Grindelwald First Winter (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Grindelwald First - everything you need to know about the Top of Adventure in 2023

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Grindelwald First Activities and tickets

Grindelwald First is a mountain ridge, located north of Grindelwald at 2184 meters above sea level. It can be reached with the Firstbahn from Grindelwald in only 25 minutes.

8 Highlights at Grindelwald First

  • The First Cliff Walk by Tissot is an adrenaline hot spot with popular selfie point at the viewing platform.
  • The comfortable Firstbahn gondola takes 25 min from Grindelwald via Bort and Schreckfeld to the First.
  • In addition to the 6-seater gondola lift, the Firstbahn also includes three chairlifts and two ski lifts.
  • The First Flyer and the First Glider are two popular experiences for four people each between First and Schreckfeld. They give Grindelwald First its name "Top of Adventure".
  • The First Mountain Carts and the First Trotti Bikes are available in summer between Schreckfeld and Bort or Bort and Grindelwald.
  • In addition to the Eiger and Jungfrau, the mountain giants Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Fiescherhorn rise from north to south. The Mönch is hidden by the Eiger.
  • The famous Bachalpsee is a 60-minute hike from the First.
  • From Grindelwald First you can hike to the Faulhorn to experience the world's longest toboggan run, the Pintenfritz, in winter.

In addition to the many adventure possibilities on Grindelwald First, you can go on wonderful hikes here. You always have the impressive 4000-meter mountains in view, especially the Eiger.

In addition to easy hikes, difficult high-altitude hikes are also possible. At the cable car station Bort you will find a large alpine playground. Children have here all possibilities to really let off steam.

Sights at Grindelwald First

Grindelwald First has a special sight with a special thrill. In addition, there is the uniquely beautiful view of the 4000-mountain world with the Eiger in the foreground. On the rocks the alpine jackdaws are the attraction.

First Cliff Walk by Tissot

The First Cliff Walk by Tissot is an adventure trail that runs as a footbridge directly along the cliff at 2166 meters above sea level. A suspension bridge has also been integrated into the adventure trail. This provides a very special thrill. It was built as a single-rope suspension bridge close to the rock face

Both ends of the curved suspension bridge are anchored in the rock face. It has a walkway that is made of metal mesh, allowing an airy view into the depths. Nevertheless, it is sturdily built. However, when many people walk across it at the same time, it sways a bit.

The view into the 4000-mountain world is unusually beautiful and gets a boost on a small viewing platform. This leads about 45 meters above the abyss and has a glass floor. The viewing platform is considered a very popular selfie point and adrenaline hotspot. The view downwards goes seemingly into infinity.

The characteristically shaped Eiger can be seen particularly well in the foreground. Visitors should be free of giddiness for the First Cliff Walk by Tissot. The Tissot watch factory helped finance the creation of this adventure trail.

The First Cliff Walk is open all year round during the operating hours of the First cable cars. The use is free of charge. Offer at Swiss Activities:

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First Cliff Walk (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)First Cliff Walk (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
First Cliff Walk (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)First Cliff Walk (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Bachalpsee near Grindelwald First

Bachalpsee is about an hour's walk from Grindelwald First. The mountain lake, which lies at 2266 meters above sea level, is considered particularly picturesque. The surrounding mountain giants are reflected in it. These include, for example, the Finsteraarhorn, the Schreckhorn and the Wetterhorn. At sunset, the view becomes spectacular

The Bachalpsee is separated into two parts by a natural dam. The lower part is almost eight meters lower than the upper one. Around the lake you will find moorland through which the Milibach meanders. It flows from the lake over the Bachläger waterfall into the Schwarze Lütschine. The moor landscape is of national importance and is explained on a nature trail.

Hikes from Grindelwald First down to Bachalpsee are very popular. In winter it is worth taking the toboggan with you. The toboggan run leads directly to Bort.

