Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about Grindelwald

Grindelwald – a name known by millions of Harry Potter fans the world over thanks to its use by J.K. Rowling – is in fact a small town nestled in the mountains above Interlaken, in the Jungfrau Region of central Switzerland.

  • Wetterhorn, Grindelwald

    A pleasant, mainly downhill walk in the Grindelwald valley.

  • The Ice Path in summer

    With a name like “Ice Path”, you know before you arrive that a hiking route is going to be a pretty spectacular one.

  • A lovely month full of experiences, but fewer random photographs than usual.

  • It seems to stick in my mind that by the time we get to January, we’re well into winter. But the snow and ice often doesn’t arrive where I live until January or February, although that doesn’t preclude it being pretty damned cold from time to time. January this year marked the arrival of my…

  • Cable cars emerging from a cloud inversion at Grindelwald

    How to help a viewer to better understand the scale of a scene.

  • Frozen snow drift at Männlichen

    By applying the right colour profile to your photo, you can get a much more nuanced version than through simple editing.

  • I visit the wintry mountain-top viewpoint at Männlichen, above Wengen and Grindelwald, to photograph the annual combined Patrouille Suisse/SWISS airliner air show.

  • The sun shines through a small hole in the rock face of the Eiger at Grindelwald for a couple of minutes, twice every year.

  • Video screenshot - me at Lobhörner in August 2018

    Review of 2018

    It’s been a very difficult year, but the sadness has been diluted a little with some lovely memories along the way. Here’s to a better 2019.

  • The old cable-car station on the Wetterhorn in Switzerland

    The Wetterhorn Aufzug in Grindelwald took visitors up towards the Wetterhorn until 1915.

  • Green ripples

    I was intrigued by this effect. Although the photo looks like green sand, the ripples are actually light and shade cast by the sun on the rippling surface of the lake.

  • It’s wonderful to find a new, photographically perfect viewpoint in a place I know so well. (Of course, on a day when I only had my smartphone with me.) Expect to see more shots from this spot in Grindelwald!

  • Grindelwald, Switzerland

    The best time to visit the mountain villages near our home is between the tourist seasons, when many hotels are closed and the valleys, cable cars and mountain cableways are much quieter. We drove up to Grindelwald shortly before Christmas, to visit the mountain restaurant at Schreckfeld, where deep snow and temperatures as low as…

  • It had been a beautifully sunny start to the day, but by the time we’d driven up to Grindelwald, the clouds had taken over and the temperature had plummeted. We had to use a plastic loyalty card to scrape the ice from the inside of the cable car window, and the fondue at the mountain…

  • Hireleni

  • Firsts of August

    1st August is Switzerland’s Bundestag (or federal day), so Jo and I usually take advantage of the day off work to celebrate our adopted home. Here are some photographic mementoes of the day trips we’ve made.

  • Grindelwald by night – a timelapse

    A overnight timelapse of the view across the valley from Grindelwald First.

  • “Hiking” the path from Grindelwald First to the Faulhorn and on to Schynige Platte using Google Street View.

  • Yours truly, in action whilst photographing part of a multi-image panorama at Männlichen in Switzerland last weekend.

  • The mountain restaurant and top cable car station at First, above Grindelwald, affords amazing views down to the valley and to the huge wall of rock opposite: including the famous Eiger North Wall.

  • The Swiss need foreigners to keep their tourism industry afloat, but many resent the fact enough to complain about it, publicly and loudly.