Grindelwald , a village of Switzerland, in the canton and 36 m. S. E. of the city of Bern, and 10 m. E. S. E. of Interlaken, about 3,500 ft. above the sea, on the Bergelbach; pop. about 3,000. It is the centre of the road to the Bernese Oberland, and is celebrated for the scenery of the Grindelwald valley, the beauty of the passes of the Seheideck, and the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The village consists of picturesque wooden cottages widely scattered over the valley. The inhabitants are mainly employed in rearing cattle, in dairy work, and in preparing Kirschwasser. The most celebrated Swiss guides are natives of this vicinity. Owing to the proximity of the glaciers, the climate is cold and unsettled even in summer. - The Grindelwald valley is traversed by the Black Lutschine, and is about 16 m. long and 2 m. wide. South of the valley rise the Wellhorn, Wetterhorn, Mettenberg, Schreckhorn, Eiger, and Monch; and north the Faulhorn and other mountains. About 4 m. S. E. of the village the two glaciers of. Grindelwald issue from both sides of the Met-tenberg; they belong to the field of ice which occupies the table land and elevated valleys of the Bernese Alps. The upper one descends lower than any other glacier in Switzerland, being almost on a level with inhabited houses.
It is accessible without danger, and the little or lower glacier is so easily explored that it is popularly known as the Damengletscher (lady's glacier).