May 12, 2019 - 11:54 PM
"I was hoping for a direct route from Grindelwald to Meiringen, rather than the winding route via Interlaken."
The 'winding' route via Interlaken is the direct route! I'm afraid this is the Swiss Alps, by definition an area of high mountains. If there is no ancient Pass route, modern road or railway tunnel on the 'direct' aka 'as the crow flies' ' route then you will always have to travel more circuitously...
There is a bus on the 'direct route' via Gross Scheidegg but the road that way is narrow and slow, which is why the 'winding' route on fast trains via Interlaken is actually quicker
You could easily combine a Brienzersee boat trip with a trip to Meiringen