Grindelwald-First
Grindelwald-First
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The key element of the First Aerial Cableway is the cableway with six-seater gondolas travelling from Grindelwald up to First via Bort and Schreckfeld. The gondola cableway has a capacity of up to 1,200 persons per hour with a travelling time of approximately 25 minutes. Aside from the gondola cableway, Firstbahn AG also has three chairlifts and two ski lifts.
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  • Liz B
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Everything about this experience was gorgeous and impressive. We lucked out late in afternoon and had barely any wait for gondola/cliff walk and trotti bikes. The view is so beautiful and trotti bike ride was so fun and lovely. Really worth it but not for the faint of heart. All staff was friendly, helpful and thankfully helped us in english as our German is meager. Loved it - highly recommend ❤️
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Michael N
    Tomball, Texas307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular scenery
    Very scenic views on the gondola and from the top. Did not ski due to knee/back issues but it looked like great skiing. Weather was perfect and views to Eiger were incredible. Wish we had found this last August. Had appetizer/dessert along with wine at the outdoor restaurant at the top—it was great. Zip line looked like fun too. Did the First walk —was very nice. With more views.
    We're grateful for your kind words and positive feedback. Thank you for choosing to visit First - Top of Adventure! Your jungfrau.ch team
    Written May 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Amy B
    Johnstown, Ohio11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mountain trikes are the best
    This was me of the best deals for activities and views in Switzerland. We bought the lift ticket with two activities. We did the 4 person glider which we said was faster going backwards than we thought. It was okay. However our highlight was the mountain trikes. We loved it so much we bought another session. It was fun flying down the hill passing the more cautious drivers. Our favorite thrill from our trip.
    Thank you for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience with our activities and views at Grindelwald First - Top of Adventure! Your jungfrau.ch team
    Written June 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Shannonp303
    Chandler, Arizona4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Grindelwald First was a major highlight of our two weeks in Switzerland. If we had one more day in the area we would have done it again. We enjoyed the cliff walk and absolutely loved taking the brake trikes down. Such and incredible and memorable experience!
    We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing visit. Thank you for your kind feedback! Your jungfrau.ch team
    Written July 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Mary R
    Ireland108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day but allow for 3 hour queues when planning your trip
    We had a stunning day, clear blue skies and sunshine. Be very aware of the queues. The queue for the first flyer was 3 hours long and the glider was 2 hours when we went up at 10.30am. This meant that we didnt get a chance to go to Bachalpsee or have lunch together. By the time we got to the station where the mountain carts were we were told we were too late and the queue was too long. Some of our group booked the activity package for 3 activities so we went an did the trotti bikes which were excellent. Also note we were told at the bottom of the lifts at the office that we were better off buying the tickets with berneroberland pass once at each ride, however when we got to the rides they were sold out. (A kind staff member took pity on us after queuing and allowed us on but lack of clarity was upsetting). Overall we will absolutely come back again to do the walk and bits we missed, just be aware of queuing times when planning your trip
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • kmz88
    Plon, Germany406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride; amazing views
    The cable cars here are much nicer than those to Schilthorn because they are smaller, everyone can sit and so not as packed. It's quite a long way from Grindelwald to First, so you can really enjoy the ride and the views. At First, the views are quite amazing as well. There is a restaurant at the top with good food. There are also a few hiking routes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • SixOneTwo
    Minneapolis, Minnesota457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Experience Sans Snow
    Enjoyed everything about the off-season offerings on First Mountain. We traversed the cliff walk, watched some parasailors, had a snack, then did the zip line and the mountain bikes. Great fun! Kudos to the Swiss for their family-friendly non-winter activities.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Mak N
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun!
    We had a blast on the downhill trotti bikes (motor less scooter bike with hand brakes). It is definitely “at your own risk” experience because you are in full control of your speed. I’m sure people crash because it’s literally about a twenty minute downhill ride that’s along a paved, public road. It’s not a busy road but cars are allowed on it, so be aware. Overall I had the best time zooming down the slopes - wish I had time to do it again!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
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Simon J.
Luxembourg293 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
About the ski pass:
I bought the Jungfrau ski pass for 5 days (279chf) which includes the First, Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen and Wengen ski areas. There is sadly no option to only buy a ski pass for First. But what bothered me the most is that there is no option to buy selective day tickets (a multi day pass where you can choose the days instead of successive days). In Engelberg-Titlis you could buy selective day tickets.
Also in Engelberg you got 5chf back when you give your ski pass back after your ski days are over, in Grindelwald this is not the case.
What I really liked is that the zipline "First glider and flyer" are included in your ski pass.

