Is Grindelwald Worth Visiting? An Honest and Complete Review

Switzerland is a top destination for breathtaking landscapes and fairytale towns. With so many beautiful spots, picking where to go can be difficult.

This guide will help you decide whether Grindelwald, one of those captivating towns, is worth adding to your itinerary

This comprehensive Grindelwald travel guide features the best sights, adventures, and hidden spots in Grindelwald by Zutell Travels, a couple who have explored Switzerland extensively. Their honest and insider advice can help determine if Grindelwald is worth visiting.

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Is Grindelwald Worth Visiting?

The answer is a resounding yes! We went to Grindelwald for a few days during our trip to Switzerland and it became one of our all-time favorite places.

In the heart of the Bernese Alps, Grindelwald is a charming mountain village known for its stunning scenery and endless outdoor activities. But there’s more to Grindelwald than what meets the eye. 

Let’s take a closer look at why Grindelwald should be on your travel itinerary.

Where is Grindelwald, Switzerland?

Grindelwald is a small village that sits in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. It’s about an hour and a half from Bern and can easily be accessed by train or car.

The village is between two mountains, the Eiger and Wetterhorn, making it a great destination for nature lovers.

Paraglider soaring in the clear blue sky over Grindelwald with the Wetterhorn mountain’s snowy peak providing a breathtaking backdrop
A paraglider, Wetterhorn and Grindelwald

How to Get To Grindelwald

There are several ways to reach Grindelwald — by plane, by car, or by train. 

By Plane

If you’re coming from abroad, fly into Zurich, Basel, Geneva or Bern.

From Zurich, you can take a scenic train ride that lasts about three hours. There will be a train change in Interlaken Ost which brings you directly to Grindelwald. Alternatively, you can hire a private transfer from Zurich Airport to Grindelwald.

It also takes around 3 hours by train to reach Grindelwald from Basel Airport.

 If you’re flying into Geneva, the train journey is a bit longer, around three and a half hours, with changes in Bern and Interlaken Ost. Another option is to fly to Bern Airport and reach Grindelwald in an hour.

By Car

For those who prefer to drive, the roads to Grindelwald offer stunning views. Roads are well-maintained but it’s important to be prepared for winter driving conditions if you’re traveling in the colder months.

Regardless of which direction you’re coming from, you can take Highway A6 or A8 to travel to Interlaken. From here, you can exit at Wilderswil. The main road from here will lead you to Grindelwald.

By Train

If you’re already in Switzerland, you can catch a train from cities like Bern, Lucerne, or Basel to Interlaken Ost.

From there, you need to change trains to the Berner Oberland Bahn which takes you to Grindelwald. It takes around 35 minutes to reach Grindelwald from Interlaken.

🤩 Don’t have time to drive or take public transport? You can also join day trips from Zurich and Lucerne to Grindelwald.

Reasons Why Grindelwald is Worth Visiting

Why is Grindelwald worth visiting? Well, for starters, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

Snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and crystal-clear lakes surround the village. It’s a picturesque destination that will leave you in awe.

When we visited Grindelwald, it was perfect weather, sunny, and green! Exactly what you think of when you’re thinking Switzerland. 

Below are a few other reasons why Grindelwald should not be left off your Switzerland itinerary:

1. Skiing and Snowboarding

Bright sun shining above the snow-covered slopes of the ski area in Grindelwald First, with the rugged peaks of the Swiss Alps towering in the background,
Is Grindelwald First worth visiting? Yes, if you want to ski in the Swiss Alps!

It’s not just about the views, Grindelwald offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests.

In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular at SnowPark Grindelwald-First, one of the biggest ski areas in the Jungfrau region.

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2. Jungfraujoch

The sun casts a radiant glow over the pristine snowfields and rugged peaks of Jungfraujoch, Switzerland 'Top of Europe'.
The peaks of Jungfraujoch, Switzerland’s ‘Top of Europe’
Cable car gondola labeled 'Jungfrau - Top of Europe' ready for boarding, against the mechanical elements of the lift system
Cable car gondola for Jungfrau
Iconic green and yellow train ascending through the snowy landscape of Grindelwald with the imposing Eiger mountain in the background.
Grindelwald train to Jungfrau

Another reason to visit Grindelwald is its access to the famous Jungfraujoch, known as the ‘Top of Europe‘.

Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe, situated at an altitude of 3,454 meters. The train ride up to the top is a scenic and exhilarating experience, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Upon arriving at Jungfraujoch, you can explore the Ice Palace with its ice sculptures or walk on the Sphinx Observation Terrace for stunning panoramic views.

If you’re up for a hike, you can head to Mönchsjoch Hut. The hike takes about 45 minutes and is difficult, so be careful! You also can only take this hike in the spring and summer. 

You’ll also find a charming Lindt Chocolate Shop in Jungfraujoch! It may sound random, but it’s always fun to try some traditional Swiss Chocolate! 

Overall, we believe a journey to Jungfraujoch is a huge reason why Grindelwald is worth the visit. You can get your round-trip railway ticket to Jungfraujoch here.

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3. Grindelwald First

Our hands down favorite part of visiting Grindelwald was going to Grindelwald First.

While at Grindelwald First, we recommend you purchase the Adventure Package.  This package includes a ride on the First Cable Car.

A cable car gliding smoothly towards the snow-capped peaks of Grindelwald First under a brilliant blue sky, showcasing the adventure and stunning alpine scenery that make Grindelwald a worthwhile visit.
The First Cable Car in Grindelwald First

This cable car takes you up to Grindelwald First at 2,167 meters. At the top, you can enjoy stunning views of the Eiger and surrounding peaks.

At the top, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. For adrenaline junkies, there is a Cliff Walk, which is a suspended footbridge that offers an exhilarating view of the mountains below.

We’re afraid of heights so it was pretty scary, but also such a cool experience!

Visitors on the Cliff Walk at Grindelwald First, a metal walkway perched above a dramatic alpine landscape with snow-dusted mountains. One of the reasons why Grindelwald First is worth visiting.
Is Grindelwald First worth visiting? Walk on this cliff to find out!

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There’s also a Mountain Cart track where you can race down the mountain in specially designed carts.

Our favorite activity at First and one of the best things to do in Grindelwald is the trotti bike.  They are like scooters but with bigger, sturdier wheels.

You can rent them at the top and then ride down the mountain on a designated trail. The scenery was beautiful and we couldn’t believe that it was real.

During our ride, we also saw some wildlife, including a few deer and a herd of cows with bells around their necks. It was such a unique way to experience the Swiss Alps.

At Grindelwald First, another exhilarating activity we tried was the First Glider! This is a zip line experience where you fly over the mountain at high speeds, reaching up to 84 km/h.

We were so scared, but we had so much fun! Up to four people can go at the same time, so it’s great for families!

If you’re not one into extreme activities, don’t worry! You can join a guided walk on a glacier canyon. It’s also suitable for kids!

Lake Bachalpsee reflecting the Swiss Alps, with a wooden bench inviting hikers to rest and soak in the serenity.
Lake Bachalpsee

There are also several hiking trails offer breathtaking views of the alpine landscape. We recommend the hike from Grindelwald First to Lake Bachalpsee.

It takes about 2-3 hours round trip and is suitable for all skill levels. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Bachalpsee offers a view you don’t want to miss.

🤩 Soak in the Swiss Alps with this 4-hour panoramic hike with the breathtaking views of the Eiger and Jungfrau mountain peaks.

4. Pfingstegg Toboggan Run 

The Pfingstegg Toboggan Run is another must-visit attraction at Grindelwald. It’s a 736-meter-long toboggan run that takes you down the mountain at thrilling speeds.

You can control your speed and it’s suitable for all ages. We had a blast racing each other down the track!

5. Traditional Swiss Culture

Aside from its natural beauty and adventurous activities, we also enjoyed the traditional Swiss culture in Grindelwald.

The town is full of charming chalets, local boutiques selling handcrafted goods, and delicious Swiss food!

We highly recommend trying the cheese fondue at a local restaurant – it’s a must-try in Switzerland. Even better, learn how to cook a traditional family recipe of Swiss Cheese fondue in cozy Alpine house!

Traditional Swiss cheese fondue in a black pot, with bread being dipped and stringy cheese stretching, accompanied by glasses of white wine.
Traditional Swiss cheese fondue in a black pot

And don’t forget to stop by Cafe 3692! Cafe 3692 is a family-owned cafe that serves up some of the best Swiss pastries and coffee in town! It’s the perfect spot to relax after a day of hiking.

During our stay, we also learned about the annual festivals in Grindelwald. The Alpine Cheese Festival happens during summer when you can watch traditional alpine cheese being made. And the best part? You can taste different varieties.

