OFF THE BEATEN PATH – Gimmelwald, Switzerland.

OffTheGimmel09At this point in my travels I feel like it’s safe to say that Gimmelwald, Switzerland might be the greatest place I have ever stayed.

I definitely love London, England and Split, Croatia; but Gimmelwald, Switzerland is absolutely magical.
Gimmelwald is a tiny village located in the Bernese Alps.
It sits at an elevation of 4,472 ft(1363 meters) with a population just over 100 people.

Visually Stunning.

Brightly colored flowers decorate the window sills and front yards of all the 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, Switzerland.
Gimmelwald sits on the opposite side of the Lauterbrunnen valley 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(Lauterbrunnen) or in a resort town(Grindelwald), I choose to see them from a higher, quieter place.

Gimmelwald, Switzerland is breathtaking; 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 probably 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 to want to save all your energy for when you really want to hike because there’s a bunch of amazing trails all throughout this area.

Hiking Schilthorn.

The main hike I’ve done has been 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 grazing and crapping all over the place.
Staying near the lake is actually a really nice area to rest or have a lunch(don’t worry, you wont be surrounded by crap near the lake).
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 and sunny in Lauterbrunnen or the complete 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 very relaxing place mostly 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 to let the peace and quiet soak in.
This tiny village puts me at ease with its scenery and simplicity.
Although I feel that most of Switzerland is a treasure, Gimmelwald just 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.

Jeremiah Cooper

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