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“Perfect for hikers passing through on the Via Alpina”
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Nature's Friends
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We were on a 14-day hike on the Via Alpina and needed a place to stay on this leg of the journey. We'd stayed at a Naturfreundehaus before, and this one was every bit as good. We arrived hot and sweaty, and our hostess immediately gave each of us tall glasses of peppermint iced tea (no charge). She speaks excellent English (if that's important for you) and is courteous, helpful and accommodating. Our room was a little better than most of the hiker's lodging we encountered on the trail: bunks, a wardrobe, chairs. Good showers and WC. There's a coin operated washer and drier and a free PC to use (also WiFi). Dinner was excellent, and served with panache. The legendary breakfast buffet was out of this world (including many types of cereals, etc). I spent the evening relaxing in the yard.

The lodge is high on the Terrassenweg, about 300 feet elevation higher than the town. We walked up (steep), but you can also take a free city bus. Views are out of this world. This is a very quiet and serene location.

I cringe when people call this simply a "hostel." The Naturfreunde houses are aimed not at edgy, twenty-something "hostel rats," but at serious hikers. For that reason, the clientele tends to be older, quieter and more responsible.

I highly recommend this place to hikers and other nature-oriented visitors to Grindelwald.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I stayed at the Naturfreundehaus as part of a hiking group and found it basic but good. It's a hostel so don't expect too much but it's better than the youth hostel down the road. Smallish rooms with bunk beds and a shared bathroom.

If you're not bothered about luxury and don't mind walking up the hill or working out the bus timetable then a good choice. Owners friendly but some what reserved in the Swiss way.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank CraigZurich
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed here for three nights on our recent trip to the Swiss Alps. Very affordable, rate includes breakfast. We used this as a base for our hikes and excursions. The hostel has an alpine charm and is clean. The view of the north face of Eiger from right outside the hostel is terrific. Vreni and Heinz were both warm and welcoming. Vreni even helped us book a paragliding excursion on our last day. The only complaint is the rooms were small and the walls paper thin.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

So much to recommend about this place: the location is very peaceful, the view is stunning, the prices are reasonable. We were traveling with our young daughter, so we opted to eat dinner each night at the hostel to avoid scrambling for something suitable at the end of each day. I'm so glad we did - it was always delicious. This is technically a hostel and not a hotel, so those standards of amenities do apply (eg: shared bathroom, no TV in room). We were perfectly fine with this, though I know others might not be. One tip: if you do choose to have dinner at the hostel, reserve in advance. They only make as much food as they have reservations for. Vreni and Heinz were wonderful hosts, and we look forward to seeing them again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Candice S
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

A friend and I stayed here for just one night and really enjoyed how peaceful and quiet the location was out of downtown Grindelwald. Some say the downtown is too touristy, but this hostel is up on the hill of Terressenweg and quiet peaceful with quick access to a trail (a bit steep - this is the Swiss Alps) leading up the mountain for some beautiful nature hiking or down into the town. The husband and wife hosts were very helpful with orientation though the wife speaks a bit better English. The breakfast was really good, the most oats and yogurt I've ever seen in one place + bread, jam, coffee, milk and juices but no meat or eggs. I didn't have the dinner but it looked good also. I found the whole hotel to be quiet clean and well maintained.

The only downside I noticed was the creaky noise of the wooden building when walking around and thin walls, hearing others talking in the next room or hallway. If you're a light sleeper this might be an issue, and you'll also want to bring your own pillow if you have a preference. The 2 bed room we had was compact and narrow, but quiet sufficient with plenty of shelves and space under the bed for storing our stuff. There are bathrooms on the main floor but showers are downstairs along with the dirty shoes/skis room, and those showers had some great water pressure - such a delight after a long hike.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a mountain view if available, it is quite a site!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed there for 2 nights. We were in the mountains. The hotel looks very good and has alpen atmosphere. Rooms, toilets and showers were clean. You can use the kitchen and all stuff in there. Staff is very kind, helpfull and friendly. There is beautiful view when you rest on a deck chair. Thank you for nice stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lusdpl
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We, my husband and I (57 and 53) spent our vacation in the Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald from July 7 to July 17 and had a very nice stay there. The house is a hostel. Knowing that this means simpel rooms and not hotel like facilities we were very positively surprised. The house is very clean. Everything is kept very well in order. The breakfast was a great surprise: A large variety of cereals, joghurths, juice, milk, excelent bread, jam, cheese etc. and of course coffee and tee. Delicious! Breath taking was the view from our window, streight into the mountains. Beautiful! The house is an old Swiss Chalet, very charming, built of wood. Although the walls are thin we slept very good in our comfortabel beds. The dining room is lovely decorated and has a very good atmosphere. There is lots of space to spent time with a book, or writing cards, playing games - on rainy days. But the beautiful nature all around the place calls for walks and activity. An ideal "house for friends of nature" - what Naturfreundehaus actually means.... . One remarkable point is the friendlyness and patience of the owners who helped in every situation (in English, French, German), with advice, good hints, explanations, a telephone call etc. Returning from a long hiking tour it was very pleasant to relax in the hostels garden, watching the play of changing lights on the mountain tops during sundown. Conclusion: If you are looking for a bit of luxury this is not your place. But if you are looking for an affordabel good base with a warm atmosphere for your activities in nature, clean rooms and bathrooms, good food and a friendly and helpful host, this hostel is definitely to recommend. We really enjoyed our stay there and will certainly stay there again in further years.
We will give 4 points because our experience was "very good", our expectations were more than met. The description on the hostels pages is definitely close to the facts.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Terrassenweg 18, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
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Number of rooms: 71
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