First, Grindelwald

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Use First as a starting point for many scenic hikes and ski trails in the Swiss Alps. Sitting above the mountain village of Grindelwald, the summit is quickly reachable by gondola railway and provides panoramic views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. From here you have access to over 60 km (37 mi) of ski slopes and about 40 km (25 mi) of marked footpaths. Have a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant or relax on the sun terrace with seats for up to 300 people. Instead of hiking or taking the railway back to Grindelwald, descend on the 800 m (2,624 ft) zipline, which races down the mountain at speeds exceeding 80 km/h (50 mph). Put First on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Grindelwald travel planner.
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  • A journey worth alone to ride the cable car to the first. I recommend first and then the longest sled run down from the mountain station to walk further up to Faulhorn!
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  • Very fine skiing. Beware of lines in the morning to access the domain. Once started, nice slopes for all levels. The routes back to the village are fantastic.  more »
  • We sledded down from moutain top to last station. It was really good. although i feel the signs to distingush the ski lane and tobaggan lane should be more clear because we did get lost in to ski lane...  more »
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  • I visited First back in 1984. Coming from Australia I was just awestruck by the incredible beauty and sheer ruggedness of the Eiger. Taking the 1/2 hour chairlift ride to the summit was fantastic, not even sure if they have that particular chairlift anymore, but it wasn't terribly high off the ground and watching the little dams and hearing the cow bells left me with enduring memories I shall never forget. Even as a 21 year old I felt humbled and so lucky to have been able to visit such an amazing place.
  • What a great hike from Grindelwald up to the top! It was about 4h with some stops & breaks. Some parts of the hike were tough but overall a great experience.
  • Amazing views, don't miss this. Rode the cable car to the top ($30), hiked to the lake and back, and had the choice of walking down, taking cable car, or renting different toys to ride down.
  • Beautiful place, better to go in the morning, Bachalpsee is frozen in June
  • Never miss this place in Swiss trip Amazing rides rop way cycling pond Unforgettable experience Best scene of nature while coming down by bicycle

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Where to stay in Grindelwald

In the resort town of Grindelwald, the main street is dotted with mid-range hotels where you can rest after a long day of skiing and shopping. For ease of convenience, opt to stay closer to the city's one train station. Wander a bit off the main road to find a handful of hostels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts--though be warned that their rates are similar to the hotels in town. If you feel so inclined, indulge at one of the upscale hotels for a luxurious stay in this glacier town.
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