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From First to Bort via Waldspitz

Short facts

  • start: Grindelwald-First
  • destination: Bort
  • medium
  • 9,18 km
  • 3 hours
  • 154 m
  • 2275 m
  • 1560 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

This scenic winter hike high above Grindelwald leads from the First top station to the Bort mountain restaurant next to the 1st middle station of the Grindelwald-First gondola lift.

The Firstbahn is the feeder gondola lift to the sun-drenched high-altitude mountains above Grindelwald. Lying right at the heart of this magical winterscape are the Lake Bachalpsee and the mountain hotel on the Faulhorn. However, the hotel is not the destination on this downhill hike. Instead, turn left just before the Lake Bachalpsee and walk past the snow-covered alpine huts from Bachläger to the Waldspitz mountain inn. You won't need to take much food on this hike as you can stop for refreshments at the First mountain restaurant at the outset and also at the Bort mountain restaurant at the end. And right in the centre there is also the Waldspitz mountain restaurant. It offers you a sun-kissed terrace on which to sit and enjoy your soup or bratwurst whilst marvelling at the spectacular views of the Eiger. If you happen to have brought a toboggan, then you're at an advantage on this hike. You can get off it frequently and let it glide "under it's own steam", as you also can on the last section from Waldspitz to the trail's end at the Bort station (check the operating times of the First gondola lift).

General information

Directions

Grindelwald First (2166 m) – Gummihitta (2257 m) – Bachläger (1987 m) – Waldspitz (1897 m) – Bort (1561 m).

Safety Guidelines

Easy winter hike on marked and prepared winter hiking trails; marked with pink waymarkers and poles. Difficulty: T1.

Equipment

Normal winter hiking equipment, possibly trekking poles.

Tip

Before turning off towards Bachläger and Waldspitz, you can even take a detour along trail no. 50 to the Lake Bachalpsee that is slumbering under a blanket of snow.

Getting there

By car to Grindelwald via Interlaken (Wilderswil exit).

Parking

Parking spaces are provided in Grindelwald.

Public transit

Getting there: From Interlaken Ost take the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB) to Grindelwald, then the First gondola lift up to First.

Getting back: From Bort station take the First gondola lift down to Grindelwald where there is a rail connection.

Literature

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 1/2020: Winter Wandern Kunst. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch 

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 1/2019: Winter-Wunderland. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch 

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 1/2018: Endlich Winter! Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 6/2016: Jungfrau Region. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 1/2/2015: Die schönsten Schneeschuhtouren. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch 

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 1/2/2013: Winterzauber. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch

 

Maps

LK 1:50.000, 254T Interlaken.

Additional Information

Jungfrau Region Tourismus, Tel. +41 (0) 33 521 43 43, www.jungfrau.swiss

Grindelwald Tourismus, Tel. +41 (0) 33 854 12 12, www.grindelwald.swiss

Jungfraubahnen, Rail Info Interlaken, Tel. +41 (0) 33 828 72 33, www.jungfrau.ch

Firstbahn, Tel. +41 (0) 33 828 77 11, www.jungfrau.ch

Einkehren, z.B.:
Berggasthaus First, Tel. +41 (0) 33 828 77 88, www.berggasthausfirst.ch
Berggasthaus Waldspitz, Tel. +41 (0) 79 763 54 88, www.berggasthaus-waldspitz.ch
Berghaus Bort, Tel. +41 (0) 33 853 17 62, www.bort.swiss

Pavings

  • Street (5%)
  • Hiking Trail (66%)
  • Unknown (5%)
  • Path (23%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ, Author: Jochen Ihle

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