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Grindelwald Trail 21

Short facts

  • start: Grindelwald sports centre
  • destination: Grindelwald sports centre
  • medium
  • 21,05 km
  • 4 hours 38 minutes
  • 1434 m
  • 2326 m
  • 1036 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

A trail rich in adventure with impressive panoramic views, plenty of eateries and the option to return to the valley via the First cableway.

This beautiful 21.9km trail has a height gain of 1625m and is recommended from May to October. The trail starts in Grindelwald village with a short climb to Aellfluh where you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful view of the valley before continuing to the Berggasthaus at Waldspitz with its cosy interior and lovely sun terrace. From here, the trail rises steadily up to the picturesque Bachalpsee, passing along the lake on its way around to First. If you like a little adventure, there are ‘Mountain Carts’ to rent at First station which promise a slightly more rapid descent to Bort, where you can then hop on a Trottibike to cruise the last stretch to the valley floor. Another alternative is descending via cableway from First station.

General information

Directions

Village – Aellfluh – Niederbach – Waldspitz – Spitzen – Bachalpsee – First - village

Safety Guidelines
  • Caution advised during thunderstorms
  • Mind snow patches in spring
Equipment
  • First Aid Kit
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (always carry waterproofs)
  • Drink/food provisions
  • Mobile phone
Tip
Getting there

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.

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.

Maps
  • Trail Running map Grindelwald
Additional Information

Weather

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