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The Swiss Alpine resort of Grindelwald is over 3,000 feet above sea level, yet the surrounding mountain peaks still soar dramatically above it, including the Eiger's looming North Face. The traditional wooden chalet-style buildings, bedecked with flowers in summer, give this destination bags of charm. In winter, visitors come for the outstanding skiing, while summer offers mountain hiking through green valleys with a soundtrack of gently chiming cowbells. Grindelwald also boasts a lively nightlife, diverse shopping and restaurants serving traditional Swiss cuisine like steaming creamy fondue perfect for warming you up on a cold night.

Things to see

There are 2 ski areas to choose from during your stay in Grindelwald, First and Kleine Scheidegg, which offer a combined 160 kilometres of sparkling white pistes and around 30 lifts ready and waiting to whisk you around. For those who really like a challenge, head a little further afield to the Lauberhorn piste where you can zoom down the world's longest downhill course in the imposing shadows of the towering Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. In the warmer summer months you can hike though verdant trails bedecked with colourful flowers and soak up the never ending views of the snow-capped mountains. Don't miss a ride on the Jungfraubahn while in Grindelwald – this mountain railway chugs up the Jungfrau mountain.

Hotels in Grindelwald

Despite its size – the resident population is under 4,000 – Grindelwald's popularity with holidaymakers means it has a wide choice of hotels. Most of them are in the mid-range sector, with only a handful of truly luxury hotels and a similar number in the budget category. Many Grindelwald hotels have traditional Swiss, timber-built architecture, with gently sloping roofs, balconies and shutters. Rooms are designed to keep guests comfortable in the wildest winter weather, sometimes with wood burning stoves.

Where to stay

If you want to stay in the heart of the evening action and be close to the slopes, pick a hotel in the centre of the village where you can enjoy the good selection of bars, most of which are found in the bigger hotels, and restaurants all around. If you're on a budget, staying on the outskirts will be slightly cheaper. If you're heading to Grindelwald in the warmer summer months, there are a number of campsites, set amid rolling green countryside, you can call home.

How to get to Grindelwald

Grindelwald is easily accessible from 3 international airports; Zurich, Geneva and Basel. From Zurich and Geneva you'll find direct train connections to the resort, and Grindelwald Station in located in the heart of the village. You can also take a train to Grund Station which is slightly out of town in the valley floor.