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This is Grindelwald shot from the last part of the ski slope Mettlen coming down from Kleine Scheidegg. Between Brandegg and Grund you finally get a nice view over the valley floor and the village itself situated on the opposite mountain side at 1.050m/3'445ft.

Grindelwald is home to 3.800 inhabitants and up to 7.000 guests and is a good example of being one of the first tourist centers in Switzerland. Already in the 17th century tourists primarily British, German and French aristocrats came to this easily accessible valley in the Summer to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

It was only 100 years later that climbers first dared to approach the Alps (the first ascent of the Jungfrau took place in 1811). The Eiger North Wall [Eiger Nordwand] directly facing the village would become exceptionally challenging and mountaineering as an organized activity, with professionals as mountain guides, became an important source of income for the local community.

Today tourism plays a central role in Grindelwald - the local economy is 90% dependent on tourism, either directly or indirectly. However farming is still actively pursued and agriculture, which accounts for more than 80% of all land use, constitutes the foundation upon which tourism is built. Without tourism many farmers would be forced to give up farming.

The smooth black line in the lower center part of the image is the first leg of the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) cogwheel track from Grindelwald down to Grund portrayed in my previous upload. And the dark brown three-gabled building left and above it's upper bend is my hotel, which I'll return to in a later posting.

This image would make an excellent jigsaw puzzle!

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