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Grindelwald

Grindelwald is located at 1034 meters above sea level and is considered the gateway to the Jungfrau region. The landmark of this picturesque mountain village is the mighty Eiger North Face, a rock face over 1800 meters high. With the "Top of Adventure" on Grindelwald First, this region is an absolute outdoor paradise for adrenaline seekers, but also for families, hiking birds as well as young and old.

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Grindelwald Snowshoeing Travel Guide

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If you love the winter with its snowy landscapes, a beautiful snowshoe hike is just right for you. Apart from warm clothes and a pair of snowshoes, you don't need any equipment, which makes this sport very easy to do.

Most winter sports resorts now offer signposted trails for snowshoeing, if you're looking for a leisurely alternative to the fast-paced descents on the slopes. We have written an Ultimate Guide to Snowshoeing for you, where you will be comprehensively introduced to this popular sport

An overview of the most beautiful tours for snowshoeing in and around Grindelwald in the months of December to March can be found in the following table:

Snowshoeing in Grindelwald

TrailDifficultyLength (km)
Wetterhorn 1 pinkeasy1.9
Weatherhorn 2easy1.8
Weatherhorn 3 bluelight1.7
Wetterhorn 4 redmedium3.3
Mühlebacheasy2.8
Panoramaeasy7.3
Eigereasy4.8
Aspenmedium1.3
Alpwägmedium5.0

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Wetterhorn Trail 1

This beginner's tour takes 45 min and offers you a wonderful view of the skiing area Grindelwald-First, the Wetterhorn and the Schynige Platte. It starts and ends at the Hotel Wetterhorn and is marked in pink.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 1.92 km
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Altitude difference: 114
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.632161 N / 8.071091 E

You start at the Hotel Wetterhorn, which is located above the village center on the Upper Grindelwald Glacier at 1229 m.a.s.l.. From Grindelwald train station you reach the hotel by bus 121 to the stop Oberer Gletscher in about 15 min. By foot it takes you one hour from Grindelwald to the starting point.

First you walk in the direction of Weidli. The path leads you across snow-covered fields to a small kiosk. After a short while you can enjoy the direct view of the winter skiing area. The view reaches from Grindelwald First over Schynige Platte to Grosse Scheidegg. At Weidli, the trail heads east and back to the hotel. On the way back you have a fantastic view of the east side of the Eiger and the north face of the Wetterhorn

Practical information:

  • You can park your car in the public parking lot Oberer Gletscher opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn.
  • Attention: You will cross the valley descent Stepfi twice on your snowshoe hike
Snowshoeing Grindelwald Scheidegg (Photo: Jungfrau Railways AG)Snowshoeing Grindelwald Scheidegg (Photo: Jungfrau Railways AG)
Snowshoeing Grindelwald (Photo: MySwitzerland)Snowshoeing Grindelwald (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Wetterhorn Trail 2

The snowshoe tour Wetterhorn Trail 2 is also a beginner's tour. It starts at the summer bus stop Sibet Schirli and ends at Seegaden. It is officially signposted.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 1.8 km
  • Duration: 50 min
  • Altitude difference: 89
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.636377 N / 8.07537 E

You start the tour at 1.302 m.a.s.l.. In winter, the bus only goes as far as the Oberer Gletscher stop at the Hotel Wetterhorn. From the train station Grindelwald you reach the bus stop with the bus 121 in about 15 min. By foot you need one hour from Grindelwald to the starting point. From here you need another 17 min by foot (900 m) to the bus stop Sibet Schirli

Walk across snow-covered fields with your snowshoes to Schwendibiel and then keep to the right (east) until you reach the road at Unterer Lauchbühl. Here you turn right again (south) and cross the Briggbach to reach the Ischbodenhütte in an easterly direction

The post bus stop of the bird park is right next to the hut. The hut is open from Friday to Sunday, weather permitting. In a bend to the west, you skirt a small forest to reach the Seeboden via the Ischboden. The trail now leads south to the Hotel Wetterhorn

Here you can also stop for a bite to eat if you like. In the evening there is cheese fondue. Otherwise you come here to the bus or to your parked car

Practical information:

  • You can park your car in the public parking lot Oberer Gletscher opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn.
  • Attention: You will cross the valley descent Stepfi twice on your snowshoe hike

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Mühlebach Trail

The snowshoe tour Mühlebach Trail starts at the church of Grindelwald and ends at the Hotel Wetterhorn. It is an easy tour for beginners where you enjoy a view of the Schwarzhorn, the Gemsber, the Grosse Scheidegg and the Wetterhorn.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 2.8 km
  • Duration: 1:10 h
  • Altitude difference: 170 (↑ hm)
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.625167 N / 8.046179 E

The Reformed Church Grindelwald is the starting point of your snowshoe tour. From the train station you can reach it in five minutes by bus line 123 or in 15 minutes on foot. The church is located at about 1055 m.a.s.l.. Over gentle hills and through narrow ditches your path winds up to the upper glacier. The path is not demanding and you don't need any special fitness for it This tour scores above all with beautiful views of an impressive nature. On your way you can let your gaze wander from the Schwarzhorn over the Gemsberg, to the Grosse Scheidegg and of course to the Wetterhorn. At the Hotel Wetterhorn you have the possibility to stop for a bite to eat. From here you can take the bus line 121 down to Grindelwald train station in 15 minutes. The bus stop is right next to the Hotel Wetterhorn.

