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First – Waldspitz – Bort (No. 51)

Short facts

  • start: First, mountain station (2168 m)
  • destination: Bort, intermediate station Grindelwald-First cable car (1561 m)
  • medium
  • 9,02 km
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 160 m
  • 2275 m
  • 1515 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

The scenic sledge run via Waldspitz to Bort.

The gondola comfortably takes you from Grindelwald to First. At the top, you have the possibility to rent a sledge, buy missing material in the sports shop, have a toilet break or enjoy a warm drink or meal in the mountain restaurant. Before you get going, you should definitely do the First Cliff Walk, which is located next to the station.

From the mountain station, the first thing to do is to walk up a few hundred metres in direction to Adi's Skibar and further in direction to Bachalpsee. Once you reach the highest point (Gummihütte), you can hop on your sledge for the first time. Now you can feel the cold mountain air on your face, but the fantastic view will make you smile. Towards the Waldspitz there are some flatter passages where you can recover a little on foot. Those who get hungry or thirsty on the way will gladly make a stop at the mountain restaurant Waldspitz.

After refreshment, the route continues through the beautiful forest down to Bort. Once arrived at Bort, you're spoilt for choice, either you take the gondola up to First, visit the mountain hotel and restaurant Bort or take the gondola back to the village. If the snow conditions are good, the toboggan run from Bort via Mühlebach up to Grindelwald is also open.

General information

Directions

First - Waldspitz - Bort

The toboggan run runs from First first towards Bachalpsee. Shortly before Bachalpsee, it goes down towards Waldspitz and then on to Bort.

Safety Guidelines

The 10 rules of sledging   

  1. Show consideration for others
  2. Adapt speed and driving style to ability
  3. Respect the lane of the vehicle in front
  4. Overtake with distance
  5. Look up before entering and approaching the road
  6. Stop at the edge
  7. Get on and off at the edge
  8. Observe signs and markings
  9. Provide assistance
  10. In the event of an accident: give personal details
Equipment
  • Sled or toboggan
  • Ski helmetday
  • hiking backpack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and waterproof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots (if necessary dredges and gaiters)
  • hat/headband, scarf
  • waterproof glovessun and rain protection
  • Provisions and drinking water, thermos bottle with hot drink
  • first aid kit
  • pocket knife
  • Cell phone
  • if necessary headlamp and reflectors
  • Map material
Tip

Enjoy the great view from the First Cliff Walk or sail through the air with the First Flyer or Glider

Getting there

From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.

 

From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken we follow the main road to Zweilütschinen. Here we turn left towards Grindelwald. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and leads over a partly winding road.

Parking

Grindelwald

There are three public car parks: Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 parking spaces), Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 parking spaces) and the new Terminal Parking (1000 spaces) of the V-Bahn. Alternatively, we can also use the car park in Grindelwald Grund.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken Ost railway station we reach Grindelwald without changing trains on the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB). Important: Get on the rear part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you get on at the front, you will end up in Lauterbrunnen. The journey takes 30 minutes to Grindelwald Terminal (V-Bahn). Three minutes later we are at the terminal in the village.

There are three stations in Grindelwald (Terminal, Grund and Dorf). The terminal station (Dorf) is in the centre of Grindelwald.

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Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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