At a glance
Break in your hiking boots on the Eiger Mountain trail
Go from the piste to the past at Grindelwald Museum
Tour the sights of central Switzerland by cogwheel train
Top things to See and Do in Grindelwald
Grindelwald is mainly known for its picturesque mountain landscape and not for its sparkling waters, so don't expect to be relaxing on lake shores throughout your stay. However, if you're planning to venture out of the pretty Swiss town and up into the mountains, you will find some hidden lakes amidst the peaks.
Head up the First gondola and take an hour's walk to the idyllic Bachalpsee. This small mountain lake is surrounded by green marshland and backed by stunning mountains. There are two sections of the lake, with one smaller pond located slightly below the larger part.
While there aren't any designated beaches or lidos around the shores of Bachalpsee, feel free to throw down your towel on any of the grassy banks and go for a a dip. It's relatively quiet, too, so you don't have to worry about not finding somewhere to sit.
For an evening with ambience, grab a table on the outdoor terrace at the interestingly named Avocado Bar. Despite its name, the fashionable green fruit isn't what this bar is famous for – it's simply a relaxing environment with good, soothing music and a low-key atmosphere.
Upbeat evenings are also on the cards in Grindelwald. The Espresso Bar, next to the Hotel Spinne, is usually lively and has an outdoor terrace facing the north face of the Eiger. Another option, The Juke Box, is designed like a large living room, stuffed with sofas, and even has a terrace with views towards the Eiger, too.
Grindelwald is known for its mountain cheeses, so you'll find lots of fondue restaurants for when you’re craving a melted pot of gooey goodness with fresh bread and potatoes. There are plenty of mountain restaurants to take lunch at if you’ve taken a cable car up for the day, all with excellent views, as well as a variety of eateries on the Dorfstrasse in the centre of town.
Superb scenery at C&M
The modern chalet restaurant C&M has great views of the Eiger and surrounding mountains from its outdoor terrace. The menu - offering slightly different dishes to what you'd traditionally find here - is a little limited, but this means everything is prepared and cooked with extra love and care.
A quick quiche at Backeri-Konditorei-Café Ringgenberg
The large, down-to-earth café on the Dorfstrasse, Backerei-Konditorei-Café Ringgenberg, is great for breakfast or lunch. It serves up a large selection of reasonably priced breads, sandwiches, quiches, cakes, ice creams and pastries as well as larger meals, which you can also buy to take away.