Winter Trip to Grindelwald

To stay active also in winter, we should go to Switzerland where the mountains are higher than here.
The hostel is reserved. It is in the valley, from where we can do different activities (as you prefer):
Hiking on prepared winter trails
Downhill by sledge
Skiing
Visiting the city of Interlaken
Swimming, Sauna.

(refer to www.grindelwald.ch)

Ski buses take us up into the mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guest card includes gratis the ski bus and indoor swimming pool!

We will sleep in 6-bed or 4-bed bedrooms in the "Mountain Hostel" in Grindelwald:
http://www.eiger-grindelwald.ch/en/mountain-hostel
We can get breakfast there and dinner in a hotel connected to the hostel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INFO ON SKIING:

Best option Skipass: First/Kleine Scheidegg/Maennlichen: large area, directly accesible from Grindelwald; see map below; red area; Grindelwald is at bottom, 1/3 from left.

Best option rental: Intersport, because they have multiple locations, both at the bottom and halfway up the mountain, so easy and no hassle in case you need to swap gear; no significant price difference with other options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip by car takes 5 hours via Basel / Bern / Interlaken.
We should start on Friday morning. Maybe we could organise a car going later on Friday.

Costs:

(1 CHF = 0,83 Euro,[masked])

 

Trip by car: 50 Euro (approx.)

Swiss motorway vignette: 33 Euro per car

Bed for 2 nights: 70 Euro (84 CHF) including breakfast (+ 5,80 Euro per night if you need a sleeping bag).

2 dinners in hotel (facultative): 45 Euro (54 CHF)

Sauna: 17 Euro (20 CHF)

 

The accommodation must be booked for at least two nights.

We get a special price for the dinner. I would recommend to take it!

All the cable cabins, trains, etc. are VERY expensive!

For skiing, you need a ski pass.

For hiking and sledging there are two options:

Or pay 75 Euro for 2 days or pay the sledge pists separately (the hiking trails are free).

 

You should pay the sum of 70 Euro (plus 2.40 paypay fee) for the accommodation until 13 January 2013.

It is possible to cancel your reservation until 21 January 2013 without loosing money.

Afterwards: 50% refunding until 1 week before; no refunding on the last 7 days before 22 February.

Payment can be made through meetup via paypal when you RSVP (after 13th Jan this will be mandatory) - or in person to Rachel (before 13th of January only).  Please note the strict cancellation policy above (imposed by the hostel) and only go through with the RSVP if you are sure you can attend.

Questions about payments should go to Rachel.

 

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  • David W.

    Fantastic Weekend wish I could have stayed longer. Awesome! Thanks Martin for organising.

    March 1, 2013

  • Sheyda

    That was a great trip! thanks a lot Martin for organizing :) !

    February 26, 2013

  • Lynsey

    I had a fantastic time - beautiful scenery and great company! Thanks for organizing it Martin.

    February 25, 2013

  • Devyani

    Cant say too much, as my head is still reeling from the awesome, awesome sledging ride for the many kilometers we were on! Bloody awesome trip. :) :) The snow was devastatingly beautiful. May we please have a few more of these?

    February 25, 2013

  • Rachel

    Fantastic weekend - beautiful scenery, good company and lots of snow... Thanks for organising Martin!

    February 25, 2013

  • Rienk

    Well done, Martin!

    February 25, 2013

  • Raghu

    Amazing experience !!! Thanks a ton to Martin, Reink and everyone else who made it !!

    February 24, 2013

  • Clifford N.

    Fantastic!

    February 24, 2013

  • Vincenzo

    Have fun guys! The pictures are strikingly picturesque:)
    @ Martin & Reink, lets get the Alps on the cards soon!

    February 20, 2013

  • Tyler F.

    I was just there the past 4 days, and it was amazing! Hope y'all have alot of fun, and take many pictures too! When I was on the top, we were above the clouds

    February 19, 2013

  • Rienk

    Hi guys,

    Unless there is a forecast for severe snow storms, I plan to go by car. Probably handly to have at least one car there anyway.

    My car is 4WD and has all weather tires.

    I can certainly take 3 passengers (including Devyani, who already asked), even 4 if we do not take along lots of luggage.

    Let me know if interested.

    Rienk

    January 17, 2013

    • Clifford N.

