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Eiger

Whether you hike along it, take the railway to its villages or just enjoy the view from Grindelwald below, this famous peak in the Bernese Alps is not to be missed.

Visit the Eiger, a special place high among the snowy mountaintops in Switzerland. One of the most iconic peaks in the world, it sits alongside the Mönch and Jungfrau. This trio, nicknamed the Ogre, Monk and Maiden, are revered among locals and tourists alike.

The Eiger is notorious for its North Face. Look up to see it soaring nearly vertical 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) into the air, an object of fear and fascination among mountain climbers. It is known as the “Mordwand” (murderous wall), a pun on its German name Nordwand, because of the dozens of climbers who have lost their lives here.

Locate “The White Spider,” a distinct feature on the North Face. Snow-filled cracks extend from an ice field near the top, resembling the spindly legs of a spider.

Hop on the Jungfrau Railway in the village of Kleine Scheidegg at the base. Take the railway to the Eigerwand station, which sits inside the North Face. Get out and enjoy spectacular views through windows carved into the rock. From here, continue up the mountain to Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe.

While only the world’s best climbers attempt the North Face, you can still experience it casually. The Eiger Trail snakes along the mountain for 3.5 miles (5.7 kilometers). It begins at the Eigerglestscher railway station, midway up the Eiger. You will pass metal ladders in the rock that climbers use to access the mountain face, but the trail takes a much flatter route. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Alps and the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen below. The trail ends near the Alpiglen train station. For a longer hike, continue for about 90 minutes until you reach Grindelwald.

Sitting in the shadow of the North Face, Grindelwald is known as Eiger Village. This charming resort town provides a great base for your exploration of the Eiger. It has a great variety of shops, restaurants and accommodations.

No matter what season you visit, the Eiger’s peaks always remain snowcapped. Weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers for flexibility for varying temperatures.


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Grindelwalderhof NT$5,095
Grindelwalderhof

Grindelwalderhof

Dorfstrasse 155, Grindelwald, BE
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of First Cable Car, Sportzentrum Grindelwald, and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. Pfingstegg Cable Car and Grindelwald Grund Gondola are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grindelwald Station is only a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Alpenhof
    Hotel Alpenhof

    Hotel Alpenhof

    Kreuzweg 36, Grindelwald, BE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and First Cable Car. Grindelwald Grund Gondola and Kleine Scheidegg are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Derby Swiss Quality Hotel NT$5,335
      Derby Swiss Quality Hotel

      Derby Swiss Quality Hotel

      Dorfstrasse 75, Grindelwald, BE
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. First Cable Car and Pfingstegg Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grindelwald Station is only a 1-minute walk.

        Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
        Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

        Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

        Dorfstrasse 168, Grindelwald, BE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of First Cable Car, Pfingstegg Cable Car, and Sportzentrum Grindelwald. Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area and Grindelwald Grund Gondola are also within 2 mi (3 km). Grindelwald Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Spinne NT$7,822
          Hotel Spinne

          Hotel Spinne

          Dorfstrasse 136, Grindelwald, BE
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of First Cable Car, Sportzentrum Grindelwald, and Pfingstegg Cable Car. Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area and Grindelwald Grund Gondola are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grindelwald Station is only a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
            Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald

            Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald

            Dorfstrasse 89, Grindelwald, BE
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. First Cable Car and Pfingstegg Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grindelwald Station is only a 1-minute walk.

              Central Hotel Wolter NT$5,095
              Central Hotel Wolter

              Central Hotel Wolter

              Dorfstrasse 93, Grindelwald, BE
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. First Cable Car and Pfingstegg Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grindelwald Station is only a 1-minute walk.

                Hotel Kreuz & Post
                Hotel Kreuz & Post

                Hotel Kreuz & Post

                Dorfstrasse 85, Grindelwald, BE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Grindelwald hotel is located in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. First Cable Car and Pfingstegg Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grindelwald Station is only a 1-minute walk.