Pfingsteggbahn Grindelwald

We like that this part of Grindelwald has more of a local feel compared to other nearby attractions in the Jungfrau Region. The Pfingstegg gondola takes you up the mountain to beautiful views across the Grindelwald valley and a toboggan run and small playground to entertain the kids. The hikes in this area are a bit short, but a good length for smaller kids learning to hike slightly more challenging trails with switchbacks. A nice add-on is the neighboring Grindelwald Gorge, which has a beautiful 500m elevated walkway through a narrow gorge. 

Location:   Bernese Alps, Jungfrau Region
Address: Rybigässli 25, 3818 Grindelwald
Car: 2hr10 from Zurich
Parking: 46°37’23.9″N 8°02’47.8″E
Train: 2hr45 from Zurich HB
CHF 85 Adult return with Half-fare
Bus stop: Grindelwald, Pfingstegg
   
Trail: 2.2 km one way
Condition: dirt, lots of downhill switchbacks
Skill: moderate
Services: restaurant at top of cable car, toboggan run
Cost 2017: Cable car hiking ticket: CHF 16 Adult, CHF 8 Child
SBB Half-fare and Junior cards accepted
Toboggan run CHF 5.50 Adult, CHF 3.50 Child to 15 years
Open: mid May thru mid October,
every 15-20 mins about 9:00 to 17:00
More info:  www.pfingstegg.ch

Overview

The Pfingstegg gondola takes you from the Grindelwald valley to Pfingstegg at 1386m. Here you’ll find a restaurant, small playground and a toboggan run. There are a few trails that hike down the mountain from here. 

We started on trail #2 to Wyssflüo, then down trail #5 past Bergasthaus Marmorbruch, all the way to the valley. The views of the Grindelwald valley at the top were wonderful. After that, most of the trail was in the forest, a nice trail, but not big views. It’s a narrow dirt path with lots of switchbacks, not suitable for strollers. Next time we might try trail #1 to Milchbach.

Getting There

By car: Drive to Grindelwald, through the center of town, following signs to Pfingsteggbahn. There are lots of parking spots at the cable car.

By train: Take a train to Grindelwald, Bahnhof then a bus to Grindelwald, Pfingstbahn, which drops off right at the cable car station.

Views from the top

The cable car is not very long, only about 300m in elevation gain. It’s north facing under the shadow of the mountain above. We went early in the morning and it was a bit chilly in the shadow. So maybe go a little later in the day so you are in the sun.

This is the view north over the Grindelwald valley.

Toboggan Run

The toboggan run starts at the top of the cable car. You buy single tickets at the hut next to the course. Children 4 to 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Under 4 not recommended, but I’ve seen it.

There is a small playground at the top next to the toboggan run. According to pics on their website, it has been much improved since the last time I went, possibly include a bouncy castle, foosball table, hammocks, etc.

Trail down to the valley

Here we are starting on trail #2 from the cable car station, heading toward the Eiger looming above us.

We stopped to enjoy the view and some snacks before hiking.

The train gets narrow as it heads into the forest, with some stairs and switchbacks.

As the trail winds westward around the mountain, you get a glimpse of the impressive glacier above. The trail continues around the bend to a mountain hut, but we headed down to the valley.

About halfway down, you pass a mountain restaurant with outdoor seating.

The trail ends on a road that leads back to the cable car valley station.

If you have extra time, scoot over to the neighboring Grindelwald Gorge and take a stroll along the river cutting through the rock faces.

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