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First – Bachalpsee –Faulhorn – Bussalp - Grindelwald

Short facts

  • start: Bergstation First (2168 m ü. M.)
  • destination: Grindelwald Dorf (1034 m ü. M.)
  • difficult
  • 18,25 km
  • 5 hours 45 minutes
  • 542 m
  • 2675 m
  • 1028 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 80 / 100

best season

This diverse route in the First area is ideal for hiking and sledging enthusiasts.

This winter hiking or sledging tour starts with a leisurely gondola ride up to the First mountain station. Sledges can be hired at the Intersport Shop in the First mountain station. It’s a good idea to make a reservation on beautiful weekends and during peak season. For an energy boost before heading up the trail to Lake Bachalp, stop in for a bite to eat at the First mountain restaurant or Adi's Skibar.

The well-maintained winter hiking trail up to the Faulhorn takes about two and a half hours. The impressive peaks of the Wetterhorn, Scheckhorn and Finsteraarhorn rise up behind you for the entire length of the trail. Lake Bachalp, a popular summer photo spot and excursion destination, is also on the way to the Faulhorn. Once at the top, there is an all-round panoramic view of the surrounding Bernese Oberland mountains. The Faulhorn is an alpine hotel steeped in history, but it is closed in winter. The uphill climb is nevertheless worth it as it is the starting point for the longest downhill sledging run in Europe at 12.5 kilometres. The sun-drenched Bussalp is a good place to stop for some refreshment after the rapid descent. If there’s enough snow, you can ride your sledge all the way down to the village. There are also buses or you can walk back to the village.

General information

Directions

First – Bachalpsee – Faulhorn – Bussalp - Grindelwald

Safety Guidelines
  • After a snowfall, the ground can be softer and more difficult to walk on.
Equipment
  • The sun’s rays are more intense in the mountains. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen with a high protection factor, a hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • We recommend bringing warm clothing and rain gear even in summer and in good weather in winter. We recommend layering your clothing.
  • Charged mobile phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Winter shoes with non-slip sole
  • Drinks and snacks
  • If available: hiking sticks
Tip

The «First Cliff Walk» summit loop at the First mountain station is the perfect trail for thrill-seekers. It consists of a steel walkway alongside the cliff, a suspension bridge and an observation terrace with a spectacular view of the Eiger.

Getting there

Car: There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.

Journey to Grindelwald 

Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

Public transit

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

Ticket purchase Jungfrau Region

Timetable and ticket purchase SBB 

Maps

Swisstopo Landeskarte 1229 Grindelwald 1:25'000

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