Gimmelwald Things to Do

  • Stechelberg viewed from the cable car
    Stechelberg viewed from the cable car
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    Cable car/gondola
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    Arriving in Gimmelwald

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The first thing I noticed when I got out of the cable car station was the smell of cow manure and then the multiple pealing of bells. I took just one photo, then put the camera away until I'd finished exploring. The road, about the width of one car, goes in one direction, uphill into the village. In a few minutes you are in downtown Gimmelwald, which consists of about 10 or 20 houses ( maybe 25 ? ) interspersed with little pastures where goats graze and open ended barns, stacked high with logs. It's almost eerily quiet and I follow in the footsteps of a schoolchild who's got off the Gondola with me. She eventually turns into one of the houses and there is an elderly gentleman sitting on the wide veranda. Besides that, I don't meet another soul until the houses peter out and the road reaches the top of the hill.

    One of Gimmelwald's lovely houses Arriving in Gimmelwald Gimmelwald's village street
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    Hiking from Gimmelwald

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    Though you arrive by cable car, it's possible to leave Gimmelwald on foot. On the other side of the village, on the road that snakes out of town around a series of S bends, there are signs pointing in many directions. To, Murren, Lauterbrunnen and a whole host of smaller villages I hadn't heard of. For about three crazy minutes I contemplated setting off for Lauterbrunnen, thinking that I couldn't go wrong as it was all downhill, but then sanity prevailed and I contented myself with following a grassy track for about a mile, then heading back to the village. At this stage I passed about three or four walkers and one young mother coming uphill, pushing a baby buggy and not even out of breath. As you can see from photo 2, the signs indicate which routes are suitable for walking and which are suitable for mountain bikes. Tracks suitable for families and Nordic Walking are also clearly displayed.

    The hikers route leaving Gimmelwald Directions for walkers and cyclists
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    Hiking for Softies

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    It's a little depressing to realise you don't have the strength or the skills necessary for the serious business of Alpine hill walking but there are plenty of opportunities also for hiking on a less energetic scale. I took two mini hikes and believe me these were quite exhausting enough for a novice. I walked for about a mile or so along the track in this photograph and then later took a steep trail downwards from the mountain hostel. In both cases going forward was absolute bliss but coming back, puffing and panting, was considerably less enjoyable. it's difficult to stop because the compulsion to see what's around the next corner is addictive.The rewards ? Complete immersion in this stunning terrain, goats climing over the fence to nuzzle for titbits in your hands, meadows as far as the eye could see and storybook wooden houses.

    Level trail at Gimmelwald- perfect for softies
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    Mountain Viewpoint

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    Leaving the village houses behind, the road continues to climb. At the very top of this hill is a small area with benches, just off the road. This seated viewpoint was the one and only concession to tourism I saw, apart from the places to stay. Here you can sit and gaze at the trinity of peaks opposite:- Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau - and now is probably a good time to admit that I didn't know which was which until I consulted my map. To be honest, all the peaks towering above looked much of a muchness to me and were no way as interesting as the village and the precipitous green slide to the valleys below. Here I met two American girls and we did the regulation taking each other's picture with the mountains in the background. By now the rain had stopped but the three peaks were still pretty much shrouded in mist.

    Jungfrau, towering in the mist above Gimmelwald Mountain Viewpoint Enjoying the views
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    Getting There on the Gondola

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jul 18, 2008

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    Full details of how to get here are in the transport section but if this is your first time in The Alps, then catching the Gondola ( Cable Car ) will be a huge part of the thrill of getting to Gimmelwald. The first photo shows Stechelberg from above, as we began our ascent and the views got steadily more spectacular, the higher we went. I'm not great with heights and I was amazed at how comfortable I felt. The fact that there were only about 6 passengers aboard helped and a painter on a ladder quite casually painting the ceiling, proved without doubt, how steady the whole journey is. So, no worries , just panoramic views and thrills all round. The second photo shows a gondola arriving in Gimmelwald.

    Looking down the valley at the cable car route Stechelberg viewed from the cable car Cable car/gondola
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    FANTASTIC VIEWS

    by Amitu Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    There are many lovely hikes .
    We did not see any of that since it had snowed heavily the previous night. Nevertheless, there was no a single soul on Gimmlewald that day and we had the entire village to ourselves.

