Family Fun and Adventure in the Jungfrau Region Switzerland
Mountain Carting, Trotti Bikes and the First Flyer
at Grindelwald First
The Jungfrau region is one of the most visited areas of Switzerland offering a whole host of activities all year round. We visited the Grindelwald First part of the Jungfrau region and discovered plenty of fun and action for all the family.
After leaving Zurich on an early train we alighted in Grindelwald, a picturesque village located at 1,034m above the sea level, at the foot of Eiger. The village has been attracting visitors since the end of the 18th century as it is the usual starting point for ascent of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn.
You can start the day by taking the First aerial Cable way, a 6 seated aerial gondola which takes you from the picturesque Grindelwald village to Grindelwald First (2168m).
The journey takes less than 30 minutes and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and also of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Eiger peaks.
Families with small children can stop at the intermediate station of Bort, where young children will be delighted to find a playground with a variety of seesaws, swings, climbing and balancing frames – it will keep them occupied for hours!
Once you’ve arrived at First you can have lunch in the First Mountain Lodge Restaurant before going on the amazing round tour round the First Cliff Walk by Tissot. It’s a 40m long single rope hanging bridge and a metal walkway which offers spectacular views. You can see the Eiger peak and the glacier too. The Cliff Walk is suitable to everyone (even if you are afraid of heights). Don’t forget to take your photo the end of the bridge above the abyss !
If you want to stay overnight, the First Mountain Lodge offers 110 beds in 4 bed rooms and dormitory accommodation. Grindelwald First is also the starting point for a short hike to Bachalpsee, which you may have read in our previous post about Grindelwald First here.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush why not go for the “Adventure Card” which gives you the opportunity to try out all three attractions: the mountain carts, the zip wire called the “First Flyer” and Trotti bikes.
We took the First aerial cable from Grindelwald to Schreckfeld and then let the mountain carts take us downhill to Bort (more than 3 km mountain trail). The Mountain Carts are suitable for children 10 years and above as long as they’re 135cm or over.
Another option is to take the cable car to Grindelwald First and experience the First Flyer, a unique attraction in Europe which lets you glide for almost 800m down the valley at the incredible speed of up to 84km/h!
You can choose a speedy descent by Trotti bike from Bort all the way downhill to Grindelwald. However, don’t forget to stop from time to time to admire the stunning views of the mountains.
Photos and article by Carmen Sirboiu
You might also like to read our previous article about the First Cliff Walk at Grindelwald First here: