Grindelwald

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

Grindelwald village is located at 1,034 m (3,392 ft) above sea level in the Bernese Alps. The picturesque village of Grindelwald, and its neighbours, Wengen and Murren, come closer to the fairytale image of an alpine ski idyll than perhaps anywhere else in Europe.

The Swiss Ski Resort of Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau Region ski area with access to 378km of downhill skiing, with 131 individual pistes, served by 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Grindelwald itself (213km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau Region ski resorts of Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen. Grindelwald is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Wengen.

With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Grindelwald info card

Resort Altitude1034m
Highest Lift2971m
Total Piste213km
Longest Run15km
Directions of SlopesAll
Uphill Capacity42000
Total Lifts44
Gondolas/Cable cars8
Chairlifts16
Drag Lifts16
Snow Parks1


Best time to visit Grindelwald

The ski season runs from about December to April, but the best months to ski are January, February and March. On good years, there is excellent snowfall in the late season and you can keep skiing till the end of April, especially on the north-facing slopes down from Kleine Scheidegg. It’s best to check the snow forecast if skiing this late in the year. Since the resort up-graded its snowmaking facilities, over 50% of the slopes can be prepared with artificial snow, so even the slopes down to the town are generally in decent condition during the warmer months. Fortunately Grindelwald also has access to the First area, which is best for cold days earlier in the year, as it has plenty of south-facing slopes which catch the sun.


Grindelwald Ski Resort

Named one of the 12 ‘Best of the Alps’ resorts for good reason, Grindelwald is the largest and liveliest resort in the Jungfrau ski region. Aside from the stunning views over some of the most iconic mountains in the world, which are a draw in themselves, there is a huge range of fun activities to keep you entertained, including of course, the world-class skiing.

Thanks to the laid-back atmosphere and traditional alpine buildings, the town has retained much of its original mountain charm. The resort strikes the perfect balance between its provincial character and modern amenities, from sweet old churches to the enticing spa at the Grindelwald Sports Centre. Another big bonus is the short airport transfer times and the great rail connections.

On the eastern side of town you’ll find the gondola up to Grindelwald’s own ski area, ‘First’, while over on the western side there’s the Grund train station and gondola, which links to Männlichen. Visitors can also go for a magnificent ride on the impressive cog-railway up to the Kleine Scheidegg area. The railway continues on from here, up the north face of the Eiger, through the mountain (!) until it reaches the Jungfraujoch. At a whopping 3454m this is the highest train station in Europe, and unsurprisingly, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the other side of the valley, above Mürren, is the revolving restaurant on top of the Schilthorn, which you might recognise from the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, offering incredible panoramic views of more than 200 peaks.

It’s no surprise that the popular Jungfrau region has been attracting Brits for centuries – dating back to 1881, when Englishman Gerald Fox, the first person to ski here, put his skis on in his hotel bedroom and walked out through the hotel bar to the slopes wearing them! The famous composer Wagner famously found inspiration for his music in the beauty of the surrounding landscape, and lived most of his life in the town.


Skiing in Grindelwald

Grindelwald is ideally placed to make the most of the large Jungfrau ski area, with 3 different lifts departing from the town centre: the Firstbahn gondola, the historic funicular and the Grund-Männlichenbahn gondola.

Bodmi, a short shuttle bus ride away, has great nursery slopes with drag lifts and magic carpets, and the local ski school operates from here. The area is ideal for children with a big bunny mascot and a collection of little igloos to play in. On bad snow days, or in the warmer months, whisk your little ones up the mountain on the cog-railway to Kleine Scheidegg where there are more snow sure learner slopes.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, move onto the new ‘Slow Slopes’ – a collection of marked blue pistes in First and Männlichen limited to 30km/h. These are perfect for children, learners, and those who prefer to take a more leisurely approach.

More experienced skiers and boarders are very well catered for with miles of immaculately groomed blue and red runs, many of which lead you back to town - one of our favourites is the red #21 which begins up on Kleine Scheidegg. The gentle blue #22 is another good, long piste, and follows the railway all the way down to town. Those up for a challenge mustn’t miss the famous Lauberhorn World Cup black run, which isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. If you really want to test yourself, head for the notorious black, almost vertical 'Kanonenrohr' run in Mürren.

