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I spent 10 days in Gimmelwald and the surrounding area in February of this year. I had not been in Gimmelwald for 16 years so it was nice to visit the village again. The Weather was great for Winter sports with about one and a half meters of snow.
I spent time walking and camping in the mountains. I really enjoy winter camping because one really feels at one with the nature when one camps outside in the Winter.
I enjoyed seeing the scenery in winter because the last time I was in Gimmelwald it was mid-summer and very warm and on this occasion it was on average minus 10 degrees centigrade.
I was saddened to hear that Frau Lena who ran the Mountain Hostel in the 1990s had passed away because for me Frau Lena was a part of the Gimmelwald scene during the summer I spent there 16 years ago.
The only disappointment was to discover that the Pensione Gimmelwald had been taken over from late last year by a rather strange disorganized English man who has a tendency to react aggressively when confronted about his unacceptable behaviour.
I must admit apart from that minor blotch I enjoyed seeing dear old Gimmelwald again and do hope that one day I find time to return to this beautiful unspoilt region of Switzerland.
Regards, Brian Booth
Brian Booth <firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom - Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 2:57:41 (EDT)
I am going to stay in Gimmelwald with the Pension Gimmelwald.
After looking at your site and upon further research, I have decided to go to Jungfraujoch from Gimmelwald. I understand that I can take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch. But it seems like you did so via a helicopter. May I know where to find additional information on getting to Jungfraujoch by using the helicopter?
Judy Wong <email@example.com
Alameda, CA USA - Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 01:59:23 (EDT)
I did it by train too. I just took a photo of a helicopter at Jungraujoch, but that was not a "tourist" helicopter.
Gimmelwald is the place we finish our final days of travel. This last summer after 6 weeks in W. Africa on a mission trip. A week in Gimmelwald, I have never been to Heaven, but I've been to Gimmelwald and will return as often as possible until I go to heaven.
Fred Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org
Tacoma, WA USA - Monday, May 4, 2009 at 14:34:42 (EDT)
Thought you might like to know that the Pension/restaurant Gimmelwald is open again and has undergone some reform. We offer beds for 50 CHF with beakfast. Great for hikers who want their own room.
Keeping the place traditional and the food too, meat and cheese from the village. We will be re-opening the village shop for the first time in ten years this summer.
David Waterhouse <email@example.com
Gimmelwald, Switzerland - Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 18:21:46 (EDT)
I was in Gimmerwald several years ago, every time I look at the photo of myself with the mountains behind me and the clouds rising from the valley, it calms my mind and reminds me that the whole world is not traveling at the speed of sound. I stayed at Walter's Hotel and loved it, all the way on top in the attic dorm. It's a bother to get to, but once there you will never forget wonderful, beautiful Gimmerwald.
Betty Marszalek <firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Park, IL USA - Friday, February 20, 2009 at 15:52:05 (EDT)
I stayed at the hostel for a couple of days in July 1977 when I was doing my after-school-before-miltary-service-summer-trip-by-train. I was 19, turning 20, and had a wonderful time during that trip. Ending up in Gimmelwald was a coincidence, but many people I had meet in Greece and on the Cote d'azur also ended up there, probably by mouth-to-mouth rumours about the beauty of Gimmelwald.
The visit got me really hooked on Mountain life so I later spend a couple of years skiing in Austria as a tour-rep. But first love is always first love, so I long to go back even if Austria/Vorarlberg normally is my preferable neckofthewoods. See you in Gimmelwald.
Arne Sjöblom <email@example.com
Sala, Sweden - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 13:32:51 (EDT)
Looking over the photos in your website does bring back wonderful memories of my visit to gimmelwald. Me and my wife had the opportunity to spent a week at the Walter's hotel back in 2006 and we've been wanting to revisit ever since we left. Even after 2.5 years I feel like this beautiful little village is waiting for my return. The hikes that we did were out of this world. It felt like I was in a dream the whole time we were there and the only way I can comes into terms that indeed I was there is to look at the pictures we took. Your website is a great way for me to get my dosage gimmelwald as I can assume it does the same for anybody that's ever laid a foot in this part of the world. I wish everybody safe travels and enjoyment. Sincerely, Oscar
p.s. If anyone needs ideas of what to do while in gimmelwald please feel free to e-mail me even though this website pretty much covers it all.
Abingdon, MD USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 15:38:08 (EDT)
I spent a week in Gimmelwald 19 years ago and made a lot of friends from all around the world. Since then Gimmelwald have a special place in my heart. I long to go there again with all my 3 children and hopefully I will do that one day.
If someone remebers me from these days 19 years ago, people from England, USA, Ireland, Israel, Holland, please contact me. It would be weary nice.
Rita Ohlin <firstname.lastname@example.org
Storuman, Lappland Sweden - Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 10:22:44 (EDT)
On a Rick Steve's video, I saw that there was a barn, (yes,
a BARN), where visitors could stay. I haven't been able to find
anything about it online, though. Does anyone have any info on this? (If
the barn is still open, cost, reservations, etc.)
Maryland, USA - Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 07:52:36 (EDT)
Caitlin, I believe the barn is no longer open for tourists to sleep in. To confirm, send an e-mail to Esther who owns it. Here is the link to her website: www.esthersguesthouse.ch
I stumbled on your website after doing some research on Grindelwald for an upcoming trip there. I backpacked through Europe with a buddy of mine in the fall of 1991. We spent some time in Switzerland and unfortunately only 1 night in Gimmelwald (the names are so familiar I always thought I was in Grindelwald!). The stay at the Mountain Hostel in November of 1991 was magical. We had met a group of fellow travelers in Interlaken and we hitch-hiked into Lauterbrunnen Valley. We visited the in-the-mountain falls you mentioned. I had forgotten the name. They were closed for the season, but that didn't stop the 10 of us from climbing the gate and exploring the falls with flashlights. That night we all took the cable-car to Gimmelwald and stayed at the hostel. It was a great communal experience and one that I will never forget. We awoke the next day to fresh snow. We all parted ways that day, but I have the pictures of the hostel and the hikes to remind me of it. There were Canadians, Australians, Americans(myself and friend) and even a guy from South Africa. Now after 17 years, I am finally making it back to the area. This time with my wife. Maybe we will cancel the hotel reservation for Grindelwald and stay at the Mountain Hostel instead...
Freising, Germany - Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 10:41:25 (EDT)
On a whim and quick search, ended up in Gimmewald March
17th. It was heavily overcast in Switzerland. Even from Lauterbrennan you
could only see a hundred feet up. No mountains to be seen. I arrived
in Gimmewald in a fog. I could not see farther than 100 feet, had no
idea of the scenery. Even so, I walked to Murren that evening. I was
ready to leave the next day for lack of ??? BUT I awoke at 3 AM and
looked out my window and shazaam! the mountains were slapped against my
face under a full moon. I think that was more of an awesome experience
because of the surprise. Oh yeah..I will be back.
Minneapolis, MN, USA - Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 01:01:04 (EDT)
My friends and I are looking to take a backpacking trip in
europe by train in the summer of 2009, probably late june. We want to
take trains with a EurRail pass as much as possible, how do we get to
Gimmelwald? We are very excited about going. So excited, that is, that
There are only three european cities we won't miss: Paris, Rome and
I have a friend that would like to do some fly fishing or other
fishing--Is there anyway we can hire a guide or go alone? Like I said, we are
very enthusiastic about visiting your town. It looks beautiful.
(also--is there a catholic church near gimmelwald?)
Dallas, TX, USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 15:41:45 (EDT)
Preston, check out the "Getting There" section for details. From either Rome or Paris, Gimmelwald is an overnight train away. No catholic church in Gimmelwald or Murren (there is an anglican church in Murren). Not sure about churches in other villages.
Your website brought back memories of our trip to Gimmelwald
several years ago. We followed a Rick Steves book and ended up there
for an excellent visit. The pictures you have are just oustanding! We
spent a pleasant day just strolling the trails, talking to the
animals, enjoying the fresh fallen snow, the wonderful views etc... Some day
we hope to return before we are too old to hike around.
Greg Peterson <email@example.com
Suamico, WI, USA - Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 09:04:34 (EDT)
Happy Holidays all you travellers!!! G-town Rocks!!!
Jeff Wall <firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria, BC, Canada - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 15:19:48 (EDT)
Russian man lives on!!!!!!! Good to see you're still
kicking Russian man.
Jason Chenier <email@example.com
Sault Ste Marie, Onrario, Canada - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 22:04:07 (EDT)
MAGIC MEMORIES REKINDLED! In 1974 the MONTANA girls (4 of us) visited Gimmelwald and ended up staying for some time. We were welcomed by Lena the Lace maker (lovely lady), hiked, shared cooking, our berry pies were a hit,and did some of the best bum boarding down Glacier fields known to man! I was delighted to find the Hostel upgraded and just returned from a brief visit with my family. Absolutely excellent! So if any of my auld' Montana companions ask...tell them I again left a bit of my heart in the place we will love forever.