Bachalpsee (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Bachalpsee (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Bachalpsee (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Bachalpsee (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Alpine playground at the cable car station Bort

The Alpenspielplatz Bort can be perfectly combined with a visit to Grindelwald First. On 700 square meters children of all ages have enough space to play and climb or just let off steam

At about 1570 m above sea level, the Alpine playground is located on a gentle slope. It is overlooked by the Eiger, 3967 m above sea level, which forms a very dominant backdrop with the other mountain giants. From Bort you can reach Grindelwald First by cable car in only 14 min

Alpine playground Bort (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Alpine playground Bort (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Alpine playground Bort (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Alpine playground Bort (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Mountain railroads and lifts at Grindelwald First

Mountain railroads at Grindelwald First (Firstbahnen)

Lift typeDownhill station (name)Downhill station (m a.s.l.)Mountain station (name)Downhill station (m a.s.l.)Length of lift (m)Ride time (min)
6-seater gondola liftGrindelwald1065Bort1570261411:00
6-seater gondola liftBort1570Schreckfeld195516949:00
6-seater gondola liftSchreckfeld1955First21689175:00

Chairlifts and ski lifts in Grindelwald First (Firstbahnen)

Type of liftDownhill station (m a.s.l.)Mountain station (m a.s.l.)Length of lift (m)Trip duration (min)
4-seater chairlift Schilt Quattro1949225916236:00
4-seater chairlift Grindel1729201910653:50
4-seater chairlift Oberjoch Express2168250015035:30
Skilift Bärgelegg172719339502:50
First aerial cableway (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)First aerial cableway (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
First aerial cableway (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)First aerial cableway (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Experiences at the Top of Adventure

Grindelwald First is considered the Top of Adventure with the First Cliff Walk, the First Rider, the First Flyer, the Trottibike and Mountain Carts. The individual experiences are so popular that you often have to wait despite having booked a ticket. It is advisable to go up as early as possible

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First Flieger from Grindelwald First to Schreckfeld

The First Flieger is a popular year-round adventure from Grindelwald First. It involves up to four people flying together from First to Schreckfeld. Everyone is secured in a harness.

  • Length: 800 m
  • Height: 50 m
  • Speed: 84 km/h
  • Weight: 35 to 125 kg
 First Flyer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways) First Flyer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
 First Flyer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways) First Flyer (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

First Glider from Grindelwald First to Schreckfeld

On the First Glider, up to four people fly secured on their stomachs in harnesses. This flight under a stylized kite takes place from First to Schreckfeld all year round. Beforehand, the glider is pulled backwards from Schreckfeld to First.

  • Length: 800 m
  • Height: 50 m
  • Speed: 83 km/h (backwards 72 km/h)
  • Weight: up to 125 kg
  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Minimum height: 130 cm
First Glider (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)First Glider (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
First Glider (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)First Glider (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

First Mountain Cart ride from Schreckfeld to the middle station Bort

The Mountain Cart combines a go-kart with a toboggan. It is driven exclusively in summer (May to October) from Schreckfeld to the middle station Bort. A Mountain Cart has three all-terrain wheels. Since the wheels are widely spaced, the center of gravity is low. Even at higher speeds, the mountain cart therefore lies well on the road. Hydraulic brakes provide additional safety.

  • Track length: 3 km
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Altitude difference: 356 hm
  • Minimum height: 135 cm
  • Helmet compulsory
First Mountain Cart (Foto: Jungfraubahnen)First Mountain Cart (Foto: Jungfraubahnen)
First Mountain Cart (Foto: Jungfraubahnen)First Mountain Cart (Foto: Jungfraubahnen)

First Trotti Bike ride from the middle station Bort to Grindelwald

Only in summer (May to October) you can ride the Trotti Bike. The Trotti Bike is a mixture of a scooter and a bike and is especially popular with families. From the middle station Bort you ride down to Grindelwald.

  • Route length: 3.5 km
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Altitude difference: 566 hm
  • Minimum height: 125 cm
  • helmet compulsory
First Trotti Bike (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)First Trotti Bike (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
First Trotti Bike (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)First Trotti Bike (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Activities from Grindelwald First

The hiking area around Grindelwald First is already very popular because of the views into the 4000-mountain world in summer and winter. Here you have the possibility to fly in a tandem flight with a paraglider and to feel the closeness to the mountains even more intensively. In winter, the ski resort Grindelwald First is very popular with skiers and sledders.

