A September 2004 trip
to Gimmelwald by megamay
Quote: Gimmelwald - a sojourn in a glorious alpine village
There are only a couple places to stay in Gimmelwald: a B&B, a hostel, and one other guesthouse. We stayed at the hostel, which is right next to the cable car station. The only restaurant in town is at the B&B, which is right next door to the hostel. We ate fondue there one night. It was delicious and reasonably priced. Most nights we cooked our own meals at the hostel using food we purchased at the store in Murren. Murren is a half-hour walk up the hill from Gimmelwald. (Or, if you have the money, you can take the cable car.) There is a grocery store, a couple gift shops, a few hotels, and some restaurants in Murren. The good news is that while the only grocery store is in Murren, it is all downhill to Gimmelwald when you are carrying your groceries. There are a few things that you can get in Gimmelwald. One woman sells fresh cheese and yogurt and another sells eggs and homemade sausage. We tried the cheese and yogurt; it was inexpensive and delicious!The most common thing to do when staying in Gimmelwald is to go hiking. There are tons of trails in the area, some very easy and some not so easy. We took a couple easy ones and one really tough one that was recommended to us. It was very difficult, but we got some great views of the entire valley. All of the hikes provide glorious views, though, and are clearly marked.
For a wonderful, relaxing, if a little expensive, morning, we took the cable car up to Murren and then on to the top of the Schilthorn, the mountain that towers over Gimmelwald. For about a person, we chose the early bird special, which included the ride up and a small breakfast in the revolving restaurant.
Hotel | "Mountain Hostel"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 4, 2006
Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald
+41 (33) 855 17 04
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006
Attraction | "Piz Gloria"
Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant
Mürren, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
+41 (33) 82 60 007