The community is divided into 7 Alpine districts rising up from the valley floor up to the mountain ridge and encompassing all different types of business.
In the following order: Wärgistal and Itramen on the shady side of the valley, Bussalp, Bach, Holzmatten, Grindel and Scheidegg on the south-facing side. An Alp of the same name belongs to each of the 7 areas. They are farmed on a cooperative basis. The principle of this Alpine cooperative is laid down in an agreement. The first written agreement over the Alps dates from the year 1404 by the Prior of the monastery in Interlaken.
Grindelwald was one of the first tourist resorts in Switzerland. Already in the 17th century it was often visited by curious foreigners and attracts an international clientele. Today sportspeople and those looking for relaxation come to Grindelwald from all over the world. The Swiss alone make up a fifth of the hotel guests; and are the majority amongst those renting apartments. Besides the 2'700 hotel beds, approx. 7'000 beds are offered in related businesses.