Holidays to Grindelwald put you in the magnificent Swiss outdoors or let you admire them from cosy chalets and upscale shops.

Grand old Grindelwald

A cosy village in the Bernese Alps offering low-stakes escapes and high altitude excitement, Grindelwald's a fun-packed Swiss retreat for all ages. Whether you're happiest carving up mountain slopes, getting the perfect sunrise snapshot or enjoying some hot choc with a view, this mountainside town's got it.

Alluring alpine atmosphere

There are scores of European eateries around, many with views of the mystic mountains. Walk off a meal of bread and potatoes dipped in cheese fondue with a scenic trip down the Maennlichen Romantic Trail. Swanky Swiss shopping awaits at Kirchhofer, and there are athletic wear outlets for when you want to top up your ski wardrobe.

Peachy peaks

High altitude walks are easy as pie, thanks to the local cable car, and dazzling ski runs will take you all the way back to Grindelwald. You can even paraglide from the summit of First, a 25-minute train ride away. The peak of Jungfraujoch is 30 minutes out by train, where you'll get some of the most soul-stirring views in Europe.

Terrestrial touring

There's plenty to do off the mountainside. Scramble over the underground rivers and reflective walls of Glacier Canyon – five minutes' drive from Grindelwald – from the safety of a giant net. Or experience exhilarating action at the Indoor Rope Park, great for the occasional rainy day and just another five-minute drive away.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Grindelwald:

• Cycle routes
• Outdoor pool
• Tennis courts
• Minigolf

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