Grindelwald is a municipality in the Interlaken- Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

  • 6.1 skiing
  • 6.2 Velogemel


The name of Grindelwald is an original field name and is composed of the Old High German words grintil (bolt, lock) and violence (forest ) together.


The villages, hamlets and farms of the community Grindelwald are widely scattered in the basin of the Black Lütschinen in the Bernese Oberland between Eiger, Wetterhorn, Fiescherwand and septic horn. With an area of ​​171.1 km ² Grindelwald is the twenty-five largest community of Switzerland and the second largest in the canton of Bern. Highest point forms with 4'107 m above sea level. M. Monk, the deepest point is 720 meters above sea level. M.

In the area of Grindelwald are the Lower Grindelwald Glacier and the Upper Grindelwald Glacier. Both are tourist attractions, ranging in time from about 1590 to 1880, until the village. You feed the Black Lütschinen that drains the valley. A right tributary of the Black Lütschinen is known for Bachläger waterfall Milibach.


The town lives mainly from tourism. Employment is distributed as follows among the three economic sectors: agriculture 5.4 percent, 19.5 percent industrial, 75.1 percent services (as of 2000). In the year 2007 126 farms were still counted.

In winter, especially alpine winter sports enthusiasts, hikers in summer and tourists admire the mountain scenery with the five- team Wetterhorn, fright, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Tourism has a long tradition. Early on, they tried to make the mountains accessible to guests. The Wetterhorn Lift is one of the oldest persons transporting cable cars in the world. In Grindelwald are a youth summer camp for disabled children and two campgrounds.



About the Bernese Oberland Railways is connected to Interlaken. The Wengernalpbahn via Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. From Kleine Scheidegg there are connections to the Jungfrau train through the Eiger to the Jungfraujoch. The Kleine Scheidegg / Male ski area is also accessible by a gondola on the masculine. From there, a cableway leads also to Wengen. Another gondola leads to the first ski resort. Trips across the Grosse Scheidegg to Haslital are only possible with the post bus and by bike. In summer, a cableway leads to the Privatalp Pfingstegg on Mättenberg, starting point for hikes to the Grindelwald glaciers, to Schreckhorn hut and chalet Milchbach, which can be reached by a footpath tunnel. On the way is the rock paradise Breitlouwina.

Mountain railways

  • Gondola Grindelwald - Male
  • Gondola Grindelwald - First
  • Cableway Grindelwald - Pfingstegg
  • Cog railway Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg ( - Jungfraujoch )


  • Grindelwald - Bussalp
  • Grindelwald - Waldspitz
  • Grindelwald - Wärgistal / Itramen
  • Grindelwald - Pfingsteggbahn - Glacier Gorge
  • Grindelwald - Terrassenweg ( -. Whether Glacier)

Ski Funi

From the 1930s decreed Grindelwald at the center near Skischulhang Bodmi about a particular vehicle for winter sports: as Funi (short for " funicular ") designated carriage cable car, which was set in 1995 as the last of its kind.



Grindelwald was the first resort in the Bernese Oberland, which was visited in 1888 and winter of tourists. The guests were able to enjoy various winter sports activities: initially drawn sleigh rides, curling and skating, skiing from 1891; later a bobsleigh run was still being built. As of 1947, the First 1978, the male was opened as a ski resort. In 1932, organized by the Swiss Ladies Ski Club SDS- races were held in Grindelwald, who scored a long time to the main alpine ski race in the ladies and in 1967 integrated in the World Cup. The so far last Alpine World Cup races took place in 1992. Since 2005, Grindelwald is the venue for freestyle skiing World Cup races.


A Grindelwalder invention is the Velogemel, a single-track, steerable sled sports - has comparable with a wooden bicycle, the skids instead of wheels.


  • Christian Almer, climbers (* 1826, † 1898)
  • Dres Balmer, Author ( b. 1949 )
  • Rosmarie Bleuer, skier ( b. 1926 )
  • Rudolf drilling, Reformed theologian and professor of theology in Heidelberg ( * 1920, † 2010)
  • Christian Boss, folk musician ( b. 1926, † 1987)
  • Samuel Brawand, politicians, Bernese Governing Council and National Council (* 1898, † 2001)
  • Vreni Inäbnit, skier ( b. 1948 )
  • Daniel Kandlbauer, Pop ( b. 1983 )
  • Fritz Kaufmann, ski jumping and Nordic Combined (* 1905, † 1941)
  • Peter Kaufmann, skier, male host ( * 1917, † 2005)
  • Ernst Nobs, politicians, National, Zurich's President and Bundesrat (* 1886, † 1957)
  • Adolf Rubi, mountain guides and skiers (* 1905, † 1988)
  • Rudolf Rubi, teacher and local historian, honorary citizen ( * 1918, † 2004)
  • Martina Schild, alpine skier, Olympic silver medal in 2006 in Downhill (* 1981)
  • Albert Schlunegger, ski racer and coach, guides ( * 1938, † 2000)
  • Hans Schlunegger (* 1944), ski racer and coach
  • Hedy Schlunegger, Olympic champion 1948 in downhill (* 1923, † 2003)
  • Erna Steuri, skier ( * 1917, † 2001)
  • Fritz Steuri, mountain guides and skiers (* 1879, † 1950)
  • Fritz Steuri, mountain guides and skiers (* 1903, † 1955)
  • Fritz Steuri, mountain guides and skiers (* 1908, † 1953)
  • Hermann Steuri, mountain guide and ski racer (* 1909, † 2001)
  • Willy Steuri, skier (* 1912, † 1978)
  • Gottfried Strasser, " glacier priest " of Grindelwald (* 1854, † 1912)

Filming location for movies

  • Some scenes for the James Bond film On Her Majesty were filmed in the winter of 1968 /69, Grindelwald and Mürren and the Schilthorn.
  • 1972-1974 the television series George was in Grindelwald turned with Marshall Thompson in the lead role, which previously had a worldwide hit with the series Daktari.
  • In 2004, in the town of Grindelwald shots for the film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith made ​​; here is the filmed mountain backdrop is a part of the planet Alderaan, which can be seen in the penultimate scene of the film. The recordings were used by blue screen technology and CGI to the mountains around the capital.


Grindelwald with Eiger

Basin of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier

In 1900, with Wegneralpbahn and Wetterhorn