At this point in my travels I feel it’s safe to say Gimmelwald, Switzerland might be the greatest place I have ever stayed.
I definitely love London, England and Split, Croatia.
But Gimmelwald is absolutely magical for a tiny village in the Bernese Alps.
It sits at an elevation of 4,472 ft(1363 meters) with a population slightly over 100 people.
Brightly colored flowers decorate window sills and front yards of cute wooden houses.
There is also no traffic because the only way to the village is by cable car.
Another option is to take a small train from Lauterbrunnen to Murren.
As a result you’ll have to walk 30 minutes to get the rest of the way to Gimmelwald.
Gimmelwald sits opposite from the 3 most popular mountains in this area.
The Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.
While most people might choose to view the Alps from below in Lauterbrunnen.
Or even in the resort town of Grindelwald.
I choose to see them from a higher, quieter place.But due to its location it makes shopping a bit difficult.
The closest grocery store is in Murren.
However there are a few locals that sell Goat Cheese/Milk, Eggs, and Sausage right from their house.
Your hostel or B&B can point you in the direction of those houses.
If living off of cheese and eggs doesn’t sound ideal you might want to stock up on food in Murren.
So you’re not doing too much unnecessary hiking.
You’ll want to save that energy for when you actually want to hike.
Because there’s a bunch of amazing trails all throughout this area.
The main hike I’ve done was up the Schilthorn to the Piz Gloria restaurant and lookout point.
It’s located at the top of the Schilthorn at 9,754 ft(2973 meters).
The hike up can take anywhere from 4-5 hours depending on what path is taken.
Also factor in all the great photo opportunities and how long you’ll try to chase after sheep.
Upon arriving at Grauseeli(a small lake below the Birg cable car stop) you might be welcomed by sheep.
They’re grazing and crapping all over the place.
Piz Gloria should also be visible from this spot if it’s a clear day.In this area of the Bernese Oberland the clouds and weather are quite dramatic.
It could be raining in Gimmelwald while it’s sunny in Lauterbrunnen, or the opposite.
One could start their hike in the sun and end up at the top of the Schilthorn covered in clouds.
For that reason the Schilthorn website has a Live Camera.
It shows a live feed of the weather at the top.
So people don’t hike for hours just to have thick clouds covering everything.Gimmelwald, Switzerland is a place catered to hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter.
After 10 days of heart racing activities in Interlaken I used this place as a vacation from backpacking.
A good place to let the peace and quiet soak in.
This tiny village puts me at ease with its scenery and simplicity.
Although I feel like most of Switzerland is a treasure, Gimmelwald feels like an extra special gem to me.
Have you ever been to Gimmelwald, Switzerland?
Let me know about your experience in the comments below.