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 !
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