Seeming to defy gravity, the First Cliff Walk by Tissot is a metal walkway desperately clinging to the cliffside in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region. The suspension bridge and viewing platform offer adventurous travelers heart-racing views over the Alps and give the ethereal sensation of flying over the valleys below.
Perched above the village of Grindelwald, on the edge of famous Eiger mountain, the First Cliff Walk is not an activity for the faint of heart. It is accessed via an Alpine gondola that swings up through the hills to the station at Grindelwald-First. From there, you can walk out along the dizzying suspended path to the viewing platform that stretches 147 feet (45 meters) out into open space over a sheer drop below. The views are as breathtaking as the experience getting to them. For an added thrill, try the nearby zipline or book a full-day adventure tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- First Cliff Walk is ideal for adventure travelers.
- Entry to the cliff walk is included with a paid gondola ticket.
- There’s an on-site restaurant and souvenir shop as well as bathroom facilities.
- The narrow and unstable walk is not accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The First Cliff Walk is located at the gondola station of Grindelwald-First, on the lower slopes of Eiger in the Swiss Alps. It’s accessible by car or train from Bern or Zurich to Grindelwald, and then by transfer to the gondola.
When to Get There
The walk has seasonal opening hours aligned with the gondola’s operating hours. It is generally open from 8am to 6pm April to August, 8am to 5pm in September, and 8am to 4:30pm in October. It may also be open from late November to March during ski season, but check before visiting.
Visit Grindelwald Village
Surrounded by Eiger’s north face on one side and Wetterhorn on the other, Grindelwald is a classic example of an Alpine village. In winter it serves as a popular ski resort, and in summer it becomes the base for walking and mountain biking holidays in the Jungfrau region. With wooden Swiss chalets, cosy cafés and restaurants, and impressive scenery, it’s a must-visit destination for travelers coming to the region.