Visitors to the Grimsel Pass are sure to marvel at the varied scenery—from rugged, snow-capped peaks to crystal-clear reservoirs and lush green hillsides. An ideal destination for hikers during the warmer months; there are plenty of routes of varying levels of difficulty to choose from—including a hiking loop around the picturesque Gelmer Lake—reached from Handeck via the world’s steepest funicular.
For visitors on two wheels, the pass makes up one of Switzerland’s key national cycling routes and has been used by the Tour de Suisse. If cycling is considered too tame, opt for a more thrill-seeking canyoning experience that includes abseiling, zip-lining, and wild swimming—all led by a professional guide. Visitors can also choose to drive the route in the comfort of a car.
Things to know before you go
- If driving, be aware that the road is steep and narrow at times, and can close in poor weather conditions.
- The road is also a popular cycling route, so if driving, take care to look out for cyclists.
- Due to its altitude, the pass is cool or cold all-year-round, so be sure to dress appropriately even if the weather appears warm and clear.
- This area is one of the top power-producing zones in Switzerland so expect to see electrical lines and power plants.
How to get there
Explore the Grimsel Pass as part of a road trip to the region, where the scenery can be enjoyed on foot, by bike, or by car. Alternatively, the PostBus Switzerland service crosses the pass several times a day, connecting the towns of Meiringen and Oberwald—check for up-to-date timetables before setting off.
When to get there
The Grimsel Pass is open year-round but will close for safety reasons if weather conditions are poor—something which can occur any time from October to May. It’s always advised to check the forecast and conditions before traveling.
Visit the Village of Wengen
Situated a few hours’ drive north-west of the Grimsel Pass, the village of Wengen offers all the picture-postcard charm that’s to be expected from a traditional Swiss Alpine retreat. Timber chalet buildings sit among the lush hillsides, while Wengen’s car-free status further enhances its quaint feel. It’s recommended to park at nearby Lauterbrunnen and take the 5-minute train journey to reach Wengen. For spectacular photo opportunities of the panoramic views, take a trip up the aerial cableway to the summit of Männlichen.
- Rhone Glacier
- Grindelwald First
- Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
- Aletsch Glacier
- Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)
- Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)
- Wengen-Männlichen Aerial Cableway
- Schynige Platte
- Adventure Park Interlaken (Seilpark Interlaken)
- Harder Kulm
- St. Beatus Caves (St. Beatus-Höhlen)
- Lake Thun (Thunersee)