And in the winter, there’s the SnowpenAir concert on the slopes of Kleine Scheidegg where you can enjoy live music surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Best Time to Visit Grindelwald

The best time to visit Grindelwald is all based on your preferences! Below is what each season brings:

Summer: If you’re a fan of hiking, then summer is the perfect time to visit Grindelwald. The weather is warm and pleasant, and the trails are open for exploration. You’ll also experience the town’s vibrant atmosphere during peak tourist season.

Fall: If you prefer a quieter and more peaceful trip, fall is the best time to visit. The crowds have thinned out and the changing color of the leaves creates a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures.

Winter: For those who love snow sports, winter is an ideal time to visit Grindelwald. With its location in the Swiss Alps, there’s no shortage of ski slopes and winter activities. Plus, you can warm up with a hot cup of coffee or mulled wine at one of the cozy mountain lodges.

Spring: As the snow melts and nature awakens, spring in Grindelwald is a beautiful time to visit. The valleys and mountains are covered in colorful wildflowers and the weather is mild enough for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. You’ll also avoid the peak tourist season during this time.

Stunning view of Grindelwald village with the majestic Swiss Alps in the background under a clear blue sky. An answer to "Is Grindelwald Worth Visiting?"
Grindelwald village
Lush green valley and traditional Swiss houses in Grindelwald with snow-capped mountains in the distance
Traditional Swiss houses in Grindelwald

What is the weather like in Grindelwald?

The weather in Grindelwald can vary depending on the time of year. Generally, summers are mild, with temperatures averaging around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Winters are colder, with an average temperature of -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s also important to note that it can rain frequently throughout the year, so be sure to pack appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.

One thing we noticed during our visit is that when it rained, it was usually for an hour or two rather than an entire day. Keep that in mind while planning your trip.

Where to Stay in Grindelwald

We highly recommend staying in Grindelwald for more than a day. If you do, here are the best chalets and hotels in the area.

Chalet Spillstatt (4.5 ⭐)

Chalet Spillstatt perfectly captures the essence of Grindelwald with its cozy and traditional Swiss chalet charm, combined with breathtaking views of the Eiger North Face.

We love the homey feel of the chalet, the attentive hosts who share insider tips on the best local experiences, and its convenient location close to hiking trails and ski lifts. It’s the perfect retreat for those looking for an authentic Alpine experience.

Derby Swiss Quality Hotel (4.3 ⭐)

This hotel stands out for its unbeatable location opposite the Grindelwald train station, providing easy access to the region’s attractions.

The panoramic mountain views from the rooms, the variety of dining options, and the warm, welcoming service make it an ideal base for exploring the best of Grindelwald without compromising on comfort.

A cozy room of Derby Swiss Quality Hotel with a comfortable bed, warm lighting, and large windows offering a picturesque view of Grindelwald village.
A room in Derby Swiss Quality Hotel with a view of Grindelwald village

Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort (4.5 ⭐) 

If you’re looking for modern Alpine luxury, wellness facilities, including a spa and outdoor heated pool with majestic mountain vistas, Bergwelt Grindelwald is the perfect accommodation.

This luxury resort offers a unique blend of contemporary design with traditional elements, exquisite dining experiences, and unparalleled views of the surrounding peaks.

A modern and stylish room of Bergwelt Grindelwald Alpine Design with a plush bed, elegant wooden accents, and expansive windows that open up to a stunning view of the snowy Grindelwald mountains, blending luxury with alpine charm.
A modern and stylish room of Bergwelt Grindelwald Alpine Design

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Where to eat in Grindelwald

Here are the amazing places to eat in Grindelwald that match the town’s stunning scenery:

Restaurant Aspen (4.7 ⭐)

Set against a backdrop of stunning mountain views, Restaurant Aspen is a favorite for its inviting atmosphere and menu that highlights Swiss flavors with a modern twist. Here, you can enjoy the exceptional quality of the dishes in a cozy, rustic ambiance.

Restaurant Grindelwaldblick (4.6 ⭐)

This restaurant is known for its breathtaking Alpine views and authentic Swiss cuisine. Their traditional dishes are perfect to warm you up after a day of exploring. Don’t forget to try their highly recommended tarte flambé.

Restaurant Belvedere (4.6 ⭐)

If you are looking for a meal with a view, Restaurant Belvedere is the perfect spot. You can enjoy tasty international and Swiss dishes while gazing at the stunning Eiger mountain. Their highly recommended fondue is a must-try.

