A day trip from Lucerne to Grindelwald

After having spent three out of four beautiful days in Switzerland exploring Lucerne via a walking tour of the Lucerne city, then touring Bern and Engleberg along with mount Titlis, finally we reached the last day of our stay in Switzerland. Today, we were to explore Interlaken and Grindelwald. We first headed to Interlaken from Lucerne. And then halted there for around an hour. After having spent around an hour in Interlaken, we started our onwards journey to Grindelwald. Passing through some picture perfect villages with beautiful houses and evergreen farmlands, we arrived in Grindelwald in almost an hour’s ride.

Grindelwald

An introduction to Grindelwald

Grindelwald is a small village near Interlaken in Switzerland. The place has been inhabited for a very old time. As is evident from the neolithic era tools and Roman era coins obtained from different places in the village. Having said that, the village is right out of a postcard when it comes to it’s natural beauty. Over a period of time, more and more tourists started approaching it. And making it base for their holidays. Tourism particularly picked up in the eighteenth century. And since then, it has been on a steady ride. As a result, tourism forms the main source of income for the economy of Grindelwald. Located at a height of 3000+ feet, the village is surrounded by several mountains including Faulhorn, Schwarzhorn, Wellhorn, Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Lauteraarhorn, Agassizhorn, Fiescherhorn, Mönch, Eiger, Lauberhorn and Männlichen.

Located in the mountains of Switzerland, Grindelwald observes a cold climate almost all through the year. Particularly the winters are chilly with lots of snowfall. This, along with favorable skiing trails makes Grindelwald a favorite winter destination. And not only the pro , but even those at the beginning and intermediate level of skiing head here from far and wide. The region also observes a good amount of precipitation almost through half of the year. But luckily, the day we toured here, we were greeted by bright sunshine and a beautiful day.

Grindelwald train station

Our bus driver parked the bus and then we walked with him till the Grindelwald railway station. We had train tickets for our return journey from Grindelwald to Interlaken. So he showed us the train station and pointed out from where to board the train. Although it was very straight forward and convenient.

Grindelwald

The Grindelwald train station is a small one, with just two platforms. While the local trains to Interlaken and other nearby stations leave from one platform, the trains going onwards to Jungafraugh leave from the other. The platforms are right besides the main road. And on each of the platform, there is a board displaying the next few train timings for the trains scheduled for arrival or departure from that platform. Also, there is a touch driven information screen in front of the platforms where you can check the train details, weather reports and many other information for towns across Switzerland.

Refreshment options in Grindelwald

Near the board, there are benches to sit and wait. While across the platform from the road, the station building is there. The building also houses some restaurants and shops. There is provision of drinking water and washrooms on other side of the main road. So, you can conveniently refill your water bottles here. Also, as you proceed, this side of the road is lined with different shops, some of them providing ready to eat food options like pizza slices, burgers, fries, cold coffees, ice creams and many other ready to go packaged meals. You can get them heated and then proceed on your onwards journey to explore Grindelwald with your packaged food in your hands.

The market of Grindelwald

Crossing the shops, we walked further across to the small market towards our left. Thereafter, arriving at an elevated platform that gave mesmerizing views of the snow covered mountains in front of us as well as the valleys that stretched up to the highway from the foot of the mountains. It is located on the junction of the highways from  either side that lead into Grindelwald. I don’t remember if there was an option to sit here. But then you can always use the stairs for sitting. The great part is that the place was not at all crowded. We only spotted a few other tourists and locals here and there.

Our picnic in Grindelwald

After having explored this part of Grindelwald, we headed back near the train station. Here, a stairway just in front of the train station, across the road, led up to some hotels and resorts. We took this way and then entered into the grassland in front. The views of the mountains and valleys in front from this grassland were even more pristine than what we had witnessed from the road.

Grindelwald

We settled down on this grass and decided to relax our feet. Already, we had carried some food with us at the start of the journey. Now was the perfect time to have a picnic. So, this is how we had our lunch here in Grindelwald. We had all secretly wished to have such a picnic in Swiss countryside. And finally, our wish got granted. After a good lunch, we just laid around the grassland soaking in the beauty of the surroundings.

A walk through the countryside

After some time, myself and Abhishek decided to go further into the village on a walk. While the rest of our friends decided to stay put on the grassland, too lazy to move. One was reading a book while the other was sleepy. Leaving them there, we started a walk up the hill, crossing the resorts and hotels. Finally, we entered into the village layout. It was a well planned layout. With a single lane tarred road running in circles on the slope of the hill. And small, beautiful houses lining the road. With flowers planted on either side of road as well as in the front yard of each and every house. Just the perfect village that one can dream of.

We kept walking slow and steady through the village. When we heard some barking and saw two women coming down the slope with their pet dogs. As they passed by us, they stopped shortly to greet us with a “hello”. Ever since I landed in Europe, I have been touched by this gesture of strangers smiling at us and greeting us randomly. It is so heart warming. Moving ahead, we kept taking random turns on the village streets, passing through beautiful houses. Our aim was to keep walking downwards so at some point of time we would reach back to the main road. And so it happened. After about a little over half an hour of random walking, we hit the main road once again, almost in front of the train station.