      I guess that includes me too. Thanks

      January 17, 2013

    • Jen

      Hi Reink, just to confirm, you can fit me AND Aaron? I promise we'll pack light, too :) And if so, THANKS!!!!!!!! (If not, no worries)

      January 17, 2013

  • Devyani

    Hi Martin, here is my email [masked]. would you mind sending me your Banking details? I will transfer the money today.

    January 14, 2013

  • Devyani

    Hi Martin unable to pay through paypal. Though I have an account.:( would you mind sending me your banking details?

    January 14, 2013

  • Devyani

    Martin, everything looks organized-) . is there something like a draft itenar? I dont really need one, but was asking if you have it in your mind. about the hikes. Will we do the two organized hikes ith the whole group that you mentioned in the PDF? I don't ski, so I am just coming for hikes

    January 12, 2013

    • MartinC

      I will go hiking and take the sledge with me to go back downhill by sledge. I think there will be some more people for hiking. I recommend the hike on the Faulhorn mountain via the lake. We can only organise the daily programme there.

      January 12, 2013

  • Sheyda

    Hello Martin,
    Do you think that we can get a special offer for a group train ticket?

    January 9, 2013

    • MartinC

      On bahn.de under "Offers", you will find tickets called "Gruppe&Spar"­ for groups of 6 people or more. But you should organise this by yourself. http://www.bahn.de/i/...­

      January 10, 2013

    • MartinC

      Quite expensive: for 6 people 115 Euro per person for a return ticket

      January 10, 2013

  • Petra W.

    Hi,
    Sorry, something got into the way for me so Ican't make it this time.
    But have fun and enjoy yourselves :-)

    January 8, 2013

  • Nicky H.

    Special offer Grindlewald shop.jungfrau.ch/en buy your pass 21 days in advance and save 20% - good value!

    January 5, 2013

  • MartinC

    Low budget accommodations in Grindelwald:
    http://www.jungfrauferien.ch/if...­

    January 5, 2013

  • MartinC

    Please book the hostel and train trip by yourself. It is just an e-mail to the hostel (you need a train ticket anyway).

    January 5, 2013

  • David W.

    Is it possible to increase the booking as more people are now interested?

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it in the end :(

    December 16, 2012

  • Rebecca W

    sorry I can't make it. need to studdy . :-(

    December 16, 2012

  • Sheyda

    I booked the hostel by myself. will be booking the train tickets soon.

    December 11, 2012

  • MartinC

    For all those who would like to participate:
    There is a waiting list.
    Another possibility would be to book the train/hostel by yourself.
    Train: 8:14 from Heidelberg Hbf, back at 17:19. You must take the booked trains in Germany (in Switzerland you can take any train between Basel and Grindelwald).
    Hostels:
    www.mountainhostel.ch
    http://www.youthhostel.ch/en/ho...­

    December 7, 2012

  • Pamela G.

    We would love to attend this activity, but don't know if we will still be living in Germany. If we miss it, please post lots of photos.

    December 4, 2012

  • MartinC

    I meant winter tyres!
    Under costs, I added the tax for the Swiss motorways.

    December 4, 2012

  • MartinC

    Please let me know:
    Who would provide a car with winter gears and drive it?
    For how many people?
    Who would rather go by train?
    Send me an e-mail on my site "MartinC" on this Meetup website.

    December 3, 2012

  • MartinC

    The hostel is booked for 16 people (22 to 24 Feb. for 2 nights).

    December 3, 2012

    • MartinC

      70 Euros to be paid in advance plus 11,50 if you need a sleeping bag / duvet.

      December 3, 2012

  • Narsis Aftab K.

    If anyone is going GW by car and would like to share the ride with someone, please let me know. ;)

    December 3, 2012

  • Ali

    Ok now I see it! You already mentioned how much we have to pay!

    December 2, 2012

  • Renate

    Martin such a great idea! I will do my best to join you for this one.

    December 2, 2012

  • Nicky H.

    Mike is interested

    December 2, 2012

  • Ali

    WOW that would be marvelous! I have been thinking of visiting Switzerland but I had no company!
    Could you give us an approximate idea how could this trip cost per person?

    December 2, 2012

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Your organizer's refund policy for Winter Trip to Grindelwald

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: Payment should be made by 13th Jan. Refunds on cancellation: if before 21st Jan, full refund (excluding the 2.40 euro paypal fee) | 21 Jan- 14th Feb. 50% refund | After this no refunds.

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