Snow Bunnies in Grindelwald

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If the thought of strapping on heavy ski’s and waddling around in oversized boots is not your idea of fun, don’t fret our little snow bunny, there are plenty of off-piste winter adventures for you…and we don’t mean the kind that involve unmarked ski trails.

Zuri Girl headed to the mountain tops above the adorable Swiss Village of Grindelwald scouting locals for insider tips and ensuring that just because you don’t hit the slopes skiing doesn’t mean you have to sit home counting down the days until Sechseläuten in Zurich.

Determined to transform weary winter wanderers into slope savvy divas, Zuri Girl created the Non Skier Mountain Getaway Guide to Grindelwald.

Happy Travels!

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Sledding

Why We Love It

At over 15km, it’s the longest sled run in the world!

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Visit the local Italian Deli, Poco Molto, and pack the picnic basket (or more practical backpack) with essentials: Water, sandwhiches, snacks and the local Eiger yogurt.

Only a few steps from there, board the 6-seater aerial cable car for approximately 20 minutes to the summit of First and try your best to sit facing opposite the direction of travel for a stunning view as you glide up, up, up and away!

Once at First, hike 2.5 hours to Faulhorn.  After what will seem like a 110% uphill hike (translated to spa day needed – see end of article for help), you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and time for the picnic.

After the bellies are full and countless photos have been taken, get your snow goggles ready for sledding. As you cover 15km of trails and 1600 meters of altitude, expect changes in weather, adventurous hills, flat areas when carrying your sled might be necessary and, of course, nice Swiss chalets welcoming you with gluewhein along the way sliding you right back into Grindelwald!

If you are really adventurous, try Night Sledding. While you must depend on moonlight or a fashion savvy headlamp on most trails, the Eiger Run from Alpiglen to Brandegg is lit Wednesdays – Saturdays until the 16th of March. Zuri Girl highly suggests stopping at Brandegg Restaurant for their famously delicious Apple Fritters on the way down.

Zuri Girl Tip
Temperatures vary along the route – quickly changing from sun and sweat to cold and wet. Dress in layers and swap snow pants for rain pants and snow boots for hiking boots.

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First Flyer & Winter Hiking

Why we Love it

It’s the only First Flyer in Switzerland!

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Planes, trains & automobiles are for city girls…how about cable cars, First Flyers and hiking to spice up life!

Start the day by taking the Grindelwald First aerial cable car for approximately 20 minutes up to First and head straight to the Berg Restaurant for a 2,168 meter high lunch meal. While there is a self-service area, Zuri Girl suggests reserving a table on the outdoor terrace for a relaxing leisurely meal and breathless photos of Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen and the Eiger. The Rosti is served nice and crispy, while the oozing cheese of the Chässchnitte is downright delicious. To compliment the local fare, quench your thirst with a local beer – Rugenbräu from Interlaken.

From there, hop on the First Flyer and head 800 meters downhill at a speed of 84 kilometers per hour. If you are not so good at math that equals FAST! It’s a thrilling ride gliding along a cable sitting in a rather small seat and feeling as if you are flying with the birds…because you are!

With the adrenaline pumping, turn it down a notch with a leisurely 2.5km / 60 minute hike from Schreckfeld to Bort where you can then take the cable car back to Grindelwald.

Zuri Girl Tip

Coordinate with friends to have your photo taken – it’s a priceless expression with perhaps no Facebook tagging allowed!

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Self Soothe at the Spa

Why We Love It

The weeks can be long…the days can be stressful…we deserve it!

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The Wellness Center at the Grand Hotel Regina, the only 5-star hotel in Grindelwald. With a welcoming fireplace, over 1,600 square meters dedicated to spoiling you. The Sauna Village will trick you into thinking you are on the slopes, as the 6 saunas and salt baths replicate a Swiss Mountain Village. Each sauna is an individual Alpine Hut equipped with Swiss chalet style decor. It’s cute as can be, and if it weren’t a sauna, a photo would be a must. Couples find the Sennututtenbad heavenly with its private Alpine spa suite equipped with a sunken tub, straw bed and Champagne.

Also lovely is the Wellness & Spa Hotel Sunstar Grindelwald. Enjoying your chaise lounge and crystallized water, it will be difficult to budge from the Relaxation Room and its floor to ceiling windows looking directly on the Eiger Northface.  After skipping through the snow to the Finish Sauna and completing the recommended steam bath circuit, try a specialty treatment where only Babor natural products, and winner of the “Best Facial Treatment”, are used.

The Selfness Hotel Eiger maintains the philosophy, “get inspired by us and do something good for you”. Zuri Girl loves the modern feel, candle lit rooms, hidden log cabin feeling and the Hotel Eiger’s dedication to taking extra special care of the body and mind. The spa offers a Finnish Sauna, Herb Sauna, Steam Bath, Kneipp Basin, Meditation Room and Quiet Room with Fridays from 1 – 3pm dedicated just to ladies.

Zuri Girl Tip

Wellness Centers expect visitors after ski hours so if you plan to book during the day, be sure to request far in advance

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This article was created in collaboration with
and supported by Switzerland Tourism.
The site www.MySwitzerland.com provides excellent resources and holiday inspirations. If you’d like a copy of their Switzerland Activation Kit complete with information, maps and brochures, please email your name, post address and country of origin to info@myGirlfriendGuide.com.

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Photos: Compliments of Jungfrau Tourism