Margaret Simmons-Little <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dumfries, Scotland - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 12:36:32 (EDT)
My daughter and I spent two wonder-filled days in Gimmelwald just last week. It was more fantastic than I ever could have imagined. The people at the hostel were incredible and Esther was an angel in the flesh. I so wish I had been able to stay longer. I'll never forget the sound of the waterfalls and the tinkle of the cow bells...There can be no atheists in such glorious beauty.
Judy Akre <email@example.com>
Des Moines, IA USA - Tuesday, August 22, 2007 at 17:38:32 (EDT)
I love all your pics of Gimmelwald-it has to be own of the most beautiful places in Europe and maybe the world. I was there in Summer of 2002, my boyfriend and I hiked in one day from Murren, the little cafe was closed that day but there was a sign in the window that read--no kidding now-HORSE SHIT BALLS for sale--has anyone else seen that and if so--what are HORSE SHIT BALLS!!!????
Amanda Lieber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 04:25:22 (EDT)
Pension Gimmelwald restaurant (no longer in business) used to sell horse shit balls. I've never tasted them in all the years I've been coming to Gimmelwald, so can't speak from experience.
I'm so glad I found your site - it's good to know that other people share my passion for Gimmelwald. I was lucky enough to go there last summer after hearing about a friend's trip there. I love it dearly and can't wait to go back. Oh, Gimmelwald . . . :-)
Tom Wagener <email@example.com>
Kent, OH USA - Friday, June 22, 2007 at 23:06:31 (EDT)
How have you been? Your sooo lucky to go back to Gimmelwald! We are moving in 2 weeks, but not much closer to our favorite place in the world...
Have a great time!
Annette Niess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Haubourdin, France - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 08:32:19 (EDT)
Haven't been to Gimmelwald since 2002 and am going back next week ! Can't wait to get there ! Has to be just one of the most beautiful places on the planet !
Laurie Paris <email@example.com>
Middleton, Ma USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 21:54:12 (EDT)
My husband and I are taking our 3 teenagers to switzerland May 31 and are planning on hiking. Are there places where you can store your luggage and just take your backpacks? Any suggestions...this is our first backpacking/hiking experience. Thanks
powder springs, ga USA - Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 09:22:36 (EDT)
We are an American couple who will be in Switzerland the very last weekend in April - do you think the weather would permit a trip to Gimmelwald at that time, or would it be too snowy/cold for the average passers-thru?
THanks for the advice and great site!
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 23:58:13 (EDT)
The weather is always unpredictable in spring. Depends on your luck. It can snow in May, but it can also be sunny and beautiful.
I've never even been to Gimmelwald but I feel like I have. I say this because for the past 5 years I've been researching and learning about it. I've watched Rick Steve's episode over and over, have found so many pictures online, and somehow even caught, on TV, a bike race that passed right through Lauterbrunnen. My personal experience started in June 2001 when myself and 5 friends spent 6 weeks in Europe. We accidentally heard about a place called Interlaken before we left so we figured we'd go there. Once at Balmer's we saw people riding scooters, so we rented our own. We rode from Interlaken to Trummelbach falls , per our scooter guide's recommendation. We then turned around and went to Grindelwald to eat lunch under the Eiger. I didn't even know Gimmelwald existed. I learned about it, somehow, a year later. So, since 2002 I've been dreaming of finally visiting the place that I was so very close to. Oh, it kills me that we didn't go there! In fact we didn't get off the valley floor at all except for a paragliding flight from Waldegg on the north side of Interlaken. I could see the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, but they were 13 miles away!! So, I will be back to Europe, and I will head straight for the Mountain Hostel. I'll just plan on staying for a month, or leave to hike across the alps and stay at the various huts along the way. I can't wait!
Jason Hildebrand <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 21:45:00 (EDT)
Alex, Thanks for your terrific site...it has taken me down memory lane! I was reading my 1973 travel diary this morning when I came across a very long entry on Gimmelwald..."the nicest, friendliest youth hostel I've stayed in." I hit the net just in case there was a Gimmelwald site and I found yours!
Staying at Gimmelwald was a turning point in my young life. I met amazing people whom I still think of with great fondness...(Hi Andy and Howie from NY, Debbie from Mass., Celia from Melbourne and Dave from England)....and the hostel itself was communal everything! This is where I learnt about chocolate fondue, Meher Baba, and more importantly the value of friendship. I absolutely loved it there and stayed not for a few days as planned but for a few weeks. I simply couldn't leave! Thanks for your site.
Viky Matovic <email@example.com>
Melbourne, Australia - Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 04:54:32 (EDT)
WHAT a thrill to visit Gimmelwald again through your site. I spent some time there in 1975 -- before the hostel was rennovated.
My traveling companion and I took a "BOB" train from Interlaken then another train to Müren, where we donned all of our clothing layers as we experienced late August snow.
I just pulled out my journal after finding your site. What an experience we had. Among my entries:
"Today Mike, Miriam and I went out to hike. We took a lunch & bottle of wine. After lunch, we got into picking wild blueberries and gathered enough for an enormous pie. What a night! we worked "ensemble" on the crust, fashioning a woven top. Finding the oven here didn't work, we carried the pie over to the warden's home. She wasn't there but her 85-year-old mother had us bring it into her kitchen to bake, instructing us to check back in a half hour. it wasn't quite done when we returned so she invited us into her studio living room in the 200-year-old home. She was really interesting. She makes lace -- a typical swiss craft. Using about 8 spools, she works the lace pinned to a board. She also shared her photo album with us.
She has lived in this region all of her life. As a young school girl, she walked down to Lauterbruen once a week with other girls her age (of which only one has passed away -- all are 85). The woman was very sweet.
When we finally went to check on the pie, her kitchen was thick with smoke! We ran for the doors & windows and began fanning the air while she calmly moved to the oven to tend to the pie. It turned out beautifully but her oven was a mess from the pie overrunning. We felt horrible and I know she was unhappy, but she just shooed us out and insisted on cleaning up the mess herself."
Also from my journal:
"Miriam and I got up at 9:30 to our bread, butter and jam breakfast. Afterwards we go milk and bar chocolate from the store and enjoyed it sitting by the window gazing at the cloud shrouded alps. The chocolate gave us initiative for a walk which turned out to be a bit more extensive than we had planned. We walked maybe a total of 4 to 5 hours (rain most of the way). We passed a couple of men hiking down (they had ruck sacks, boots & walking sticks). They warned us of snow further up the trail. But we continued to climb until we spotted two men tending a large herd of cows on an opposite hillside. While we paused to listen to the sweet sound of the cow bells, the men began waving to us and yodeling! We waved back an began to continue up the trail. Then they started waving more frantically and gesturing us down the hill. We finally got the message, and turned back down the trail towards Gimmelwald. It was a remarkably beautiful hike. We passed several snow packs which the stream ran through. The hillsides and alpine meadows were grassy and spotted with wildflowers."
Both Miriam and I were from University of Oregon and remarkably, two of the guys at the hostel -- Mike Hamm and Bob Welsh were also Ducks. Wow! In the middle of the Alps.
I wanna go back!!!
cindy shields <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ashland, MA USA - Sunday, March 04, 2007 at 12:00:45 (EST)
My friend and I will be in Schweiss in sept. We have 1-1/2 days to visit Alps. Given our brief time, should we book our room in Gimmelwald or stay in Murren and just hike over to visit Gimmelwald? Don't know if 1-1/2 days gives us enough time to do much real hiking.... Thanks.
minneapolis, mn USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 10:33:06 (EST)
Essentually doesn't matter where to stay. You can just hike from Gimmelwald to Murrent and around, and take a cable car ride up to Schilthorn. Gimmelwald doesn't even have restaurant anymore. So, perhaps Murren, with many more accomodation options and restaurant options is a better choice. It's not really too touristy.
I spent 3 weeks in Europe after college graduation, and of the more than 15 places I visited, my 2 days at the Mountain Hostel were the best days! (Besides the day I met my future wife in London) The people are awesome, the views amazing, the hikes incredible, and nothing beats the clean crisp air! If you are considering a trip, go without a doubt! I hope to return soon with my wife and show her where I inscribed our names at the end of the "Bond hike". Great site!
Pasadena, CA USA - Monday, February 05, 2007 at 04:07:06 (EST)
Moscow, Rusland - Friday, February 02, 2007 at 14:10:12 (EST)
Hi Alex- Thanks for the great website. I decided to take my family (husband and two kids- 10 and 13) to Gimmelwald after reading Rick Steve's book, and I was so glad to find your website- great photos and tons of info! I'm wondering about Sleeping in the Straw- how appropriate for a family, and how crowded might it be the last week of June? Would we be better off somewhere else? We're on a limited budget. thanks so much.
