After enduring cloudy and rainy weather during our hike to Trümmelbachfälle in Lauterbrunnen Valley and the village of Murren we were ready for better weather.
When we took the gondola back to Lauterbrunnen, we checked our weather map app and found that the Village of Grindelwald was sunny. Since it was on our list of places to see, it seemed to be the place to visit. We had a choice of taking the gondola from Wengen to Grindelwald at a 50% reduction with our Swiss travel pass or take the train at no cost with our Swiss Travel Pass. We took the later as we were already at the Lauterbrunnen train station. As we headed to Grindelwald the weather dramatically improved and we arrived to sunshine. What a wonderful change from the rain and clouds from earlier.
Village of Grindelwald
TheVillage of Grindelwald is surrounded by mountains. This town with a population of almost 4,000 is much larger than Wengen, where we were staying. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and hiking to enjoy in the area.
When we left the train station we were captured by the beauty surrounding us. As we were walking we stumbled upon the COOP and stopped for some refreshments. Leaving the store we encountered the Grindelwald tourism office. We went in to get a map and they were very helpful in planning the rest of our rest day. They suggested a circular hike of Grindelwald which would take about hour and cover 2.5 miles. They provided us with a map, marked the route and we were off on our hike. The time they quoted does not include taking picture. Climbing up the hill was the challenging part of the hike. Once you reach the road at the top and make a right, the path from then on is flat before it starts to descend.
I was busy taking pictures as we made our way up the hill, which helped to distract me from the steep incline. The houses along the way were well kept and decorated as that seems to be the tradition in Switzerland. We passed homes with beautiful array of flowers hanging at the window sills. The snowcapped mountains and the massive glacier were in full view on this hike.
The lift overhead starts in Grindelwald and ends in the town of First. During our stay we had planned to hike to First.
Reaching the top of the hill, the walk flattened out and we really enjoyed the views of Grindelwald.
The hike basically took us in a circle and we entered the town from the east where we passed businesses, churches and a well kept cemetery. We stopped and filled up our water bottles from the fountain.
It had been a long day. Between our hike in Lauterbrunnen Valley and the hike around Grindelwald we walked over 26,313 steps. We got back on the train and enjoyed the beautiful countryside as we made our way back to Wengen.