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10 Best Day Trips from Grindelwald Switzerland

Grindelwald, situated at the base of the Eiger and Wetterhorn mountains, is a renowned mountain village in the Bernese Oberland. The Grindelwald Valley boasts verdant meadows and mountain forests on one side, while the other side is dominated by the rocky walls and icy peaks of the Eiger, Schreckhorn, and Wetterhorn. Though Grindelwald has so many activities to offer, those who spend several days there might still want to take day trips from the town. Below are some suggestions for the best day trips from Grindelwald for those based there.

These day trips are typically one to two hours away from Grindelwald by train. This article discusses the 10 best day trips from Grindelwald. Among these are mountain resorts, busy towns, and other lakes. Let’s go!

1. Interlaken

Travel time from Grindelwald to Interlaken takes 37 minutes. Interlaken, with its breathtaking mountain panorama, two stunning lakes, and adventure sports offers a captivating contrast to the more mountainous atmosphere of Grindelwald.

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Interlaken, Switzerland is a trendy tourist hub in the Bernese Oberland. In Interlaken, you will find walking trails along the River Aare, many souvenir shops, a Japanese garden, and the local mountain Harder Kulm for spectacular views. A red funicular takes you from Interlaken to Harder Kulm in 10 minutes, with one departure every half hour.

As one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist spots, Interlaken is also a hot spot for outdoor sports enthusiasts. It is also conveniently located between two beautiful lakes – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

For those who are into fun adventures, below are some of the most popular outdoor activities in Interlaken:

  • Tandem Paragliding (GetYourGuide): Experience pure serenity as you float weightlessly alongside an experienced pilot and witness the breathtaking beauty of the Jungfrau region from the sky.
  • Adventure Park (GetYourGuide): Conquer 9 thrilling rope courses and zip lines soaring up to 23 meters above the ground, with the assurance of a comprehensive safety briefing and top-notch safety gear.
  • Kayak Tour of Lake Brienz (GetYourGuide): Paddle through the crystal-clear waters of Lake Brienz with the guidance of an experienced coach, as you soak in the stunning views, including the picturesque Rinngenberg Castle. You may also book this activity in winter (GetYourGuide).
  • Canyoning (GetYourGuide): Dive into the ultimate adrenaline rush with a canyoning expedition in Chli Schilere, featuring challenging rappelling, high jumps, fast slides, and an unforgettable adventure in one of the region’s top canyons.
  • Scenic Jetboat Ride (GetYourGuide): Experience an exhilarating 45 to 50-minute jetboat ride on Lake Brienz near Interlaken, culminating at Giessbach Falls.
Don’t miss these attractions in Interlaken
Harder Kulm
* Höhenweg
* Interlaken-Harder Alpine Game Park
* Lake Thun
* Lake Brienz

If you would like to learn more about Interlaken, check out our article Interlaken: 8 Reasons Why You Should Visit.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Interlaken?

To get from Grindelwald to Interlaken, simply take the regional train to Interlaken Ost. The total travel time from Grindelwald to Interlaken is 37 minutes.


2. Schilthorn

For fans of James Bond films, Schilthorn is a must-see location. Located less than two hours away from Grindelwald, you can enjoy awesome views of the entire Jungfrau region on this day trip.

Image of Schilthorn by Julius Silver from Pixabay

Schilthorn is a summit in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. The mountain can be accessed via Mürren and overlooks the Lauterbrunnen Valley below. Although Schilthorn is administered and located in Lauterbrunnen, the western slope belongs to Kander Valley.

Schilthorn was made famous by the spy film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service featuring James Bond. Therefore, you can enjoy Bond World (an interactive exhibit about Bond), Bond Cinema (a cinema showing clips from Bond classics), and 007 Walk of Fame (15 information boards on the mountaintop).

Also on the peak is the Piz Gloria restaurant, located 1,300 meters above Mürren. From the top, there are awesome views of the Jungfrau region, Beni Flue, and Blümlisalp. The video above is courtesy of Schilthorn on YouTube.

Schilthorn is also a winter ski resort that has 50 kilometers of slopes between 1,600 and 3,000 meters. It’s open until the end of April. Part of the Jungfrau Ski Region, Schilthorn has the steepest slope in the region (88% steep).

Don’t miss these attractions in Schilthorn
* Bond World
* Bond Cinema
* 007 Walk of Fame
* Piz Gloria Restaurant

How do you get from Grindelwald to Schilthorn?

