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Grindelwald Mountain Ride Pass
We paid 165CHF each for a 5 consecutive day pass for all mountain rides from Grindelwald (includes First gondola, Mannlichen gondola and down to Wengen, trains to Interlaken or to Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen, rides to Murren, mountain buses). It is a good pass for hiking - gives you access to all the mountain rides you would use. It is expensive - twice the price of the Engelberg pass with one less day.
This is the first trip where we have purchased these mountain ride passes. We saved money with the passes and they free you up from thinking about the costs each day. It lets us change our plans mid-day. You don't have to think if you need a one-way or return ticket (one-way is more than half a round trip) - you just hop on the ride and go.
Mountain Ride Costs
From Summer 2002 tourist information.
Was the cost of the pass worth it?
These are the rides we did with our pass and what they would have cost:
Conclusion: We paid 165CHF for the pass and took rides that would have cost 262CHF and we only used the pass for 4 of the 5 days. I think it is well worth the cost.
Grindelwald Vacation Rental Review
The apartment we booked in Grindelwald is owned by the people we rented from in 1997, the last time we were in Grindelwald. On that trip we stayed in a ground level apartment in their house. But now they have built a new chalet with six apartments on three levels - so we booked on of them.
The apartment is lovely. We have a 600 square foot apartment on the top floor. High, sloped wooden ceilings like our apartment in Engelberg. There is one large room for living room (with satellite TV and phone), dining room and kitchen. The furniture is all very pretty and comfortable. The floor is carpeted with a low pile carpet, tile in the kitchen area and bathroom.
The kitchen is well equipped with stove, oven, good sized fridge, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, lots of dishes, enough pots and pans. Granite counter tops. As is usual in Switzerland, there were no supplies other than a bit of dish detergent and some coffee filters.
There is a separate small bedroom with a comfortable bed - the usual two singles joined together with separate duvets. The bedroom has a nice sized window and you wake up to views of the Eiger and the other mountains.
The bathroom is beautiful - all tile floors and walls, granite countertop, big bathtub and shower. Lots of good light and good hot water.
There is a shared washer and dryer (pay) in the basement. Also a sauna, but you must call the owner to book it. There is a private parking lot.
When we arrived, we pressed a buzzer on their sign and in a second were talking to the owner's daughter on her cell phone. She was there in 10 minutes to let us into the apartment. Heidi, the mother, also runs a shoe shop in town (Heidi's Shoes). Payment in cash or travelers checks (in CHF). We have been here a couple of days and still have not paid - the owner is supposed to drop by. You do not have to stay Saturday to Saturday.
Grindelwald Restaurant Reviews
Interlaken: Spice India, Postgasse 6, Interlaken, tel:033-821-0091
Interlaken: Schuh, Hoheweg 56
Grindelwald: Restaurant Schmitte, in Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
Grindelwald: Restaurant Brandegg, At Brandegg Train Station
Grindelwald: Hotel Restaurant Wetterhorn, Bus from Grosse Scheidegg
or Grindelwald or drive from Grindelwald.
Grindelwald: M. Ringgenberg-Ruoff Tea Room, on the main street
Wengen: Restaurant Hotel Bernerhof
www.grindelwald.ch: Grindelwald Tourist Office
www.slowtrav.com: Hiking in Grindelwald
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