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Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast Episode 101 Transcript

June 26, 2024

Things to do in Grindelwald. A local’s guide to the best activities and excursions

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Intro  

Are you dreaming of visiting Switzerland? Planning a trip to Switzerland is very exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. How do you choose which of the many scenic cities, towns and villages to visit? Which mountain top excursions should you take? And what’s the best way to get around Switzerland? And of course, how much of the country can you realistically see within your timeframe? If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, this is the podcast for you. This is the Holidays to Switzerland travel podcast, and in each episode, your host Carolyn Schönafinger chats with Swiss travel experts to answer your most commonly asked questions, provide practical tips and take you on a virtual visit to the most popular destinations, and of course, some hidden gems to help you plan your dream trip to Switzerland. And you’ll hear plenty of conversations about Swiss cheese and chocolate too. Are you ready to plan your trip to Switzerland? Well, let’s get started.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Grüezi. Hello, and welcome to episode 101. One of the questions I hear frequently from folks who are planning to visit Switzerland is ‘Which town should I base myself in when I’m in the Jungfraujoch region?’ Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer. Each town has its own charm, and special features. Today we’re focusing on one of the five main towns and villages in the Jungfraujoch region, Grindelwald, although it’s a very popular Swiss ski resort. As you’ll discover in this episode, it offers plenty of fantastic things to do all year round. With its location in the heart of the Swiss Alps, there are plenty of mountain extensions to enjoy. And we’ll be hearing all about those soon. Now, Swiss mountain excursions can be expensive. So if you plan to visit Grindelwald or elsewhere in the Jungfraujoch region, my recommendation is to consider purchasing a rail pass. The Berner Oberland pass and Jungfraujoch Travel Pass, are both transport and sightseeing passes specific to that area, and they can save you considerable money. There are detailed articles about all the different Swiss rail passes on our website. And once you’ve decided which path is best for you, you can purchase it from our web shop at holidaystoswitzerland.com/shop. I’m fortunate to have visited Grindelwald many times and I really love it. But rather than tell you all about Grindelwald myself, I’ve invited a Jungfraujoch region resident to give you the lowdown from a local perspective. James Wilson is the owner of Swiss Tailor Made, a business that represents Swiss tourism companies, including railway companies, cableways and hotels to English speaking markets. The business also helps tour operators with the creation of new group and independent tours to Switzerland. And when time allows, James and his team offer private hosting services in the Jungfraujoch region to individual guests. James has lived in the Jungfrau region for the past eight years, and spends all his time exploring this stunning part of Switzerland. So who better to hear all about Grindelwald from. Over to you, James. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Hello, James, welcome to the podcast.

James Wilson  

Hi, Carolyn, thank you very much for having me.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

My pleasure. Would you like to start by sharing a little bit about your background in the tourism industry and the reason behind your move to Switzerland? 

James Wilson  

Sure. Well, I started in tourism and travel 25 years ago, thereabouts, and having studied originally in the French Alps, and something clicked there, which has made me attracted to the Alps ever since and to my first job was working in a ski resort, and that was down in the French Alps and forevermore thereafter. I’ve always been in the Alps. It took me, my career took me to the French railways, then via the Swiss railways. And here I am now with my own company, always in tourism, of course, based in the Swiss Alps. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Fantastic, there couldn’t be a better place to live, I’m sure. 

James Wilson  

No, I’m sure there are plenty of other beautiful places, that it’s hard to beat.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Absolutely. So the destination that we’re going to focus on today is Grindelwald. And I know you’re based in Jungfrau region. Many of the folks listening to this podcast have possibly heard of Grindelwald, but they may not know a lot about it. So can you give us a little bit more info about the town and what it’s known for?

James Wilson  

Yeah, sure. So, as you would expect, it’s a very beautiful place. It’s surrounded by a number of very high dramatic mountain peaks, some of which are over 4000 meters, I suppose the one that everybody may have heard of is the Eiger, which looms right over the village. And the mountaineering is what the village itself is famous for climbers first started coming to the region and to Grindelwald in the 1800s, and really marked the golden era of mountain climbing. And it’s been popular with climbers, hikers, and tourists in general ever since. The village itself is beautiful. It’s typical Alpine architecture, as you would expect a population of around about three and a half 1000 people, and it’s just over 1000 meters above sea level. As far as the town itself is concerned, once you’re in Grindelwald, you have pretty much everything you need, not only a fantastic range of hotels, but all the amenities you would expect to have when you’re on holiday in Switzerland. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay, so we’ll get into the next question. Now, I think the majority of tourists probably arrive in Grindelwald by train, but if they’re looking up timetables on the SBB website, or on the app, there’s quite a few different station names mentioned. So how do they know which Grindelwald station that they should choose to go into the center of the village? 

