Grindelwald – Dominated by the famous mountains that surround it
Location: The home of Europe's highest railway station
Settled in a glacial valley of the Bernese Oberland, Grindelwald is 195 kilometres south of Zurich, 205 kilometres east of Geneva, and just 70 kilometres to the south-east of Bern. It has direct rail links to the airports at Zurich and Geneva, which makes it very accessible to the international traveller. The mountains that surround the town are infamous in their own right with the North Face of the Eiger looking down upon Grindelwald from its 3,970-metre peak that was only breached in 1938.
Business: At the heart of Europe
Switzerland is a country at the heart of Europe, both geographically and in business terms. The ten largest convention centres have joined in a partnership to form the Association of Swiss Convention Centres with each venue able to cater from 500 to 4,000 people. Seven of these Convention Centres are within a two-hour drive or rail journey to Grindelwald. The village itself has hotels that can cater for up to 100 business guests in conference rooms and halls in a unique setting amongst the high mountains, yet easily accessible.
Culture: The town museum has a special insight of the area
The small museum opposite the town's church features exhibits and artefacts that have been donated by the townspeople and show the history of the region over two hundred years. A special mention is made of the dominating feature of the village, the Eiger, which has claimed many lives since man first attempted to climb its formidable rock faces. The museum also hosts a small art gallery on the second floor and an exhibition of winter sports of history.
Activities: A summer and winter resort full of outdoor sport
No matter when you arrive in Grindelwald, you will always find time to get up in the fresh air of the mountains and enjoy some adrenaline-fuelled activities. Even the so-called sedate toboggan run will have your blood pounding as you slip and slide your way down the snowy tracks with friends and family in a race to the bottom. The ultimate adventure, unattainable for many, will be a climb of the infamous and historically deadly Eiger. Guides are available for routes, but it is only a mountain for the most serious of climbers amongst you, but there are shorter climbs and hikes that will bring you part way up the mountain whose North Face is notoriously dangerous.