The traditional Swiss villages of Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren come closer to the fairytale image of an alpine ski idyll than perhaps anywhere else in Europe, with their quaint cog railways, rustic ambience and stunning mountain scenery.

Grindelwald is a ski resort in the mid-sized Jungfrau ski area, but skiing is only part of its appeal. You don't need skis or a snowboard to be stunned into silence by the brooding cliffs of the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau mountains visible from the village or the walks that surround it. And nor do you need them to ride up on the railway tunneled deep into the heart of the Eiger, only to emerge at 3545m on the edge of the Aletsch glacier - the biggest glacier in the Alps and the source of the river Rhone. Of course, there are even more stupendous views from here, stretching across the 4000m peaks of the Bernese Oberland and north over the Swiss plains into Germany.

And whilst the skiing is less remarkable that the scenery, Grindelwald has enough of it to satisfy most skiers and boarders provided they first and foremost want a relaxing holiday rather than a test of skill, bravery or endurance.  It's split into three separate sectors. The first is First  - that is its name although it's pronounced 'fierce'. This is the area behind Grindelwald village on sunny south-facing slopes, so it can get slushy in the afternoon later in the season. It has runs to suit all standards, if you can withstand the temptation of soaking up the sunshine in its mountain restaurants. The next is Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen: these are the gentle, intermediate-friendly slopes on the other side of Grindelwald that lead back to the village and also to Wengen. And last, there is Murren. It's a bit of a journey to get there from Grindelwald (ski down to Wengen, take the train to Lauterbrunnen and a cable car back up) so it's not a trip you will want to make every day, but the reward is even more splendid views and some higher, more snow-sure and steeper runs.

Then there is the village itself. Grindelwald is a bit streched-out, and not quite as picturesque as Wengen or Murren, and in the middle of winter, the towering peaks above it ensure it gets very little sun, but these are minor quibbles: all in all it's a charming Swiss mountain village with wooden chalets and streets full of character that are nice to wander around. And unlike Wengen and Murren you can drive there, or get a transfer from the airport direct to your accommodation, which makes it easier to reach.

Ski Hire in Grindelwald

There are plenty of ski and board rental shops to choose from - just don't expect a bargain if you simply walk into the first one you see when you arrive. works with several shops in the resort and around it and can secure large discounts if you book online in adavnce - click here to see the latest offers and shop locations.

 SKISET also has an outlet and offers discounts if you book online in advance.

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Grindelwald Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateBernese Oberland
  • RegionJungfrau
  • Base940 metres
  • Summit2,971 metres
  • Vertical2,031 metres
  • Ski area extent213 km
  • Beginner50 km
  • Intermediate131 km
  • Advanced32 km
  • Longest run12 km
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  • Day lift pass 36
  • 6 day lift pass 190

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