Out of many destinations in Switzerland, Grindelwald holds a special place in my heart. The small yet neat village with majestic view of Eiger (3,970m), Mönch (4,099m) and Jungfrau (4,158m) clearly signifies what the Swiss Alps is all about. In short, I’m totally smitten with this beautiful place.
While the landmark of Switzerland definitely goes to the Matterhorn and the best ski resorts are said to be found in St Moritz and Davos, Grindelwald still holds its charm with illustrious rural settings and spectacular alpine scenery. As I arrived in Grindelwald, I could not take my eyes off the famous triple mountain peaks even as I was walking to my lodging. The delight certainly did not stop there. Early the next morning, I had my Swiss-style breakfast on a patio that overlooks the ever-watching Mount Eiger. Life simply could not get any better than this!
A quick downhill walk from Grindelwald's town center brought me to Grund station, from which I took the gondola for the uphill trip to Männlichen (2,343m). Grund station is also a rail terminal for trains to Kleine Scheidegg, from which tourists can continue their journey to Jungfraujoch (the highest train station in Europe).
Lady luck was not smiling at me that day. While it was clear-blue sky down at Grindelwald, it was a different story altogether at Männlichen. Cold mountain rain started to pour heavily and heavy mists suddenly shrouded the area. Through the thick clouds, the only peak I could see was that of Mönch. Eiger and Jungfrau were barely visible.
I tried to wait for another 20 minutes, hoping a miracle to happen. Avid mountaineers will tell that highland weather can be capricious. I was expecting the rain would cease as quickly as it arrived. When there seemed to be no respite of the drizzle, I finally decided to take the cable car down to the beautiful villages of Wengen and Lauterbrunnen.