Pros can practise tricks at the super pipe in Schreckfeld, or get some serious air on the big kickers in the ‘White Elements’ snow park at Bärgelegg in the First area, where you can also play on the rails, boxes and wallslide.

Powder addicts will find some awesome off-piste by traversing below the Eiger north face, and here you can ski the popular ‘White Hair’, best done under the supervision of a guide – try Altitude Ski School, who also offer heli-skiing.


Grindelwald Apres Ski

This is the largest and busiest resort of the Jungfrau region, with a wide range of restaurants. Treat yourself with the fine French/Swiss dining at La Pendule d'Or, or keep it simple with a tasty pizza at Onkel Tom's Cabin. After you get down from the slopes, recharge with a hot drink and cake at Ringgenberg Tea Room, or a toasty at C&M café. Up on the mountains you’ll find some good lunch options – try the fondue at Berghaus Alpiglen, and don’t miss the Tipi bar at Kleine Scheidegg for a schnapps coffee. In the evenings boarders and the young crowd head to Avocado Bar. If you missed dinner don’t fret, the Mescalero Club in Hotel Spinne serves Mexican food till 10pm in high-season, and after you can stick around and rip up the dance floor. Challi Bar and the Plaza Club in the Hotel Sunstar are good fun too.

Non-skiers and families will enjoy many activities on offer, including a natural ice rink at Bärplatz and the well-equipped Grindelwald Sports Centre with a pool. You can also try the unusual ‘Velogemel’ sledges, which the locals have been using to get around for over a century. They’re a bit like scooters on skis and can be rented from the train station. For a challenge, tackle the longest sledge run in the world ‘Big Pintenfritz’ on the Faulhorn (15km long!).

Included in your lift pass is the ‘First Flieger’, another unique activity which is basically a giant 800m zip wire spanning from First to Schreckfeld. Groups of up to 4 whizz down at speeds reaching 84 km/h – making for an exhilarating and scenic ride. For something a bit more low-key visit the local Bernerhof Cinema, or learn about the area’s history at the Museum Grindelwald.

The revolving, solar-powered Piz Gloria restaurant which featured in the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ makes a brilliant half or full day trip, and is included in the area lift pass. Enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks from the top of the Schilthorn as you sip on a martini (shaken, not stirred, of course).


Families in Grindelwald

Grindelwald is a beautiful and welcoming resort for family holidays. Introduce your children to a classic ski destination with fascinating history – they will never forget the first time they ride the UNESCO World Heritage cog-railway up to the Jungfraujoch, or their first glimpse of the infamous Eiger north face. The town has excellent amenities for families, including plenty of family-friendly restaurants and hotels. Stay at Hotel Belvedere and enjoy incredible views of the surrounding mountains, or Grand Hotel Regina which has an ideal location close to the main lifts and town centre.

Families, especially those with little ones, often prefer to stay in an apartment because of the flexibility and privacy they provide. The well-appointed Eiger Apartments look out directly onto the north face of the Eiger. It’s much easier to organise meal times or take the kids for an afternoon nap if you’ve got your own apartment. Plus apartments are an excellent option for those on a budget. If you don’t mind spending a little more, you can treat yourselves to one of our top-end apartments; their great facilities are definitely worth it – common extras include swimming pools, saunas and gyms.

For those who don’t have their own pool, there’s the excellent Grindelwald Sports Centre in the middle of town complete with a children’s swimming pool and the thrilling ‘Black Hole’ slide. Families will also enjoy ‘Big Pintenfritz’, the longest sledge run in the world up on the Faulhorn mountain, and you can rent a ‘Velogemel’ from the station which is a local kind of sledge, a bit like a scooter on skis.

Below you’ll find some suggestions to browse, or to refine the results simply enter your information into the search bar. Our best value options are usually our package holidays which include flights, transfers and accommodation. We also have accommodation only options or self-drive holidays to choose from. To book your holiday now or for some friendly advice, give our expert team a call.


