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9 Things to Do in Grindelwald-First (+ One Day Itinerary)

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Grindelwald-First is one of the top places to visit when traveling to Grindelwald in Switzerland. Just as many other places in the region, it’s a destination in itself and you can easily spend several days exploring this area alone. However, even if you only have a day in Grindelwald, this guide should help you make the absolute best of your time.

In this article, we cover some of the best adrenaline-rushing activities at Grindelwald-First, the best views including the famous Cliff Walk, and also some of the nicest hiking trails in the area.

Below, you can find a list of the best things to do in Grindelwald-First. Further down, you can find a map of the area and practical information for your visit. At the bottom of this article, we included four different itinerary suggestions for how to spend one day in Grindelwald. Take a look!

Good to know: While most outdoor activities at Grindelwald-First are possible in any season, some of the adventurous mountain attractions are only available in summer. For example, Mountain Cart and Trottibike are summer activities, but First Glider, First Flyer, and Cliff Walk are usually open in the winter as well (weather permitting). In winter, this area is very popular with skiers and snowboarders.

Best things to do at Grindelwald First
Bachalpsee Lake near Grindelwald-First
 

Here are the best things to do at Grindelwald – First:

1. Amazing Views from Grindelwald-First Cable Car

Grindelwald – First is located at the top of the mountain and can best be reached by cable car from Grindelwald. The scenic gondola ride from Grindelwald to First takes 25 minutes and the views along the way are simply phenomenal. You won’t know where to look first…

On your way up, you’ll pass two mountain gondola stations – Bort and Schreckfeld. For Trottibike, you’ll have to disembark at Bort. If you are planning to go on the First Glider, First Flyer, or Mountain Cart, you’ll need to disembark at Schreckfeld. For the First Cliff Walk and Bachalpsee Lake, remain seated all the way to the end, until you reach First.

Ideally, you first go all the way up and start with the activities at First. Then slowly make your way down the mountain. On the other hand, that’s what most people do and so if you want to avoid the queues at some of the most popular activities, you may want to start there first thing in the morning. More information below.

Mountains in Grindelwald
Grindelwald scenery as seen from Grindelwald-First cable car
 

2. First Glider

I recommend starting your day with a flight over the mountains. If you ever wanted to see the world from a bird’s eye, this is your chance. First Glider is a recent attraction at the Grindelwald-First area and is an absolute must!

First Glider is a sort of a zip line experience, except that you are flying like a bird with your face down. At first, you are pulled 800 m backwards up the hill and then you fly down at a speed of 83 km/h.

Securely fastened and free as an eagle, you soar over an alpine valley with the most incredible views around you. It’s one of the most special things you can do, not just in Grindelwald, but anywhere in the world. And I strongly recommend you overcome any fears and uncertainties and give it a try.

We went on First Glider mainly because our kids absolutely wanted to do it. I was terrified and wasn’t sure until the last moment if I’d dare. When they buckled me up to the ‘bird’, I really thought of throwing in the towel. But there was no way back and so I decided to relax and enjoy the experience to the fullest. As we were flying, I was looking all around me trying to absorb every single detail and every single moment of this short flight. I absolutely loved it and so did the kids!

First Glider
First Glider – one of the best experiences ever!
 

First Glider with Kids

When we visited, we found conflicting information with regards to age/height requirements for First Glider. Some sources said that the minimum age is 10 years, whereas others said that the minimum height is 130 cm (4ft 3).

Our twins were just 8 so we weren’t sure if they could fly. Upon arrival, the staff told us that the only thing that matters is the height. Since our kids were taller than 130cm, they could go on First Glider.

Flying on First Glider is by far one of the most unique experiences ever and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. The kids loved it as well! They wouldn’t stop talking about it for days to come. We all agreed that First Glider was the most remarkable experience of the summer.

Practical Information

First Glider starts and ends near Schrekfeld gondola station. The flight itself takes just a minute or two, but only 4 people can go at once, so the queues here can get really long. If you want to do this, I recommend coming here first thing in the morning.

The maximum allowed weight is 125 kg (275 lbs) per person. Bags are not allowed on First Glider. But since you start and end at the same place, you can easily leave all your belongings there.

First Glider requires a separate ticket. At the end of this article, you can find more information about the tickets.