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    Murren to Gimmelwald Hike

    by lamentforicarus Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    This quick-and-easy trail makes a gradual descent across flowering meadows and above a dramatic drop-off over Lauterbrunnen valley. This trail, while short, provides the hiker with extraordinary views of the valley below. Cowbells ring in the distance, and the sea of blue and purple and yellow flowers is blown by a steady wind. The path crosses over tiny Gimmelwald below, making for a perfect spot to photograph the town, then dips down to the main road.

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    Sefinen Lütschine

    by lamentforicarus Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Many of the valley's waterfalls feed into this magnificent river, which carries millions of gallons of ice-cold water down from the mountains above. Unlike the usual brown colored rivers seen throughout most of Europe, this water has an incredible blue tint. On the path from Murren to Stechelburg, stand on the bridge over the Sefinen Lütschine, and feel the cool breeze coming of the rushing water below.

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    An Afternoon Picnic

    by lamentforicarus Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Numerous benches dot the path from Murren to Gimmelwald, providing a bit of rest for tired hikers and stunning views for those who want to soak in the beauty of the Alps. The benches are placed at some of the best vantage points along the trail, just under the mighty Jungfrau mountains and overlooking tremendous stretches of Lauterbrunnen valley. Grab a loaf of bread, your favorite sandwich ingredients, and an apple or two and bask in the magnificence of the valley while taking a moment to relax on a bench.

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    Gimmelwald to Stechelburg Hike

    by lamentforicarus Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    This sixty minute hike can be a bit steep for some, but it crosses some of the most beautiful territory in the valley. From Gimmelwald, a winding path ducks in and out of a green forest, past flowery meadows and small mountain cabins. Moss-covered walls curb the path around steep bends and trickling streams. As the path becomes increasingly steep, the scenery grows even more dramatic. Gushing waterfalls cascade beneath small bridges, and the forest thickens. The remainder of the trail is steep and rocky, but provides excellent views over Stechelburg and Lauterbrunnen valley. It lets out at the foot of town, not far from a small bus station that shuttles weary hikers back to the town of Lauterbrunnen.

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    Just Sit and Soak It All In

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 10, 2004

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    The best, and almost the only, thing that you can do in Gimmelwald is to sit and admire one of the most spectacular views in the world. People do not rave about Switzerland’s beauty just for the heck of it. It truly is amazing. After arriving off of the funicular, all you have to do is walk about 200 feet and you will be rewarded with, what I think, is the best view in the Alps.

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    SLEEP IN THE STRAW

    by JudyinPA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    WHAT ELSE BUT A BARN THAT PROVIDES BLANKETS AND PILLOWS FOR SLEEPING IN THE STRAW. BREAKFAST AND SHOWER ROOM PROVIDED AND ONLY 21CHF. SEVERAL HIKERS WERE THERE WHEN WE STOPPED JUST TO TAKE A LOOK. ANIMALS NOT IN THE BARN UNTIL LATER WINTER.

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    ALL IN ONE, HOUSE AND BARN

    by JudyinPA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    MOST FARMHOUSES AND BARNS ARE IN ONE BUILDING. WINTERS MEAN MORE SNOW THAN MOST ARE USED TO AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE FOR CARING FOR THE ANIMALS THE BETTER. THE LIGHT COLORED WOOD SECTION IS THE NEWEST SECTION ADDED TO THE HOUSE. AS THE WOOD AGES IT BECOMES VERY DARK IN COLOR.

    MAYBE SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS?
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    TAKE A WALK THROUGH TOWN

    by JudyinPA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    I LIKE BEST FINDING A PLACE WHERE THE PEOPLE LIVE AS THEY DO ANYTIME WITH OR WITHOUT TOURISTS. THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY NATURAL AND EASY TO TALK TO. SOME SELL HOME MADE CANDY AND OTHERS SELL BREAD AND HONEY. IT WAS INTERESTING MEETING THE FARMERS OF GIMMELWALD.

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    ALWAYS THE CABLE-CAR RIDE

    by JudyinPA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    LEAVING GIMMELWALD FACING THE ROCK CLIFFS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE VALLEY. IT TAKES ABOUT 5 MINUTES TO GET TO MURREN.

    CAN'T HAVE A FEAR OF HEIGHTS
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