Group Holidays Grindelwald

Our lovely hotels in Grindelwald are ideal for groups looking to stay in the Jungfrau region this winter season. Hotels work well for groups because of their size, which means they can cater for larger parties, and you can meet up in the communal areas but still get the privacy of your own room. For groups we love Hotel Sunstar, which is right opposite the Firstbahn gondola, perfect for those keen to beat the crowds and get out early on the slopes. You might also want to consider the gorgeous Grand Hotel Regina which is only 50m from the funicular. Many of our top-hotels are very reasonably priced, especially if you take advantage of our discounts, and our 4 and 5 star properties come with amazing extras such as swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis and more. Those travelling with children should look out for our family-friendly hotels which often have playrooms, children’s menus and offer childcare (check individual information pages for more information).

We also have some excellent apartments in Grindelwald which are well suited to group holidays. What’s good about an apartment is that you get your own living area and cooking facilities, so you get a real home from home feel. An apartment gives you a great private space to all relax in together after skiing. Even if you only cook for yourselves one evening, you can end up saving a lot of money. Like our 4 and 5 star hotels, our high-end apartments come with indulgent extras such as wellness facilities.

Grindelwald is a good choice of destination for groups since there is a range of skiing to suit all abilities, and any snowboarders will be pleased with the great snow parks and extensive, wide runs. There are lots of fun activities to keep non-skiers entertained such as sledging and snow shoeing.


Grindelwald Village

Grindelwald is a classic Swiss mountain town, surrounded by authentic-looking Alpine farms and chalets. The village centre hotels, shopping and restaurants line the main road while smaller traditional chalets and hotels spread up the hill to the north of town.

The free ski bus is essential to get to accommodation up the hill or from the lift stations. In the absence of a humming night-time centre, and with a short daily transfer to the lifts almost wherever you start from, the best way to enjoy Grindelwald is in atmospheric lodgings slightly out of town that maximize your experience of the charming valley. In keeping with Grindelwald's popularity as a winter destination for non-skiers, the village has a walkable mix of shopping, tea rooms and restaurants, easy access to extensive winter-hiking and of course, exceptional views from every part of town.

Transportation - Get In


BY PLANE

Bern

The Jungfrau Region is within an hour from the Bern-Belp airport by train or car.

Basel

Direct Intercity trains operate between Basel and Interlaken Ost. Journey time: approx 2 hours.

Zurich/Geneva

Intercity trains to Bern, change there for Intercity train from Basel to Interlaken Ost. Journey time: Zurich approx 2 hours; Geneva approx 3 hours.


BY TRAIN

International trains of over 12 countries within Europe offer train connections to Switzerland. Within Switzerland, you can reach Interlaken Ost by Intercity trains, with connections to the region. There are direct trains from Basel to Interlaken Ost; from Zurich or Geneva you need to change in Bern. Trains run every 30 minutes.

Daily connections to Interlaken with ICE Frankfurt-Braunschweig-Berlin and EC Karlsruhe-Mainz-Köln-Düsseldorf-Amsterdam trains, make travelling by train.


BY CAR

In both summer and winter the region can be reached by car from Basel/Zurich/Geneva via Bern or Lucerne/Brünig Pass. From the south, you reach the Jungfrau Region via Grimsel- or Sustenpass (only in Summer) or via Simplonpass and afterwards Lötschberg Car Transport.

Wengen and Mürren are car-free: Parking for Wengen is available in Lauterbrunnen, Parking for Mürren in Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg.

Car navigation for Wengen and Mürren

Please make sure, that you type in "Lauterbrunnen" as your destination. There is no road that goes to Wengen or Mürren. If you type in "Wengen" or "Mürren", the navigation system will lead you on a small alpine gravel road where no private cars are allowed.


PARKING

Wengen/Mürren

Direct, sheltered access to the trains for Wengen and Mürren from the car park in Lauterbrunnen. The car park in Stechelberg with direct access to the cable car to Gimmelwald and Mürren, however, is not covered.

Grindelwald

There are different car parks:  Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 car parks) and Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 car parks) or Grindelwald Grund.