Grindelwald

Onwards journey to Interlaken

From here, we traced our steps up the stairs once again, to reach our friends. We again sat here for sometime and then decided to head back to Interlaken. The four of us, along with our daughter, came back to the train station. There is a train from Grindelwald to Interlaken almost every 20 minutes. So, we waited for the next train. And soon, it arrived. We on boarded the train for another picturesque journey through the Swiss railroad.

Of all the places that we visited while on our stay in Switzerland, perhaps it was hardest to abide goodbye to Grindelwald. The place is right out of fairy tale books. Pristine, neat and clean, organized, peaceful and surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks and lush green meadows. What else does one need when surrounded by such pristine natural beauty. I feel jealous thinking of the people who wakeup to these magnificent views and then live through this dreamy life here each and every day of their life.

If you are planning to head to Switzerland, we will strongly recommend visiting Grindelwald and other such small countryside places here. The real beauty of Swiss paradise is hidden in these places only.

Tips on visiting

  1. Use the trains for your commute to Grindelwald. It is well connected with Interlaken. You can change trains in Interlaken from almost anywhere else in Switzerland and then head on to Grindelwald.
  2. Carry your food with you. We didn’t see many food options around in Grindelwald, particularly vegetarian. So, it would be better to carry your food from Interlaken or where ever you are coming from.
  3. Carry a bottle of drinking water and you can keep refilling it. There were plenty of sources of drinking water around in the form of public fountains and taps.
  4. Wear comfortable walking shoes
  5. Carry an umbrella with you, as, the weather changes suddenly in these parts. Luckily, the day we visited, it was a nice sunny day.

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89 Responses

  1. The place looks like it came right out of the postcard. It’s so beautiful. I now envy the residents in the area, they get to see this beauty everyday? They are so lucky! And you guys are lucky too for having reached Grindelwald. And I can’t believe how clean the streets are. The only clean country I’d been to is Japan, one of the reasons I could never forget it. I understand why it was hard for you to say goodbye to it. I think I would cry a buckets if I had to leave such a beautiful place.

    • I pondered the same when I was there. Clean, naturally beautiful, great infrastructure…I mean it’s literally heaven

  2. Spectacular photographs! Switzerland really does seem like a dream. Interesting narration too.

    Shubham

  3. What a helpful blog! I went to Lucerne but not Grindelwald, makes me want to go back! What did you bring on your picnic?

  4. Grindelwald sounds so fairy tale like. Such a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy the best of countryside. I bet you would rush back if you got a chance again. Well written Neha

  5. The Grindelwald train station sound the most charming to me. I love train journeys within my country India and would love to explore railways of other nations too. I didn’t know Switzerland has such efficient railways in place. I must visit someday!

    • If you love train journeys back home in India then you are going to totally love it when in Switzerland and in Europe as a whole. My daughter got a grand impression of train journeys from there – they were their first.

  6. What a very picturesque town. I can imagine myself walking all day long and exploring that beautiful place.

  7. Grindelwald is beautiful. It looks like a picture from a postcard.

  8. Grindelwald is beautiful! I wish I could visit someday

  9. Very scenic town! We love to stay here for a week or two in peace, quiet, and fresh air. And those snowy mountains are beckoning us, considering that we are avid mountaineers.

  10. This is so beautiful! Looks like such an amazing place to explore. Added to my bucket list! ☺

  11. Neha. The place is so refreshing and inviting. Your Cover Photo had me staring as if it was a dream. So nice to hear that the water was re-fillable and that’s the way to go instead of buying plastic bottles.

    • It is indeed a pleasure to have refillable water to drink, particularly for us 🙂

  12. Many, many years ago we had the opportunity to stay and visit the surrounding area. Talk about beautiful country. We would spend all day hiking. Loved every minute and many fond memories.

  13. Interlaken seems like an awesome destination, Neha! When’s the best time of the year to go there?

  14. PackYourBaguios

    I’ve only spent a couple of days in Switzerland (Lucerne). The countryside is so beautiful! I can wait to go back and see more, especially Grindelwald!

  15. Just love the pictures that you shared. All pics looks so clear and perfect. The beauty of the place can easily seen. I am in love with this place.

  16. It looks dreamy! I can’t say that I am not envious about you seeing Grindelwald! It’s one of the towns I keep on hearing and luckily, you made it there. Majestic views and landscapes, very native, and most of all, beautiful!

  17. I have been following your Europe travels pretty regularly so far.Grindelwald sounds like a pretty nice name.It looks picture perfect it looks like some sort of a fairyland.Everything looks so postcardy

  18. Grindelwald is so charming and postcard-perfect! Some great shots here! I’m planning to visit Switzerland early next year and Grindelwald has already been added to the list 🙂 Thanks to you! And I loved the name of your blog 🙂

  19. Haha Grindelwald. Really reminded me of Harry Potter. But town is really looking relaxing. And looks like it has cool climate.

