Activity: Exploring Grindlewald. How to Get There: Grindlewald bus or train stop. If you’re driving, we found a parking garage just down the hill from the playground. Cost: Free. Hours: Best in the afternoon or evening.
Don’t mix up Grindlewald and Gimmelwald. Gimmelwald is on the mountaintop on the way up the Schilthorn. It’s peaceful and tourist-free. Grindlewald is an evil wizard that Dumbledore defeated. Just kidding, it’s a town on the valley floor with a fair amount of tourists. Before I had kids, I was all about traveling to remote towns. Now I will gladly authenticity for an open grocery store at 10 pm.
Even though Grindlewald lacks the charm of Gimmelwald, it was a super fun town to explore! We started with this playground that actually looked more like a ropes course. Alex, Lorenzo and I all played on it for a long time. We didn’t feel weird (not that that would have stopped us) because there were other parents playing on it too! After, we walked up the street and found a Swiss Christmas ornament to take home.
We finished the evening at one of the fondue shops lining the street. Want to know what’s a really bad idea? Giving a toddler a sharp stick, then allowing him to dip the sharp stick in boiling cheese or chocolate. We managed to finish the meal without any casualties except for the table and chairs. We had to wipe them down with baby wipes because he got chocolate everywhere including on the UNDERSIDE of the table… how? Regardless, we all had a ton of fun in Grindlewald and I would recommend it as a home base when exploring The Swiss Alps with kids.