- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
- French Phrases
- German Phrases
Grindelwald (3,445 feet) may be surrounded by the peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Mönch, and Jungfrau, but it is best known as the "Eiger village"—it faces the terrifying north face of the peak that has claimed so many mountain climbers' lives that some call it the "death wall. " In the summer of 2006 the Eiger almost claimed Grindelwald itself as its newest victim: headlines around the world described the large chunk of rock face that broke off (due to unseasonably warm temperatures) and plummeted down the mountainside, covering Grindelwald in dust for several days.
Not counting its sheer Alpine beauty, the town remains among the most popular in the Berner Oberland for the simple reason that it is one of the most accessible of the region's mountaintop resorts. Strung along a mountain roadway with one main train station (and another used mainly for excursions to and from the mountains), it makes an excellent base for skiing, shopping, and dining—if you don't mind a little traffic. Once you get off the main road, there are gorgeous Alpine hikes in all directions.
Grindelwald at a Glance
Elsewhere in Berner Oberland
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe