In summer, the winter ski slopes of Grindlewald First transform into a playground for sightseers and adventure-seekers alike. It was here we spent an enjoyable second day in Switzerland.
I swallowed my phobia of heights to take the 25 minute gondala ride to the top, focussing on the views of snow-capped mountains and views from Grindelwald. The ever-present sound of cowbells echoed from the lush green pastures below as Grindelwald slowly disappeared behind us.
At the top, we were rewarded with breathtaking clear mountain views and 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
We could have sat all day relaxing in the fields of wildflowers enjoying 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 and hurtled down an 800 metre cable line to the next gondola station at Schreckfeld below. Others chose to hire mountain carts or mountain bikes for their return journey to the bottom of the mountain.
A metallic walkway hugging the side of the cliff, the First Cliff Walk provides amazing views towards the Eiger and into the abyss below. Those more adventurous than myself took advantage of the opportunity.
Hike to Bachalpsee
You can choose from a myriad of walking and hiking trails, suitable for everyone. I am anything but an experienced hiker, but 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 and a breathtaking panoramic view of the alps.
Suddenly we were rewarded with an awe- inspiring view. The snowcapped Schreckhorn, Wetterhorn and Finsteraarhorn mountains 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 more than ready for a restorative schnitzel, apfelstruessel and bier in the somewhat overpriced cafeteria before the gondola home to our little Swiss chalet.
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