James Wilson  

Okay, well, it’s actually not too difficult, but I understand why people can get confused. The majority of people coming to Grindelwald by train will be coming via Interlaken Ost and from Interlaken Ost, you then take a direct train to Grindelwald. Now, first tip I would offer listeners is that when you’re in Interlaken Ost station, make sure you get on the right end of the train. Because the train to Grindelwald is a direct train but the train itself splits a little village called Zweilutschinen, and it’s the back portion of the train, which you need to make sure you’re in to go to Grindelwald. Otherwise, if you end up accidentally getting in the front portion of the train, you ended up in Lauterbrunnen. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course. But certainly if you’ve got lots of luggage, you need to make sure you’re at the back end of the train. And then once you know you’re on the Grindelwald end of the train, and it’s very clearly marked at the station, and also in the train itself. If you’re staying in the village itself, you get off at Grindelwald. Those people who are perhaps coming to the village but going further up onto one of the mountain excursions up the Jungfraujoch for example, they would allow the train at what is called Grindelwald Terminal. And that’s the stop before Grindelwald. Now, the confusion lies with the word terminal. Some people might interpret that as being the end station, but it’s not. So just make sure that you stay on the train until Grindelwald itself rather than Grindelwald terminal. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Yeah. Excellent. So let’s talk about some of the most popular things to do in Grindelwald and we probably need to start with something that many people will have seen all over Instagram and social media. And that is Grindelwald First, now excuse my pronunciation if that’s not correct.

James Wilson  

That’s perfect pronunciation. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay good. So what is it? How do we get there from the main station and what is there to do there.

James Wilson  

First of all, when you arrive into Grindelwald on the train, First is accessible from a by a gondola. At the far end of the village from the main train station, you would walk from the station or from your hotel if your hotel is along the High Street. And then you’d walked to the opposite end of the village from where you catch the First gondola. And that’s situated on the left hand side as you reach the end of the town. And the First gondola then takes you up to the top of First and there’s actually two stops on route where you can alight. But you carry on, obviously right until the end to get to First. And once you’re at the top, the views. First of all, they’re incredible. I mean, it’s worth a trip up there just for the views themselves. But once you’re up there, there are many activities that you can do, of course hiking being one of them. And certainly that’s one of the most popular reasons to go up there. But also you have two other or three other different activities that you can do more or less from the top you have the First Flyer, the First Glider, and that’s basically when you’re hanging from a cable and speeding down the mountain at high speeds. And then you also have the mountain carts and trotti bikes go from a bit further down the mountain but it’s all very clearly marked. And that’s a fantastic experience because it takes you right back into the village, whereas the other things you do at the top from First, or the next level down, they’re all activities that everybody can do. So if you like your outdoors and you like a bit of adrenaline, they’re perfect. There are height restrictions for the smallest one. So small children, for example, they need to check at each start point for each activity, whether they’re tall enough to be able to go safely down the zip lines, for example, but there’s always a member of staff around to make sure that they’re fulfilling those obligations when it comes to the height.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay, fantastic. And there’s also a you mentioned hiking there. And you can do a very nice little hike about one hour each way to back up, say, which is very famous to over the internet. 

James Wilson  

Yes, that lake is indeed certainly the most popular lake when it comes to photographs, that’s for sure is absolutely stunning. And it is as beautiful as it looks all the photographs. That’s very easily accessible as well, it’s not far from First, you would obviously take the cable car to the gondola, sorry, right the way to the top and then take that one hour hike as you said. But one interesting thing to do, certainly for the more serious hikers and those that have, perhaps more time during the day is to reach the Bachalpsee from the other end, you can catch a cogwheel train up what’s called the Schynige Platte. And from there, take a six to seven hour hike along a beautiful ridge and then reach the Bachalpsee from the other side, which is much less popular in terms of it being less crowded. And that’s a full day excursion but then the highlight of the hike I suppose is the lake at the far end. And then you know, you’re only maybe 45 minutes from the top of the gondola. And you can reward yourself for the ride back down. So two ways of approaching the lake. Definitely worth a visit from either end. But one tip I would give everybody is try and get there as early as possible, because it is a very popular photo spot. And certainly in high season. If you wait until lunchtime or mid afternoon, you’re not going to be the only person up there.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Yeah. Okay. Great advice. You mentioned earlier that it’s worth going up to First just for the views. And there are a couple of specific viewing platforms out there. What can you tell us about those?

James Wilson  

Yeah, well, they’re really exciting. The good thing about them, I suppose, is that they’re there instantly. As soon as you arrive at the top, you have the Cliff Walk. And I suppose you could say it’s not maybe for the faint hearted. Some people perhaps don’t like peering right over the edge with a huge drop. But it’s worth doing. And also, if you start making your way around there, and you don’t like it too much, you can always turn around and go back again, you see that happening a lot. Where you have the viewpoint, again, with the same situation you have with the lake, it’s extremely popular. Of course, today, it’s all about having your photograph taken and your selfie with a great view in the background. So that’s what you want to do, be prepared to wait in line when you get to the top. And as with everything on the mountain, my advice would be to try and get up there as early as you possibly can. Because again, it does get very busy later in the day. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Great. Now for those that are listening and aren’t familiar with the prices and so forth, the Cliff Walk and the obviously the hike to Bachalpsee, they’re free of charge. But you do need to pay additional for those activities that you mentioned earlier don’t you? The flyer or the glider, the mountain carts in the Trottibikes. 

James Wilson  

Yeah, that’s right. So going maybe back to basics, one of the things that listeners will know from you, Carolyn is that you can help them when it comes to choosing the right ticket for a start because there’s a number of different ticketing options when it comes to going up these mountains. But the Jungfrau Travel Pass, for example, would be the one that you would buy specifically to get you to Grindelwald from Interlaken and and then use all the various cableways in the surrounding area. Like you say once you get to the top of the mountain, additional activities with the exception of the viewpoints are not included – the two zip line activities, the Trottibike and the carts. They’re not included and they require tickets to be bought separately. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay, so another small mountain that’s easy to get to from Grindelwald is Pfingstegg, how do we get there from the main station and what is there to do at Pfingstegg

James Wilson  

Again, going back to the main station in Grindelwald you would walk through the village straight down the high street, and then I always just take a right hand turn about halfway down the high street, which takes you down to the Pfingstegg bar, really not long distance at all round about maybe 10 minute walk from the main station. And then the cable car takes you up to Pfingstegg from where as with First, you have fantastic views back home for the village and around the surrounding peaks. And once you’re up there, you have a toboggan run, you have another zip wire, numerous hiking trails from there, one of them being a really short, scenic and absolutely fantastic walk down into the Glacier Gorge for example, one of the highlights of going up to Pfingstegg is a hiking trail which is suitable for most abilities. And if anybody is really keen on the hiking, really nice hype they can squeeze into a morning or an afternoon is to this very small cafe at Bäregg, which is round about an hour from Pfingstegg. And that takes you right up towards the actual glacier itself on the way to the Schrekhorn en route. And if people have got time and don’t mind a bit of a climb up the hill, that is a truly stunning hike. It’s very, I suppose it’s unknown amongst most of the tourists. So you’re not having to walk amongst crowds of people, you’re often by yourself. And when you reach the hut, it’s truly sensational. And then there’s a coffee waiting for you there you can enjoy the terrace and the views as long as you like before heading back. And you can squeeze that into a couple of hours and that would be my tip. For those people who are heading up Pfingstegg that wants to just do a bit of hiking from the top.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay, that’s definitely one for the list. I wasn’t familiar with that hike. So thank you for enlightening me. 

James Wilson  

No problem. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Now not far from the bottom station at Pfingstegg where you catch the cable car is the Glacier Gorge and you mentioned the glacier just now. So can you tell us more about that? 

