Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Grindelwald (Switzerland)

Grindelwald is a small Swiss village enclosed by majestic mountains on every side. It’s beautiful all year round, but I was glad I visited in the spring because I got to experience both snow and emerald-green valleys with Alpine cows and thousands of blossoming dandelions.

If this was anywhere else than Switzerland, it would seem strange to write about snow adventures in June. But that’s the beauty of the Swiss Alps; it can be 24 degrees in the valleys, and if you travel just 15 minutes north, you’ll find yourself in knee-high snow.

Grindelwald is a valley and a town, whereas Grindelwald First is a summit that can be reached by cable car and is famous for hiking. There is not a Second, Third or Fourth summit, in case you were wondering.

THINGS TO DO IN GRINDELWALD, SWITZERLAND

Grindelwald is one of those places you can visit all year round. In the winter there are lots of snow and winter activities while summertime is perfect for hiking. These are just some of the many things to do in Grindelwald and First:

  • Hike to Bachalpsee Lake (difficulty: easy)
  • Hike to Grosse Scheidegg (difficulty: easy)
  • Hike to Eigergletscher (difficulty: medium)
  • Walk to the Grindelwald First Cliff Walk
  • The First cable car
  • Downhill trotti biking
  • First Flyer zip lining
  • Skiing (only in winter)

SNOW ADVENTURES AT GRINDELWALD FIRST

When I packed for Switzerland I didn’t expect to find snow. Sure, I was prepared to see snow on the mountain tops and at Jungfraujoch, but certainly not in Grindelwald. So when I put on my mesh, very non-waterproof sneakers and set out for my hike at Grindelwald First, I dreaded the meter-high snow I was about to conquer.

I took the cable car from Grindelwald to Grindelwald First and from there it was a snowy hike up to the first stop. The plan was to hike to Bachalpsee Lake, but due to recent snow fall the hike trail was closed. I had been super excited to see the lake, but secretly I was relieved not to hike 2 hours in the deep snow. My feet would have frozen off 

So instead I spent time productively and made snow angels and built a snowman!

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