First ski area:
The aerial cable car is already pretty old but they already planned to renovate it. It brings you from the valley up to the First station at 2100m, on the way up you pass two middle stations where you can get off or stay seated till you arrived on First. There was never a waiting line for it.
The ski area is not the largest but very well to ski and to spend a whole day there. It has 4 different slopes that lead back to the valley. Although just 1 of them leads back to the cable car station. If you come down by the other 3 you have to use a bus. When I was there sadly one (nr. 22) of these four slopes was open due to lack of snow, (only one has artificial snow guns). At the end of slope 22 there is a cool bar that was made out of an old bus where you can have a drink while waiting for the bus.
The bus usually comes every 30min and goes through the town to the First cable car, the train station and the Männlichen cable car). Keep in mind that the buses have a break at noon, so check the schedule before skiing down.
The slopes and the terrain on top have not very variation but are smooth and gentle. My favorite slope is the black one from Schreckfeld to Bort (nr. 5/6) also the blue one on Schilt (nr.10) is a bit slow but very scenic to ride.

The cliff walk is worth a visit, its very beautiful. The restaurant looks pretty nice but is pricey. If you only want to sit there to take a break from skiing and have a snack you brought from home, you have to sit in the "picknic area" which is next to the restrooms and have no windows!? Looks like a pretty greedy attitude of the operator. When you don't come in with a spending spree or are rich they treat you as unwanted garbage.
The First glider and flyer is a cool zipline which you shouldn't miss since its included in the ski pass. Its not the longest, but you get a nice view and get over 80km/h fast. The staff from the zipline seemed very bored.
I didn't try the sledging run, which are advertised as the longest in Europe, so no critique about it.
Written March 10, 2020
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Eugenio
Zug, Switzerland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Both our 3-days passes (169 CHF each) did not work. The staff of the ticket office refused to change them and insisted that we just ask the guardian of each station to open manually. Only after we called the helpline (which was actually professional and helpful), they finally were instructed to replace our passes. We lost 1 hour arguing over something that shouldn’t have been an issue and we received no apology. Incredibly rude and unprofessional.
Written April 5, 2021
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Christel H
Challex, France175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Although the price for 2 adults and one 12yr old was super expensive (180chf round trip) thank goodness our 5yr old twins don't pay) the view at the first and top spots were breath taking. Just absolutely jaw dropping. Several things to do but mostly just taking in the view is enough. Really recommend this visit
Written August 19, 2020
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Jay B
Nottingham, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We were going to do the scooters down into the valley after missing out a previous year. The lady selling the tickets recommended this but doing the walk to the lakes first. On the way back from the lakes the cable cars broke down. So no scooters just trips on the cable car and walk. Given the option to wait for one small mini bus or start the walk down the mountain. The pushing and no orderly queue for the bus helped make our mind up. I returned to the ticket office with two upset children and tired partner. Staff refused refund or replacement tickets for next day. When asked to speak to a supervisor they were up a mountain. Don't you realise that if a refund was given we would have used it the next day? You are selling a memory of an experience. We were so upset we left the area the next day and won't return. Poor contingency planning evident and poor covid controls.
Written August 8, 2020
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Blair
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
I would not recommend this. I purchased the adventure package with 4 activities (CHF 120) We arrived at 9:30 and completed the cliff walk by 10:00 and headed to the first flyer (zipline). After waiting for half an hour we were told by the staff the wait is 2h 30m minimum due to foggy conditions. After 2h we finished and moved onto the first glider and waited over an hour for that we then decided to skip the mountain cart due to a long line and it looked poorly organised and went straight to the Trotibikes (scooters) on the way we saw a sign saying everything was sold out and had 1h+ waits. We managed to complete the scooters and left at 16:30. Overall it was poorly organised and very inefficient. We skipped what limited food was available and activities due to being to tired of waiting in lines and worried about running out of time. We also did not get refunded the activity we didn’t do. Despite the views were great and the activities were mostly enjoyable.
Written July 1, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We apologize for the long wait times and the inconvenience caused by the weather conditions. We appreciate your feedback regarding the organization and efficiency of the activities, and we will take it into consideration for future improvements. Your jungfrau.ch team
Written July 7, 2023
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Mary R
Ireland108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We had a stunning day, clear blue skies and sunshine. Be very aware of the queues. The queue for the first flyer was 3 hours long and the glider was 2 hours when we went up at 10.30am. This meant that we didnt get a chance to go to Bachalpsee or have lunch together. By the time we got to the station where the mountain carts were we were told we were too late and the queue was too long. Some of our group booked the activity package for 3 activities so we went an did the trotti bikes which were excellent. Also note we were told at the bottom of the lifts at the office that we were better off buying the tickets with berneroberland pass once at each ride, however when we got to the rides they were sold out. (A kind staff member took pity on us after queuing and allowed us on but lack of clarity was upsetting).
Overall we will absolutely come back again to do the walk and bits we missed, just be aware of queuing times when planning your trip
Written August 3, 2023
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jchong
Ipoh, Malaysia2,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
There are several activities to do up at First. We started early and went up around when the cable car opened at 8.30am. We first did the First Cliff Walk, which is a little thrilling and gave good views - the top viewing platform had a short queue to take photos. After that we walked to Bachalpsee and back (about 2 hours).

