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Nature's Friends
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This was one of my favourite places to stay on my trip. It's a lovely hostel, with fantastically friendly down to earth hosts who made me feel very comfortable. There is a small kitchen, and I left too early to have breakfast but it looked promising. The views are spectacular and there is a nice garden/lawn with chairs to sit and look at the mountains. Be warned it is a steep 15 min walk from the train station, but there is a bus. Also, the showers are on the bottom floor so you may need to descend three floors to get there. That didn't bother me, but the sleep quality could be a little better as it is a very old wooden building and every step people make sounds like there are elephants in the next room. Still. most people are there to enjoy the scenery, so you're not likely to run into partiers. I would definitely stay here again,

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

The NFH in Grindelwald is a wonderful place to stay. The hosts are so friendly and helpful, and the views wonderful. The bathroom is down the hall and the showers downstairs, but they also have a washer/dryer and a lovely lawn to relax on a nice day. The breakfast was an amazing spread of grains, breads, yogurt, fresh fruit, cheeses, meats and jam. You really should take the bus up to this place as the hike up is strenuous and involves some very steep stairs. The bus leaves from right next to the train station every half hour and is free for guests at the NFH. This is more a hostel than a hotel, but it is a clean friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We visited during summer and the place was clean, peaceful and the food was delicious. They upgraded us to a couples room for free. The staff were also very helpful. Grindelwald town is quite touristy but if you hike into the hills it is really really beautiful, which we loved.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Diné B
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This was a fun place for us to stay. Owners were so friendly and helpful. Good breakfast. We were there 3 nights and had no problems. Just make sure you take the bus up the mountain or you'll have to walk...and by walk I mean hike.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Adam Z
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We stayed 3 nights in this amazing place, with great views, helpful staff, and a beautiful location. We slept well all 3 nights and had a great time, attacked the Grosse Scheidegg on day 2 and spent a restful afternoon basking in the mountain views. Even though we opted out of the dinner, it smelt great. The included breakfast was a good start to our days and the service was amazing. All around great stay.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank OtiG77
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stayed for a weekend. Our room had 2 bunk beds, nothing more, nothing less. We had to share the bathroom and toilet. The hotel will pick you up from the station. It is a very basic hotel, and perfect if you are just looking for a cheap place to crash during your ski weekend / holiday. I missed out on dinner but my husband & friends who dined said that the fondue was excellent.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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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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Address: Terrassenweg 18, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
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Ranked #4 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Grindelwald
Number of rooms: 71
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