Transportation - Get Around

Grindelwald has two train stations: Grindelwald and Grund. The Grindelwald station is in the center of town; the Grund station is in the valley floor, on the way to Kleine Scheidegg. Wengernalpbahn trains (painted yellow and green) to Kleine Scheidegg generally stop at both stations. Berner Oberland Bahn trains (in blue and yellow livery) from Interlaken via Zweilütschinen stop only at Grindelwald. If you plan to walk between these stations, be aware that the two stations are about 1 km apart, and separated by roughly 100 m of vertical elevation.

local bus service can get you to nearby destinations.

The gondola lift to Männlichen departs a few hundred meters west of Grund station. The gondola lift to First begins about ten minutes' walk east of Grindelwald station, while the cable car to Pfingstegg is about fifteen minutes' walk east of Grindelwald station.

Accommodation & Hotels


Property Location: When you stay at Gletschergarten in Grindelwald, you'll be near ski lifts and minutes from Pfingstegg Cable Car and Pringsteggbahn. This ski hotel is within close proximity of First Cable Car and Gletscherschlucht.

Rooms: Stay in one of 26 guestrooms featuring LED televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have bathtubs or showers and hair dryers.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an outdoor tennis court and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Gletschergarten. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge, and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good management
    • Train station is a bit far
    • Friendly service
    • Nice balcony
  • HOTEL GLETSCHERGARTEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: When you stay at Parkhotel Schoenegg in Grindelwald, you'll be in a shopping district and within the vicinity of First and Eiger. This ski hotel is within the vicinity of Jungfraujoch.

Rooms: Stay in one of 50 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a spa tub. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and a television in a common area.

Dining: You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Parkhotel Schoenegg, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge, and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great menu
    • Spacious rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • PARKHOTEL SCHOENEGG SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Set in a prime location of Grindelwald, Berghaus Bort Hotel puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, family room, restaurant, pets allowed are just some of the facilities on offer. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating, desk. Take a break from a long day and make use of skiing, children's playground. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Grindelwald has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Berghaus Bort Hotel.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
    • Comfortable beds
  • BERGHAUS BORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Property Location: When you stay at Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald in Grindelwald, you'll be near ski lifts and convenient to Grindelwald Grund Gondola and Sportzentrum Grindelwald. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of First Cable Car and Pfingstegg Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 35 guestrooms featuring minibars. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy onsite recreational amenities such as ski-in/ski-out access. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Grindelwald? This hotel has facilities measuring 431 square feet (40 square meters), including a meeting room. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge, and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Nice building
    • Great view
  • ASPEN ALPINE LIFESTYLE HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.


Property Location: With a stay at Hotel Alpenhof, you'll be centrally located in Grindelwald, steps from Gletscherschlucht and Oberer Gletscher. This hotel is within close proximity of Indoor Rope Park and The Wetterhorn.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 17 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a spa tub and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hotel Alpenhof. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and multilingual staff. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Spacious rooms
    • Great view
    • Train station is close
    • Bathroom could be optimized
  • ALPENHOF SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

 


Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Grindelwald, whether exploring or just passing through. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are just some of the facilities on offer. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating, desk. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, indoor pool. For reliable service and professional staff, Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel caters to your needs.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Train station is close
    • Friendly service
    • Clean rooms
  • BELVEDERE SWISS QUALITY HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 13% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

 


Eiger Selfness Hotel is in the heart of Grindelwald, just a few minutes walk from the main station and the shops. We offer you different restaurations with a big varity of choices: Enjoy the international dishes in the adventures restaurant Barry‘s, Swiss potato– and cheese specialities in the bistro Memory, diversified menues in the dining-hall Galleria and aperitif or a goodnight-drinks in the Gepsi-Bar and Smoker‘s Lounge. Active, relaxation you find in our Selfness Center with a inviting Sauna, Blossumpool,with the supervised Gym, a big groupe fitness package in the Kerativum (Yoga. Speeding, etc.) and in the Selfness Lounge.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Clean rooms
    • Nice building
    • Great view
  • EIGER SELFNESS HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

 


