Gimmelwald

View of the mountains opposite Gimmelwald.

Gimmelwald is a small mountain village in Bernese Highlands region of Switzerland. Its location is on the western ledge of Weisse Lutschine valley just above Stechelberg and south of Murren. It's a car-free resort, accessible only by cable car or foot.

Get in

By Train/Gondola/Foot

  1. Catch the Lauterbrunnen-bound train from the Interlaken Ost Station, and get off at Lauterbrunnen. Make sure you board the correct car, the back few cars go to Grindelwald. Eurail/Inter-rail passes are only valid for a discount on this line, so be sure you have an actual ticket before boarding the train. You can buy a ticket valid all the way to Gimmelwald, with the PostBus and gondola fare for the second leg of the journey included.
  2. At Lauterbrunnen, cross the street and board the yellow PostBus heading for the Stechelberg gondola station, and get off there (alternatively, it is possible to drive and park in Stechelberg).
  3. Ride the gondola up one station to Gimmelwald. Alternatively, you can take a 1.5 hour hike up to Gimmelwald from Stechelberg and save money on the gondola fare.
Alternate Route via Mürren:

This route gives you a chance to stop at Murren's grocery store first, as Gimmelwald doesn't have one.

  1. Catch the Lauterbrunnen-bound train from Interlaken Ost. Same as step #1 above.
  2. Ride the Lauterbrunnen-Grütschalp cable car(entrance across from the Lauterbrunnen train station) to Grütschalp.
  3. Catch the Grütschalp-Mürren train from the same station. Make sure to sit on the left side for the best view. Get off at Mürren.
  4. Buy groceries, if needed.
  5. Either walk 30 minutes to Gimmelwald on the road downhill, or ride the gondola down the mountain one stop.

Get around

The village itself is small but friendly. Your legs are all you'll need. If you get caught unprepared in bad weather on the 30ish minute hike up to the neighboring village of Murren, you can usually catch a ride with a farmer passing in his truck. They're more than happy to help.

See

Mountains!!! The huge, sheer cliff face across the valley from Gimmelwald is known as the Schwarzmönch (Black Monk).

Do

Buy

Fresh dairy and other farm products from the locals.

The nearest chain grocery store, sports, and souvenir shops are in Murren.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

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