Gimmelwald is a small, car-free, stuck-in-time farming village of about 40 or so families. It clings to the mountain slopes midway up and is in an avalanche zone, which limits any further development.
A popular saying declares, "If heaven ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald." It is quiet and peaceful, with crisp mountain air and spectacular views of the Lauterbrennen Valley below, as well as the mountain peaks above.
From the village of Lauterbrunnen, take the funicular to Grutschtalp and then the train to Murren (a most scenic ride -- make sure you sit on the left side). Walk to the other end of Murren for the cable car to Gimmelwald, which is on the way to Schilthorn (of James Bond and Piz Gloria fame).