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[[Image:IMG 2260.jpg|thumb|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.
[[Image:IMG 2260.jpg|thumb|The view of the Eiger and Jungfrau from Gimmelwald.]]==Understand==
==Get in==
* Gimmelwald is a quaint pedestrian village. It offers beautiful views for those willing to take the train, PostBus, and gondola. The village itself can be explored in 30 minutes, but the real allure is in the peaceful setting and quiet laid back attitude.
*'''Hike!''' There are tons of hiking trails leaving from Gimmelwald. Pass by Esther's Guesthouse for a guide to these trails. The views are breathtaking.
**'''Gimmelwald to Schiltorn''': The main hike everyone must do at least part of the way (and catch a gondola for the rest if tired) is the one to the Schilthorn, aka Blofeld's hideout in the James Bond movie ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service''. This trail is absolutely spectacular. Rick Steves' guide recommends that you hike down from the Schilthorn, but walking up, while more strenuous on the body and heart, is much easier on the legs and balance. It is an intensive trail for non-hikers (but very do-able). It will take at least 5 hours for most people to get to the top of the Schilthorn from Gimmelwald, so pack a lunch and leave early. After passing Schiltalp (the last tiny town you will see on the hike) and crossing a stream of water, the trail will suddenly get steeper. Be careful of the sudden drops and take the hike slower as you get to higher altitudes if you are not used to slightly lower oxygen levels than normal (the summit is over 2900m). Hiking poles are helpful on the way up, and almost necessary on the way down. Bring warm clothes because up high there is snow nearly year round, and the weather can change very quickly while you are underway. The gondola ride down is 48,80 CHF, with a 25% reduction for Eurail passholders. **Another particularly incredible trail, and a personal favorite, is the '''Gimmelwald to Oberhornsee''': 7-hour round trip hike from Gimmelwald to Oberhornsee. The first 40 minutes or so is up one of the steepest inclines in the area, but it soon gives way to the most amazing series of flower-filled Alpine meadows, cow pastures, and waterfalls you'll ever see. Great, if you can brave the initial brutalnessbrutality. **'''Gimmelwald to Allmendhubel''': Those seeking a more relaxing walk for the whole family can take a stroll to Allmendhubel (where you can hear Alphorns being played every weekend) and/or Winteregg (a random restaurant at the end of the walk). Along the way you'll enjoy a near-constant view of the valley below without the huffing and puffing a rugged mountain trail involves.
*'''Mountain Hostel''' [], Gimmewald. Tel: +41 33 855 17 04, fax: +41 33 855 17 04, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]]. A delightfully rustic hostel just a few meters from the gondola station. Has a great staff and a positively awe-inspiring view of the valley below, all for relatively cheap.
*'''Esther's Guesthouse''' [], Gimmelwald. Tel: +41 33 855 54 88, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]]. Sleep in standard guest rooms or in a barn for cheap, either with a nice breakfast, with homemade cheese, the following day. For the 'sleep Sleep on straw' accommodations, blankets are providedno longer available at Esther's. Not much of a social scene, so just head over to the hostel for a beer.*'''Walter Mittler's Hotel Mittaghorn''' [], Gimmelwald. Tel: +41 33 855 16 58. Guest rooms or the less expensive hostel-like loftsingle/double/triple. Breakfast included on all. Optional, inexpensive dinner meal available for guests only. Call ahead to reserve room, reconfirm the day before your arrival. *'''Olle & Maria's Bed and Breakfast''' [], Nidrimatten, Gimmewald. Tel: +41 33 855 35 75, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]].
==Get out==
* Trummelbach Falls is one of the many waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. What makes this one unique is that it is partially inside the canyon wall and that it can be accessed by elevator. The area above the elevator, all accessible by steps or paths, is the most interesting. The waterfall's source is snowmelt from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks at the south end of the valley. The water flow can reach 5,200 gallons/20,000 liters per second. The Lauterbrunnen/Stechelberg PostBus stops here and there is a free car parking area.
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