Beth Werker <email@example.com>
South Berwick, Me USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 22:02:49 (EST)
Personally, I'm not a big fan of Sleeping in the Straw. It is a barn and it smells like a barn even if the cows are not there. It sounds "cool," but I'd rather ask Petra at the hostel if she can get you a "family room" for 4 people.
Hotel Mittaghorn ("Walter's") is a great place to stay. Rustic but homey, good food at a reasonable cost, a tiny (12 people?) bar, great breakfasts every morning and a fascinating gregarious host. We spent a week there this July and will be back! Love your web site, love the village.
T Bannerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lumsden, SK Canada - Friday, December 01, 2006 at 21:28:20 (EST)
I find your website useful. I was in the area last September. I hiked from Murren to Gimmelwald. Since I had based myself in Grindelwald I had to make sure that I would not miss the last cable car from Gimmerwald, and the last train from Lauterbrunnen back to Grindelwald. The next time I will stay in Gimmelwald & do a few of a full day hike from Gimmelwald. Thank you for the info. Latiff. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Latiff Shamsudin <email@example.com>
Malaysia - Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 03:48:25 (EST)
My favorite memory of Gimmelwald was the woman beckoning us just outside the village to try her savory homemade sausages, yogurts and cheese. We went into her cellar and were amazed at the freshly churned dairy products and seasoned sausages hanging from the rafters. The cowbells in the distance were the dinner bells for us in an anticipated authentic picnic. We were not dissappointed and we let our make-shift store owner know it was OMG DELICIOUS!! Also, there's a small opening coming up from the RR tracks that is a pasture balcony (just a ledge really and it drops off a thousand feet or seems like it), this is the most spectacular panorama to have a picnic. also, we witnessed an avalanche (it was in late Spring) and I caught it on tape!!!
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 23:00:15 (EDT)
I love Gimmelwald! Spent 6 nights here in late September. Out of my 3 month journey in Europe, I must say that this was the best place. Dont forget to hike up to the waterfall, it is spectacular.
Chris Cooledge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, October 09, 2006 at 10:31:04 (EDT)
How are you Russian man? Did you get over to Gimmers this summer? I hope you're well mate, drop me a line.
jason chenier <email@example.com>
sault ste marie, on Canada - Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 20:53:15 (EDT)
Glad that I discovered this :)....
I will be going to Gimmelwald in this october.
May I know how is the weather like? eg. Temperature? Rainy?
and what type of clothing should I bring along?
Kuala Lumpur, Kualalumpur malaysia - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 02:09:49 (EDT)
Rain/Sun is a toss up. Depends on your luck. There is no rainy/dry season per se. Bring warm clothes, rain jacket and good hiking boots. If not during the day, it will certainly be chilly at night.
Does anyone know if I need a reservation for the Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg postbus? Thanks!
Glastonbury, CT USA - Friday, September 01, 2006 at 10:42:42 (EDT)
You don't need reservations for anything in the region. Certainly not for Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg bus.
Hello! I'm spending a few days in Switzerland at the end of October and noticed that the last gondola runs to Grimmelwald at 23:10; is this true as well in October? When does the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg run until during this time of year?
Glastonburry, CT USA - Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 16:57:44 (EDT)
Still true in October. For a complete schedule, check out www.sbb.ch
I visited this lovely village in Summer 2005 and look like I will be going back this Christmas new year period. I was really interested to get your take on the feel of the town at that time of the year - is it worthwhile, is there stuff to do, what is the weather, is it easy to go out walking etc is or is just to bloody cold and dark.... Also is the hostel open at that time and is there many people to meet or is it quite dead. Indeed how did you find the rest of Switzerland - was there many back packers and the like or was it quite lonely??
Darwin, NT Australia - Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 07:22:12 (EDT)
The hostel usually closes at Christmas time and becomes a chalet for ski groups. Personally I have never visited around Christmas, so can't comment. I love Switzerland. Bern and Lucerne are very pretty Swiss cities in case you want to see something different from the Alps.
Does anyone have an idea when it starts snowing in Gimmelwald? My brother and me plan to stop there on October 23, 24, and 25. Will we be wading thru snow?
Dayton, Oh USA - Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 18:46:48 (EDT)
Probably not in Gimmelwald. However, it can snow at higher elevations -- Schilthorn summit, for example. The thing about the Alps is you never know -- you may get lucky.
Hey Alex! We are a family of 6 heading to Gimmelwald in the next few days. Any suggestions on a place to stay? Are we being optimistic to just show up? The kids are 8 to 15. Thanks
CT USA - Friday, August 04, 2006 at 01:41:46 (EDT)
Pension Gimmelwald or Esther's Guesthouse. In the summer, I certainly would at least call ahead and find out availability. The hostel also has a family room, which sleeps exactly 6, and families do stay there on occasion, even though, of course, it's mostly backpackers in 20s and 30s.
Just starting the beginnings of a possible Christmastime visit to Gimmelwald, Switzerland and we are open to other areas since we're just putting this together. We stayed at Walter's back in the spring of '01 but it looks like he may not be open that time of year.....any suggestions?
Chris Poppiti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 14:29:07 (EDT)
Pension Gimmelwald or Esther's Guesthouse are good options and closer to cable car.
We just got back from a wonderful trip to Austia, Italy and Germany. We, too, saw the musicians that you have featured on your Salzburg page. Do you happen to know the name of the group or have a contact for them? I wanted to buy one of their cd's, but we were with a tour group and did not have time to stop.
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 12:13:41 (EDT)
Unfortunately I don't know much about them. It's been a while since I've been in Salzburg (2000). It's funny how some things stay the same.
Hi there Sharon,
The Trek to the Rottal Hutte is an amazing one! You say that you are fit and experianced...perfect! I hiked from the mountain hostel a fews back passing through Stechelberg en-route.
The trail starts very steep, zig-zagging and switchbacking for a fair way. Crossing over a few small rope bridges, and through small wodded areas. From the Hostel you can make out the first good resting spot, we grabbed some cheese and bread we carried and were blessed with a huge ice-avalanche from the glacier above us. The trail is a red and white for a while turning into a more difficult blue and white. There are a few vertical climbs, of around 150ft, but there are wire ropes already attached to the cliff, so there are no need for ropes.
The views are stunning of the surrounding valleys, and towards the end, you climb over the lip of a cliff and you look straight down onto the top of the Rottal glacier. That things is immence! It creaks, it moves, it lives! The Rottal hutte is not too much further, a place you can relax and take in food and water.
The hike took us 10 hours, with some good rest stops. We set off at 11am (too late) and arrived back via cable car to the hostel after dark.
Id maybe suggest give ten hours to fully enjoy the trek. It is my best hike to this day, youll love it. If you would like to see photos, feel free to mail me and ill be happy to oblige. Enjoy.
Greg Dedman <email@example.com>
Letchworth, Herts UK - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 18:01:57 (EDT)
It appears the ph number is not working. We are trying to make reservations here in Vienna. I was there 3 years ago and the number worked. Please help.
USA - Friday, July 07, 2006 at 05:49:19 (EDT)
I assume you mean the phone number for the Mountain Hostel. From Europe, dial 0041 33 855 17 04. Should work.
My husband and I are returning to the area in late July this year. This will be our 3rd trip - we love it!! We are very fit, experienced hikers, and have thought alot about doing the hike from Stechelberg to the Rottal Hut, but wanted to get more information. Do you have any knowledge of this trek? Is this a recommended hike, even thought we don't have any rock climbing experience? Are there parts of the trail that you need to be roped together? (In other words, do people die on this hike?!) Thanks for any info you have.
Saratoga, CA USA - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 12:26:42 (EDT)
Hi Sharon, I haven't hiked to Rottal Hut from Stechelberg, so I can't give you a first-hand experience information, but hearing from my friends, I don't believe you need to be roped together or have rock climbing experience, so you should be ok.
After all these years, we are finally getting to return to Europe and Gimmelwald. (See my comment below on July 9, 2003). We are bringing our two children, now 15 and 13 to share with them what we found 16 years ago. We will be visiting and hiking in Gimmelwald June 16 & 17. I can only continue to encourage your site visitors to give this place a spot on their itineraries. They will not be disappointed.
Drey Hayford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mansfield, TX USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:24:17 (EDT)
Its was really nice and informative site. I am using it to plane my visit in Rome.I will be here for 2 years and planing to visit lots of places ypu have mensioned.
Dallas, Texas US - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 16:28:59 (EDT)
My hiker family of 3 kids (12, 17, 19) and myself will be hiking in Gimmelwald this July! We are so excited. Thanks for your website. Do you suggest we get specific seat reservations (and pay the charges thru Raileurope) for a train July 22 - returning July 24 from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen or will our Swiss Pass be enough to ensure a seat on the train at that time of year? In other words, do the trains usually fill up or can we count on hopping on the train and getting a seat? Your "getting there" directions are outstanding. Thanks! Anne
Anne Syvarth <email@example.com>
Austin, TX USA - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 15:03:06 (EDT)
Hi Anne. There is absolutely no need to reserve anything in advance, for sure. Just hop on the train and go, regardless whether it's July, August or any other month. There are trains every hour via Bern/Interlaken. None of the trains require advance reservations. Thanks for the compliments. Alex.
I will be in Switzerland in early July, and I am interested in visiting Gimmelwald. How hard would it be to visit in one day if we are staying in Interlaken? What type of weather should we expect? Will we need jackets and is there a good chance that it will be rainy?
Mobile, AL USA - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:59:16 (EDT)
Hi Juan, I will repeat a post from earlier in the thread because when it comes to weather, the difference between June and July are hotter daytime temperatures at higher elevations and a bit more comfortable night temperatures, but generally you can expect the following...When sunny, I would count on being comfortable just wearing a T-shirt/tank-top during the day. At night, the temperatures will be noticeably colder and you’ll need a good fleece and even a jacket (light windproof/waterproof) to be comfortable outside. If cloudy, then you will need a fleece (North Face Denali fleece, for example) and/or jacket even during the day. The sun makes a huge difference in the mountains. It's a 50/50 chance as far as rain goes. It can be dry for weeks and then a week of non-stop cloudy skies with rain. You never know. You can visit Gimmelwald in one day from Interlaken -- no problem. Just follow directions on "getting there" page on this website.
I've been phoning and emailing the Mountain Hostel for a week and have had no response. Do you know if they are open? Or what might be causing the problem?
Gaming, NO Austria - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 07:11:15 (EDT)
I can't wait to return to the beauty,simplicity and peacefulness of Gimmelwald! Last visited with my teenage daughter in October 2002.She had never even been to Europe, so had no idea what to expect.I hope to go back this summer...as the saying goes...at some time in your life...you will need Gimmelwald 1
middleton, ma USA - Monday, March 27, 2006 at 21:45:37 (EST)
We are 3 "mature" couples planning to visit Gimmelwald in early June. Our plan is to go to the top of Schilthorn and hike down. We are wondering if Murren is a "car free" city or if we can drive there from Interlaken, or do we need to drive on over towards Stechelberg and take the gondolas up. I do not see a "P" for parking in Murren on the wonderful map shown in the "hiking" section of this great website, so that has raised the question about whether or not we can actually drive up there.
I have enjoyed this website immensely since discovering it about a week ago. We have had so many of our questions answered just by reading other's comments. Keep up the good work. SCHILTHORN OR BUST!!!!
Hubert Terry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pasadena, TX USA - Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 09:01:38 (EST)
Hi Hubert. Thanks for the compliments. You are correct, Murren is "car free," so you'd have to leave your car in Stechelberg and take the gondola up to Murren.
Since my parents were unable to visit Gimmelwald where my grandpa was born and raised before emigrating to the US I felt a yearning to visit the area. A friend and I visited in October 2002. It was fun to see my name on buildings, business cards, etc all through the valley and the high mountain villages. One of my cousins (they may all be cousins of some sort) was very nice and invited us to a raclette dinner at their house. Another cousin who'd visited us in the '80's in Washington State was very hospitable at Speilbodenalp (wine marinated mountain goat dinner was delicious...if you visit buy a meal and drinks. Their job up there is a difficult one and spread the wealth with the locals!). In early October is was sunny the whole time and we hiked down from Schilthorn starting in the snow, ending up in t-shirts halfway down the mountain. I highly suggest our itinerary of enjoying the Munich Octoberfest festival first, then renting a car and overnighting in southern Germany and visiting Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles near the Austrian border. From there, look at your map, avoid the major highways and take your time, take the back roads through the Austian mountain valleys. Maybe stop halfway for the night in Lucerne, and then an awesome scenic drive over mountains, through tunnels, along huge lakes, all the way through Switzerland finally arriving in the valley. I doubt I'll ever take another vacation that tops the natural beauty and uninhibited fun that everyone experienced during that trip. A winter trip for snowboarding is on my list of things to do now. One of these years I'll go back for sure!
Anthony VonAllmen <email@example.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 22:40:43 (EST)
Hi, once again great site. I am heading to Gimmelwald in May sometime, but i am not sure of the exact dates, do you know roughly how late i can reserve a bed for a week at the mountain hostel. I will probably know the exact dates in 1 month and i just want to know if you think this is too late>. Regards. David
David Eastham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Melbourne, Vic AUS - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 13:13:48 (EST)
Hi David, don't worry. It won't be too late. Usually a couple of days in advance is all you need.
We are planning on a short visit to Switzerland while staying in Germany. What would be the best way to get to Gimmelwald from Munich, Germany? Also we were wondering how close any ski places would be that are open end of May.
tallahassee, fl USA - Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 00:16:19 (EST)
I think the best way would be to catch a 7:12am train to Zurich. You'll get to Gimmelwald at 3:15pm. You can see full itinerary if you look this up on www.sbb.ch
You won't be able to ski anywhere in the Jungfrau Region at the end of May. I can only think of Zermatt, which is in a totally different part of the country, but even there summer skiing is mediocre at best.
A friend and I will be going backpacking through Europe from May 25-June 4! We are planning on staying at the Mountain Hostel around the last weekend in May. I am very excited about staying there after reading everyone's comment about the place. I was wondering, what's the tempature/weather is like around that time? Trying to figure out what type of clothes to pack and yet, keep the backpack light as this will be my first backpacking experience! Do they ever get completely booked up around that time? Thanks for all advice and for your wonderful site!!!
Batavia, NY USA - Monday, February 06, 2006 at 16:58:20 (EST)
Hi Kim. Batavia, NY? That’s close to home. I went to SUNY Binghamton and a very good friend of mine used to live in Batavia. Anyway, I digress. Ahh, the first backpacking experience! You’ll have a grand time. And congratulations on discovering Gimmelwald (on the Internet for now).
About the weather. It’s a tough call. When sunny, I would count on being comfortable just wearing a T-shirt/tank-top during the day. At night, the temperatures will be noticeably colder and you’ll need a good fleece and even a jacket (light windproof/waterproof) to be comfortable outside. If cloudy, then you will need a fleece (North Face Denali fleece, for example) and/or jacket even during the day. The sun makes a huge difference in the mountains.
You are traveling in high season, so I would definitely call a couple of days ahead and make a reservation. You don’t need to put down your credit card for that. It’s a matter of trust - if your plans change then call back and change your dates or cancel. No problem.
Your website's great - thanks. We're booked into the hostel later in June this year. Still deciding about car hire or train. I notice you've said it's easy to drive in Stechelberg and park the car there. Do you know if you can safely leave it there for two or three nights?
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 07:41:04 (EST)
Oh yeah, you can safely leave your car there. There is no crime in the area. Hence, no police. Murren/Gimmelwald do not have a single police officer. It's just not needed.
Planning a 2 visit to Gimmelwald in 2007 (late June).
We are a family of 5 and our youngest will be 10 next year.
We are a big hiking and camping family and are planning many hikes and sightseeing. I e mailed the Hostel and Petra thought it would be a little too much for the kids.
I see you can rent a house or stay at a BB. Has anyone you know rented before? Do you think two weeks is too long? I would like to have a home base for the kids and take day trips to the lakes or citys.
Alex thanks for your help.
Boxford, Ma USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 15:15:28 (EST)
Hi Cleary. You basically have two options besides the Mountain Hostel. Pension Gimmelwald and Esther's Guesthouse. There is also Hotel Mittaghorn, but it's up the hill and perhaps too much on the rustic side. You can find out detailed info at the following website.
Probably the best thing is just call these places and find out exactly what the best they can offer for your situation. And by the way, I've seen families stay at the hostel. There is a 6-person "family" room on the second floor. Sure, most people are in their 20s, people of all ages stay there (I've turned 30 myself already). But as I said, Pension Gimmelwald or Esther's Guesthouse provide a very good alternative.
I love the area, so for me there are plenty of hikes to do for two weeks. If you get a Swiss Pass of some sort, you can take a day trip to Bern (2 hours) or Lucerne (3 hours), go to Jungfraujoch for a day, etc. Obviously, Gimmelwald is not the ultimate base for traveling around Switzerland. It's the ultimate base for the Jungfrau Region, however. So perhaps, if you want to visit a few cities, you may want to spend a few days basing yourself in Zurich/Bern/Lucerne or totally different part of Switzerland - Geneva/Lausanne/Montreux, for example.
