We couldn’t get out of Interlaken fast enough (sorry, Interlaken, it’s not you…) and headed to Grindelwald.
It’s only about 30 minutes away, but so different. We dropped our luggage off at our beautiful lodge and went for a coffee and planning session.
We walked down to the Pfingstegg gondola station and then got ourselves on the gondola to the top, where we had lunch, since we planned on doing a bit of hiking.
We were told the hike from the Pfingstegg stop to the Glacier Canyon (Gletscherschlucht) was about 45 minutes…I’m pretty sure that’s only for fit trail runners. It took us about an hour down this steep rough track. The views were worth it though!
We stopped at the 2/3 way mark for an iced coffee – but were told that this is not a Swiss thing and we couldn’t have it. So we had an iced tea and chocolate milkshake for about $15!! Should’ve asked first, I guess. We followed the road to the actual glacier canyon then, rather than the mountain goat track we’d been on, which said it would take another 50 minutes to get there.
It was freezing cold here in the canyon! Outside it had been about 28 degrees, but here it was around 10. It’s a one kilometer walk through tunnels and metal grating. It’s very interesting though!
We got on the free bus back to town and had another coffee (and cake – it was delicious!) before heading back to our accommodation. We had timed it perfectly – our dinner was at 7pm. We had the cheese fondue – when in Switzerland… It was really good, actually.
After that we walked around a little bit to get some sunset photos, but we were too exhausted to go too far: