Grindelwald Switzerland is famous for its winter sports; however, Grindelwald summer sports and activities also draw large crowds of tourists to the Swiss mountain resort each year. In addition to sports recreation, tourists enjoy visiting historical landmarks, fine entertainment and excellent shopping.
Winter sports – The most popular Grindelwald winter sports are by far skiing and snowboarding. More than 210 km of perfectly maintained and challenging slopes are in and around Grindelwald. Forty-four lifts transport skiers to one of three ski areas where challenging runs keep experienced skiers busy and beginner slopes offer those trying skiing for the first time an excellent place to learn. Those wanting a more thrilling adventure can take a guided heliskiing adventure up to 4,000m. Cross-country skiing is also very popular in Grindelwald because the mountains provide a splendid backdrop as you glide your way through snow-covered mountain trails. Snowboarders enjoy their own halfpipe, superpipe and snow park.
Winter hikers can enjoy exploring one of the many winter footpaths along the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau mountains. Other winter sports include tobogganing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, curling and ice-skating. There is something fun for the entire family during wintertime in Grindelwald.
Summer sports – If you prefer to visit Grindelwald during the warmer summer months, you will enjoy hiking along the lush mountain valleys and hills. After enjoying the spectacular panorama view of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau mountains, stop at one of the many mountain taverns to relax before continuing your return hike back to your Grindelwald hotel. If you want more adventure, try bungy jumping, river rafting or paragliding. For the avid golfers in your party, they can enjoy a round of golf in picturesque Bernese Oberland.
Mountain and city excursions – Grindelwald excursions are some of the finest in the Swiss Alps because they offer a wide variety of options from mountain excursions to city excursions. Visit Grindelwald’s mountains by going to the Alpine Garden and Teddyland at Schynige Platte or visit the world’s first revolving restaurant at Schilthorn-Piz Gloria. Take a two-hour ride to Bern, Switzerland’s capital city, to visit historical sites and enjoy world-class shopping. Just three hours from Grindelwald is Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations, Luzern – the City of Lights. Shop, visit the Chapel Bridge and leisurely stroll through the quaint city streets before returning to your Grindelwald hotel for another great night’s rest.
Museums – Do not leave Grindelwald without learning its rich history and experience firsthand how this small mountain village grew into the popular ski resort that it is today. Visit the Heimat Museum to learn how the first settlers turn to agriculture to forge their way and view furniture and tools that were part of the everyday life of the first Grindelwald settlers. If you want to truly experience how life was almost 100 years ago, visit the Open-Air Museum in Ballenberg. Watch live demonstrations of rural crafts and see over 250 native farmyard animals. The Open-Air Museum will leave a lasting impression on you as you watch history play out in front of your very eyes.
Festivals – Grindelwald hosts the World Snow Festival each January as artists from around the world descend on Grindelwald to craft life-sized figures and sculptures out of snow. The 6-day event attracts many visitors from around the world who enjoy watching the snow artists craft larger-than-life exhibits from only snow. The impressive and fascinating exhibits are located in the village square for everyone to appreciate during the festival. The International Snow Festival is a unique Grindelwald experience.
Shopping and entertainment – While visiting Grindelwald, do not go home without visiting one of the many souvenir shops. You will not want to return home without a little piece of Grindelwald to take with you. Visit the Bernerhof Cinema to enjoy a movie as you snuggle with your significant other in one of the double-seats in this modern cinema complex.
Relax and play in one of the oldest tourist destinations in Switzerland. Being one of the oldest mountain resorts in Europe, Grindelwald opens its doors year-round to tourists who want to play, relax and rejuvenate far from the demands of everyday life. The Grindelwald hotels offer a sanctuary for those who wish to simple rest and relax during their Swiss vacation. At the same time, Grindelwald offers excitement and adventure for visitors looking for something unique and memorable to do on their Swiss holiday. No matter what you choose to do during your visit to Grindelwald Switzerland, you will likely remember it for many years and be anxious to return to this Swiss Alps village to experience the tranquility you found during your last Grindelwald vacation.