  20. roadaviator

    So photographic it is!! I would like to stay at this place for an year at least!! haha. Fell in love with this.

  21. How beautiful! I love the chalet style houses with the snowy peaks in the background, it looks so lovely 🙂

  22. This place has some amazing natural beauty. It looks like you had the town all to yourselves! I can imagine how cold it would be in the winter, but looks just magnificent! Love that you guys had food and had a little picnic there. I would have done the same! Great that you have had good experiences with locals being very friendly in Europe.

    • Right, we had a very beautiful day spent here. When we were later collecting our memories, looking back at the vacation, everyone without doubt had to say that it was one of the most lovely days of the trip

  23. In and Out of Vegas

    Amazing. I’d love to visit!

  24. Jeff Bishop

    These pictures are breathtaking. I would love to travel here someday and experience the surroundings in person! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Looks like an interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing as I didn’t know about its beautiful wonders. Those buses actually looks quite cute 🙂

  26. Switzerland is such a beautiful place and such gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing.

  27. I’ve been there! It was so lovely and quaint 🙂

  28. I don’t know how you didn’t have the Sound of Music songs stuck in your head the whole time. Looks so beautiful. Being from flatter-than-walls Florida seeing those gorgeous snow capped mountains seems so surreal.

  29. Switzerland is such a magical place and the countryside is always wonderful. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip.

  30. allmydealsindia

    Such a beautiful post left me speechless in the end. Such a lovely place

  31. Grindelwald looks like such a lovely place!!!
    I will definitely give it a chance and add it on my Bucket list!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  32. Wow looks absolutely amazing. What a view. Penciling on the bucketlist

  33. What a majestic view! The houses and the mountains in the are all picture perfect. It looks like anyone will have a peaceful and relaxing vacation there.

  34. I couldn’t stop saying wow while reading your post. The landscape scenery is really beyond compare. I wish I can experience this kind of Day trip where you really get to enjoy all the stunning scenery. The train station is very beautiful and I also love the color of the train, it lively and just full of life. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day trip with us.

  35. I’ve been wanting to see this part of the Alps for such a long time. Thanks for sharing and the lovely pictures!

  36. I’ve really wanted to visit this part of Switzerland for a long time. Thanks for sharing and wonderful photos!

  37. Grindelwald seems to be such a perfect picnic spot! Love the scenic surroundings!
    I too envy the people around there who wake up to such gorgeous sights. 😛 🙂

  38. Grindelwald just reminded me of Harry Potter! The place looks really bewitching, especially the Alps. Wish to visit the place someday!

  39. Wow. It is hard to imagine that places like this exist. It is absolutely breathtaking. Now, I have another place that I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  40. As ignorant as I sound, i really have never heard of this place. Amazing. I would love to I go one day.

  41. Grindelwald seems so peaceful, I could just spend the entire day enjoying the view and the amazing Swiss chocolate.. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Your images look like straight out of a postcard set! Amazing 🙂 I’ve only visited Geneva in Switzerland so far, and drove through the Austrian alps, but that’s it. It’s great to see you had such friendly encounters with locals and obviously enjoyed your time!

    • Definitely Christina. Had a wonderful time at Grindelwald. And the place has inspired us to visit more of the swiss countryside on our next trip

  43. wow, this is a very comprehensive article. Thank you for that!!

  44. I’m glad you like the European people so much and that they have treated you well! You were so lucky with the weather! Nothing better than snow capped mountaintops with blue skies. Safe travels!

  45. jetsetandforget

    This is also our first time of hearing about this town and I bet the pictures do not do it justice, it looks amazing. Great tips on bringing food as we are vegetarians as well. Adding this to our bucket list now !

    • Thanks! The pictures never do justice to what you can see and perceive from your own open eyes.

  46. Lord Acuña

    Gosh! Those photos are so inviting!!! Will definitely consider Grindelwald next time I’m in Switzerland.

  47. I’ve never heard of Grindelwald before (only on the Harry Potter movies/ books tbh). But it looks like a charming place to visit!

  48. Wow this place looks beautiful! I was in Interlaken a few years ago and this brings back memories. Love your tips as well. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Abigail Sinsona

    This is the first time I’ve heard about Grindelwald! It looks beautiful and especially with the view of the Swiss Alps. This is my kind of place to go! I need to add this to my bucket list!

    • Great! This is a lovely place to relax. And I must say Grindelwald has inspired us to visit more of the swiss countryside on our next trip

  50. This looks so beautiful! I hope I will travel there some day…

  51. Sandy N Vyjay

    Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lucerne, all these places spell magic. Grindelwald is really exquisite. We did not spend much time there, in fact our train passed through Grindelwald and I think we got off to change trains. But the place seemed really magical. Hope to spend more time there some day.

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