Though German composer Richard Wagner lived in Grindelwald at one time, the village's most famous "resident" by far is Mt. Eiger, which has probably had more books written about it than compositions by Herr Wagner. Its bold and formidable demeanor has challenged climbers since the beginning of attemps to conquer it. Some have lived to tell about it, many haven't.

The Climb Up To Hell by Jack Olsen recounts the history of those attempts, which began in1935. Out of 20 expeditions, 18 lives have been lost. The book particulary focuses on the story of two seperate parties, Italians and Germans, who took on Eiger in 1957. Only one of the four survived and controversy has surrounded the incident ever since.

The Beckoning Silence, by climber Joe Simpson, who also wrote Touching The Void, is a more personal account of his experiences climbing, not only Eiger, but mountains the world over. Pondering the death of several climbing friends, and facing the probability that he, himself, would end up like them, he decides to end his climbing career with one last climb up Eiger's northface. Though he survived, to companions did not return from the mountain alive.

Grindelwald is not all about Eiger, though. There are some great (and safer) adventures to be had on solid, horizontal ground in Grindelwald's countryside.  Walking Easy In The Swiss And Austrian Alps by Chet Lipton, fills the recreational walker with all kinds of ideas for walking treks and hikes through villages and over mountain trails with awesome views. The author provides information on hotels and travel, and includes directions and maps.