The First gondola is one of Grindelwald’s best viewpoints (First is a local word for cliff).  Leaving right from town, the gondola whisks you 3700 ft above the valley to the top station.  The views are absolutely incredible.  You can use it as a starting ending point for hikes in the region, such as the hike from First to Grosse Scheidegg, an easy and scenic 2-3 hour walk, or the round-trip to the picturesque Bachsee lake.  The restaurant at the top makes a nice stop for lunch.  The cliff-walk features a thrilling suspension bridge and observation platform.  There’s also the First flyer, a long zip-line for adrenaline junkies.

First runs in the summer from early May through mid October, so it’s great for those shoulder season trips also. Details on their website at