I'd be planning a trip to the Lauterbrunnen area from end march to early april (about 28th march to 3rd april).
How is the weather during that time? Is it possible to hike? How cold does it get in degress celsius?
I would love to stay in Mountain Hostel but it seems to be full till after that period. Thanks!
Singapore, Singapore - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 10:43:42 (EST)
Hi Gilbert, here is your answer...
Also, e-mail the Mountain Hostel for availability just in case, even though it says it's fully booked on its website.
Hi Petra. It's Brian from Boston. Just wanted to give you a heads up that Donny and I are planning our 5th trip to Gimmelwald this summer. My brother Kevin will be coming with us for his second trip. It's been three years since we've visited so I'm really looking forward to it. It's cool seeing myself in pictures on the website from 2002 and 2003. Looking forward to seeing you, Walter, Nicole, and Michelle. Hope all is well.
Brian Andriolo <B_Andriolo@uml.edu>
Lowell, MA USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 23:48:59 (EST)
Hi. Is Grimmelwald a good place to find accommodation for a 16 year old and his parents? We would surely like to stay there.
Frostburg, MD USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:46:08 (EST)
Yes. Either Pension Gimmelwald or Esther's Guesthouse would suit you well. Check out the link below.
Is it possible to drive to Gimmelwald, is it linked with roads? Or, must I take a train, hike or get a gondola.
Chris Noel <email@example.com>
St. John's, NL Canada - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 09:54:35 (EST)
You can drive up to Stechelberg. Leave your car on the parking lot there and catch a gondola to Gimmelwald (5 minutes ride). Very easy.
On my wife Valarie and I's trip to Gimmelwald, last week of May/first week of June 2001, we had beautiful hiking weather and we were delighted to have a significant dusting of snow on our last day. Very scenic & memorable. It was very, very hard for us to depart.
Newark, DE USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 03:31:16 (EST)
I was planning on going to Gimmelwald around May 17th and I wanted to know if Gimmelwald is open and whether or not there is typically still alot of snow? Thanks
CA USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 19:54:21 (EST)
Gimmelwald is always open. But if you meant the hostel, no worries, it'll be open too. There will be no snow in Gimmelwald in May, but you may encounter snow at higher elevations. Still, you'll have plenty of hiking opportunities with impressive panorama of snow-covered peaks.
Spent two weeks in Kanderstag in July of 2004. Gimmelwald is phenomenal along with the Shilthorn hike. Had some of the best beer of my life at the restaurant situated next to Lake Oeschinen on my way to Oeschinensee (set among the Blumlisalp). I will be back!
Graham Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 19:54:53 (EST)
Missed 1st of August in Gimmelwald again, boooo!
But it's nice to know everything and everybody is still there and that I can get there anytime (ha ha)...
Big smile from the cold, dark, wet, North of France!
Annette Niess <email@example.com>
Haubourdin, France - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 11:55:50 (EST)
Hey i was wondering if i need to reserve a spot at the mountain hostel, i will be travelling to gimmelwald about may/june. Thanks
Melb, Vic Australia - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 05:58:19 (EST)
Call a few days ahead and you should be fine.
On Nov.14th, I am leaving to go to Switzerland,and I would like to go to Gimmelwald. I was just wondering how much it would cost for the train ride, the bus ride and the cable cart ride to get to Gimmelwald from Interlaken??? On the Getting There page you have a price listed for 36.40Sfr., Is that just the price for the train ride, or does that include all transportation (bus and cable cart ride)????
On Canada - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 12:58:58 (EST)
Katrina, this is a full cost for round-trip -- includes train, bus, cable car.
Had my first trip to Gimmelwald last week, spectacular scenery and lovely sleepy village. Can recommend the Pension Gimmelwald.
Correction to the links page, twenj.com has disappeared, but you can still get to it via http://web.archive.org/http://www.twenj.com/
England - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 08:30:14 (EDT)
Thanks much! I'll fix that.
I am a Canadian attending grad school in Switzerland. Before leaving Canda I picked up a couple of guide books on Switzerland (of course one being Rick Steve's). As soon as I finished going through the guidebooks I knew visiting Gimmelwald was at the top of my list for things to see and do while I was living here. I arrived here a couple of weeks ago and if the weather permits I am hoping to go and visit Gimmelwald this weekend. I have school until 2pm on Friday and would probably not be able to get to Gimmelwald until past 8pm. Does anyone know if that is too late in the evening to get to Gimmelwald and I should just stay the night instead at Murren? Any advice would be reatly appreciated. I am so glad I came across this website because it is full of helpful information.
West Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 11:25:51 (EDT)
This response is a bit late, but better late then never...It's not late. The last cable car to Gimmelwald is past 11pm.
Hi i am backpacking for my first time early next year and will be backpacking switzerland in late May. I MUST go to Gimmelwald but will have a eurail 2 month, 5 country pass so will need to buy an additional ticket. What should i get? Also any backpackers going to be there around that time??? Thanks (e-mail me)
Melbourne, Vic AUS - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 07:45:01 (EDT)
Late is May is when high season starts. There will be plenty of people in the hostel. You are probably just better off with getting point-to-point tickets at discount with your Eurail pass.
So I decided to go ahead and create a place for forums, etc. http://groups.myspace.com/Gimmelwald
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 09:15:35 (EDT)
This site is great. It has wonderful information. I wonder, would you consider loading a PHPBB on here so that we can make forum posts? Some of us weren't able to get phone numbers/email addresses to people we met in Gimmelwald, so it would be a great way to keep in touch!
Tulalip, WA USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 16:18:35 (EDT)
Hey All! I just want to say to Annette Niess in France that you may now be my favourite person ever, coining the term: "Emergency trip to Gimmelwald." I came to this site because that's what I need right now! I'm a Californian, living now in Germany, and I spent 5 weeks last year staying in the hostel. As much as looking at all the pix and reading all the comments may help, I need an emergency trip-- hold my bed, Petra!
Richard Vaughn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Quedlinburg, SA Germany - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 10:04:12 (EDT)
Missed you this year Russian man. Glorious as usual though.
Jason Chenier <email@example.com>
Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:13:55 (EDT)
It's August 1st! Happy Swiss National Day!
Alex Galitsky <galitskyATaol.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 15:40:07 (EDT)
Hello everyone! Fisrt of all, great job on the site. Second of all, Gimmelwald is probably the nicest place I've ever been! I was backpacking through Europe for 5 weeks in 2003 and came across Gimmelwald in Rick Steeves book. It was mostly a snowboarding trip so the close proximity to the Schilthorn and Grindelwald made alot of sense. I spent my first 2 nights down in Interlaken at the frat-party like hostel Balmers. I had ask them if the hostel was open, it being quiet season, they told me no. I figured I would call up there anyways and Petra promptly informed me that it the moutain hostle was in fact open. Once I got up there, it was like heaven. I met up with 2 swiss guys named Florian and Florian and they showed me around the schilthorn for the next couple of days. There were also 5 crazy Alabamians who kept me quite entertained. If you are even thinking of going there, just do it! Hands down the nicest part of my 5 week trip in western euorpe!
Matty McD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hudson, Qc Canada eh! - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 23:46:00 (EDT)
New York, New York USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 08:25:45 (EDT)
Great website. I am going to Europe for 3 weeks from mid September to early October and am considering the Bernese Oberland/Gimmelwald but am worried the weather will have already turned bad (wet and cold). Any advice? Also considering Spain. Thanks!
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 23:31:11 (EDT)
Hi, My wife, baby, and I are travelling to gimmelwald for 10 days in august-september. As far as transportation to and from gimmelwald from surick, and local transportation while in gimmelwald, and surrounding area, would you recommend point to point tickets, or one of the swiss rail passes? If point to point, should we just buy them when we get there, or in advance??? Cheers, Great site JOhn
john smallwood <email@example.com>
london, on canada - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 22:05:54 (EDT)
We are going to the Mountain Hostel in July. I always hike in Chacos and have no problems even climbing 4,000 foot mountains (Mt. Washington) in the eeast coast. I am concerned that they will not be sufficient for hiking in this area. We would like to hike the Schilthorn if it is clear. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.
vt USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 14:15:18 (EDT)
Out of 11 Swiss nights I spent 4 terrific ones in Gimmelwald this May (stayed at Walter's). My only regret is not trashing the balance of my itinerary and spending the remaining 3 nights there. Everything else seemed so anti-climatic. Regardless, all future trips to Europe will include at least a week in Gimmelwald.