Nighttime in Grindelwald with twinkling lights from the village below illuminating the snowy landscape, all set against the dramatic silhouette of the Eiger mountain.
Is Grindelwald worth visiting? Stay for a night and experience its magic!

Villages near Grindelwald

If you have time during your visit to Grindelwald, you must visit the nearby villages of Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Lucerne. 

Lauterbrunnen is known for its picturesque waterfalls and lush green valleys. It’s also home to the highest waterfall in Switzerland, Staubbach Falls. We thought Lauterbrunnen was one of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Interlaken is another charming town between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and take a boat cruise!

We also recommend visiting Harder Kulm, a mountain peak with a restaurant and observation platform. From here, you can see stunning views of the surrounding area. The surrounding villages also make Grindelwald well worth a visit!

Lucerne is a charming old town between Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. Visiting this Lucerne feels like a scene from a storybook with its well-preserved medieval architecture, bridges, colorful buildings, and breathtaking landscape.

Read next: A complete guide to the Switzerland’s fairytale city, Lucerne

FAQs: Grindelwald Travel Guide

Is it worth it to go to Grindelwald First?

Definitely! Grindelwald First is a must-visit if you love stunning mountain views and outdoor fun. Riding the cable car up gives you amazing views of famous mountains like the Eiger.

Once you’re up there, there’s something for everyone: thrilling rides like the First Flyer, beautiful hiking trails, and even a cliff walk for breathtaking views. During winter, Grindelwald First turns it into a perfect spot for skiing and snowboarding.

How long should I spend in Grindelwald?

To really enjoy Grindelwald, plan for 3 to 5 days. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning mountain views, explore the quaint village, and try fun activities like hiking and cable car rides.

If you love outdoor adventures or just want to chill in the beautiful Alps, staying a week allows you to dig deeper into what makes Grindelwald special, from hidden trails to tasty local food.

And if you’ve got time, you can even zip over to nearby spots like Interlaken. The secret is to mix excitement with relaxation for a trip that leaves you both thrilled and refreshed.

Can you do Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald in one day?

Yes, you can visit Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald in one day, but it may feel rushed. Jungfraujoch offers breathtaking views of the glacier and takes time to reach, while Grindelwald is perfect for enjoying the scenery and outdoor activities.

If you start early and plan well, it’s possible. I recommend taking the earliest train to Jungfraujoch and going down by lunchtime. But for a more relaxed experience, it’s better to spend a full day at each place.

Is there a direct train from Zurich to Grindelwald?

There is no direct train available from Zurich to Grindelwald. You will need to take at least one train transfer along the route.

Generally, you will take a train from Zurich to Interlaken Ost and then switch to a regional train that will take you directly to Grindelwald.

The travel time can vary, but it usually takes 3 to 3.5 hours depending on the specific trains and transfer times.

When is the best time to visit Grindelwald?

The best time to visit Grindelwald varies by activity. For skiing and snowboarding, go between December and April.

For hiking and outdoor fun, May to October is better due to the mild weather. Remember, July and August are the busiest months, so plan accordingly.

What is Grindelwald best known for?

Grindelwald is famous for its stunning mountains and beautiful scenery. It’s a top spot for skiing and snowboarding in winter and for hiking and adventure sports like paragliding in summer.

Some must-visit attractions include Grindelwald First Glider, First Cliff Walk by Tissot, First Trotti Bike, and Pfingstegg Toboggan Run.

Can I get around Grindelwald without a car?

Yes, you can easily get around Grindelwald without a car. The town has an efficient public transportation system that includes buses and trains.

Besides, many popular attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you decide to rent a car, keep in mind that parking can be limited and expensive in Grindelwald (actually, in the whole of Switzerland).

The idyllic town of Grindelwald, Switzerland, nestled in green valleys with traditional chalets dotting the landscape and the majestic Eiger Mountain rising in the backdrop on a sunny day.
Is Grindelwald worth visiting? Absolutely! How can you resist this idyllic town?

So Is Grindelwald Worth Visiting?

Absolutely! We absolutely love Grindelwald and it’s one of our all-time favorite places.

The natural beauty, charming village, and endless outdoor activities make it a perfect destination for adventure and relaxation.

So, whether you’re planning a summer vacation or a winter ski trip, we highly recommend adding Grindelwald to your Switzerland itinerary. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

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