Located just a 6-minute walk from the ski lift, Aparthotel Eiger offers spacious apartments with private balcony. It features a wellness centre and several restaurants and bars. All apartments at Eiger Aparthotel come with a well equipped kitchen and a balcony, some with views of the mountains. Complimentary cake and coffee are provided in the afternoon and the final cleaning fee is included in the rate. Guests can enjoy free access to the vast Selfness spa area, which includes a fitness centre, several saunas and a stylish lounge. The hotel also offers free access to a nearby sports complex, which includes a swimming pool and an ice skating rink. At Aparthotel Eiger guests can dine at Barry's, a typical alpine restaurant, or Memory, a cosy bistro. At Gepsi Bar guests can choose from a selection of cocktails. These restaurants and bars offer themed evenings according to the season and including fondue and barbecue evenings, candle-lit dinners and live music events.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Spacious rooms
    • Train station is close
    • Bathroom could be optimized
    • Great view
  • APARTHOTEL EIGER SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

 


Set in a prime location of Grindelwald, Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. All the necessary facilities, including 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, gift/souvenir shop, car power charging station, fireplace, are at hand. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including bowling alley, mini golf course, ski lessons, ski equipment rentals, yoga room. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Great view
  • ROMANTIK HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 90. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Sunstar Alpine Hotel & SPA Grindelwald is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Grindelwald. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. Facilities like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are readily available for you to enjoy. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, linens. Access to the hotel's fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), indoor pool, skiing will further enhance your satisfying stay. Convenience and comfort makes Sunstar Alpine Hotel & SPA Grindelwald the perfect choice for your stay in Grindelwald.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Great view
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Spacious rooms
  • SUNSTAR ALPINE HOTEL & SPA GRINDELWALD SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 87, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

Ski Area

Grindelwald’s ski area is suitable for all abilities so before becoming overly alarmed, or possibly excited, at the prospect of skiing the Eiger, rest assured that the region’s skiing is as benign as its peaks are fearsome.

You don't take skis anywhere near the biggest mountains unless setting off with a guide on a big ski tour to the south. The famous north faces are merely the backdrop to the much more modest hills at their foot. The highest point from which you can ski is the Oberjoch (2,486m), while the train reaches the Jungfraujoch (3,545m) one vertical kilometre higher. Maximum vertical descent is 1,450m (a 13km journey) from the Lauberhorn to Grindelwald and there's a total of over 200km of piste, with 40km covered by snowmaking. At 1,034m Grindelwald is low, with the main runs ending even lower at 950m Grund. Despite this it's reasonable to expect excellent skiing across the area for much of the season. If you're looking for good piste mileage through beautiful and varied terrain, without excessive challenge, this is the place.

Competent skiers looking for variety and exploration should plan a day trip to Murren's slopes (covered on the 'Sportpass Jungfrau' lift pass) as a change from the Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichenaarea, between Grindelwald and Wengen, which is the area's biggest ski region. The other side of Grindelwald, to the north, is First - an area that's only convenient to reach from Grindelwald itself, and a very good reason to stay there rather than Wengen or Mürren.

First

Easily overlooked, these 50km of piste and eight lifts have some of the area's best skiing and superb views. First is easy to access from the village of Grindelwald and awkward from anywhere else (including from the other half of the local ski area on Kleine Scheidegg). A three-stage gondola - the Firstbahn - gets you rapidly up to the skiing. From Schreckfeld the area opens up with chairs and draglifts. This is where you find the most reliable snow conditions. The apparently modest high points - 2170m First and 2486m Oberjoch - do in fact give significant descents to the village at 1034m, but on these south facing slopes the low altitude can mean a short season. Snowmaking down to the bottom reduces the problem and descending to town, even in spring conditions, has a magical quality: from high alp through forest, across meadows and then village outskirts. There's a choice of black down to the gondola base in the village or lovely meandering reds that end at a remote café/restaurant from where buses return to the village.

Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen

This is the biggest single area, directly below the Eiger. There are 100km of piste and 22 lifts with a high point of 2473m at the top of the Lauberhorn, of World Cup downhill fame. Pistes descend to Grund at 950m (below the village of Grindelwald) and on the other side of the ridge to Wengen at 1274m. Trains run up from both Grund and Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (2061m); gentle ski routes follow the tracks and elsewhere expansive, relatively easy red runs make up the majority of the skiing, most of which is on the Grindelwald side of the ridge that separates the two resorts.

