Just A Perfect MTB Day: Grindelwald

Tiina Kivelä

Once up a time a silly idea in Grindelwald.

This sunny morning in Interlaken, I loaded my bike (and myself) to the train towards Grindelwald (tip: buy a day bike pass from SBB & hang your bike by the hooks in bike carriage). Having in mind a long MTB tour up to Grosse Scheidegg, Bachalpsee and back to Grindelwald.

When I arrived in Grindelwald, I noticed that in my excitement (perfect weather) I had forgotten to pack my sunnies, and so I started the tour buying the first “good enough” (and expensive) pair I found in one of the shops in Grindelwald. I had been thinking of buying new – alpine environment suitable – pair for some time already, though with enough time to consider and test. Nevertheless, that day I didn’t  want to waste too much time indoors since the weather was perfect and my goal was high. And so I loaded the money on the table and headed up.

Thanking lord that there’s still good gear retailers offline too.

MTB AROUND GRINDELWALD

And so I went with my bike & my new shades, up up. Which really wasn’t easy with my heavy bike not really made for this kind of tours. Nevertheless, bad gear builds character or something like that, and so I went.

First to Grosse Scheidegg along the narrow road only open for busses and bikes. Then, after a little beer break, to First and Bachalpsee (dipped my feet in, of course) and finally down along some winding and bit scary singletrails.

I can’t really say I’m a master on bike, nor that today’s trip would have been easy, but still this was one of the best days in my life. I made it, safe and sound, and the views and the weather… No words to describe how awesome it was. Hope these pics talk a bit more though.

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Where: Grindelwald – Grosse Scheidegg – First – Bachsee – Grindelwald. 


TOUR TIPS

You may skip the first part from Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg (it’s really better with road bike) by taking a PostAuto, which offers bike transport too (for a little price before, and free after 4pm).

Some of the trails you have to share with hikers and on some trails biking is prohibited during the high season in summer.

Follow the red biking signs and ask for more information in one of the bike shops in Grindelwald, where guiding is also offered.

& see a map of my tour in here