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Gimmelwald

A September 2004 trip to Gimmelwald by megamay

Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald Photo, Gimmelwald, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Gimmelwald - a sojourn in a glorious alpine village

Gimmelwald

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Overview

Wood stacked against a house for the winter Photo, Gimmelwald, Switzerland
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Gimmelwald, a tiny little town high in the Swiss Alps, was one of my favorite stops on our tour of Europe. It is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous snow-capped mountains. The water in the numerous streams and waterfalls is freshly melted and a beautiful ice-blue color. The grass even seems greener. Nature truly is at its finest here; everywhere that you look seems like a ready-made postcard. To an outdoor lover it is heaven, but even if you are not into hiking, it is beautiful. The houses are all dark wood chalet-style houses, and brown cows graze in the fields. It seems like a scene out of Heidi.Because it is so out of the way, you need to spend a few days there to make it worth your whi...Read More

Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald

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Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald Photo, Gimmelwald, Switzerland
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This hostel was wonderful! The three best things about it are that it was clean, both staff and guests were extremely friendly, and it was fairly inexpensive. Switzerland it pretty expensive in general, but compared to other Swiss accommodations, this hostel was very reasonably priced at 23sf per night. It had a sort of summer camp feel about it. Everyone cooked together in the well-equipped communal kitchen, ate together in the communal dining room, and hung out in the evening on the porches or in the dining room talking about their hikes and what they planned to do tomorrow.We stayed in the "lovers" room. There was one room for boys, one for girls, and another for couples. The couples r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 4, 2006

Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald
Overlooking Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Gimmelwald, Switzerland
+41 (33) 855 17 04

Hiking

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Hiking Photo, Gimmelwald, Switzerland
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Hiking is the most popular activity in Gimmelwald. There are tons of trails, and everyone has an opinion on which ones are the best. We got some great advice on which ones to take from the people at the hostel. However, every trail affords wonderful views and is well marked. The trail markers tell you how much time it should take you to get to the next point. However, beware that experienced Swiss hikers apparently timed the distances, because we almost never got there as fast as the signs suggest. Still, it gives you a good idea of how long/difficult the next leg of your journey will be.The first hike we took, along the northface trail, was easy. It was circular from Murren and included g...Read More

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Hiking
Throughout Gimmelwald
Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant

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Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant  Photo, Murren, Switzerland
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Schilthorn is the mountain that towers over Gimmelwald and the rest of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The trip up to the top is pricey; we paid about $45 per person for the round-trip cable car journey from Gimmelwald and a continental breakfast in the revolving restaurant. However, it is well worth the expense for a morning of glorious views and a satisfying breakfast. Leaving the town of Murren, you ride on the longest aerial cableway in the Alps as it journeys to the top of the 9,842-foot (3,000m) Schilthorn Mountain.The restaurant at the top was featured in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." It takes about an hour to complete a circle and affords views of about 200 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant
Schilthorn
Mürren, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
+41 (33) 82 60 007

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megamay

megamay
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania