Travel Guide

General Information About Grindelwald

"Thanks to its magnificent vista and the glacier which once reached right into the basin, Grindelwald attracted its first guests – primarily the English – from the end of the 18th century onwards. The actual breakthrough of Alpinism occurred in the mid 19th century, and local mountain guides climbed the peaks of the region with English tourists. The first ascent of the Eiger, the most difficult of Alpine mountains took place in 1858 (the north face only in 1938). 

Road and railway construction made Grindelwald much more accessible towards the end of the 19th century, which in turn also heralded the onset of winter tourism. The first cableway in the Alps was built here in 1908 on the Wetterhorn. And in 1912, a railway reached the Jungfraujoch via Kleine Scheidegg; today the «Top of Europe» still remains Europe’s highest railway station and a world-renowned excursion destination within permanent snow and ice."

    • Hiking along the «opfelchüechliwag» high-altitude trail from Holenstein to Brandegg is an unforgettable experience. The trail leads through lush pastures, flower-filled meadows and inviting woodlands. Test how much you know about fruit and learn even more on the six information panels along the way. At the end of the hike you will want to reward yourself at the Brandegg mountain restaurant with its famous «opfelchüechli» (apple fritters).
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