Sledging down the Eiger Run in Grindelwald

The weather forecast for the past weekend wasn’t too promising – the rain in Luzern and snow in the most of the alpine resorts. While neither I nor my husband likes to ski in such conditions, we decided to skip skiing this weekend. Instead we went sledging. Our destination was lovely village of Grindelwald in Jungfrau Region in Bernese Oberland. We’ve been there many times before – for skiing and hiking, but never for sledging.

Winter wonderland in Grindelwald

Jungfrau Region is home of numerous well-groomed sledging tracks and is a great place to go sledging. We’ve opted out for Grindelwald’s run from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald-Grund, a spectacular sledging track at the foot of one of the the iconic Swiss mountains – Eiger.

Our rented sledges

The 3km of this sledging track between Alpiglen and Brandegg, known as the Eiger Run, is illuminated by night and can be sledged even after the dark. We were there soon enough, we were able to experience the whole track, not just the illuminated part and it was great!

Map of sledging tracks – we’ve sledded down the track number 64

After our arrival to Grindelwald we parked our car at the Grindelwald-Grund parking space, bought our day-sledding pass and rented the sledges at the nearby rental shop. We’ve boarded the scenic mountain train to Kleine Scheidegg where is the start of sledging track.

Train ride to Kleine Scheidegg is full of beautiful panoramic views

On our way up, it came to our attention, a group of friends were skiing at the same area we’re going to sledge. They were just nearby Kleine Scheidegg and of course we’ve met. As it was already lunch-time, we went for a lunch together. After a lovely chat and delicious lunch, we bid goodbye to them and hit the sledging track.

Train view just before we’d arrived to Kleine Scheidegg

The weather changed drastically while we were having lunch. It started to snow and soon, the mountains were not seen any more. But heavy snow didn’t stop us from having fun sledging.

Part of sledging track runs right next to train tracks

I personally prefer sledging on the fresh snow as it gives you have better control of the sledges and it is easier to stop on such a terrain. Not to mention the beauty of the nature when it is covered with fresh snow.

We were not the only one who went sledging that day

I find sledging to be great alternative to skiing as it can be done in every kind of weather and it guarantees lots of fun in the snow. To me it also evokes great memories of my youth when I was swishing down and running back up the small summit near my home as soon as the first snow whitened it. The way I sledge now when I live in Switzerland, is a bit different. My husband and I now sledge at the professionally prepared sledge runs that are much longer and are all accessible by the lifts to the top of the summit. It is quite a contrast to the hill where I used to sledge as a child. The thing that didn’t change is my enthusiasm when swishing down the hill. When I’m sitting on the sledges, I still feel like that young girl who spent numerous hours having fun on snow.

My husband and I had a lot of fun sledding in Grindelwald

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

How to get to Grindelwald: 

  • By car:  Drive in direction of Interlaken. Once you’ve reached Interlaken, follow the road signs to Grindelwald.
  • By public transport: Take the train to Interlaken Ost. There you change it for the regional train for Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald. Make sure, you board the correct carriage to Grindelwald!
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Grindelwald bound

Expenses:

  • Sledging day-pass: 29 CHF/person
  • Sledge rental: 15 CHF/person
  • Parking fee: 3 CHF
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17 thoughts on “Sledging down the Eiger Run in Grindelwald

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Oh, then you’ve travelled the same train we did on our way up to the Kleine Scheidegg! Is it worth going all the way up to Jungfraujoch? I’ve been to Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg for so many times, but I haven’t been to Jungfraujoch yet. 🙂

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      • Michelle Francisca Lee says:

        For me, it was so worth it. I went there from the morning so I can stop for a while in Lauterbrunnen to see the waterfall. And especially when you spend it with someone fun and comfortable with. And it’s the Top of Europe, so then you can tell people that you’ve been to the Top of Europe 😊 I hope this help.

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    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      With the proper clothing, it’s not a problem to withstand the cold. 😉
      No, that would be too brutal. 🙂 We sledged down from Kleine Scheidegg – a mountain pass located directly beneath the Eiger North Face.

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  1. thebritishberliner says:

    Oooooooooo! I love sledging and skiing!
    Sadly, there’s not enough snow around here to feel any wintry impact. Unfortunately, we only have enugh time to ski every two years so we went last year, where ski was plentiful and winter was “real!”
    Have fun Slovenian girl!! 🙂 🙂

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