First Glider in Grindelwald-First
First Glider
 

3. First Cliff Walk by Tissot

First Cliff Walk by Tissot is the most popular thing to do in Grindelwald-First. It doesn’t require any special equipment, doesn’t take much time, and is free to enter. So if you do just one thing at Grindelwald-First, make it this one.

Cliff Walk is a metal walkway and a swinging bridge perched to the side of the First mountain (2,168 m – 7,112 ft). There is also a viewing platform that stretches high above the ravine affording wonderful views of the region.

If you have fear of heights, it might look a bit intimidating at first. But the views are amazing and it’s well worth beating your fears and taking a short walk here.

READ MORE: First Cliff Walk

Best things to do in Grindelwald First - First Cliff Walk
First Cliff Walk
 

4. First Flyer

First Flyer is another flight attraction at Grindelwald-First. It’s a zip line with one-person chairs, so you fly while seated. It’s a bit like a chair swing ride, but downhill and really fast. Secured with a harness, you fly down from First to Schreckfeld, enjoying incredible views along the way.

We didn’t do this because our younger kids were too small for the First Flyer, but it looked really fun.

If you have enough time, I think I’d do both flights – First Glider and First Flyer. But if you only want to do one, I’d go for the First Glider as it’s a much more unique experience that just can’t be compared to anything else.

First Flyer
First Flyer
 

Practical Information

First Flyer starts at First and ends at Schreckfeld. It’s also a very popular attraction and queues can get quite long.

Furthermore, backpacks or other bags are not allowed on the First Flyer. You have to leave them at the top gondola station in First. That means that after your ride, you’ll have to take a cable car back to First. Grindelwald Train Station also has luggage storage, but you’ll probably want to take a small backpack with you anyway, so keep this in mind when planning your day at Grindelwald – First.

The minimum weight for the First Flyer is 35 kg (77 lbs) and the maximum weight is 125 kg (275 lbs).

First Flyer requires a separate ticket – more info further below.

First Flyer in Grindelwald
First Flyer starts at First and runs to Schreckfeld
 

5. Bachalpsee

Picturesque Bachalpsee Lake is another popular thing to do at Grindelwald-First. This charming mountain lake is located within a short walking distance from the Grindelwald-First cable car station and is one of the most beautiful hikes in Grindelwald.

Not just the lake is pretty, but the scenery along the Bachalpsee trail is phenomenal. Furthermore, it’s a really easy hike with little elevation gain and is doable for most people.

The downside is that this hike is extremely popular and very busy. But don’t get discouraged by the crowds – there is plenty of space for everyone and the hike and the lake itself is very enjoyable.

READ MORE: Bahalpsee Lake

Bachalpsee Lake at Grindelwald First
Bachalpsee Lake
 

6. First Mountain Cart

Mountain Cart is another popular thing to do at Grindelwald-First. It’s a sort of a go-cart that’s adapted for the mountains, with big rubber tires and an efficient brake system. You need some skill to drive it, but it’s not too difficult and something that can be done with older kids as well.

You can find Mountain Carts at Schreckfeld cable car station. From there, you can drive down the mountain to Bort. There is no minimum age, but kids have to be at least 135 cm (4ft 4) tall in order to drive this Mountain Cart. Keep in mind, however, that everyone sits on their own and have to be able to control the cart by themselves.

You need a separate ticket for the Mountain Cart – more info below.

Grindelwald First Mountain Cart
Grindelwald First Mountain Cart – Photo © Jungfraubahnen
 

7. First Trottibike Scooter

Somewhat more adventurous and requiring more skill is the scooter bike, First Trottibike. It’s a scooter bike with no seats or pedals and is suitable for kids from 125 cm (4ft 1). You can rent them at Bort cable car station and ride down the mountain all the way back to Grindelwald.

Our boys really wanted to give this a try and it looked fun. But when we asked the staff what they thought about letting kids do this, the guy working there said that he wouldn’t advise it. Some parts of the ride are quite steep and you have to be able to brake and steer really well.

I think it’s really fun for adults and teens, but we didn’t feel comfortable doing this with our kids (age 8, 8, and 10 at that time).

You also need a separate ticket for the Trottibike Scooter – more info below.

