Grindelwald, Switzerland is a traditional town at the foot of the Eiger Mountain. It lies in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The views are breathtakingly picturesque and are unbeatable no matter the weather. On a clear day, the sun reflects off the surface of the snowfall in a way that rivals a Tiffany & Co.’s showroom. The reflection gleams and sparkles every direction you look. When it snows, just being able to have the Eiger as a backdrop is capable of taking your breath away, regardless of how many times it has been witnessed. All in all, Grindelwald is the perfect winter wonderland and isn’t to be missed.
There are several ways to get to Grindelwald, but in my opinion, the best way is by car. There is something spectacular and liberating about driving along the twists and turns through the Alps. A lot of people end up taking the train, but it was extremely expensive for the few days we would be spending there. If you do drive in the winter or where there is any snowfall, be absolutely certain you have tire chains prior to embarking up a mountain road.
Storytime: My boyfriend and I embarked on the final stretch of the journey up a mountain road in our really nice BMW rental car. It came with snow tires, so we didn’t think too much of it when our lovely AirBnB hostess told us we would need tire chains. Thinking we were all set, we went up the mountain. We stopped 150 feet up and were stuck!! We kept sliding down a guardrail backwards no matter how hard we tried to get unstuck. It was a pretty good relationship test to giggle about now, but at the time it was really scary. Be sure you are prepared!
Our apartment was nestled into the hillside with a perfect view of the Eiger right at our doorstep, it was an excellent location to be in a quiet area but we were still able to walk to a nearby restaurant, it was one of the best from the whole trip at Cafe 3692. It was lovely and quiet. If you’re uncomfortable driving in snow or don’t take a car at all, I would recommend staying close to the city center and train station. There will be a lot more you can do there.
The highlight of our trip was the excursion up to the Top of Europe aka Jungfraujoch. It is the highest train station in Europe and (in my opinion) some of the best views. To get to Jungfraujoch, you need to head to either of the train stations in Grindelwald. It honestly doesn’t matter which. Then buy a two part ticket with service to Jungfraujoch via Kline Sheidegg. The train ride takes you up a track surrounded by jagged mountaintops. Once you arrive at Kline Sheidegg you’ll have to switch trains for the final leg of the journey. You’ll have enough time to pee, but don’t expect to have enough time to order food before the next train leaves.
Once you head up the final leg of the journey, you’ll make two panoramic stops to check out the scenery halfway up the mountain. It’s stunning and I recommend stopping at both stops and checking it out. At the top of Europe, you have several options for things to do. You can go to the observation deck, get some food in one of the restaurants, check out the watch store, explore the ice sculptures inside a glacier, learn in the museum, or eat your way through out the Lindt Swiss Chocolate store.
We decided on the observation deck and were graced with perfect weather for the endeavor. There are 360 degree views of the Alps. Luckily there was no wind and no clouds for our trip. If you can go on a day with weather like that, it surely is a treat. There are several fearless birds at the top who I wished I could be. They had some pretty fabulous views. Once you get too cold from being outside, the museum and glacial ice art are a great way to pass the time. My favorite was stopping by the Chocolate store. They have almost any type of chocolate that you could think of, it was a perfect ending to the day. Sadly we didn’t get to spend too much time there because Jungfraujoch closed for the day. We headed back to Grindelwald wishing we could stay there forever.
As the Swiss adventure came to a close, Trevor and I vowed to come back some day to see it again. I will never forget how wonderful it was! Has anyone else ever visited Grindelwald? What was your favorite part?