The most popular activities at Grindelwald First include:

  • Hiking, winter walking and snowshoeing
  • paragliding
  • tobogganing
  • Skiing and snowboarding

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Hiking and winter hiking at Grindelwald First

Grindelwald First is ideal for hiking. In summer and winter you always have the huge mountains in view and the choice of shortening your hike by cable car, toboggan or scooter bike.

All hiking trails are signposted with yellow signposts.

First - Bachalpsee - First

The high moors around the Bachalpsee, with extensive meadows, have quite a few benches. A rather easy hiking trail.

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Duration: 1:45 hrs.
  • Height difference: 188 hm↑↓
  • Season: all year round (with a short, steep climb at the beginning)

First - Schreckfeld

In the direction of the Oberjoch chairlift valley station, the hiking trail continues to the Schreckfeld. It is suitable for baby carriages and wheelchairs. The view of the Wetterhorn is overwhelming.

  • Distance: 2.4 km
  • Duration: 0:40 hrs.
  • Height difference: 3 hm↑, 215 hm↓
  • Season: all year round

First - Bachalpsee - Hiendertellti - Grosse Scheidegg

The panoramic hike leads up and down and is very varied. On the way you pass the Chlosterseeli (Antseeuwen)

  • Distance: 13.4 km
  • Duration: 4:50 hrs.
  • Height difference: 794 hm↑, 998 hm↓
  • Season: June to October

First - Bachalpsee - Waldspitz - Bort (flower trail)

Alpine flora, high moor landscapes and pure nature can be experienced on the flower trail. More than 60 flower species are signposted. The view shows the Schreckhörner and the Finsteraarhorn.

  • Distance: 8.0 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Height difference: 152 hm↑, 757 hm↓
  • Season: May to September (with steep section)

First - via ferrata Schwarzhorn - First

This difficult hike with climbing interludes is only recommended for very experienced mountaineers. Otherwise it can be booked with a mountain guide in Grindelwald.

  • Distance: 8.3 km
  • Duration: 6:00 hrs.
  • Height difference: 937 hm↑↓
  • Season: July to September (with ladders and safety elements)

First - Schilt - barbecue area in Oberläger

The marmot nature trail leads from Grindelwald First to Grosse Scheidegg. The path shows information boards about the marmot at intervals.

  • Distance: 7.0 km
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs.
  • Height difference: 234 hm↑, 434 hm↓
  • Season: June to October

First - Faulhorn - Schynige Platte

This hiking trail has the official number 62 and is considered particularly popular.

  • Distance: 16.0 km
  • Duration: 6:00 hrs.
  • Height difference: 629 hm↑, 835 hm↓
  • Season: June to October (with partial rock and scree)
Marmot nature trail (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Marmot nature trail (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
Winter hiking Schreckhorn (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Winter hiking Schreckhorn (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Paragliding from Grindelwald First

A tandem paragliding flight is a special experience. Taking off from Grindelwald First means starting at 2150 m above sea level. During the flight you will enjoy a uniquely close view of the mountain peaks Schreckhorn (4078 m above sea level) and Wetterhorn (3692 m above sea level).

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 Paragliding in tandem (Paragliding Jungfrau) Paragliding in tandem (Paragliding Jungfrau)
 Paragliding in tandem (Paragliding Jungfrau) Paragliding in tandem (Paragliding Jungfrau)

Winter activities in the Grindelwald First ski area

The Ski Resort Grindelwald First stretches across the slopes of the Schwarzhorn in the northeast of Grindelwald. Here you'll find long and varied runs, all facing the sun. The world-famous Eiger North Face is always in view.

Winter sports take place mainly at altitudes between 1050 and 2500 m above sea level. 49 ski runs and 4 km of ski tours are at your disposal. Continuous skiing takes place from mid-December to the end of March

An exciting Snowpark at the ski lift Bärgelegg helps you to practice. It is 650 m long and a meeting point for freestylers. There are various boxes and rails, which can be combined for jumps in any for jumps in any combination. A 130 m long halfpipe is the heart of the park. A drag lift brings you back to the starting point.