Grindelwald First Trottibike Scooter
Grindelwald First Trottibike Scooter – Photo © Jungfraubahnen
 

8. Hiking

In addition to the Bachalpsee hike mentioned above, there are many more hiking trails in the Grindelwald – First area. Further below you can find a map with an overview of all the hiking trails in the area.

Here are some of the most popular options, the best hikes starting at Grindelwald – First and passing Bachalpsee:

  • Bachalpsee Trail (#1): First – Bachalpsee – First: 2 hrs
  • Faulhorn Trail (#2): First – Bachalpsee – Faulhorn – Bussalp: 4 hrs
  • Flower Trail (#4): First – Bachalpsee – Waldspitz – Bort: 2,5 hrs
  • First – Schynige Platte (#62): First – Bachalpsee – Faulhorn – Schynige Platte: 6-7hrs

READ MORE: Best Hikes at Bachalpsee

Mountain scenery in Grindelwald
Mountain scenery in Grindelwald as seen from the Flower Trail
 

9. Family-friendly Activities

While most activities at Grindelwald – First are quite adventurous, there are also some nice things to do here for families with young children.

To start with, the Bachalpsee Lake hike is family-friendly and First Cliff Walk can also be done with young children.

In addition, there is a nice playground for kids at Bort gondola station. Here, you’ll find swings, climbing and balancing frames, a kid-friendly mountain stream, and more.

You can also embark on the interactive Marmot Educational Trail (#17) that starts at First cable car station. Make sure to ask for kids’ booklet before you set on this hike – it’s available at the ticket desk.

Bachalpsee Lake in Grindelwald
Bachalpsee Lake is a family-friendly hike from Grindelwald-First
 

Map of Grindelwald-First Area

This map should give you a better idea of where everything is. You can also see all the hiking trails – I used those numbers to indicate the hikes mentioned in this article, so you know exactly which hike I mean.

Grindelwald hiking map
Grindelwald hiking map – click on the map to enlarge
 

Tickets & Prices

At the moment of writing, the Grindelwald – First round trip gondola ticket costs 64 CHF per person, with discounts available for Swiss Pass and Eurail/Interrail pass holders. Kids pay half the price; kids under 6 travel free of charge.

First Glider and First Flyer tickets cost 31 CHF each (24 CHF for kids under 15).

Mountain Cart or Trottbike Scooter Bike rides cost 21CHF per ride per person (17 CHF for kids under 15).

We used the Jungfrau Travel Pass during our visit – it’s a multi-day ticket that includes all the gondola and train rides in the area. But it doesn’t include any of the extra attractions at Grindelwald-Firs that require a separate ticket.

TIP: If you are in Grindelwald just for a day and are planning to do some of the additional activities at Grindelwald-First, it is better to get a combination ticket that includes cable car rides as well as extra attractions. It’s called Adventure Package and you can choose 1, 2, 3, or all 4 activities. There are further discounts available for Swiss Travel Pass holders and others.

For example, Adventure Package with 1 activity costs 74 CHF, which is just 10 CHF more expensive than a regular cable car ticket. So if you go on the First Glider, you save 21 CHF this way.

Good to know: You can disembark at the intermediate gondola stations and take the gondola using your day ticket as many times as you want.

For up-to-date pricing and tickets, please check the website of the Jungfrau Region. Please note that you don’t necessarily have to buy these tickets in advance and can just get them upon arrival. Keep in mind that they do not issue any refunds in case of bad weather.

Scenery from Grindelwald First gondola
Views from Grindelwald-First gondola. This is the road scooter bikes take to Grindelwald.
 

One Day in Grindelwald – Itinerary Suggestions

There are so many ways to spend your time in Grindelwald. Even just at the Grindelwald – First area, you can spend a couple of days…. Not even mentioning the rest of the beautiful Jungfrau Region.

Nevertheless, here are 4 different suggested itineraries for this area that should give you a good idea of how you can spend one day in Grindelwald. Whether you are visiting with kids, are looking for adrenaline-rushing activities, or something in between – Grindelwald-First area truly has something for everyone.

How to spend one day at Grindelwald-First:

I. Adventure & Hiking Itinerary

This itinerary is based on what we did last time we visited Grindelwald with our kids. In my view, this is one of the best and more relaxing ways to spend a day in Grindelwald. It has a nice combination of everything that this area has to offer.