Practical information:

  • You can park your car before the tour at the parking lot at the train station Grindelwald.

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Snowshoeing Grindelwald (Photo: Jungfrau Region)Snowshoeing Grindelwald (Photo: Jungfrau Region)
(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Wetterhorn Trail 3

The snowshoe tour Wetterhorn Trail 3 starts and ends like Trail 1 at the Hotel Wetterhorn. It is an easy, blue marked tour.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 1.7 km
  • Duration: 1 h
  • Altitude difference: 110
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.632161 N / 8.071091 E

You start this tour at the bus stop Oberer Gletscher at about 1230 m.a.s.l. Opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn there is a bus stop and a public parking lot, which you can use. You can reach your starting point from Grindelwald train station by bus 121 in about 15 min. On foot you need one hour from Grindelwald to the starting point.

You start your snowshoe tour with the ascent over the pass road for several hundred meters to the first hairpin bend. Here you turn straight into the forest and walk through snow-covered pastures to the Briggbach. Before crossing the stream, the blue trail branches off to the left and leads you back to your starting point via the Weidli area.

Practical information:

  • You can park your car in the public parking lot Oberer Gletscher opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn.
  • Attention: You will cross the valley descent Stepfi twice on your snowshoe hike

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Panorama Trail

The snowshoe tour Panorama Trail starts at the bus stop Bussalp and ends at the mountain restaurant Bort. It is a rather easy tour despite the 249 meters of altitude difference during the ascent, where you enjoy a view of Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Finsteraarhorn, Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 7.28 km
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Altitude gain: 249 (↑ hm) / 485 (↓ hm)
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.649524 N / 7.991256 E

You start your snowshoe tour at the bus stop Bussalp of line 126. The bus takes about 40 min from Grindelwald train station. In winter it starts its service around the Christmas vacations and runs until the end of March. Bussalp is situated at 1800 m.a.s.l. From Bussalp you already have a uniquely beautiful view of the snow-covered Bernese Alps. At the beginning you walk about 300 m parallel to the road and the toboggan run. Afterwards you cross the Bussalpbach. Shortly after this point the trail goes to the right (east) and you climb via Paffenegg up to the Steessiboden

Through the firs you can see the Wetterhorn and also the Schreckhorn. This snowshoe hike is already very relaxing because of the almost constantly breathtaking view of the mountains. Now follows the descent over snowy mats to the late Boden and to the restaurant Rasthysi at 1560 m.a.s.l.

From here, the snowshoe hike continues via Holewang to the Nodhalten area, where you meet the First-Waldspitz-Bort sledding trail. You can stop for a bite to eat at the Berghaus Bort

To get back to Grindelwald, take the Firstbahn, which descends from Grindelwald-First via Bort. The station is right next to the Berghaus Bort.

Wetterhorn Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)Wetterhorn Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)
Grindelwald Panorama Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)Grindelwald Panorama Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Eiger Trail

The snowshoe tour Eiger Trail is an easy tour with an incredible view of the Eiger North Face. The tour starts at the Holenstein middle station of the 10-person Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola and ends at the Brandegg mountain restaurant. The route is marked in pink.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 4.75 km
  • Duration: 1:50 h
  • Altitude gain: 81 (↑ hm) / 363 (↓ hm)
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.620816 N / 7.979675 E

You start your tour at the Holenstein middle station at 1624 m.a.s.l. You can reach the gondola lift from Grindelwald Grund station in 6 min on foot (450 m). Between Grindelwald train station and Grindelwald Grund train station the Bernese Oberland Railways run every 30 min and take 4 min to reach.

From Holenstein middle station, keep south across open terrain towards Hubelwald, passing photogenic alpine huts and cheese stores. During the snowshoe hike you can enjoy the view from the Faulhorn over the Grosse Scheidegg, the Wetterhorn, the Finsteraarhorn and the Eiger North Face

The north face impresses with an altitude of 1800 m and a special mythical atmosphere, especially when it is illuminated by the sun. You follow the Tschuggen slope in the further path and then go through the Itramen forest until you reach the Brandegg mountain restaurant. The whole path is marked in pink. The mountain restaurant is also open in winter, in the evening there is often a fondue.

For the return journey to Grindelwald Grund, take the cog railroad of the Wengneralpbahn in Brandegg.

Practical information:

  • You can park your car at one of the parking lots at Grindelwald Grund station.
Eiger Trail (Photo: Grindelwald.swiss)Eiger Trail (Photo: Grindelwald.swiss)
Mühlebach Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)Mühlebach Trail (Photo: Jungfraubahnen AG)

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Aspen Trail

The snowshoe tour Aspen Trail starts at the Hotel Aspen in Grindelwald and ends at the middle station Holenstein. The rather short but moderately difficult tour requires good physical condition and experience in the technique of snowshoeing. But you will be rewarded with a stunning view to the Schwarzhorn group, the Grosse Scheidegg and the Wetterhorn.