E. Flaherty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 10:45:53 (EDT)
Hey!!! I'm heading to Europe mid-sept (2005) for as long as my bank account will let me... and can't wait to get my butt to the Mountain Hostel to take in the Alps... I have a question though... I am determined to get in a day of snowboarding while in Switzerland... When do the slopes typically open? Are rentals/lift tickets and whatnot super expensive? ...hmmm...If ya have any idea, let me know!!! ThanKs!!! :0)
SSM, ON Canada - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 11:13:39 (EDT)
There is a bit of Catch-22 here. The skiing season opens in December and that's about the time when the hostel transforms into a ski chalet and is rented out to ski groups on a weekly basis, so you won't be able to stay there. I don't know much about rentals/ticket prices, but I do know that tickets tend to be cheaper than in the US.
Hello! I am planning on taking a few days to visit Grimmelwald while I am in France. Is it cheaper for us to buy Point-to-Point tickets from Paris to Interlaaken (if this is the only travel we are doing in Switz.) or should we buy the Pass? Thanks!
TX USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 01:22:18 (EDT)
In your case, I believe point-to-point is going to come out less expensive. Take TGV to Bern. Then switch to Interlaken and continue to Gimmelwald.
Just wondering how one gets from Gimmelwald to the Trummelbach Falls, they look amazing. Thanks muchly
Jaymi Dee <email@example.com>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 00:20:48 (EDT)
It's about 1.5 hour walk downhill/flat. You can catch the cable car on the way back up. It's very straightforward. The hostel has maps and anyone there will show where to go.
I very like your website and if you will visit Switzerland next time I would like to invite you to join one of our hikes!
I have a hiking website and you all are welcome to visit it www.wanderforum.ch , we are an international group, our hikes are for free and we always like to welcome new members :-)
Zürich, Switzerland - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 06:43:49 (EDT)
Hello! I will be studying in Rome for a semester and this site has got my heart set on going to Gimmelwald. I have 3 day weekends, but travel time would take up all but about a day and a half. Would going in mid-December be insane (the 7-11) or should I take what I can get in for a day?
Thank you for any advice! Great site!
Rachel Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fayetteville, AR USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 00:13:39 (EDT)
Hi Rachel -
Travel from Rome to Gimmelwald is not as complicated as you may think. Pricey (transportation cost) for 3 days, but that's a different matter. You can catch an overnight train from Rome (20:38pm) and be in Gimmelwald at 10:15am next morning. Same overnight on the way back. In other words, you don't lose much time at all to travel and basically have all 3 days (well, 2.5 days to be precise) to spend in the Alps.
Personally I have never been in Gimmelwald in winter time, but I know many people who prefer the place in winter much more than in the summer. The mountains are majestic all covered in snow. Every season has its own beauty and advantages. So, you can't go wrong at any time of the year.
I, like you arrived for a quiet weekend and stayed for a week, and like so many others only left because I had to catch a plane. Although the majesty surrounding the Mountain Hostel in Summer is amazing, I fell in love with it in the winter and could never visit any other time. The Lyric "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" rings true for me of this place, it is truely heaven on earth - a place where the soul lingers, awaiting the return of our otherwise distracted bodies... thank you for bringing back the smile that only Gimmelwald can.
Sydney, NSW Australia - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:39:02 (EDT)
Great website!!! I have never been to Switzerland and can't wait to visit Gimmelvald. I am trying to work out whether it will be worthwhile to get a Swiss flexipass. Is there any savings that a cardholder receives for the cable car up to Schilthorn?
capalie botha <email@example.com>
Johannesburg, South Africa - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 14:33:07 (EDT)
Yes, 1/2 price with Swiss Pass or Swiss Card. Depending on how much travel you plan to do, passes are the way to go in Switzerland as point-to-point tickets are quite expensive.
Hi Alex! I find your answers to the people very good and precise. The time and kindness you put into it!
I regularly read the latest comments and always enjoy them!
Last month I had to go to Switzerland for an emergency visit.. but could not leave my husband alone with the kids any longer to take one more day and go up to Gimmelwald, atleast to get to know Petra...! How frustrating!
I hope you are doing alright and a wonderful trip to all of you lucky people who will go up to "my" Gimmelwald this year!
But: I will be back, one day!
Annette Niess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Haubourdin, France - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 11:29:01 (EDT)
Lovely Alex! Your website is really impressive! My experiences in this winter/spring in Gimmelwald were so amazing. I love the place so much! The people are so friendly and lovely. You must experience it by your own. I quote the word " I Will Be Back". Dave, miss u. Thank you so much to Alex to put on Gimmelweld into website.
PH Lim <email@example.com>
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 06:06:06 (EDT)
Wow, does this bring back memories! I was in Gimmelwald in 1981 ..... actually thought for a moment it was me in one of the pictures, but it wasn't. I love Gimmelwald soooo much that I had to return and spent at least a week there. I probably did most of the walks and loved every minute of it. Our family is heading over to Europe soon (end of May) and really want to go back and see what it's like now and share this magnificent place with my family and friends. I sure hope it hasn't changed too much!
Townsville, QLD AUSTRALIA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 07:05:38 (EDT)
Lovely website! Really enjoyed reading everyone's comments below. Goober & I are also going in May - for the very first time. Any tips about ariving from Geneva (hopefully via GoldenPass)? Still need a jacket around May 18-20? Thanks!
CA USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 12:50:43 (EDT)
Oh yeah, still need a jacket, particularly in the evening/at night as the temperature can really plummet when the sun goes down. The afternoons, if sunny, can be very warm or even hot sometimes. From Geneva, it's 4 hours to Gimmelwald (via Interlaken) and there are trains every hour (it's Switzerland :). Check out www.sbb.ch for a full schedule.
We live in Germany and are going to be driving to Gimmelwald the end of May- we are traveling with another family and will have several kids (ages 5-11) and a dog with us. Do any of the accomdations accept dogs? How expenisive is the cable car? Is there a weekend or multi day pass or something for the cable car? Is it possible to hike up and down from Gimmelwald instead of taking the cable car? How difficult hike down from Gimmelwald?
Are there any restaurants in Gimmelwald? We have never been to the area so I am curious as to what there is to do in the area (aside from hiking)? Thank you!
B-W DE - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 10:05:51 (EDT)
Not sure about the dog situation. Mountain Hostel doesn't allow dogs, but possibly other places do. I would check with them directly when you call for reservations. Cable car from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald is 7.40 Sfr. Same price from Gimmelwald to Murren. I would check www.sbb.ch for all possible transportation money-saving passes. It's possible to hike from Stechelberg (bottom of the valley) to Gimmelwald, however I wouldn't recommed it with full backpacks. It's a 1 1/2 hour hike (500 feel elevation gain). Pension Gimmelwald has the only restaurant in the village -- with a view, I might add. Also, Mountain Hostel sells pizza and hamburgers. It's not a problem to use Mountain Hostel's kitchen if you want to cook for yourself. Gimmelwald is all about nature. There is not much else to do in the village but enjoy it and hike around. Murren, adjacent village up the hill, has a sportscenter with a pool/jacuzzi, tennis courts, shops, etc.
Last year I did some hiking near Neustift, Austria staying in some of the huts...wonderful experience. In the huts it was lights out at 10:00 p.m. so that folks could get some sleep in anticipation for the next day's hike. I plan to be in Switzerland in May and hope to stay at the Hostel in Gimmelwald. I love good company and conversation, but am wondering if the hostel has the same rules for sleeping so that those who want to get some sleep can do so.
Flemingsburg, KY USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 13:41:51 (EDT)
There is no written rule for lights out at a certain time, but generally people are expected to be respectful of other's desire to have a good night's rest. While the hostel is still pretty active at 10pm, the activity happens in the main area, and with a closed door (especially if you are on the second floor), you should be OK. Btw, if you plan to be in Gimmelwald in first half of May the hostel is not going to be busy to begin with. In any case, I wouldn't worry about this.
Hi all, My partner and I are planning a trip to Europe in the summer and really want to go to Gimmelwald. My partner though is quite severely disabled due to a ski accident; walking more than 1500 metres is a challenge in London, so with backpack etc. I'm guessing it'll be worse. Is Gimmelwald a realistic idea or will we face problems? Also, are there any short walks that we can do, or days out we can manage without too much trekking? Thanks. Fran.
Fran Lyon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
London, UK - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 18:28:22 (EDT)
Fran, sorry to hear about your friend. The good news is there are plenty of things to do without any heavy hiking uphill. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is completely flat and you can have a nice walk from Stechelberg (5min cable car down from Gimmelwald) to Lauterbrunnen, while visiting Trummelbach Falls on the way. And if your friend ever gets tired, there is a bus that runs on the route, so you can always cut your walk short and take the bus back. Also, just taking a stroll through Gimmelwald offers amazing views of the Alps. You can also take a cable car to Murren. The main road in Murren is pretty flat and you can enjoy the village at your own pace (there is a sportscenter with pool/jacuzzi) and view the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau panorama. Also, the top of Schilthorn is a worthy trip by cable car.
