Choosing where to spend a precious weekend in Switzerland is not easy. With tranquil towns and villages the norm, there are endless picturesque retreats to escape to.
In order to narrow it down a bit, I decided that I would love to see the Alps whilst still keeping my trip as cheap as possible (an almost impossible demand in budget busting Switzerland).
There must be a quicker way than Googling ‘Best Places to Visit in Switzerland’ and then manually searching for train tickets for every snow covered settlement in the country until a reasonably priced destination pinged up. But alas, I didn’t find one.
But finally, after hours of frantic searching, Grindelwald appeared.
Here’s what I got up to with my day and a bit in the town.
Frolicked on the hills and sung tunes from The Sound of Music
Grindelwald is stunning. As the tourist town is between seasons at the moment (the winter seasons kicks off properly next week) the streets and surrounding hills and mountains are practically deserted. This meant that I could frolic and sing to my hearts content!
Pretended I was a mountain goat
Stared longingly from my balcony
Grindelwald is fringed by spectacular mountains. Our apartment gave us a front row view of dramatic Eiger, which was jaw dropping even shrouded in cloud.
Saw two glaciers
Grindelwald isn’t called the ‘Glacier Town’ for nothing and it proudly boasts two stunning glaciers. One can be seen on a clear day from the town whilst the other is an hour or so walk from the town (or a 10 minute bus ride).
Walked for miles
With buses few and far between, we laced up our walking boots and trekked through the town into the surrounding hills and forests. The scenery is breathtaking (and that’s not just the thin mountain air…). The town is criss-crossed with walking paths suitable for all abilities. The only way to experience the Alps.
And it was so good! I have never tried cheese fondue before and we ordered ours with Swiss sausage hidden inside. A must try if you are in Switzerland, and at only £17 for two, a relative bargain in Swiss terms.
Where to stay
We stayed in Hotel Eiger which we booked on booking.com for around £45 per person. I would definitely recommend it as guests have free access to a spa, swimming pool, ice-rink and sauna as well as being treated to daily afternoon tea. The prices will inevitably shoot up for the winter season so get in there quick!
How to get there
From Basel, Grindelwald is a two and a half hour train journey away. Take the train during daylight hours to watch the Alps slowly come to life. Swiss ticket provider SBB offer SuperSaver fares on selected routes. My return ticket cost £60 and I would pay that for the views alone.
The trains are really swanky as well! I love the European double deckers.
What I missed
There’s so much to see and do in Grindelwald so just over a day of sightseeing was never going to do it justice. I would love to go back and tick these activities off my list:
Ride the Jungfrau Railway to the ‘Top of Europe’.
Have a go on a velogemel, which was invented in the town.
Hike around Bachalpsee Lake in Spring.
Go paragliding over the mountains.
So Grindelwald, I’ll be back…
What did you get up to this weekend? Let me know!