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History

For thousands of years, Mother Nature has created an impressive work of art with the glacier water! The history of the gorge begins with the formation of the Alps. Grindelwald was flooded by a sea 250 million years ago. Deposits on the seafloor formed massive layers of limestone.

115 million years ago
The collision
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About 70 million years ago
Powerfull glaciers
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1500
Advances and retreats
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1600
Massive Glacial growth
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18th century
Alpine tourism
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1729
Albrecht von Haller
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1740
Marble mining
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1774
Glacier village
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19. Jahrhundert
Reaching out to Grindelwald
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1823
The first shelter
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1855
Further advancement
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1864
The Grindelwald glacier ice was an export hit!
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1870
The glacier gorge appears!
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1875
The first walkway was built!
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1882
The glacier continues to retreat!
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1902
Releasing up the upper Schopffelsen
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1904
Ice grottos
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1906
Hackbrett Annie
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1909
Glacier hikes
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1912
Avalanches and rockfalls
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1953 - 1957
Direct access becomes difficult
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1988
Steep moraine
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1990
Barely visible
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1990
Glacier retreat
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1996
Rope swing
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1999
Glacier eruption
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2006
Japan gets a little ice
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21st Century
Remains of lower glacier
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2006
500,000 m3 of rock
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2008
Glacial lakes
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2010
Water reaches the drainage tunnel
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2014
Europe's largest helicopter
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2016
Large investments required
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2019
grindelwaldSPORTS takes over the footbridge and cash desk
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2020
Must see attraction
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