My family will be visiting Gimmelwald the first part of June. My husband and myself were there for 1 night 10 years ago and have always wanted to go back. Now we are taking our three teenage kids. Cant wait!! I read somewhere that the cable car to the Schilthorn will be closed from April on this year. Is this true and if so is it opening back up? Thanks, Loreen
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 04:38:16 (EDT)
No worries. There were some problems this past winter, but this has been resolved, and cable-car is running normally.
Apr 2 we are now in Prague,my daughter Joi & I.Leaving on overnighter Sun Apr 3 tomorrow. Arr Munich @7A then planning as of nowto go to Dachau then back to Munich then train to Zurich to Interlaken. Will it be too late to Gimmelwald?
Palm Bay, FL USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 16:04:18 (EST)
In order to make the last cable car to Gimmelwald (23:10), the latest train out of Zurich to Interlaken you can take is at 20:00. The rest of the schedule is "forced"--i.e. everything connects on time for you to make it, so no worries.
Hey Jason, Eivind is an absolute star! Met him in Gimmers last June, after hearing so much about the guy. Also had a great time chatting about the hikes and stuff. Im going back to Gimmers at the start of July to meet up with Andrea Bunyevich, the artist, ill be notching up my 6th Trip back there in 31 months! I cannot wait!
Greg Dedman <email@example.com>
Letchworth Garden City, England - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 15:26:08 (EST)
I've been to Gimmelwald once, several years ago, and I can tell you with complete honesty it is the most beautiful place my eyes have ever seen. I frequently dream of returning to this little slice of heaven, and when I do I swear I'll stay much longer than just a day. Thanks so much for this website and the pictures - it's great to know that others share in my love for Gimmelwald! I've told everybody I can about this place - when you feel like you've found the greatest treasure on earth you can't help but spread the news!
Steve Scharre <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 02:17:38 (EST)
RUSSIAN MAN, RUSSIAN MAN, NOBODY CAN DO IT LIKE RUSSIAN MAN CAN. Hey I met up with Eivind (from Norway) this past week. Reminiscing about good ol'Gimmers. Was in Zermatt this past month. OOOOHHH the Matterhorn was gorgeous....not Jungfrau mind you. Peace out Russian man, I hope you're well.
Jason Chenier <email@example.com>
Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 22:03:32 (EST)
What a great site we had been planning on going to Gimmelwald and are very excited after viewing your site. How many trails and areas will be accessable on the 1st of June.
Fox Island, WA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 18:27:36 (EST)
Most or vast majority. Top of Schilthorn may still be covered with snow however.
my wife and i are visting from munich in october 2005..just wondering if there are age limits to stay in the mountain hostel, we are in our mid 40's and also how do we go about making reservations....thanks for your help
kenny minshall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
oklahoma city, ok USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:43:52 (EST)
Kenny, there is no age limit to stay in the mountain hostel. For reservations, go to www.mountainhostel.com. If you are coming in October, you don't need more than a 1-day's notice. The hostel is rarely, if ever, full at this time of the year.
just wondering if the weather in early september is suitable for young children while backpacking. IS it a rainy season?? Temperature range??? Cheers
john smallwood <email@example.com>
london, on candad - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 22:35:53 (EST)
If you read below, Siva has answered the question by saying that she "loved" it in September. Early September more often than not feels summerlike. Cooler at night, but still pleasant during daytime. Here is a link to pictures taken by my friend Sept 4-5, 2004:
We are traveling with another couple to Europe this fall, driving from Paris to Rome. We have been planning on spending 3 days in Gimmewald, but unfortunately our trip is being pushed back to late October. Any hints on what to plan for the weather? -- is it too late to enjoy the area without boots & down jackets?
Ann Beck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:37:35 (EST)
It'll be chilly in late October with snow very likely, so hiking can be problematic. You can still enjoy the area by taking a stroll in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, walking to Murren, checking out Trummelbach Falls and, if sunny, taking a cable car ride up to Schilthorn. And of course, the peaks will be beautifully snow-capped by then.
Gimmelwald in April? My official trip in Geneva finishes 29 March and I have 2 weeks to burn before I go back to work. How is Gimmelwald in the beginning of April? I stayed in the mountain hostel Sep. '03 and loved it. Is it worth in April (I'm not too much into hiking, just want to relax)?
If not, any other suggestions in Switzerland? (I only have a visa for switzerland).
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:02:14 (EST)
Siva, in April you have the Alps all to yourself as it is probably the least busiest time of the year. April can be very unpredicatble with snow on one day and almost summerlike weather the next day. Here is a link to April photos:
Forgot to ask, what are the rates for students? And what types of discounts should we look for with our ISIC cards? Also, we're planning on coming in May, what would the weather be like?
Toronto, Canada - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 23:16:20 (EST)
Meera, you didn't specify what airport you are flying into, but no matter. Gimmelwald is about 3.5 - 4 hours away from either Zurich or Geneva. It's certainly possible to come for 1 day, but is it worth? -- I don't think so. At least a couple of full days. The hostel (www.mountainhostel.com -- for reservations) costs 20 Sfr a night. No discounts, but frankly you shouldn't expect any student discounts in ANY hostel in Europe. Think about it, ALL hostels cater mostly to students -- they are discounted by default. Also, 20 SFr is cheaper than most hostels in Western Europe. The weather is unpredictable (it's the Alps) -- certainly cooler (particularly at night) than at lower elevations.
I am planning to come to Switzerland with 2 of my friends, and I just came across this website and Gimmelwald. We're touring Europe for the first time, and we don' have much time in each country, but how far is this region from the Switzerland airport? And is it possible to come for one day? If so, when do we reserve the hostel? We're not much of hikers, so would it even be worth seeing? Pls advise! thanks!!
Toronto, Canada - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 23:14:24 (EST)
Hi there Emma and Charlotte.
The Rottalhutte, is a hut named after the Rottal glacier you can see peeking over the edge on the other side of the valley to the hostel.
I hiked it in 2003, and from Gimmelwald and back it was a 11 hour hike! You trek down to Stechelberg at the foot of the valley, dont turn left into the village, take the path to the right, a little way up you'll see a small wooden sign for the Rottalhutte.
Its one hell of a walk, which turns from a red hike into a blue hike (for experienced hikers), and the path becomes very sketchy in places. There are also 2 vertical climbs, with the aid of a wire attached to the rock, these average 150ft in height.
You finally emerge above the glacier and it is a truly awesome sight. From there, its down the glacial valley to the hut.
I would say, only do this hike if you are experianced hikers and if the weather is perfect. Its a long hike, so dont get caught in the dark coming back. There are suppies at the hut.
Best to go in a small group and let someone in the village know you are going, just in case. I suffer from asthma and found it difficult towards the top due to lack of oxygen.
Greg Dedman <email@example.com>
Letchworth Garden City, Herts United Kingdom - Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 17:46:11 (EST)
Not Rotstockhute, we've already done that one (beautiful). Rottalhutte starts near Stechelberg.. i think it's up to a gletscher.
Emma and Charlotte
The Netherlands - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 08:28:51 (EST)
Hi, we adore Gimmelwald as well. Emma has come to Gimmelwald for about 14 years, and four years ago she took Charlotte along with her, and she has gone there every year since. The photos on your website make us happy every time again... We've never been to the Mountain Hostel, but maybe we will one day.
Emma went snowboarding in Switzerland in February, and in May the two of us are going to Gimmelwald again!
Have you guys ever walked up to the Rottalhutte? We've heard it's extremely exhausting, so, would we survive this trip?
Lots of Greetings, Emma and Charlotte.
Emma and Charlotte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Monday, February 28, 2005 at 11:00:00 (EST)
Rotstockhutte is a very good hike from Gimmelwald. Once you reach it, you can either proceed to the top of Schilthorn or come back via Chilchbalm. You'll be fine, no worries.
I will be coming to Gimmewald in May 2005. Can't wait to get there!
Liberty, MO USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 20:39:32 (EST)
We are coming to Gimmelwald for a night in May this year, and would like to know the best way to get there by car, and if this is even possible. Otherwise, is there somewhere nearby we can leave the car during our stay? Thanks for your help!
Brisbane, QLD Australia - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 19:37:52 (EST)
Piece of cake. Drive to Stechelberg. Leave your car at the parking lot there. Take a cable car (5 minutes) to Gimmelwald.
I'm just a normal-sized guy with normal-sized leg muscles used to doing 1- or 2-mile walks a couple times a week around my flat neighborhood. Do I need to pump this up to do some of the basic walks/bike rides around Gimmelwald without killing myself? I'm going in July so I have 5 months yet.