By the time we got back and joined the queue for the First Flyer it was about noon. The queue didn't look long, but it took 40 mins to get our turn (so it moves slowly). After that we did the Mountain Carts (short queue), which is a lot of fun, down to Bort where we stopped for lunch.

After lunch, we rode the trottibikes back to Grindelwald. I had no problems with the trottibike but my wife was apprehensive about it and went slowly. As others have mentioned it takes a bit more skill to ride the trottibike smoothly and I can see why some people might have a problem with it. Do note the last 1/3 of ride does bring you into some quiet roads (there might be the occasional vehicle) and the last portion goes into the Grindelwald road. Basically you ride the trottibike back to and return it at the First cable car station in Grindelwald.

All in we had a lot of fun at First!
Written September 17, 2022
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Sarah M
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
As other visitors have commented the Trotti bikes are DANGEROUS.

The brakes are very sensitive and the slopes are very steep. I braked and went over the handlebars, grazing all up my arm, hip and shoulder and hitting my head on the ground.

Apparently, everyone in Grindelwald knows how many accidents happen on them. Our hotel owner said “every day” someone is hurt on them. The staff at the top joked that if anything happened we should call the Swiss emergency services number and say trottibikes Grindelwald, and they’d know exactly what happened. It seems like it was only half a joke!
Written July 22, 2022
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Osiris P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Travelers be warned, the employees here are disgustingly rude. You pay $74 for ONE activity. We wanted to do the first flyer and waited in line for almost 2 hours. When we got to the front of the line they closed the ride down due to “wind”. They don’t issue refunds or let you skip the queue for another activity therefore if you want to do another one you have to wait another 2 hours to do it. They can cancel at any moment on you depending on the weather. When we asked for a refund and explained the situation the cashier said “that’s not my problem”. Save your money and don’t waste your time. Grindelwald is a beautiful place but please avoid this tourist trap. They don’t care about you and only want to steal your money
Written May 23, 2023
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We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced. We understand your frustration with the wait time and the closure of the activity due to weather conditions. Our policy regarding queue skipping aligns with industry standards. Weather-related closures are implemented for the safety of our visitors. If you have unused tickets, please contact the Jungfrau helpdesk to inquire about their status. Your feedback is valuable to us as we continuously work towards improving our services. Thank you for your understanding. Your jungfrau.ch team
Written May 26, 2023
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Valerie B
Wengen, Switzerland18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We took the gondola from Grindelwald to First which takes an hour from start to finish. The views are wonderful as you would expect. Once we arrived at the top we tried to take the Flyer but the line was over an hour and it was already 2pm. We then paid $5 to ride down to the next gondola station to ride the Glider. There was a short wait here before they stopped the ride at 3:15. It was a fun ride. Not too scary and was actually pretty comfortable laying face down! The whole ride is 2.5 minutes long.

From here we ride the Mountain Carts down to the next station. This was by far more fun! Easy to drive, stopping along the way down to take photos.

The Cliff Walk is beautiful and has incredible views! A must do! Food is very costly up on the mountain so you may want to pack snacks and drinks.

Written May 20, 2022
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