Walk. Take the Gondola up to walk out on the cliff with nothing below. It’s a thrilling experience, and if you’re brave enough to open your eyes, the view is spectacular.
Take a Ride on the Jungfraujoch
The Jungfraujoch is the highest train in Europe and the highest point you can reach as a tourist. It provides views of 22 km. of glaciers.
The train was first constructed in the 1800’s as a way to allow English aristocracy to venture into the mountains. It now offers a complete visitor experience with a museum, a walking trail, a chocolate experience, a restaurant, an ice cave and one of the best views in Europe.
There is also a Sculpture at the top of the station called the Sphinx which has become a popular tourist attraction.
Gletscherschlucht is a natural wonder located about ten minutes outside of Grindelwald. A bus will take you to the mouth of the ravine. The ravine was cut by Lower Grindelwald and has retreated up the slope since the Little Ice Age of the Middle Ages.
Walkways have been fastened to the walls including the “SpiderWeb” a large net that will take you over the roaring water.
If you are more daring, you may even join the climbers and canyoners climbing up and rappelling down the mountain.