To travel from Grindelwald to Schilthorn, despite the short distance of approximately 20 kilometers, you’ll need to navigate several train and cable car changes. The journey involves heading to Zweilütschinen, taking a train to Lauterbrunnen, transferring to Stechelberg, and then boarding a cable car in four sections: Gimmelwald, Mürren, Birg, and finally Schilthorn. This route, characterized by numerous cable car changes, is considered one of the more challenging airways in Switzerland.

The total travel time from Grindelwald to Schilthorn ranges from 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours and 10 minutes. Alternatively, if you have a car, driving from Grindelwald to Stechelberg offers a quicker route.


3. Wengen

Wengen, an ideal destination for an easy day trip from Grindelwald, offers breathtaking views of the Bernese Alps. It is located approximately one hour away from Grindelwald.

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Wengen is the largest village in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.  Approximately 1,274 meters above sea level, Wengen is in the Bernese Highlands (Bernese Oberland). It sits at the foot of the 4,158-meter-high Jungfrau mountain.

The car-free village of Wengen is just 15 minutes from Lauterbrunnen Village. To get to this village, you’ll have to park your car at Lauterbrunnen before heading up on the train.

Wengen holds a Mendelssohn Music Festival every August. A musical genius and artist, Felix Mendelssohn was awed by Jungfrau on his way from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. In his diary, he describes his experiences in the Jungfrau region, especially in Wengen. Mendelssohn is honored in Wengen with a yearly music festival, a memorial in the upper part of the village, and a hiking trail to Wengernalp.  

With the world-famous Lauberhorn ski race held every January in Wengen, everything is great for tourists. Most houses here are wooden chalets, though a few hotels are in the Belle Époque style.

Don’t miss these attractions in Wengen
Kleine Scheidegg
* Jungfraujoch
Männlichen
* Panorama Trail Männlichen – Kleine Scheidegg

How do you get from Wengen to Grindelwald?

The best route to take is from Grindelwald to Männlichen. Männlichen has a gondola that takes you to Wengen. As you are traveling through the sky, this is a very scenic way to travel. Alternatively, you can take the train.

To travel by train, you will go from Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen. In Zweilütschinen, you can change to the connecting regional train to Lauterbrunnen In, Lauterbrunnen you can take the train to Wengen.


4. Spiez

Spiez is a scenic day trip destination from Grindelwald. A wine resort nestled in a picturesque bay, offering a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Spiez is only approximately one hour away from Grindelwald.

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For those who love nature and the outdoors, Spiez is the perfect destination. This peaceful town is situated on southern the banks of Lake Thun, in a small protected bay, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Niesen and Niederhorn. With its beautiful landscapes and tranquil atmosphere, it is the perfect place to unwind and simply spend some peaceful time by the lake.

You can take a stroll along the Spiez Promenade and soak in the breathtaking views of Lake Thun. Embark on a scenic boat cruise to fully immerse yourself in the serenity of the lake. For history enthusiasts, a visit to Spiez Castle is a must, where you can uncover the secrets of its medieval past.

Furthermore, you can also explore the Alpine viticulture in Spiez by visiting the local vineyards, indulging in wine tastings, and even purchasing some bottles to take home as souvenirs. For outdoor enthusiasts, a hike to Faulensee provides an opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the region.

In addition to the above, Spiez offers vibrant events, swimming opportunities, child-friendly adventures, and the chance to explore the magnificent Niesen Mountain. There are also more fantastic attractions near Spiez for those who want to further expand their exploration of the area.

Don’t miss these attractions in Spiez
* Spiez Village
* Cruise on Lake Thun
* Spiez Castle
* Alpine Viticulture (Vineyards, Museum)
* Spiez Promenade

If you would like to read more about Spiez, you can check out our article 10 Best Things to Do in Spiez, Switzerland.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Spiez?

To get from Grindelwald to Spiez, you have to go first to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, change to the Intercity train to Spiez. The total travel time from Grindelwald to Spiez via Interlaken Ost is 1 hour and 5 minutes.


5. Brienz

Brienz can be reached from Grindelwald in just over an hour. Discover one of the most beautiful streets in the world and then ride the train to Brienzer Rothorn for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.

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Brienz is a charming, unassuming Swiss village set along the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. Known for its woodcarving tradition, Brienz has a museum and a school dedicated to wood carving. It is also home to Brunngasse, one of Switzerland’s prettiest streets.

Following your exploration of the village, I recommend heading up to Brienzer Rothorn. A few of the other beautiful attractions in the area include Iseltwald, Giessbach Falls, and the Ballenberg Open-air Museum.

