The final stage of a 470m CHF V-Cableway project in the region was completed last season and is a game-changer for the resort of Grindelwald. The Eiger Express transports skiers and snowboarders directly from Grindelwald at 1035m to two separate areas – the Eiger Glacier at 2320m in 15 minutes, 47 minutes faster than previously possible, and Männlichen, where it replaces an aging gondola (the first stage, opened 2019) and reduces the journey time from 30 to 19 minutes. On route to the Eigergletscher station, users get close-up views of the spectacular north face of the Eiger, an 1800m high wall of rock.
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The new lift has 44 cabins, each comfortably holding 26 persons. It has enough capacity to transport 1800 people per hour up the mountain and help reduce what has traditionally been a bottleneck for skiers and snowboarders waiting for the cog railway at Grindelwald’s railway station or at the gondola, where the new Grindelwald terminal building has been constructed.
Non-skiers can also change at a new Eigergletscher station (2320m) to catch the cog railway to Europe’s highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch at 3,454m. The Eiger Express departs from the new terminal in Grindelwald, completed last season, and is a central part of the development with retail outlets, a sports shop, ski storage facilities, and a car park. At the same time, the Grindelwald terminal public service stop of the Bernese Oberland Railway was opened, linking up with trains from Interlaken (29 minutes). With a completely covered platform and a moving walkway, it provides convenient access to the terminal.
Brits love the Swiss resorts of Wengen and Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region, also home to Interlaken. They are attracted by the chocolate box charm of the resorts and the stunning views of the ever-present Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks.
Where they’ve felt there is room for improvement is the traditional way to access the resort’s shared Grindelwald-Wengen ski area. Previously the only way up the mountain was via a combination of a slow cog railway and chair and gondola lifts.