Although the glacier that formed the canyon no longer exists, what you see today is evidence of the glacier’s power. Walkways skirt the canyon’s edges, and cliffs rise up to 330 feet (100 meters) on both sides of you. Don’t miss the “spiderweb” ropes that span the canyon—scramble or crawl over them if you dare, suspended 23 feet (7 meters) above the rushing water.
Things to Know Before You Go
It can be quite cold, damp, and windy in the canyon, even on otherwise pleasant days. Take a warm, waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes.
There’s an entry fee to Glacier Canyon; kids under 6 are free.
The hike along the walkway usually takes between one and two hours, depending on how often you stop and the activity levels of your party.
How to Get There
Glacier Canyon is about a half-hour walk from central Grindelwald. Alternatively, take bus number 2 from the Grindelwald train station.
When to Get There
Accessible in all weather conditions, Glacier Canyon is open daily from May through October, and late into the evening on Fridays. Tour groups can arrange early-morning and late-night access.
The Pfingstegg Cable Car
To check out the two glaciers that still exist in the Grindelwald area, take the cable car up to the mountain of Pfingstegg. From there, it’s a short hike to the Unterer Glacier, and a longer hike to the Oberer Glacier. Later, enjoy the novelty of a candlelit meal in the cable car.