It’s only been a week or so since we came back from our holiday in Grindelwald.
I’m already missing Switzerland and the beautiful scenery and clean air.
As a family, we had a brilliant time and would like to go back again soon.
There’s much to like about Grindelwald and the surrounding area.
But there were also some things that challenged us as a family too.
Some Of The Things We Enjoyed
You can’t help but be impressed with the scenery in the Bernese Oberland.
Everywhere you look there’s a mountain, a lake or some interesting wildlife to gawp at.
One of the most impressive sights is the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch in all their glory.
It was great that we could see the Eiger from our apartment balcony.
In the evening, we could see the light from the Mittellegi Hut on a ridge of the Eiger.
I could only imagine what it must have been like sleeping at 3,355 metres not far from the summit.
Travelling Around – Berner Oberland Regional Pass
The travel system in Switzerland is one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
Trains run on time and link up with buses, boats, mountain railways and cable cars.
Everything in Switzerland is pricey though so it’s worth looking at getting a travel pass.
For our holiday in Grindelwald we bought the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.
It’s not cheap either but for 4, 6, 8 or 10 days you can get free travel around the Bernese Oberland.
That covers most of the places you’re might want to visit when on holiday in Grindelwald.
Grindelwald Visitor’s Card
As part of a holiday in Grindelwald, you receive a visitor’s card.
That entitles you to reductions on a number of attractions around Grindelwald.
We found it particularly useful because we could use the Sports Centre for free.
That meant we could use the swimming pool particularly when the weather took a turn for the worse.
We used the swimming pool most days and my son really enjoyed the “Black Hole” slide.
I can’t say I particularly enjoyed that slide much though!
One of our favourite pastimes on walks and in cable cars was marmot spotting.
They live in burrows above 800 metres and you can see them out sunbathing.
They’re a bit like meerkats in that they stand on their hind legs and look out for predators.
My daughter was also keen on all of the cows in the high alpine meadows.
She wanted to stop and say hello to every single one and give them a stroke.
You can imagine how long some of our walks turned out to be!
Some Things We Didn’t Like So Much
It’s So Expensive
The holiday in Grindelwald itself cost us an arm and a leg but nothing prepared us for how expensive Switzerland is when you get there.
I remember it being expensive the previous times I’ve been but not to the same extent.
We arrived into the resort quite late and there were no shops open.
As a captive audience we decided to try a takeaway from a local restaurant.
After paying nearly seventy pounds for four meals, our jaws dropped to the floor and we vowed to avoid eating out whilst we were there.
Even supermarket goods were two or three times more expensive than they are in the UK.
All I can say is that people in Switzerland must earn a whopping salary to live there.
There’s nothing wrong with the food per se but as a family we found it very heavy and salty.
Buying fruit and vegetables in the supermarket was a luxury because it was so expensive.
We were fortunate that we’d taken some dried pasta with us otherwise we might have been constipated the whole holiday!
The food was cheese and meat orientated and much of the bread was particularly heavy and not easy to eat.
They had some sliced bread in the supermarket but it was so dense if you’d fed the ducks with it they’d immediately sink.
I can’t remember the number of frozen pizzas we ate but it was all that the kids would eat.
We did manage to get a McDonalds whilst we were there just for something familiar.
The Swiss can also definitely do chocolate but I wouldn’t say it was any better than what we have in the UK.
Their cakes though were a bit of a disappointment – either too heavy or didn’t taste of much.
Our Holiday In Grindelwald Was One To Remember
All in all we had a wonderful holiday in Grindelwald and there really wasn’t much we didn’t like about the place.
If I could move to Switzerland tomorrow I would. I love the place.
Have you ever had a holiday in the Bernese Oberland or another part of Switzerland?
What were your favourite bits?
Which bits do you wish you could forget?