Beautiful views of the alps, mountain trails, picturesque setting...
MOST TOURISTS GO ON TO MURREN
A FAVORITE PLACE OF MINE
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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,...more
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...more
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.more
The view that you get gratis at the Pension Gimmelwald terrace is almost worth the oprice of the good meal that goes along with it. The dinner is run by a family that owns the lodge that the restaurant is in. We stopped here as the mid-way point on our hike and were as hungry as could be. I can say that my stomache hurt when I left. Not from the food being bad, but from the amount I ate. I had some cheese covered sausage dish with fries. I think my cholesterol went up a hundred points in an hour. And then, we had to hike up hill to Murren. It was a long hike. The food is great, the service better, and the view the best thing about this restaurant. It is a must.
Step 1 is to get to Lauterbrunnen. From Lauterbrunnen, you can either walk or take the Post Bus to the Stechelberg gondola station. Take the gondola 1 stop to Gimmelwald. The Post bus costs CHF 4, while a 1-way trip from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald costs CHF 5.60. The entire journey is covered by Swisspass.more
Getting to Gimmelwald from Interlaken requires many steps and hops. This is the journey as I did it : 1.Train from Interlaken West to Interlaken Ost 2. Train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen3. Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg4. Cable car from Stechelberg to GimmelwaldSounds complicated ? Certainly does and as I was on a fairly tight...more
Get to Interlaken however you choose, then get on the train to Lauterbrunnen at the FRONT END of the train! The train splits half way and only the front end goes to Lauterbrunnen! In Lauterbrunnen, exit the station, cross the tracks and walk about 75yds to the bus stop (next to the station). Take the yellow PTT bus to the Schilthornbahn gondola in...more
Starting at the village of Gimmelwald, height of 1360m, you hike up the beautiful Valley to Firten at 1420m
then up to the Rotstockhutte at 2040m, which is a good place to lunch and take in the views of The Schilthorn which towers majestically above you.
Return via the ridge over to Schiltalp and back to Gimmelwald
-a superb days Hike !!
All my early images of Switzerland came from the wonderful words and images in Johanna Spry's Heidi. As a child I read that book over and over and The Grandfather and Peter the Goatherd were as real to me as my own family. The descriptions of meadows swimming in Alpine flowers, I particularly loved and when I got the chance to visit, finding such a...more
Despite the snow capped peaks and icy rivers and waterfalls, my most abiding impression of Switzerland was one of cosiness. Once the train left Basel, the countryside was dotted with wooden chalet-type houses, most of them decorated with scarlet geraniums in pots and baskets. On my stroll through Gimmelwald I got lots of chances to examine these...more
Another iconic image of Switzerland is the log shed close to the house and carefully stacked piles of logs to warm fingers and toes throughout the long winter snows. In Gimmelwald every house had it's log pile. Some stacked under overhanging balconies, most in openended barn-like shelters close to the house. These were just gorgeous and I hope you...more