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Grindelwald in winter. - (c) Jungfrau Tourism

Grindelwald Quick Facts
Resort: Grindelwald
Altitude: 1034m
Ski Area: Jungfrau Ski Region
Canton: Bern
Train Station: Yes
Main Language: German

Grindelwald is another of Switzerland's classic, traditional ski resorts, and it comes with the guarantee of one of the best views of any resort, anywhere in the world - the imposing mass of the north face of the Eiger, which dominates over the resort and the valley in the most spectacular way imaginable.

Grindelwald's two neighbouring resorts, Wengen and Murren, make a lot out of their "traffic-free" status, and whilst the road up to, and through, Grindelwald, means that it can't compete with this, it does make it by far the easiest of the Jungfrau ski resorts to get access to. It's also the largest of the three resorts, with a lot of facilities and the widest range of activities, in both the winter and summer seasons.

For skiers, Grindelwald has the best access to the widest range of skiing in the area, with the pistes of First directly above the town, and the Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen areas accessed from the bottom of the valley on the other side of the town.

Grindelwald Positives and Negatives

  • Incredible scenery - unrivalled views of the Eiger.
  • Great sense of history and tradition.
  • Good slopes for intermediates.
  • Plenty of other activities - walking, excursions, sports centre, world's longest toboggan run etc.
  • Takes time to get to the slopes - gondola trip to First or train to Kleine Scheidegg.
  • Lower slopes can suffer from poor snow conditions.
  • Village gets little sunshine in winter.

Grindelwald The Resort Itself

Whilst Grindelwald's village-centre views of the mountains are probably more spectacular than Wengen and Murren, the town itself is not quite as magical as its two Jungfrau rivals, purely because of the road that runs through its centre and makes it feel quite busy. It's also set onto the hillside more than Wengen and Murren, giving it a bit more of a spread-out feel.

However, let's not forget that we're actually comparing it to two of the most charming ski resorts in the world, and remember that Grindelwald still has a great feel to it, with a fantastic sense of tradition and history, especially its mountaineering background as a base for assaults on the Eiger. The village looks good too, with lots of traditional alpine buildings covering the hillside.

In some ski resorts you often don't get the best views until you head up into the mountains, but one of the great things about Grindelwald is that the views from the village are just as good as those on the slopes, and you really get the feeling in the village that the Eiger is just looming over the village like a huge Ogre (that's what the name Eiger translates to).

Transport links to Grindelwald

The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Grindelwald.

From Time Changes
Basel 2:40 1
Bern 1:35 1
Geneva 3:24 2
Geneva Airport 3:33 2
Lausanne 2:49 2
Luzern 2:44 1
Sion 2:15 3
Zurich 2:37 2
Zurich Airport 2:59 2

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Accommodation in Grindelwald

Grindelwald hotels, chalets and apartments...

Bodmi Hotel

The Bodmi prides itself on it's service and the personal touch that make a stay here so special. This is one of the reason's why individuals are made to feel so welcome here. One of the main talking points of the Bodmi is the Wellness Oasis in the goat's stable, a truly unique wellness experience for visitors to enjoy. The hotel and the surrounding mountain areas are a great place to enjoy the peace and quiet of one of Switzerland's most beautiful areas. The hotel is handy for both ski slopes and walking paths, and also the ski school.

Lauberhorn Hotel

Located in front of the magnificent north face of the Eiger, just 600 metres from the centre of Grindelwald, the Lauberhorn Hotel has a contemporary feel to it, with a relaxed atmosphere and an extremely friendly vibe. The hotel has recently renovated some of its rooms and also features a Finnish-style sauna, a free internet area and WiFi through the entire hotel. The hotel is handy for skiers with a stop for the free ski-bus situated immediately outside the hotel, whilst it also sells passes for the ski area and can arrange ski guides and resort briefings. The Lauberhorn offers free afternoon tea to it's guests and also does spaghetti, home-made soups, salad, sweets and a weekly cheese-fondue one evening per week.

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Situated near to the centre of Grindelwald, the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof has incredible views of the Eiger and is well placed for visitors to enjoy more than 240km of the Jungfrau-Regions's ski pistes. The Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof has a large number of amenities including a brand new complementary spa area that features an indoor heated swimming pool with views towards the Eiger, a Kneipp-basin and climate shower, a bio-sauna, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, and a large choice of treatments including massages. The spa is a great way of reviving yourself after a busy day in the mountains. The hotel has a welcoming lobby area including a fireplace and a bar area, whilst there are 3 different locations for dining. A number of different packages and deals are available at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof for example, half-board, ski-pass packages and inclusive spa/wellness packages.

Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

The Sunstar Grindelwald hotel is situated centrally in a peaceful location of Grindelwald with incredible views of the world famous north wall of the Eiger, and also the Wetterhorn. The hotel has a large lobby area, with a welcoming atmosphere created by the open fireplace. The hotel has two restaurants, the Adlerstube restaurant provides excellent a-la-carte options for gourmet diners whilst the Ambiance restaurant has fantastic views for the hotel's half-board diners. The Sunstar Grindelwald's spa has many features to help guests relax and recharge following a day on the slopes or the hiking trails, with a Finnish sauna, a solarium, hydro massage showers, a large swimming pool, and Roman baths with climatic zones.

Alpenhof Hotel

Just three minutes away from both the train station and Grindelwald's centre, the Alpenhof is a well-located, family-run hotel that is also extremely handy for the resort's ski areas. Free WiFi is available in the rooms and suites, whilst all have either a patio area or balconies, with double-rooms having the added bonus of views of the north face of the Eiger. Throughout the ski season the hotel provides free use of the Finnish sauna and an outside whirl-pool, a great way to unwind and recharge the body after a day in the mountains.