As well as train access there's a gondola from Grund and a cable car from Wengen, both of which head for Mannlichen. Despite the north-easterly aspect, the lower slopes to Grund are sometimes short of snow. What Wengen wins through higher elevation it loses due to a sunnier aspect; downloading by train from an intermediate station is sometimes required.

Murren

Access to Murren's skiing (covered by the 'Sportpass Jungfrau') from Grindelwald is by train or road to Stechelberg, then cable car to Gimmelwald and on to the Schilthornbahn, or by train or road to Lauterbrunnen and cable car up to Grutschalp, continuing to Murren by train. Or you can cross the Kleine Scheidegg by lift and ski to Wengen from where a shorter train ride links to Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. Either way it's a trek with a lot of time spent on trains and lifts. On the reverse journey you can start skiing out of Wengen, but if your goal is First, it's better to take the train round to Grindelwald.


Grindelwald Beginner Skiing

There’s a strong argument for learning to ski in Grindelwald. As well as excellent slopes to graduate to once the basics are mastered, there’s everything else to make you come back for more: that view, the ambience, and charming cafes and restaurants to relax in. Even the resort’s weakest link – the old lifts and slow trains - may be an advantage to help you pace things through the day.

The good beginner area at the top of Kleine Scheidegg has lots of terrain to progress to and is at reasonable altitude for good snow. The long blue meandering back to Wengen is fine in good condition (not always the case) but often busy. Rather isolated, but something to aim for, the Mannlichen chair serves a blue; it could be reached direct from Wengen by cable car, making the return trip the same way. Wengen has a nursery area in the centre which has recently been extended. Both children and adults can have a reduced rate pass to cover just this area.

First's 'Bodmi' beginner area has its own draglift, but it's low and suffers from too much sun; once you've got your legs, the Oberjoch chair gives access to blues to each side though to make it all the way back to town involves a short red section or downloading between Schreckfeld and Bort.


Grindelwald Intermediate Skiing

Most of Grindelwald’s ski area is ideal for intermediates, with variety and easier options if a run looks too challenging. Officially around half of the terrain is suited to intermediates though in practice it feels like more - the easiest runs that would otherwise be beginner-only are in fact great journeys through the stunning landscape and suit anyone, regardless of their ability.

Grindelwald is also an area for long descents. Various routes back to Grindelwald, from Oberjoch or the far side of Kleine Scheidegg and also from Mannlichen, give runs of seven or eight kilometres through a mix of open rolling terrain and trees. First is an ideal playground in good conditions. The Grindel and Stepfi reds make wonderful trails through changing terrain, with impressive views across to the north faces. This is what skiing on piste is all about. There's also challenging mixed terrain higher up usually combined with easier, frequently blue, alternatives. Kleine Scheidegg/Mannlichen has huge terrain to explore: from the Kleine Scheidegg there are plenty of gentle blues and reds over what in summer is beautiful pasture.

The lower slopes on both sides of the village can get busy at the end of the day and also suffer from overuse and sunshine but in fresh conditions these are sublime routes. It might be a long, slow ride up, but it's worth it for the never-ending meander back down the route of the railway on a quiet sunny day. There's plenty towards Mannlichen too, with open skiing up top and charming tree runs lower down.


Grindelwald Advanced & Expert Skiing

Grindelwald is not noted for tough skiing though there are several exceptions to the rule. There are also worthy off piste excursions, including a day tour starting from the Jungfraujoch which takes in Switzerland’s most magnificent scenery and returns, many miles later, by train from the far side of the Bernese Oberland.

Nearer to home, from First's Egg lift, a black runs all the way down to the valley, following the line of the gondola for most of the way. From Oberjoch there is a tough black run, the Schwarzer Traum and a couple of itineraries. There are also enjoyable diversions through trees (though much of the forest is a protected zone).