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Length: 1.32 km
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Altitude difference: 219 (↑ hm)
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.618913 N / 8.005941 E

You start your snowshoe tour at the Hotel Aspen. From the train stations Grindelwald and Grindelwald Grund you can take the bus line 123 to the hotel. From Grindelwald station the bus takes about 18 minutes, from Grund station about 9 minutes. The Hotel Aspen is situated at 1109 m above sea level From the hotel you climb uphill on your snowshoe tour over snow-covered mats in the direction of Moosgaden. Walk parallel to the ski slope towards the edge of the forest until you reach the forest road. Continue along this road until you reach the lower part of the Itramenwald. The trail splits at Vorsassi in two directions, one towards Brandegg and one towards Holenstein

If you go in the direction of Holenstein, the trail leads you further along the forest road through the Itramenwald. After about 1.5 km you come to the clearing at Unterbrand. Away from the forest road, the trail continues to wind its way upwards over snow-covered mats. At the edge of the forest, the trail meets the forest road again and now continues over it almost level

You now come to the Waldstafel area and further up to the Holenstein middle station of the Grindelwald Männlichen gondola

Take the cable car back to Grindelwald. If you have parked your car at the Hotel Aspen, you can get back to the Hotel Aspen from the valley station of the gondola lift by bus line 123.

Practical information:

  • You can park your car at one of the parking spaces at the Hotel Aspen.
(Photo: MySwitzerland)(Photo: MySwitzerland)
(Photo: Jungfrau Railways AG)(Photo: Jungfrau Railways AG)

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Wetterhorn Trail 4

The snowshoe tour Wetterhorn Trail 4 starts and ends like Trail 1 and 3 at the Hotel Wetterhorn. It is a moderately difficult tour with views of the Wetterhorn and the Eiger

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Length: 3.3 km
  • Duration: 2 h
  • Altitude difference: 220
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.632161 N / 8.071091 E

You start your snowshoe tour at the station Oberer Gletscher opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn. From Grindelwald train station you can reach the stop by bus 121 in about 15 min. By foot it takes you one hour from Grindelwald to the starting point You start your snowshoe hike at about 1230 m.a.s.l., first take the pass road and leave it as in Tour Wetterhorn 3 at the first hairpin bend. After crossing the Briggbach stream, you continue to climb and enter the Ischboden area. Your path continues to the highest point in "Underen Loichbüel" The terrain is moderately ascending and also features steeper or exposed passages. The way back leads over snow-covered pastures and you have the Wetterhorn and the Eiger in view. Passing the alpine huts Schürli and Weidli you get back to the Hotel Wetterhorn.

Practical information:

  • You can park your car in the public parking lot Oberer Gletscher opposite the Hotel Wetterhorn.
  • Attention: You will cross the valley descent Stepfi twice on your snowshoe hike

Snowshoeing Grindelwald: Alpwäg Trail

The snowshoe tour Alpwäg Trail follows in parts the Wetterhorn Trail or the Mühlebach Trail, but is overall classified as a medium-difficulty tour. It starts at the Hotel Wetterhorn and ends in Grindelwald at the church. The trail is signposted and offers you a view of the Grindelwald-First ski area and the Reeti.

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Length: 5 km
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Altitude difference: 200 (↑ hm) / 380 (↓ hm)
  • Coordinates starting point: 46.632165 N / 8.071036 E

The trail starts at Hotel Wetterhorn at 1230 m.a.s.l. You reach the stop Oberer Gletscher at Hotel Wetterhorn from Grindelwald train station by bus 121 in about 15 min. On foot you need one hour from Grindelwald to the starting point

The trail leads you first north to the Sibet Schirli (stop "7. Schürli"). Here you will find a summer bus stop at 1302 m.a.s.l.. Now the trail goes to the left (west) and meanders over the Bärgelbach and the snowy Bärgelbachtobel through the forest and north via Eggweid over meadows to Alpwäg. On the way you enjoy the view of the winter sports area Grindelwald-First and the Reeti. To the left of the slope, the trail continues as a descent towards Stählisboden and you have a great view of the Wetterhorn and the Mättenberg. You will quickly reach the road Grindelwald - Grosse Scheidegg

Swiss Activities Tip: As there is a bus stop here, you could break off the tour and take the bus line 121 to Grindelwald. Once you have parked your car in the parking lot at Hotel Wetterhorn, you have two options: take the bus the three stops to Oberer Gletscher or climb up with your snowshoes (keep left).

If you stay on the Alpwäg Trail, you cross the road and now come onto the Mühlebach Trail (in the opposite direction). You descend to the right and come to the church in Grindelwald. From here you take the bus line 123 to Grindelwald train station and you are there in five minutes.

Practical Information:

  • You can park your car in the parking lot at Grindelwald train station before the tour.
  • Attention: On your snowshoe hike you will cross the valley run Stepfi (run 23) and possibly the valley run Grindel (run 22)
(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)
(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)(Photo: Outdoor Interlaken)

As you can see, you have numerous options for snowshoeing in Grindelwald. You can choose between easy and medium tours on which you can enjoy the winter landscape and the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

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