To the younger generation, Grindelwald is most familiar as a villainous character from the Harry Potter franchise. But did you know it is also the name of a mountain resort in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland ?
When the snow melts and the temperatures rise, it transforms into a buzzing summer destination. For hikers and adrenaline junkies looking for their next fitness fix. The gently winding village has traditional wooden chalets, shops selling watches, trinkets and outdoor clothing. And neat little hotels with flower-covered balconies all along it.
At 2343m above sea level, Mannlichen is a popular starting point for hikers. And it offers plenty of activities for both adults and children. At the top of Mannlichen there’s a giant cow-themed childrens’ playground. One of the more unusual activities on Mannlichen is the Summer Gemel, a gravity powered three wheeled cart with a lever in the centre that controls the speed.
Located around a 35 minute walk from the centre of village is the glacier canyon. It was formed by the now defunct Lower Grindelwald Glacier and until the 1920s it was an important site for ice harvesting. Also it had huge blocks of ice which were transported to all corners of the globe.
The Grindelwald First is a minor summit on the slopes of the Schwarzhorn. From the top of First, you can glimpse the indomitable north face of the Eiger, which famously claimed the lives of five climbers in 1936.