With a name reminiscent of magic and myth, the verdant village of Grindelwald is embedded in a glistening hollow of the Bernese Oberland Valley. Surrounded by a majestic mountainscape, this delightful destination boasts both natural splendour and cosmopolitan charm. Snow smothered slopes and soaring cable cars mean winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy adrenaline fuelled Alpine adventures, while energetic wanderers can explore the 300km of walking trails that shine resplendently after the summer sun melts the winter snow.
Grindelwald’s scenic surroundings offer some of Switzerland’s most incredible hikes, so ensure you limber up in order to enjoy some of Europe’s most stunning vistas; the Opfelchuechliwag is a high altitude trail that takes walkers by the hand in order to propel them through flower filled meadows, lush pastures and heavy blankets of woodland. Intermittent information panels provide fascinating facts regarding the natural biosphere.
Approach the thunderous Glacier Gorge with caution, for the natural phenomenon’s raw beauty will take your breath away. Follow the man-made path through this icy wonderland of stalagmites, stalactites and rocky outcrops, observing how dense blocks of ice emit an ethereal pink and green hue. Leading on from the grandiose glaciers is the First Slope, an intermediate skiing slope from which adventures can soar on skis or use the toboggan run to slide down at great speeds.
Boasting a convenient central location that shimmers with natural beauty, the classic yet contemporary C and M Restaurant is refined restaurant in which to enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine. Satisfying and sublime dishes are sure to appease hearty alpine appetites, and the menu changes regularly according to seasonal availability. Typical dishes include roasted rack of lamb with fried polenta and ratatouille, and prawn and scallop skewers with asparagus and fried potatoes. (Almisgässli 1, 3818 Grindelwald, Switzerland)