On the Kleine Scheidegg/Mannlichen side there are just 19 km of black piste with very little truly steep stuff; the terrain is mainly rolling meadow which makes for easy, open skiing even when the pitch increases. The Lauberhorn World Cup descent is the obvious candidate for advanced skiers, though in practice this famous high-speed gliding course is a relatively gentle prospect when skied recreationally. But you don't have to be going insanely fast to appreciate the effect of the famous tunnel under the railway - at racing speeds it must be like threading a needle in a hurricane but with greater consequences if you miss. Unless you're late for lunch, break up the journey by checking the signboards along the way which have stories and info about the race.

Shorter and sharper, 'Oh God' has a nifty hump near the top: go over this with any speed and you'll appreciate where the name came from, or possibly realize that it's actually called something else that they can't print on the piste map in any language. In good conditions, the White Hare off-piste run at the bottom of the Eiger is excellent, but it's avalanche-prone. Also on this side of the mountain, below the Eiger glacier at the extreme south of the ski area, there are a couple more black runs whose effect is heightened by their proximity to the craggy rock face; the skiing here doesn't drop very low, so the snow's good but the runs are relatively short. For a controlled off piste experience there are two ungroomed itineraries - one under the Lauberhorn chair and a short one down to Wengernalp; the open terrain and lack of cliffs makes this is a great place to be after fresh snow, with lots of between-the-piste opportunities, almost all of it sufficiently gentle to be stable, and ideal for aspiring deep-snow skiers.


Grindelwald Snowboarding

All of Grindwelwald’s ski areas are boarder friendly, without serious traverses, though the Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen ski area has a few meandering trails which are not ideal; there are some draglifts, but far more chairlifts and gondolas, and easiest of all (though slow), the trains.

First has a snow-park below Oberjoch with jumps, rails and kickers; there's a superpipe next to the Berme piste. Towards the Wengen side of the Kleine Scheidegg area, there's Jumper's Corner off the Wixi chair, and Jump Street, halfway back to the village, served by a draglift, with a halfpipe and jumps. Some of the blues in this area can be too gentle for boarders, so if you're not in the park, you'll want to be on the Grindelwald side of the mountain.

Ski lifts & pass

Grindelwald's ski lft system may be charming and enjoyable, but it is also slow and long overdue for improvement. Faster lifts with more capacity and better lift connections need to be implemented more quickly if the lift system is to become consistent with Grindelwald's status as a 'Best of the Alps' resort.


Grindelwald Ski Lifts

In typical Swiss style, little trains (usually red) grind up improbably steep slopes to reach spectacular tourist viewpoints from all three villages. This looks charming and can be an enjoyable ride if you get a window seat, but it's not a quick way up the mountain.

Kleine Scheidegg & Mannlichen

The railway climbs from Grindelwald/Grund to Kleine Scheidegg with a couple of stops along the way. From Grindelwald village you must first take the connecting shuttle train down to Grund, or get the bus. None of this guarantees the best start to your day unless you're very keen on trains, nor is it speedy. The only alternative to the train is the slow Mannlichen four-person gondola, also from Grund.

Once you're on the mountain there are 20 lifts spread across the large area. One of the most recent is the Lager quad chair; the fact that they can get away with a four-seater may be explained by the inefficiency of the rest of the lift system which restricts the rate at which people can reach the main slopes. This should at least ensure that it is never too crowded on the way down. From Wengen it's a similar story: slow train or busy cable car to Mannlichen.

If you prefer getting up the mountain by ski-lift rather than train, you'll find some of those, like the Mannlichenbahn gondola from Grindelwald, are not the fastest either; it helps to take a relaxed attitude to your piste bashing or aim to stick to the faster lifts where possible. For an area of this size the total lift capacity of just 42,000 people per hour tells a story, but at least the ticket system is hands-free.

To get off to a good start from Grindelwald you can ride up from 08.00 and from 08.15 from Wengen. Avoid the worst of the queues from the valley stations at around 10.00am in high season.

Much needed improvements are planned for the system: the slow gondola will be replaced in a few years, along with the last of the T-bars which will be replaced by chair lifts.

First

One of First's many advantages is that you avoid the train. The main lift, a six-person gondola, rises 1000 vertical metres from the village in three stages. There are also three chairlifts including the Schilt quad and three drag lifts.