James Wilson  

Yeah, it’s obviously it’s a gorge which was formed by glaciation itself and sadly, as the planet has warmed up the glaciers has retreated. But in its wake is this fantastic gorge, which is accessible pretty much for everybody. And as I mentioned, it’s a short hike from Pfingstegg or you can of course also approach it from the village as well. That would mean an uphill hike, whereas from Pfingstegg you can approach it downhill which is perhaps more suitable for some, the scenery is unbelievable as you can imagine. And again, because it’s a relatively short walk, you would probably allow an hour and a half for it depending on which direction you were doing it in. But that means that if you have a fairly tight schedule it’s a really interesting hike to do that doesn’t take up all day. So highly recommended, only accessible in the summer months once the snow has cleared because obviously not only is it icy but you’ve also got snow falling from the cliffs above but highly recommended if you’re in Grindelwald and you want to do something for a couple of hours and you’re into your hiking go down there. I mean it’s so spectacular. It’s very difficult to describe on a podcast but the best I can do is just say go and do it without question.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Fantastic. Now Grindelwald popularity is due in part, I guess to its ideal location in the Bernese Oberland. And it’s one of the starting points for anyone who’s heading up to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. For the listeners who are thinking of planning to go up to Jungfraujoch what do they need to know about the excursion and how do they get there and how long should they allow? 

James Wilson  

Yeah, so Jungfraujoch excursion, fantastic. loads of different ways you can do it and the two ways you would do it from Grindelwald would be to either take the train out of the village from Grindelwald itself, which takes you just shortly down the hill to Grindelwald grunt you remain on the train and that takes you up to Kleine Scheidegg and then the second way of doing it is on the new gondola, the Eiger Express from the Terminal which I mentioned earlier, you’re going to a height of three and a half 1000 meters above sea level. It’s a fairly long journey up there, it’s about an hour or so. But you’re obviously going from a fairly low altitude to a very high altitude. So drink lots of water, stay hydrated, don’t go crazy on the barrel the one the night before, make sure you’re in good shape to go up there. Because believe me, it’s worth it. Now once you get to Eigergletscher station or a Kleine Scheidegg from both those conjoint the trains and the final stretch of the journey to the top that takes you through the Eiger itself, turns back on itself and then arrives at the Jungfraujoch which is officially the highest railway station in Europe. Up at the top, you then have a tour which is well signposted, including not only title on the viewing platform, but also those that wants who can also step out onto the snow and get a real sense of what it’s like kind of up in the Alps at that altitude. The views at the top are off the scale, you look down in one direction down the electrical AC, which is 22 kilometers long, and it’s the longest glacier in Europe, that looks south in a southerly direction. And then from the other side, you can actually see all the way back to Interlaken and on a clear day, you can see the Vosges mountains in France, and the Black Forest in Germany, just for that reason alone, it’s worth going up there. What a really interesting way you can do the Jungfraujoch excursion is go up the way I’ve described. Then, instead of coming back the same way, take the train from Kleine Scheidegg and go down to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen. And that way you get a glimpse of the Lauterbrunnen Valley from here, then back to Zweilutschinen and back to Grindelwald and the Lauterbrunnen Valley itself is so stunning. It’s a shame if you’re in the area and you don’t go and see it. I can give loads of tips about the Jungfraujoch. Certainly, if you’ve never been before, go up there you should go into not only are the view’s incredible, but just the engineering behind it built 120 years ago, it’s amazing to think that they actually achieved such a feat such a long time ago. But on the downside without sounding too negative as with other excursions in the region, my tip would be to go as early as you possibly can. Because certainly during high season, it can get very busy up there.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Definitely. Very good tip. Now another mountain excursion that you can easily do from Grindelwald that it’s one of my favorites is Männlichen, what are your thoughts on Männlichen? 

James Wilson  

I’m very biased towards Männlichen because I live in Vanguard, and that’s my home mountain if you like. So that’s my regular height to keep fit. And Männlichen’s a great excursion to do because you’re going to see all the mountains from a different angle, and you’re going to see the famous trilogy of Eiger-Monch-Jungfrau all in line from arguably one of the best spots. So the Männlichen excursion from Grindelwald, you can go in the gondola from the terminal 20 minutes to the top. You’ve got that that really famous view I just described. Now once you get it to Männlichen, you’ve got a number of different options. First of all, you can hike to the very peak of the Männlichen, which is a further 20 minutes to the viewing platform or the crown as we call it, which is a top for great views across the entire Jungfrau region. And you can alternatively from there take the cable car down into vengan that’s just a six minute cable car ride down into the village of Wengen thing in itself is worth a visit if you’re in the region. Or perhaps the best thing to do when you’re up there again, primarily for those who like a hike and a walk from Männlichen and you can take the Panorama Trail from and Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and doing that gives you the view of the three famous mountains pretty much the whole way across. It’s an absolutely brilliant hike. It’s only a short one. Most people can do it. It’s accessible for pretty much everybody the views all the way across are absolutely sensational and then from Kleine Scheidegg of course you can return by train back to Grindelwald. So that would be my tip here at Männlichen and they can put out the hike on as well.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Yeah definitely did the hike last year and we had the most perfect day the weather was just sensational and seeing those three mountains well so many mountains but especially those three mountains like all the way was just amazing. It was so good that I did the hike again a few days later because I was it Yeah, I was blown away. So yes, my camera roll was very full of photos from that walk. Definitely recommended to anyone. And as you say that most people most abilities can do what it is mostly flat, a couple of little inclines and declines, but mostly flat for the main part. 

