Switzerland's Cliff Walk Is For Thrill-Seekers Only

The spectacular cliff walk in Switzerland that is captivating thrill-seekers
The spectacular cliff walk in Switzerland that is captivating thrill-seekers | © Culture Trip

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The First Cliff Walk in Switzerland wraps around the mountains of Grindelwald and is a breathtaking experience for those brave enough to embark on the hike up the Bernese Alps.

Officially known as the First Cliff Walk presented by Tissot, this elevated walkway leads up to a platform at Bergrestaurant, with a vantage point that stretches 45 metres (148 ft) over the void below, and offers an unimpeded view of a typically Swiss mountain range.

Stretching 45 metres (148 feet) out from the mountainside, the First Cliff Walk juts out over the Alps in the west of Switzerland

During the colder months, the area is understandably popular with skiers and winter sports enthusiasts; however, hikers have plenty to enjoy in summer. Above the First Cliff Walk sits Jungfraujoch, a popular tourist destination connecting two peaks that is accessible via a rail line, where you will also find the Sphinx Observatory.

The ‘First’ in the cliff walk actually comes from the name of the famous summit of the Jungfrau mountain range. The bridge hangs 2,000 metres (6,500 ft) above the ground at its highest point and is free to enter. The best way of getting here is via a 25-minute cable-car ride from Firstbahn Cable Car Station in Grindelwald, with the town itself easily accessible by train from most major cities in Switzerland.

The incredible views along the First Cliff Walk are just part of the adventure – the metal bridge is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region

The walkway is open for most of the year, although it’s worth checking the opening times and dates before you visit. You can also partake in other activities here, including the terrifying zip-line descent known as First Flyer.

Sunglasses are highly recommend when you visit, as the sun can be very intense during the summer and reflects from the snow beneath your feet, too. The only other things you’ll need are climbing shoes and a stomach for heights!

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