Don’t miss these attractions in Brienz
* Brunngasse
* Woodcarving Museum
* Brienzer Rothorn
* Iseltwald
* Giessbach Falls
* Ballenberg Open-air Museum

If you would like to read more about Brienz, you can check out our article 12 Things to Do in Brienz Switzerland.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Brienz?

To get from Grindelwald to Brienz, you have to go first to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, change to the panoramic train to Brienz. The total travel time from Grindelwald to Brienz via Lauterbrunnen is 1 hour and 4 minutes.


6. Thun

In just 75 minutes, you can travel to the lovely town of Thun from Grindelwald. As a picturesque lakeside city with an old town, Thun is one of the best day trips that you can do from Grindelwald.

Described as the gateway to Bernese OberlandThun in Switzerland is also one of the biggest cities in Canton Bern. You can find it on the northern part of Bernese Oberland sitting on the northern edge of Lake Thun. Thun boasts of beautiful castles, the reformed town church on the Schlossberg, an old church, a park, an accessible lower bridge, and majestic views of the mountains.

Between April and October, you can take passenger boats on Lake Thun. Boats in Lake Thun stop in Interlaken West, Neuhaus (Unterseen), Beatushöhlen-Sundlauenen, Leissinge, Beatenbucht, Merlingen, Faulensee, Spiez, Gunten, Einigen, Gwatt Deltapark, Längenschachen, Oberhofen am Thunersee, Hilterfingen, Hünibach, and Thun.

Don’t miss these attractions in Thun
* Old Town of Thun
* Thun Castle
* Lake Thun
* Schadau Castle and Park
* Wocher Panorama
* Art Museum
* Scherzlingen Church
* Aare River
* Thuner Wasserzauber (September/October)

If you would like to learn more about Thun, check out our article 10 Best Things To Do In Thun, Bernese Oberland.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Thun?

To get from Grindelwald to Thun, you have to go first to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, change to the Intercity train to Thun. The total travel time from Grindelwald to Thun via Interlaken Ost is 1 hour and 15 minutes.


7. Aare Gorge

With steep rock walls, rushing water, and stunning natural scenery, visiting the Aare Gorge makes for a stunning day trip from Grindelwald. It takes around 1.5 hours to get there from Grindelwald.

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Known for its limestone formations, Aare Gorge is a large piece of bedrock. It stretches 1,400 meters long and 200 meters deep between Innertkirchen and Meiringen. With a system of safe paths and tunnels, you can walk through the gorgeous gorge to experience nature uniquely.

Access to Aare Gorge has been possible for more than a century. It has been open to the public since 1888. Restaurants, a winter-covered terrace, and a playground have expanded the tourist appeal over the years. Throughout the years, they have also made continuous efforts to make the gallery safer.

If you would like to read more about Aare Gorge, you can check out our article The Aare Gorge Canyon Walk in Haslital, Switzerland.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Aare Gorge?

To get from Grindelwald to Aare Gorge, you have to go first to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, take the Lucerne-Interlaken Express train to Meiringen. In Meiringen, take the connecting train to Aareschlucht Ost or Aareschlucht West.

It takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 59 minutes to travel from Wengen to Aare Gorge train station via Meiringen, depending on which entrance you choose. It takes only a few minutes to walk from the train station to the Aare Gorge entrance.


8. Bern

A day trip to Bern, Switzerland’s de facto capital, is probably one of the most important day trips you can do from Grindelwald. With its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, the trip to Bern is well worth the longer time.

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Nestled along the banks of the Aare River, Bern offers a variety of attractions for all tastes, whether you enjoy history, art, animals, or simply relaxing in a beautiful setting. It is the federal city of Switzerland. There is much more to discover when you take the time to explore this charming city.

There is no better place in Bern to start your day than the Old Town, located across the Aare River. The Old Town of Bern, which consists of several well-preserved buildings from the medieval era, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. A famous symbol of Bern, which dates back to 1218-1220, can be seen right at the entrance to the Old Town: the Zytglogge.

Don’t miss these attractions in Bern
* UNESCO World Heritage Old City of Bern
* Parliament Building
* Bern Minster Cathedral
Historic Museum
* Bern Bear Pit (Bärengraben)
* Bern Zoo (Tierpark Dählhölzli)
* Zentrum Paul Klee
Gurten
* Museum of Communication

If you would like to plan a day in Bern, you can check out our article How to Spend 1 Day in Bern, Switzerland.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Bern?