At Grindelwald First you will also find particularly long toboggan runs. If you hike from Grindelwald First to the Faulhorn, you can reward yourself with the longest downhill run in the world. The 15 km long Pintenfritz takes about 40 minutes and leads you directly along the Bachalpsee. Alternatively you can drive from First via Schreckfeld to Bort

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First Michael Schaerer Rider Pipe Snowfun Snowboard (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)First Michael Schaerer Rider Pipe Snowfun Snowboard (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
Freeski (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Freeski (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Mountain huts and restaurants at Grindelwald First

In Grindelwald First and surroundings you will find several huts and restaurants.

Alpinhotel Bort

The Alpinhotel Bort is located at the first middle station of the Firstbahn. Overnight guests are allowed to drive up in summer. There are 10 cozy rooms available. One of them is a single room, the other rooms are for 2 to 4 or 6 uncomplicated guests. The restaurant is à la carte and uses only Swiss meat.

Open: December to October

Suitable for: Families

First mountain inn

The First mountain inn is located right next to the First mountain station. The view of the surrounding mountains is breathtaking. The restaurant also has a large sun terrace, which is divided into self-service and service. In addition to shared rooms and dormitories (40 people), double and family rooms are also available. Shower and WC are available on the floors.

Open: December to October

suitable for: Families and groups_

Schreckfeld Mountain Restaurant

The Schreckfeld mountain restaurant offers home-style cooking made mainly from regional products. The restaurant is located directly in the hiking or winter sports area and only 50 m next to the cable car station Schreckfeld.

In the served restaurant you will find 150 seats inside and 250 outside In winter there is a special feature here: a satellite kitchen in the snow. Guests can thus directly watch the preparation of the dishes.

Mountain inn Waldspitz

Not far from the Bort railroad station you will find the Waldspitz mountain inn. The terrace offers an unforgettable view of the Eiger, Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn. Overnight stay is also possible. There is a double room, a family room and two multi-bed rooms (12 and 14 persons) with a common washroom. Traditional Swiss cuisine is served in the restaurant and on the outdoor terrace.

Open: December to October

Suitable for: Families

Genepi ski hut

The Genepi ski hut is located a few meters above the First mountain inn on Oberjoch.

Anja's Skibar

The ski bar is located about 15 minutes walk above the First mountain station and close to the Oberjoch ski slope (blue/red).

Bärgelegg Hut

The Bärgelegg Hütte is located not far from the Bärgelegg ski lift. As a ski bar it is located directly next to the halfpipe.

Grindelwald First Summer Mountain Restaurant Terrace (Photo: Jungfrau RailwaysGrindelwald First Summer Mountain Restaurant Terrace (Photo: Jungfrau Railways
Grindelwald First Winter Mountain Restaurant Terrace (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Grindelwald First Winter Mountain Restaurant Terrace (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Location and arrival at Grindelwald First

Grindelwald is connected to an excellent transport network.

by car

Via the freeways you can reach Interlaken from Zurich, Geneva or Basel via Bern or Lucerne. From Interlaken the Grindelwaldstrasse Route 6 leads between the mountains to Grindelwald.

If you want to arrive by car or motorcycle from the direction of Meiringen, the pass road over the Grosse Scheidegg offers an adventurous approach. In winter, however, you can expect the pass to be closed.

Parking is available at the valley station of the First cable cars. At the parking lot of the Pfingsteggbahn you will find long term parking. From both parking lots, it is best to take the ski bus 22 in winter, which goes directly to the valley station of the Grindelwald First gondola.

by public transport

From Interlaken, the historic Bernese Oberland Railway takes about half an hour to Grindelwald. The way to the valley station of the First cable cars is well signposted.

Grindelwald First (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Grindelwald First (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Snowpark Abendrot (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Snowpark Abendrot (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Grindelwald First is a good destination for families and groups. The activities and adventure offers are very diverse and the surrounding mountains are spectacular