Grindelwald-First is nothing short of a wonder on earth, rising more than 7,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps. This perfectly pristine area of amazing views will leave even the most jaded explorer breathless, and not just from the altitude. It’s a hiker’s heaven, within a spectacular 50-minute trek from First Summit station to the clear blue water of Lake Bachalp. Adventurers will also find a stunning cliff walk and the nothing-short-of-awesome First Flyer zipline. This zipline from First to Schreckfeld carries up to four people at the same time and covers almost half a mile at speeds up to 52 miles per hour. Increase your smiles per hour by journeying back down from Bort to Grindelwald in an off-road bike, known as a trottibike. Prefer a lower center of gravity ride in the hills ? You’ll love the ground-hugging First Mountain Carts — go carts in the most magnificent setting on earth. And we haven’t even gotten to the children’s adventure play area at Bort station yet, you’ll want to leave extra time for this included attraction. Those with a Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Travel Pass Flex (on validated travel days), or holders of other Swiss Travel System tickets will receive a 50% discount on Grindelwald-First. Plus, with the Swiss Travel Pass, children 6-16 years of age accompanied by at least one parent travel free of charge with the complimentary Swiss Family Card. Grindelwald-First. You have to see it to believe it, even if it’s the last thing you do.
Experience the beauty of the Grindelwald-First on this aerial cableway
- Round trip travel on the three-segment First aerial cableway
- First Cliff Walk by Tissot : a 40 meter (131 ft) long suspension bridge that leads along the rock-face to the west side of the summit
- Panoramic views from observation platform
- Issued as a paper document
- Explore the hiking trails and picturesque views
- Children under 6 travel free
- Discount offered with Swiss Travel Pass
- Includes round-trip travel from Interlaken or Grindelwald (base station) to First.
- First Cliff Walk by Tissot : a 40 meter (131 ft) long suspension bridge that leads along the rock-face to the west side of the summit and has a 45 meter (148ft) long observation platform and panoramic views.
- 30-minute travel time with a stop in Bort and Schreckfeld.
- Child’s play area at Bort station.
- Marmot Trail : family hiking trail lined with signposts and carved marmots to guide the way on the 2-hour hike (mid June – October).
- Discounted fares are only valid with a Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Half Fare Card and Eurail Passes that include Switzerland, please refer to the type of pass you have when selecting your tickets.
- All child rates are valid for children ages 6 -15.
- Children under 6 are free.
- Children traveling with a Swiss Family Card are free when they travel with a parent or guardian that is traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass. Where noted below, please indicate the number of children that are NOT covered by the Swiss Family Card. Note : these children will be required to purchase a ticket.
- Train tickets and Swiss Transfer tickets are not valid for rail pass discounts.
- Tickets are valid for six months from the date of purchase.
- Cable car will be closed for maintenance from mid-October to mid-December.
- Prices are subject to change.
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