Truly one of the world's greatest and oldest winter sports destinations. The legendary mountain railways make this area one of the most accessible to get to, and the range of skiing, snowboarding and winter walking options is huge. Underneath the North face of the Eiger, Grindelwald is the busiest and most substantial of the Jungfrau resorts. It has a wide range of accommodation, including a couple of good backpacker hostels, and plenty of activities for those who do not ski or snowboard. The 15km Big Pintenfritz from the Faulhorn is the longest toboggan run in Europe, named after the innkeeper who inaugurated the run as a bet. For those who prefer the pistes, Grindelwald provides excellent access to the same slopes as Wengen, plus it has the very good, and usually uncrowded, pistes at First where the best parks in the Jungfrau are located, including an 850m park at Bärgelegg, a new one mooted for next season at Oberjoch and a half-pipe usually set up at Schreckfeld.
Best of the Slopes
From Kleine Scheidegg the Lauberhorn chairlift takes you to the start point of the eponymous race, and you can pretty much follow the race circuit down to Wengen. From there you can either take the train back or take a short walk across the village to take the Männlichen cable car. The Männlichen run to Grindelwald Grund is suitable for intermediates and covers 12km.
Where to Eat and Party
Tipirama in Kleine Scheidegg and Holzerbar towards Grund get lively before people head off down the mountain for the night. Ye Olde Spotted Cat, the Gepsi Bar and the Challi Bar are good spots to start the evening, all around Dorfstrasse.
By Public Transport
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Grindelwald. Get lift pass at Grindelwald, then take mountain railway to Kleine Scheidegg or take bus to First (stop adjacent to gondola). The resort operates the Snow'n'Rail scheme, providing a 20% discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass.
From Zurich the least travel time is 2 hrs 37 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 168.80 SFr, reduced to 109.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.
From Basel the least travel time is 2 hrs 38 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 154.40 SFr, reduced to 102.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.
From Berne the least travel time is 1 hr 35 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 104.80 SFr, reduced to 77.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.
From Lausanne an adult one day combined ticket is 146.40 SFr, or 98.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.
From Luzern an adult one day combined ticket is 154.40 SFr, or 102.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.
Indicative prices are for travel to Lauterbrunnen. Click here to find prices for other destinations. Under the combined ticket scheme the additional charge for a two day pass is 53.60 SFr.
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The road distance from Zurich is around 135 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 50 mins.
The road distance from Basel is around 166 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 10 mins.
The road distance from Berne is around 74 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 10 mins.
The road distance from Geneva is around 244 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 50 mins.
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