The beautiful car-free mountain village and resort town of Gimmelwald is accessible only by cable-car or foot, and as you might imagine, this fact adds much to the already astonishing ambiance.
A number of cozy and affordable establishments offer lodgings and libations to travelers. Of these, the Mountain Hostel (just steps from the gondola station) has cheap beds, good beer, commanding views of the valley, and a relatively lively social scene (for a mountain village).
Once you have explored the village to your satisfaction, one of the most popular activities in the area is hiking. The route from Gimmelwald to the famous Schilthorn (the villain Blofeld’s hideout in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) is a must. It offers a stimulating 5-hour trek and an inexpensive gondola ride back (you can approach this in reverse if you want to save yourself the climb).
Other popular trails include an easy walk (great for kids!) to Allmendhubel, where you’ll be serenaded Alphorns at a lovely little restaurant located along the route, and the much more challenging trek to Oberhornsee. The latter features a notably steep incline in the first section of the trail, but the views and pleasant meadows are worth the extra effort.
If you fall in love with the area, consider extending your trip with a visit to nearby Wengen, Grindelwald, or Interlaken, all of which are easily accessible via gondola, train, and bus. Both the Jungfraujoch (the so-called “Top of Europe”) and beautiful Trummelbach Falls are also within striking distance.
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