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“Summer Activities in Grindelwald”

Maennlichenbahn Grindelwald
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Summer Activities in Grindelwald”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

When the skiing isn't happening there are still many things to do. We were there at the end of May and there was still plenty of snow around in the mountains and higher areas. Not all the chairlifts were working but there was still plenty to choose from.

1. Take the little rack train, bus or just walk down to the river in Thrun, cross the bridge and walk up the roadsides under the Eiger, enjoying the chalets, meadows of wildflowers with the ever present tinkle of cow bells from the cows in the pastures. Picture perfect

2. Take the 25 minute ride by chairlift up to First, (Firstbahnen Grindelwald ) enjoying amazing views of the mountains around you and seeing the village disappear as you go up. Once at First you can enjoy a meal or snack at the restaurant which has fascinating views and go on the walk to Lake backsee/Bachalpse. This is not a difficult walk, it's high up and hiking quality footwear is needed as well as extra warm clothing as the weather can blow in unexpectedly as it did to us. Photos in our chalet showed Bachsee Lake with magnificent reflections from the surrounding mountains, but when we arrived there it was frozen! However, seeing marmots, ptarmigan and wildflowers pushing through the ice along the track made up for this. I would recommend coming back down on the chairlift unless you have planned the return route carefully as it is very steep to come down the way you went up. Plan for 3-5 hours for this trip.

3. Investigate the various options on the little rack railway for amazing views. Be prepared to pay a lot for a trip up through the Eiger !

Visited May 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Lots of cows”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The Swiss Cows roam freely up on top. They appear all to have been through, a "cow wash". So clean and soft looking.

Visited July 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Aerial views stunning”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

On this particular Sunday a traditional folk festival was being held at the top of the mountain, replete with yodellers and dancers in traditional costumes. In addition, the views from the cableway were magnificent, and because the trip up took about 30 minutes we were able to savour it slowly!

Visited July 2014
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The Netherlands
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“high in the sky”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Beautiful views all around into several valleys upon a clear day. From here there is great route to Kleine Scheidegg.

Visited July 2014
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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“Great way to travel”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

The start of the cable car at Mannlichen has fantastic views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. The cars themselves operate efficiently, the doors closing and opening automatically. Room for four people, but two travel very comfortably. Great views. The trip down to Grindelwald takes about 20mins. Opportunity to get off half way down. Don't be alarmed as you watch the car in front suddenly take off as it goes out of the station at the top.....it's not as bad as it looks!! Each car has space for skis to be attached on the outside. This is covered by the jungfraubahn pass.

Visited July 2014
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