As the snow melts on the Swiss Alps, the winter ski slopes of Grindlewald First are transformed into a summer playground. Sightseers and adventure-seekers alike, make their way to enjoy a day among the UNESCO World Heritage listed peaks.
A 25 minute gondola ride takes you to the top. This was our first experience of the Swiss cable car system. During ride to the top, we had views of snow-capped mountains and views over the village. As Grindelwald slowly disappeared behind us. The every present sound of cow bells echoed from the lush green pastures below.
Arriving at Grindelwald First, we were rewarded with breathtaking clear mountain views. We found there were endless activities to amuse us for the day. Whether you simply wanted to relax and take in the scenery or engage in some serious adrenalin-filled activity, there was something for everyone.
Relaxation and adventure in the Swiss Alps
Before exploring, we spent some time relaxing in the fields of wildflowers , taking in the breathtaking panorama of rugged snow capped mountains, alpine pastures and distant mountain lakes.
Para-sailers hurled themselves off the mountain, sailing into the valley below. Other adventure seekers were harnessed to a zip line. They were then hurtled down an 800 metre cable line to the next gondola station at Schreckfeld.
Others chose to hire mountain carts or mountain bikes for their return journey to the bottom of the mountain.
The First Cliff Walk provides amazing views towards the Eiger and into the abyss below. Those more adventurous than myself can walk along a metallic walkway hugging the side of the cliff.
Walking trails meaner through the alps
Hike to Bachalpsee
You can choose from a myriad of walking and hiking trails, suitable for everyone. Even though we are not experienced hikes, we found the two hour return walk to the beautiful mountain lake of Bachalpsee easy, enjoyable and rewarding.
This was more a gentle stroll, with a few undulating hills to contend with. Paved walkways meander through alpine meadows, resplendent with wildflowers. Cowbells clanged in the distance as we enjoyed the pristine mountain air. There is a new breathtaking panoramic view of the alps around every turn in the pathway.
As we rounded the final turn in the path, we were suddenly rewarded with an awe- inspiring view. The snowcapped Schreckhorn, Wetterhorn and Finsteraarhorn mountains were reflected in the glassy waters of the mountain lake Bachalpsee. We rested on the grassy banks for some time to take in the spectacular views.
Returning to the station after our two hour return trek, we were tired, hungry and thirsty. We found the alpine cafteria somewhat overpriced. But we still enjoyed a restorative schnitzel, apfelstruessel and bier before catching the gondola home.