To get from Grindelwald to Bern, you have to go to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, change to the Intercity train to Bern. The total travel time from Grindelwald to Bern via Lauterbrunnen is 1 hour and 35 minutes.


9. Blausee

Blausee is worth visiting for its crystal-clear blue waters, tranquil natural surroundings, and picturesque alpine scenery, which together create a magical and unforgettable experience. If you want to see a place that looks like something out of a fairytale, Blausee is the ideal day trip from Grindelwald.

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Lake Blausee is worth a visit any time of year. Hiking, picnicking, and boating are a couple of things you can do at Blausee. Blausee is a stunning pearl in Kandergrund, one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland. Anyone who wants to relax will get their money’s worth.

You can visit it at any time of the year since it is open all year long. It is owned by Blausee Corporation, which also owns the hotel, restaurant, organic trout farm, and nearby shop. For dining, there is a Gault Millau restaurant that serves fresh trout. Or you can grill your food.

Guests are provided with a boat ride as part of the fee. There’s no extra charge to ride the boat around the lake.  

The area is not suitable for swimming and fishing. Nevertheless, they hold one fishing and one swimming event each year in autumn and winter, respectively.

Don’t miss these attractions in Blausee
* Blausee Lake
* Boat Trip
* Alpine Trout Farm

If you would like to read more about Blausee, you can check out our article Breathtaking Blausee Lake – A Day Trip In Kandergrund.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Blausee?

To get from Grindelwald to Blausee BE, you have to go to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, change to the RE train to Spiez. In Spiez, take the connecting RE train to Frutigen.

Take the bus from Frütigen to Blausee BE. The journey from Grindelwald to Blausee by train and bus typically takes almost 2 hours in total.


10. Rosenlaui

Rosenlaui is an alpine paradise with lush green meadows, dramatic rock formations, and a stunning glacier gorge. If you want to see pristine wilderness, then Rosenlaui is the ideal day trip from Grindelwald.

Image of Rosenlaui. It was breathtaking.
Image of Rosenlaui Valley by TouringSwitzerland.com

You can find Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge in Rosenlaui Valley. The Rosenlaui Valley is an incredibly beautiful and romantic valley with old trees, rocky cliffs, and snowy peaks. It is at the foot of the Engelhörner, Dossen, Wellhorn, and Wetterhorn mountains.

Located 1,328 meters above sea level, Rosenlaui village is the highest settlement in the valley. It’s a popular starting point for many excursions. The yellow Post Buses go over the Grosse Scheidegg to Rosenlaui from Grindelwald (via Schwarzwaldalp).

Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge has scenic rock and water formations, whirlpools, and waterfalls. This gorge is accessible from mid-May to October. It’s a 30-minute walk (about 500 meters trail) from the ticket office and hut.  It is part of the Jungfrau Aletsch Alpine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge is where glaciers melt and flow. Its water comes from the Rosenlaui Glacier, a 4.5-km-long glacier in the Bernese Alps. The Weissenbach River carved slate and limestone here.

Don’t miss these attractions in Rosenlaui
* Reichenbach Valley
* Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
* Grosse Scheidegg

If you would like to read more about Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, you can check out our article Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge – One of Switzerland’s Most Beautiful Gorges.

How do you get from Grindelwald to Rosenlaui?

From Grindelwald, you can take the yellow post bus that goes via Grosse Scheidegg and Schwarzwaldalp to Rosenlaui Valley. This route will take around 1 hour and 16 minutes.

As an alternative, especially if the buses are not running, you can also take the train. To get from Grindelwald to Rosenlaui, you have to go first to Interlaken Ost. In Interlaken Ost, take the Lucerne-Interlaken Express train to Meiringen. In Meiringen, take the connecting bus to Rosenlaui.


Summary: 10 Best Day Trips from Grindelwald

For those who are staying for a couple of days in Grindelwald, Switzerland, and wish to venture out to other places, we hope that this list was helpful.

To summarize, if you are looking for a large city, then Bern is the closest to Grindelwald. If you want a smaller town or village with still lots of activities, Thun, Brienz, and Spiez are great choices. Interlaken is for those who are looking for adventure sports.

Schilthorn, Wengen,  and Rosenlaui are suitable choices for those who want to visit the mountains. You may also opt to experience Blausee and Aare Gorge’s scenic beauty and capture some unforgettable photographs.

Considering all the options at your disposal, I hope you will be able to find something from this list that you will enjoy and have a great day trip from Grindelwald.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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