Grindelwald Ski Lift Passes

There are several options when you buy your pass: novices use points cards for the nursery slope lifts, while the Grindelwald-Wengen and Mürren-Schilthorn passes do what they say. There's also a Sportpass Jungfrau ticket which covers the whole region and an additional 'Top Ticket' for the Jungfraujoch - a journey which should be made, even by the keenest skiers (there's no way to ski down to the resort area from the top, so it's a tourist outing) on the first fine day in resort. You'd be crazy to come to the area and miss this trip; if you're fit and a reasonable skier, make it a part of the Lotschenlucke day tour off piste. But beware - it's expensive! There is also a 'Hike-and-Sledge Pass' for access to the extensive trails; again, it's not cheap though compares well with some resorts where non-skiers are priced off the mountain.

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Restaurants & Nightlife


Grindelwald Bars & Restaurants

Of the three main Jungfrau region villages, Grindelwald has the most bars, restaurants and nightlife ski by a long shot. This should be your base if apres ski and nightlife are important to you. There are seven bars in Grindelwald, many of them in hotels.

The bars at Kleine Scheidegg, including a teepee tent, and the Lauberhorn bar by the start of the downhill are the main on-mountain spots, with the prospect of the long descent, either to Grindelwald or Wengen at the end of play.

The tiny Espresso Bar in the Hotel Spinne is always crowded. Loud music and a lot of beer, with a friendly atmosphere - the ideal meeting place after boarding or skiing. Nearby is a large plastic tent that thumps out apres-ski music. More sedate is the Gepsi Bar in the Hotel Eiger - cosy, with comfortable sofas and live music in high season.

The C&M is a cafe and restaurant in a wooden chalet towards the First end of town, ideal on your way home after skiing on this side of the resort. The Hotel Central Wolter has a cafe-bar with outside tables and chairs from which you can watch the world go by. Later into the evening, two of the best nightclubs are the Mescalero (at the Hotel Spinne) and the Plaza (Hotel Sunstar).


Grindelwald Mountain Restaurants

Grindelwald and Wengen have 27 mountain restaurants in all, with a fair mix of businesslike but good- quality places, and rustic restaurants which fit the relaxed mood of the skiing. It’s a similar story nearby in Murren, with the additional highlight of the Schilthorn, dominated by one of the Switzerland’s most spectacular revolving restaurants.

Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen

The busiest restaurant scene is at the top of Kleine Scheidegg, at the Banhof Restaurant and at the top station of Mannlichen so head to one of the many restaurants lower down the mountain for a more intimate experience.  Also at Kleine Scheidegg, there's apres-ski atmosphere from very early in the day, with good music and frequently hordes of people in and around the teepee tent. The Lauberhorn Startbar at the start of the downhill course can also be lively, and the Spycher Bar at Mannlichen has a good sundeck for views onto the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

First

There's a bar or restaurant near half the lift stations on First. The top of the gondola has a quality restaurant, and there are plans to create a pizza bar up there at the expense of the ski school eating area (upsetting the ski school, mainly). The Waldspitz, on a beautiful walking trail, is a renovated old chalet with a small bar and food, as well as a few bedrooms, along with a lovely atmosphere and views. You can reach it by skiing off-piste from the top of Oberjoch or by hiking or cross-country skiing. At the Wetterhorn on the long red run home, there's a good restaurant and bar at the hotel for an end-of-day drink. The bus stops here but with good snow you can ski back to town. There are a couple more restaurants along this route - Blumlisalp and Pumuckl's.

Activities & Things to do

With a never-ending amount of spectacular views and breathtaking mountain peaks, valleys and lakes, Grindelwald offers an exceptional array of things to do and experience. The majority of Grindelwald activities are best reserved for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • If you can’t get enough fresh air, start your day in Grund which provides access to the Grindelwald Valley’s 12 miles of cross-country skiing trails.
  • Grindelwald is home to the world’s longest toboggan run, Langster Schlittelweg der Wald. From the top of Faulhorn’s 8,795-foot peak the famed toboggan trail descends more than miles down.
  • The Bussalp area offers a high Alpine snow tubing park.
  • You can also enjoy 62 miles of “winter walking” trails, as well as snowshoe trails, indoor and outdoor ice rinks and paragliding.
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