Grindelwald The Eiger Village

Winter Skiing Holidays to Grindelwald and the entire Jungfrau region

Grindelwald is based in the Bernese Oberland and lies embedded in the commanding mountains with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This backdrop and the numerous lookout points and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland.

grindelwald-logo It is also the home to the amazing Jungfraujoch, the highest railway in Europe. The cog railway takes you up to a height of 3,454m. It is now over 100 years old and as well as being the highest is also the most fascinating train you’ll experience.

Classic Swiss Mountain Town Jungfrau Region

the world famous eiger in grindelwald

Grindelwald is also the largest base in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own ski area, famous for the accessibility of its glaciers and spectacular scenery. Long famed as a winter tourist destination with slopes for beginners and intermediates and the challenges of the Eiger glacier for the experienced, it is the usual starting point for ascents of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn.

Grindelwald village is a classic Swiss mountain town. It is surrounded by authentic Alpine farms and chalets. All the hotels, little shops and restaurants line up along the main road, leaving all the smaller quaint and traditional chalets and hotels to spread up the hills to the north of the village. There is a free bus to help you around the village and to the lift station. The best places to go are just outside of the village to take in the amazing experience of the charming valley, while being surrounded by the original farms and outbuildings.

Snowy Village of Grindelwald at the foot of the Eiger. Above Interlaken in the Jungfrau region

Eating Out

Grindelwald has a great selection of restaurants. They are mostly hotel based, serving everything from Chinese, French, Italian, and Japanese all the way back to the Swiss Specialities. These range from informal and very good value with a village square boasting unpretentious and friendly restaurants to the top and 4 star hotels and restaurants.

Après Ski

With so much going on in the evenings in Grindelwald, the action in the bars fails to dominate the resort’s repu­tation. However there is plenty happening. Après-ski is excellent here, from quiet informal cafes to lively bars with music and rock bands. There are bars for every taste, night clubs are generally free entry and they and the main bars offer a number of theme nights as well.

Jungfrau Region Cog Railway

There are three ski regions that make up the entire area. The First, the Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen and the Schilthorn – Mürren. They total around 215km of pistes with around 30 lifts reaching up to an altitude of nearly 3,000m.

In the First area there is over 60km of prepared slopes and the White Elements snow park and the Super Pipe are very popular. There is a 30 limit ski slope to give the learners and escape from the speed freak. 40km of winter footpaths and tobogganing runs coupled with a magnificent panorama of the north faces of the Bernese Alps distinguish the Grindelwald-First region. First is reached by gondola from Grindelwald.

The Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen area has 110km of pistes and is home to the World-famous Lauberhorn World Cup Downhill run, which leads down to Wengen over a distance of 4.2km. The Schilthorn – Mürren area has the famous James Bond rotating restaurant awaiting you at the top and the challenging
Inferno Ski run, the start of the longest race of its type in the world. (Its 4 times the length of a typical downhill run!)

grindelwald piste mapLive: Open Lifts

The ski region is reached by cog railway from both Grindelwald and Wengen or by cableway.

At altitudes of between 1,650m – 3,000m, the Mürren-Schilthorn ski region is the highest in the Bernese Oberland and gives you around 55km of pistes with top snow conditions well into the spring. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the I’m Rad snow park in Mürren and for non-skiers there are winter footpaths and toboggan runs. You can have a coffee whilst enjoying the view of 200 alpine summits in the rotating restaurant. The Mürren-Schilthorn area is fed by cable car from Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg.

Ski Rental Equipment

Over the years we have managed to negotiate some superb equipment at excellent rates and have passed the benefits of this directly to you. We use one of the top Sports Shops in Grindelwald, Bernet Sports. We can offer you a huge 20% discount if you need to rent any equipment for your holiday.

SKIS: Top rate skis are included in the rental price with the latest brands and models.

SNOWBOARDS: No extra for snowboards with the latest bindings and designs.

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport
Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that
suits you.

Travelling to Grindelwald
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 00min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 10min
Train Transfer Time from *Geneva: 3hr 35min
Train Transfer Time from *Zürich: 2hr 55min
Driving Distance from Calais: 520 miles

* Swiss Fly-Luggage available

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-Catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 8-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the ski lifts and free village ski bus.

All our hotels, chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.


Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In this resort we can even offer a 5 star hotel.


If you have any specific requests such as swimming pools, childcare etc, please also mention this on the Personal Quote Page and we will do our utmost to quote you the ideal place to suit your needs.

OTP Holidays – Grindelwald Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, LOW & HIGH season. We have Youth prices for up to 20yrs old, discounts for children up to the age of 16yrs and
even bigger savings for Children under the age of 6yrs!

Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices include…

  • 20% discount on ski rental equipment
  • Discounted ski passes
  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on
    Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

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