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January 5, 2006
From journal Gimmelwald
June 18, 2003
Gimmelwald is a small farming hamlet of 130 inhabitants, is an ideal starting point for wonderful walks and hikes in a wild, beautiful area. Hiking in Switzerland is among the best in the world. The Swiss know how to build and maintain trails and they have some of the most beautiful mountains and vistas known to man. For many people the views from the top of Schilthorn is the best natural scenery they will see in their lifetime.
If you think you can't handle the climb (close to five hours, counting lunch, breaks and photo stops on the way), I highly recommend you take a gondola, (even though it's somewhat expensive, but Swiss Pass offers a discount), and then perhaps descent on your own and save money on that. The cable railway follows the trail of James Bond to the Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn (the region became particularly well-known thanks to the film "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service"). The rotating restaurant on top of Schilthorn is pretty expensive but you would expect it. They claim that from Piz Gloria you not only can observe Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, but 200 further peaks, 43 glaciers, and a view that reaches all the way into Germany and France (on a clear day, of course). A complete spin takes one hour; the revolving restaurant was the first worldwide to be built at an altitude of 3000 m at the sea level in 1969. Do not miss the Touristorama underneath the restaurant with it's beautiful slide show covering all seasons and activities of the area, and scenes from the James Bond movie.
From Gimmelwald (1363m) take the Stechelberg cable car down to the valley floor (covered with the Swiss Pass). Stechelberg (910m) - a peaceful holiday resort at the far end of the valley. It has only 273 inhabitants. The hamlet has a small tourist office open during high season. The resort is famous for being the starting point for the cable-car ride up to Gimmelwald and Mürren, and on to the Schilthorn; the station complex is 1km before the hamlet. From Stechelberg you can walk down to Lauterbrunnen or take a post bus . The buses run every hour making stops at Stechelberg Hotel at 35’, Stechelberg Shilthornban (cable car station) at 42’, Trümmelbach Falls at 49’ and arrives to Lauterbrunnen at 55’.
From journal The most beautiful mountain valley in Europe