Grindelwald Glacier Gorge

The Gletscherschlucht near Grindelwald is a narrow glacier ravine with a small river running through it. For a fee, you can walk through the ravine on an elevated walkway. It’s very beautiful and a nice break from the heat and sun if you need it. This is a relatively short activity, so best to combine this with a hike in the area, like Bachalpsee or Eiger trail.
Since our last visit, they have added some interactive attractions inside the gorge, including a large net suspended over the river on which you can walk and jump. They have also dramatically increased the entrance fee. I can’t say if the new experience is worth the high admission fee. Let me know if you go and what you think.

Location:   Berner Oberland
Address:
Car: 2hr from ZH
Train: 3hr10 from ZH
Trail: about 500m one way
Condition: wooden walkway
Skill: easy
Open: end of June through end of October
More info: www.grindelwaldsports.ch

Getting There

Drive to Grindelwald and follow signs to the Gletscherschlucht (Dorfstrasse 110, Grindelwald). There is a parking lot at the ravine entrance, next to the Gletscherschlucht Hotel. A bus from Grindelwald drops off right at the entrance.

There’s not much information available online, so I can’t give you exact opening times and prices. It’s generally open from May to October, probably closed on rainy days.

Details

The photo on the left below shows us standing on the road that leads down to the river and ravine. In the background, you can see the glacier that feeds into this river. On the right, you see the entrance to the ravine with the pathways on the right.

The path is easy and suitable for small children. The railway along the path is relatively safe, but I still felt a little nervous. Obviously, keep a close eye on small and/or unruly children so they don’t climb on the railway. I’m not sure if they let strollers on this one (sorry for not paying better attention!). I think there are some stairs and the path gets narrow in parts, so it’s probably better to go without a stroller.

About halfway down the ravine, there are some light waterfalls as shown above. They were so interesting, gently sprinkling down on us like a mist shower. It was quite magical with the sun sparkling off all the little drops.

The path is short, probably about 500m into the ravine, but you can always turn around earlier if you’ve had enough. The whole ravine is nice and there isn’t something amazing at the end of the path that you simply must see. The pic on the right shows the end of the path, where the river is smaller. We spent about an hour in the ravine, slowly making our way and taking lots of pics.

This picture is just to give you idea of what it looks like outside the ravine: the typical Swiss landscape with lots of rolling meadows.

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