James Wilson  

Yeah, definitely. And I suppose the other tip I would give is, you’re gonna do that, make sure you do it in that direction that I’ve just described. Don’t do it from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen, because you don’t want to be turning around and looking over your shoulder to catch the views the whole way across. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Yeah, good point. 

James Wilson  

And the views automatically come too.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Definitely. Okay, now Grindelwald, of course, is a well known ski destination in Switzerland. And we are going to have another podcast episode in a few months, covering all the different things to do in Grindelwald during winter. But for those folks who are listening, and they’re keen to do a bit of scheme, can you just give us a bit of an idea of how many kilometres of pests can be reached from Grindelwald, and are they suitable for all levels of skier?

James Wilson  

Well, you have a really expensive ski area, which is definitely for all levels, I would say round up between 203 100 kilometers a piece. And the advantage of skiing and Grindelwald means that you also have access to two other ski areas included within a ski pass in this area now in the Jungfraujoch region. You have Grindelwald First, Wengen Männlichen, and Mürren and Schilthorn, all included on the same pass. So there is so much skiing for everybody for all levels, and both Murren, Wengen and Grindelwald all have nursery slopes for the beginners in the villages themselves. But if you’re coming, whether it be just for a day or a week, there’s so much skiing to be done. From Grindelwalde again, because of the new gondolas that have been introduced in the last three years. And you’re very quickly up on the slopes, snowmaking facilities here, which I mean suddenly have become more and more important these days. The snowmaking facilities are absolutely fantastic, meaning we have slow all winter long. And for the majority of the time, you can ski back down to the villages. There’s skiing for all levels, there’s peace for beginners higher up, that’s a really good point to mention, actually. Even for the beginners, there are easiest slopes higher up the mountain so that they also are able to go and experience what it’s like to ski at high altitude and get the views as well. I think that’s really important. But for anybody that skied before and for advanced skiers, there’s so much to choose from, you should always go from Grindelwald and spend the day skiing, for example, and go and ski the World Cup race down to Wengen. Alpine Skiing started in this region as we know it and we should embrace that. So anybody coming to the area to ski don’t do the World Cup run the lab on run down to Wenger and that would be my tip. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Probably most people’s friends wouldn’t be able to say their state a World Cup run. So why not include that when you go to Switzerland? 

James Wilson  

Well, they exactly and and it’s also you don’t have to be an alpine ski racer to be able to do it. That’s the other thing I should point out. And there’s lots of sections on the course itself, which are very easy. It’s just when you combine them at high speed that it becomes tricky. But certainly coming to this region whether you stay in Grindelwald or Wenger or Murren that would be my one tip when it comes to the skiing do the World Cup run because you can’t do it anywhere else. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Okay, so we’ve talked about hiking and skiing and lots of those fun activities to do at First and at Pfingstegg. But those people who are planning to visit Grindelwald, and they just want to take in the scenery and perhaps just relax. What else can they do in the town?

