Grindelwald and the Bernese Oberland

Grindelwald and the mountains of the Bernese Oberland were the highlights of our trip to Switzerland (not counting the friends we visited, of course). The scenery there is so dramatic and beautiful, it doesn’t really matter that Grindelwald itself is a bit touristy. Our friends picked us up from Zurich airport and we drove to Grindelwald stopping a few times for photos, and for lunch in Interlaken where we ate Schnitzel and Alpine Macaroni. Yum.

We stayed in an Airbnb in Grindelwald in the centre of town. It wasn’t cheap (nothing is in Switzerland) but it was central and had a porch with a view of the Eiger, so it was worth it.

There was a music and food festival on, so we soaked up the last of the sun and ate some food truck burritos and burgers and chatted to some very drunk Americans we shared a table with. The weather finally looked like it would be decent for our only full day in Grindelwald, so we planned to get up early and hike.

From Grindelwald, we walked to Alpiglen, which is a restaurant and train station about half way to our final destination of Kleine Schidegg. The walk up was mostly paved with decent views of Grindelwald but STEEP, over 4 km you climb about 700 metres. The Wandervegs are well marked with distances and times that it would take to reach your destination. We stopped in Alpiglen to enjoy the view, and ate melted alpine cheese on toast with carbonated apple juice, the first of much cheese enjoyed on the trip.

The more beautiful part of the walk was the Eiger Trail from Alpiglen to Kleine Schidegg. There are two ways to reach Kliene Schidegg, one via the Eiger Trail which is about 700 metres of climbing or via a farm track which is shorter and about 400 metres of climbing.  If you don’t think the entire hike is for you, definitely skip the part from Grindelwald to Alpiglen and just do the second half on the Eiger trail. It’s worth it.

The walk was beautiful, and not technical at all. With waterfalls, mountains and alpine meadows surrounding you, plus the north face of the Eiger looming overhead, it’s hard not to enjoy it. When we reached the upper lift station, we soaked up the views of the three famous mountains, the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. We headed downhill to the Kliene Schidegg, and JUST before we reached it, it started to pour. We rushed to the train station to buy tickets, and it started to clear up, so we sat at a restaurant and enjoyed the  view (and some apple strudel) for a while.

We were able to take the train down, it wasn’t cheap, but it went directly to Grindelwald! Though we didn’t see any cows with bells, it was a successful day of hiking in the alps.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanja says:

    beautiful nature #farawayfiles

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    1. Thanks! It was an incredible place to hike!

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  2. I’m DYING to go here!! Especially when it’s covered in snow! But Spring/Summer also looks nice for a good hike! #FarawayFiles

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    1. I wouldn’t mind going back for some skiing! It’s such a beautiful place!


  3. Ruth says:

    These place is so beautiful. I cannot resist alpine scenery. Went about a months ago to Salzburg and fell in love with everything I saw there. I imagine how scenic Switzerland is. #FarawayFiles

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    1. There’s nowhere quite like the alps! I’m looking forward to skiing them this winter, which I’m sure will be just as beautiful. I haven’t been to Salzburg yet but it looks very scenic!


  4. Tara says:

    Goodness, it looks breathtaking! Your photos really do it justice. It’s definitely going on my bucket list. #farawayfiles

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    1. Thanks, it was such an amazing place to visit, I hope you make it there soon!


  5. Clare Thomson says:

    OK Amanda, this is definitely my kind of place. Great cheese, fabulous views and amazing hikes! I’ve only been to Interlaken so must really go back and explore more of the area. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Definitely, we enjoyed our stop in Interlaken but the views in Grindelwald were amazing!

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  6. Katy says:

    Heidi country! Switzerland in such a beauty. I’m always in awe of those lakes and mountains – so beautiful. We’ve mainly been to the French speaking part of the country so looking forward to discovering Gindelwald one day. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go-I was blown away by the mountains and lakes!


  7. Reblogged this on Travel Inspire Connect and commented:
    I love Switzerland 🇨🇭! So peaceful and beautiful… it felt so much like home. Wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing, Amanda


  8. No cows with bells? That is jingling up a great memory of our visit to Grindlewald many many moons ago! I remember taking a gondola up and just being stunned by the mountains! I have a thing for mountains! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, cheers from Norway (mountains!) Erin

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    1. I know! That was the only disappointment of the trip. I love mountains too (and fjords!)

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    1. Thanks! It was absolutely beautiful!


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