Grindelwald – Mount First instead of Jungfrau?

Following my previous post on the snippets on Grindelwald, here’s more on Mount First! We made the decision to head up Mount First instead of Jungfrau. Now, this might be of interest to you as most people tend to want to head up to Jungfrau, one of the main summits of the Alps. 

Here are some of the factors we considered before heading to Mount First.

Cost – With the Swiss Travel Pass, heading up Mount First via the gondola gives us a 50% discount. The Jungfrau is significantly further, and we are only entitled a 25% discount for the ticket up. Although this wasn’t a significant factor (we already paid so much to get to Switzerland!), it was something we considered. 

Time – From where we were staying in Grindelwald, we had a 360 view of the mountains surrounding it and saying that it is pretty is too underwhelming a statement. We wanted to be able to have a mountain-top view and many of the mountains (in all honesty) look similar. Mount First was only a 10-minute bus ride from our accommodation (5 minutes from the Grindelwald station), and it only took us 25 minutes up to Mount First via the gondola. However, getting to Jungfrau would have taken us 1.5 hours to get there from Grindelwald. Imagine – 1.5 hours just to get there, and another 1.5 hours to return.

Activities – We wanted this to be a chill trip and the activity that struck us the most was the Grindelwald First Flyer – a zip line down from the First cable car station to the next. The almost-40-second trip was a thrilling one and the view, magnificent. Having seen this on a Chinese variety show a couple of years back, I’d always wanted to take it. There’s just something about flying up in the air with surrounding mountains that screams amazing. (No photos/videos as I wanted to enjoy the most of the experience!)

On top Mount First was also a free-for-all First Cliff Walk. This First Cliff Walk surrounds a small section of the mountain which gives you a panoramic view on the edge of the cliff. On a day with good weather, it is ideal to walk on it. However, the path up to the entrance of the cliff walk was a bit steep and slippery the day we went! 

There was a restaurant on the top of Mount First and we had our cheese fondue experience there. Perhaps it was the alcohol within the cheese, or we just could not appreciate the dense cheese, we struggled to finish it and had an experience that came out with the phrase – “Cheese Fondue, how about Cheese fon-don’t!”

Mount First has more to offer than the above two activities mentioned. In fact, one can rent sleds and skis to experience most of the mountain. If you are looking for a place to explore in a day, Mount First is an easy-to-reach destination with many activities to keep people of all ages entertained! 

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