The largest of the Jungfrau resorts, Grindelwald is dominated by the north face of the Eiger. The skiing shared with Wengen, is fun and challenging for intermediates and advanced skiers. In Jungfrau there is excellent facilities for beginner skiiers/boarders with a world class ski school. With its natural beauty Jungfrau Grindelwald offers a variety of winter activities for all nature lovers. Glide down snowy slopes, explore the winter footpaths, race down the toboggan runs,relax in a wellness oasis or enjoy local specialities on a sun-terrace. Grindelwald has over 40 restaurants bars and nightclubs making this resort appealing to families as well as young people.
From Kliene Scheidegg, the cog-wheel railway travels year-round through the tunnel and over the steep climb up to the Jungfraujoch. Two stops in the tunnel permit spectacular views of the Eiger north wall and surrounding glacier world.
Standing amidst the snow-capped mountain world, views extend from the Aletsch Glacier to the Jungfrau – and a 45-minute snow hike through the thin air direction Mönchsjoch is perfectly feasible form here.
Additional worthwhile sights include the ice sculptures on the inside of the glacier, adventurous “Sphinx” round tour, as well as the ultra-scenic “Top of Europe” glacier restaurant.
Restaurants that invite you to linger are found on all excursions in the Jungfrau region. Guests there enjoy the unique views of the high Alpine mountain world. The Jungfrau Railways run special offers that include the railway journey and meals.
Culture and history info
For a long time, the alpine area was not a place to go for the majority of people. It was considered as hostile to humans, and proper equipment, which would have been necessary to explore and to survive the alpine environment, was not yet available. Generally, the 1787 ascent of Mont Blanc by Horace Bénédict de Saussure is considered as the beginning of the touristic and scientific exploration of the Alps. The volume of his meteorological, physical and geological observations made de Saussure a pioneer of alpine research with tremendous impact. But it was only in the middle of the 19th century that scientists finally conquered the alpine area. From 1838-1841, following the example of de Saussure, Louis Agassiz, who later became Professor at Harvard University in the USA, and who was the father of the then highly controversial glacial theory, led a scientific expedition to explore the glaciers of the river Aare and in the Jungfrau region. Working and living conditions were harsh. Although the ease of the famous 'Hôtel des Neuchâtelois' was highly appreciated by team members and occasional visitors, it became clear that an adequate infrastructure is essential for successful research in the high alpine area.
Unfortunately there are no hotels at this location at the moment.
Non-skiers and those looking for a variety of activities and experiences, will be incredibly pleased, thanks to the world-famous cogwheel train, which shuttles skiers and sightseers alike to the “Top of Europe,”—the saddle between Jungfrau and Monch peak. Those looking to participate in winter activities will be pleased to learn that Grindelwald is home to the longest toboggan run in the Alps, and the Grindelwald Valley features 12 miles of world-class country-country skiing trails.
Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.
Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.
Grindelwald is in fact a great place to base a family ski vacation out of, as beginners and children will fancy the gentle Bodmi slopes. Plus Grindelwald's ski school is easily accessed from the base village, which is a huge plus for larger families who have a lot of equipment to schlep. Grindelwald is also a favorite amongst intermediates, since the majority of the runs are red and blue. Corduroy-lovers will have a blast on the five-mile cruiser from the top of the Oberjoch chairlift back to the Grindelwald base. With the exception of Wengen’s Lauberhorn and Black Rock run, experts will find that most of the on-piste offerings aren’t quite as challenging.
Located just under 100 miles from Zurich international airport, Flughafenstrasse, a Grindelwald ski vacation is among some of the most accessible European ski trips. Traveling by rail to Grindelwald from Zurich is recommended, as there limited car parking once you arrive. Plus the Swiss rail system is extensive, prompt (running every 30 minutes) and extremely convenient. The train ride from Zurich to the breathtaking Interlaken area takes just under two hours minutes. If you arrive to Switzerland via Zurich or Geneva, you must change trains in Bern. Once you arrive to Interlaken Ost there are connections to Grindelwald.
As aforementioned, Grindelwald is connected to Wengen via trails and lifts, and the ski area they share—Kleine Scheidegg—makes up the largest ski area. But it’s important to note that Grindelwald also serves as an access point to even more skiing. Murren and Wengen each connect to smaller ski areas. Wengen is also home of the longest World Cup downhill course, the Lauberhorn. Mürren's Schilthorn is included on the pass but is not accessible from other areas via chairlift.
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