  • Take a cable car from Grindelwald to Schreckfeld
  • First Glider
  • Take a cable car to First
  • First Cliff Walk
  • Hike to Bachalpsee (#1) and picnic lunch along the way
  • Hike the Flower Trail (#4) to Bort
  • In Bort, time permitting, take a Trottibike Scooter down to Grindelwald (optional). Otherwise, take a cable car to Grindelwald.

One alternative is to hike Faulhorn Trail (#2) to Bussalp and take a bus down to Grindelwald.

Another alternative is to hike to Bachalpsee and back to First (#1) and do one or more mountain attractions there, e.g. First Flyer or Mountain Cart.

II. Adventure Itinerary

This itinerary is focused on all the mountain attractions that you can do at Grindelwald-First.

If you want to do everything from this itinerary, you’ll have to start early and plan well. Otherwise, skip one or two things (I indicated them as optional below) – that way you’ll have a more relaxing day.

  • Take a cable car from Grindelwald to Schreckfeld
  • First Glider
  • Take a cable car to First
  • First Flyer (optional)
  • Cable car back to First and lunch at Mountain guest house restaurant in First
  • First Cliff Walk
  • Bachalpsee hike (optional – count at least 2 hours)
  • Take a cable car down to Schreckfeld and take a Mountain Cart down to Bort.
  • In Bort, time permitting, take a Trottibike Scooter down to Grindelwald (optional). Otherwise, take a cable car to Grindelwald.
Hiking Flower Trail in Grindelwald
Hiking the Flower Trail in Grindelwald
 

III. Hiking Itinerary

If you are not very interested in the Grindelwald – First mountain attractions, you can also opt for this option. However, keep in mind that it’s a strenuous hike and you have to start it very early in the morning.

  • Take a cable car from Grindelwald to First
  • First Cliff Walk
  • Hike to Bachalpsee, Faulhorn, and all the way to Schynigge Platte (trail #62). It’s a rather strenuous 16km hike and you should count at least 6-7 hours for it (realistically 7-8 hours). Here you can find more info about First – Faulhorn – Schynigge Platte hike.
  • Take a train from Schynige Platte to Wilderswil and from there back to Grindelwald or wherever you are staying.

IV. Itinerary for Families with Young Kids

This is an easy-going itinerary for families with young children.

  • Take a cable car from Grindelwald to First
  • First Cliff Walk
  • Hike to Bachalpsee (#1) or Marmot Educational Trail (#17) and have a picnic along the way
  • Take a cable car to Bort and visit the playground
  • Take a cable car back to Grindelwald
Child hiking to Bachalpsee Lake at Grindelwald-First
Grindelwald-First has a lot to offer for families. I highly recommend the Bachalpsee Lake hike followed by a picnic at the lake!
 

So, this is our guide to the best things to do in Grindelwald-First and suggestions for how to plan your visit. Planning a trip to Grindelwald and have any questions? Leave a reply below.

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Comments

  1. Hi Jurga,

    Hope you and your family is doing good at these tough times.

    I just wanted your opinion/advise about where to base myself in Grindelwald/Jungfrau region, apart from Interlaken, like someplace more nearer to these 3 places. Just to mention that I won’t be driving around & will travel to these places using public trains/buses. I am planning for minimum 3 nights stay to cover each one of them.

    1. Schynige Platte

    2. Grindelwald First

    3. Jungrafu top.

    Thanks!!

    1. Author

      Hi Pratip, for visiting these three places you’d best stay in Grindelwald. There are plenty of hotels/ accommodations in town.
      From Grindelwald, you can take a gondola to Grindelwald-First and a train to Kleine Scheidegg where you have to change trains to Jungfraujoch. For Schynige Platte, you’ll have to take a train to Wilderswil where you have to change the train to Schynige Platte.
      If you stay in the Jungfrau Region for 3 days or longer, make sure to get the Jungfrau Travel Pass (it’s often cheaper via the GetYourGuide website). It includes all the gondolas and trains, gives you a discount in the Top of Europe shops in the region, and saves you a lot of money. The only thing it doesn’t include is a ticket from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch, but you can get it with a big discount if you have this travel pass.
      If you stay in the region longer, make sure to also check out Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, and Mürren. We normally always stay in Wengen. It’s also a very good base for exploring the region, but for the places you are planning to visit, Grindelwald will be easier and will require less travel time every day.
      Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!

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