James Wilson  

First of all, there’s a great range of hotels now I’m gonna have to say that there’s been a lot of investment in the hotels and Grindelwald. So a lot of them have fantastic facilities, spa facilities, for example, for when the weather’s not great, and you just want to spend some time back at the hotel. Similarly, the food at the hotels is really high level great food in the hotels all the way along the high street Grindelwad got a fantastic leisure center. So indoor sports climbing wall, for example, swimming pool, ice hockey in the winter. There’s lots of things to do along the high street. There’s crazy golf, that’s always good fun. It’s just a really nice atmosphere. That’s the other thing. I mean, one thing I would say is without spending too much time thinking about something in particular to do just have a stroll along the high street is so much going on. That’s going to keep pretty much everyone entertained just a walk down the high street Grindelwald taken the views but also let’s not forget we’re right in the heart of proper Swiss alpine scenery so just slightly out of the town. You can go and visit some local farmers. Obviously the traditional sound of the Swiss Alps the cowbells you can hear those for real. Just a few metres away from the hustle and bustle of the town. I think also it’s worth mentioning that whilst we’ve talked primarily about Grindelwald being up in the mountains in the Jungfraujoch region, it’s still not very far from a lot of other places. In Switzerland people who are maybe in Grindelwald for a week and then have a day on which they want to go and explore further afield from Interlaken, which is only 35 minutes away, you can then connect with trains on to Bern, the capital well worth a visit. And then also, even as far as Lucerne that’s only two hours from from Interlaken is where the Berner Oberland Pass, for example, another one of those passes, which you’re familiar with Carolyn, the Berner Oberland, pass, not only will that take you to Bern, but it also takes you to Lucerne. So doing something different seeing a different part of the country, but within only a two hour train ride from Interlaken. And that’s another tip I would give people, go a bit further afield and and use the trains. Don’t think about organising car hire or, or private transfers, get on the train.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Yeah, be like this Swiss and use the fantastic public transport network. 

James Wilson  

Exactly. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

So before we finish up, is there anything else that we should know about Grindelwald before visiting? 

James Wilson  

No, I think probably again, without being negative, it’s becoming very popular for obvious reasons. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, it can now find itself amongst a list of must- visit places in Europe. So if travellers are flexible with their travel dates, I would always recommend trying to come slightly out of season, springtime May early June is a great time the snows have receded. And we get some of the early spring flowers, for example. Plus, it’s a bit quieter, you’re going to find better rates at hotels when it’s a bit quieter, of course. And then, towards the end of the summer season end of September, October time, a lot of people don’t realize how beautiful the Alps are in the autumn. And if you’re able to come in September, early October, for example, the daytime temperatures are still really nice and warm. So you can still go hiking in your T shirt and shorts. Temperatures in the evening. Unlike what it can be like in the summer where it can get quite hot, that lovely and cool in the evenings. The other advantage of coming in those two times is everything is open. So all the mountains are still fully accessible. Whether it be springtime or autumn, you are going to find that things are a lot quieter. And when things are quieter and you’re not having to spend any time in line, then that’s that means obviously you’ve got more time during the day to do other things as well. And the whole region Grindelwald Wenger Murren and further afield, there is so much to do. What you don’t want to be doing is spending too much of your holiday, waiting to do something when actually there’s so much more to explore, which doesn’t involve standing in line. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Very good point. Thank you, James, for sharing all that with us today. Now, how can our listeners connect with you if they would like to learn more about your business and what you do?

James Wilson  

Well, the best thing to do is go and have a look at my website, which is www.swisstailormade.com and they are of course welcome to email us at team@swisstailormade.com. We are very open to collaborating with people working in travel at whatever level that may be, and that anybody wanting tips not just on this particular region, but all the other areas which Swiss Tailor Made are involved in. They’re more than welcome to get in touch. I think probably kind of it’s also worth saying though, that you’re an expert as well on on all things Switzerland when it comes to those things like which paths do I need to buy? What’s the difference between the Berner Oberland Pass and the Jungfrau Travel Pass for example, they should all reach out and ask these questions whether it be to you or to me, simply because it can be a bit confusing. And what we don’t want is to have people arriving in the region that they’ve accidentally bought the wrong ticket when just a simple question to one of us means that they can get here having the right ticket in their pockets already.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

That’s right. It’s always an easy question to answer if people want to reach out as you say. 

James Wilson  

Yeah. 

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Thank you very much, James. It’s been wonderful chatting to you. And thank you for sharing all your insider tips about Grindelwald.

James Wilson  

Likewise, thanks very much for the invitation. It’s been a real pleasure. Thanks very much for having me.

Carolyn Schönafinger  

Will Grindelwald be your base when you visit the Jungfraujoch Region? With a great range of accommodation, fantastic public transport connections to Interlaken and beyond, a huge array of mountain excursions and activities to enjoy, and plenty of shops and eateries. It really does offer something for everyone. There are lots more helpful resources about Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch region on our way site, including a suggested three day itinerary, hotel guides, and of course, those detailed articles about the various Swiss rail passes. You’ll find them all plus a link to James’ website and a link to our webshop where you can buy your rail passes in the show notes for this episode. Thank you very much for joining me today. Next time we’ll be visiting some of the lesser known but no less spectacular mountain summits in the Bernese Oberland. I hope you can join me then. Tschüss.

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