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 14:20:06 (EST)
Hi Gene, I can assure you that your experience in the region will be much more enjoyable if you do a bit of exercising before you go. You won't regret it. You should be fine either way -- out-of-shape people have made it to the top of Schilthorn too (only slower and more painfully). In fact, consider this a good incentive to hit the gym.
We would like to visit Gimmelwald April 28-30 but I think the cable/funicular in the area are closed. We would like to go up to the Schiltorn and to the Piz Gloria Restaurant while there. Is it possible during this time???
COLLINSVILLE, IL USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 20:54:07 (EST)
Biannual maintenance is scheduled to take place April 25-29, 2005 at which time Murren-Birg and Birg-Schilthorn service will be suspended. So, it looks like you should be OK on the 30th. Murren and Gimmelwald will still be accessible during this time.
We are visiting for the first time this summer. I read somewhere that Eurail Pass holders get a discount on the trains in Berner Oberland. Is this true? How much do they get? Since we have only one day, what SHOULD we do?
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 20:49:16 (EST)
Yes, Eurail pass will give you 25% off in the region. One day only??? There is so much to do and see in the region (the best natural scenery in the world) that you are sure to regret it. Well, if you have absolutely no other choice, then stay in Gimmelwald and do a hike up to Schilthorn (I described it in the Hikes section on the website).
Hi Alex, Jason, and all the other Gimmelwald addicts!
Ive heard so much about you two from Petra and Walter, im wondering if you have heard of me, Greg from England? I was at the hostel October 2002, August and September 2004, July and November 2004, totalling 5 trip in two years!! The three of us have mutual friends at the Mountain hostel, Andrea Bunyevich from Melbourne, Jason, you know her, Sebastian from the UK, again Jason you know him. Also, my very close friend Laura Wells from the uk visited and met you last summer. I always hoped to bump into both of you two, but as Gimmelwald is under all of our skins, im sure the time will come.
The hikes are being scrubbed from my to-do list one by one, my favourite so far is the Rottal hutte at the base of the Jungfrau, abouve the glacier. Seb and I hiked it in 2003 and wow, what a trek!
Take care guys, check out http://groups.msn.com/highintheswissalps for some photos from 2003 with seb and that hike.
Greg Dedman <email@example.com>
Letchworth Garden City, Herts United Kingdom - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 10:55:42 (EST)
Hi Greg. I know Andrea and Sebastian. In fact, I saw Andrea quite recently during a Gimmelwald mini-reunion in Seattle (late November) when Petra was there. Sebastian and I were at the same time in the hostel in 2003. He is in 2003 summer photos on the website. Andrea is there too. I don't think Laura and I have met -- that's probably Jason you are referring to. I'm sure we'll bump into each other some day too. Small world.
I love the Berner Oberland- I was in Interlaken in May 2000
My wife and I are coming back through this My and i was wondering about the sleeping arrangements at the mountain hostel? Bunks? are rooms available?
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:50:40 (EST)
Mostly bunks at the hostel, however there is a family room -- also bunks but 6 people max and usually couples or families. Also there is a "honeymoon suite" -- a secluded attic -- call ahead and possibly Petra can accomodate you. Never a guarantee, though, as this space is at a premium. Same price as everything else, though. 20 SFr per person.
Nice work on your website Alex! I was in Gimmelwald in Sept 2002. The mountain hostel was very nice. Another "soft adventure" providing one of the best sleeps I have had in my life was "sleeping in the straw", also run by Esther. It gave me the rest I needed to do the wonderful hike to Piz Gloria the next morning. I Will Be Back.
Steve Frandsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dallas, TX USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 13:57:12 (EST)
I really enjoyed the touring nearby "pot" farms and enjoyed being able to purchase some of the "harvest". I barely left my bunkbed after imbibing. Luckily there was a fence in front of the cliff face! Gimmelwald Rocks!
Columbus, Oh USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 21:09:51 (EST)
Wow! Your web-site is truly impressive, and I thank you for all the work you have put into it. My wife and I stay in Stechelberg a few weeks each year and have done so for about the past 13 years. We have found no place better than Stechelberg and Gimmelwald and the Lauterbrunnen Valley for the beautiful scenery and people who live there.
Thank you once again for the wonderful photos, commentary and poetry.
Lincoln City, OR USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 16:55:09 (EST)
That's correct. The hostel is booked through the end of March for ski groups. Other accomodations (Esther's guesthouse or Pension Gimmelwald) may be available, though. Although no hiking in winter (obviously), I know some people who prefer winter to summer as the mountains are spectacular all covered in snow. So, I think no matter how limited one's time is in Switzerland, the Alps must be on the top of things to see, and Gimmelwald is in the most amazing location.
New York, NY USA - Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 22:28:57 (EST)
While visiting Gimmelwald is worth it no matter how short the trip, I wouldn't recommend a single night in February. It takes quite a bit of time to get up to the hostel, and with the weather that time of year you won't be able to enjoy the normal festivites (hiking, etc.) Also, I know Petra rents out the hostel for group events during a few winter months. Not sure if February is one of those months though. Hope this information helps...
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 11:09:23 (EST)
Fab site! We will be in Switzerland for a limited time in Feb 2005. Is it worth going to Gimmelwald for just 1 night? - and at that time of year? Many thanks for any thoughts.
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Monday, December 27, 2004 at 01:08:08 (EST)
WOW, Quels souvenirs. J'ai resté à Gimmewald pour une période de 2 mois en 1991. La plus belle expérience de ma vie. Je me suis déchiré des ligaments et j'ai resté au Moutain Hostel avec un plâtre le dernier mois. Soyez assuré que j'y retournerai un jour. Je vois d'après les nombreuses photos, qu'il y a eu beaucoup de changements.
Montreal, Canada - Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 15:28:20 (EST)
Hey ya'll. I visited in 2001, and I long for it every now and then. I love the site and welcome anyone that wants to gab about it. Maybe we'll all do the sharks' tooth or share a couple drinks out on the end of town on the point. God I love it. If anyone is near the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY, drop a line.
Charlie Wilker <email@example.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 19:23:32 (EST)
Well done !!!
Biel-Bienne, BE Switzerland - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 21:16:15 (EST)
Alex, your site is wonderful! You express the power of the region so well. My husband, Thomas, and I spent not enough time at the hostel in Gimmelwald in the Summer of 1997. I long for the day when we return, and I hope to somehow be scattered there when I die. I HIGHLY recommend paragliding with Paragliding Interlacken (033 823 823 3) if they're still available. We did The Scary from Murren to Stechelberg (tandem), and it was anything but scary; I felt like a peaceful bird, seated comfortably in front of the pilot. One last thing, I want to say, "Hi!", to Dino Lavorini or Pauline from Sydney (in case they ever see this). Thank you, Alex! -Karen
Melbourne, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 23:58:24 (EST)
My wife and I hiked through Europe on our honeymoon (20 years ago). Our last stop after weeks of rain was Gimmelwald and Murren. It had just snowed, but turned sunny and brilliant in early June. We have been planning a return trip and wondered how much it had changed. Your website has shown - not at all!!! Incredible! We never stop talking about the magic of that region like our trip was yesterday. Thank you for your website and to all planning to go - DO IT!
Bob and Lisa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Clarita, Ca USA - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 15:50:16 (EDT)
Gimmlewald was the last stop on our trek through europe...amsterdam, munich, venzia, roma, firenze, etc...and still, it was the best part of my trip. Ill never forget cooking dinner in the hostel and hiking 9 hours through the alps with people i just met. I'm counting down the days to when I can come back...whenever that is. Its most definitely the 'backpacking experience' that is so sought after yet rarely found. Truthfully, you have to go there to understand...
Mahtomedi, MN USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 00:29:16 (EDT)
bravo once again Alex...plenty of splendid memorable photos!with all that drinkin its hard to remember everything. I'm surprised you were able to hold the camera so steady with your blood alcohol level so high....
vic, bc VanIsle - Friday, September 24, 2004 at 02:37:35 (EDT)
I'm soooo homesick! I mean: sooo Gimmelwald-sick!
So nice to be able to take a trip there on your site, once in a while!
Hi to the real old days people! (Over 40!)
Haubourdin, France - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 14:26:20 (EDT)
Planning to head to Europe in mid-November. I'm hitting Paris and then possibly Gimmelwald. Anyone know what to expect up there this time of year? I'd like to do some hiking, but understand snow could very well be on the ground.
Stephen Schauer <email@example.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 22:16:43 (EDT)
Yeah, really depends on your luck when it comes to weather at this time of the year. I think you should be OK to hike at lower elevations, but you never know, there may be snow on the ground. Check out this link...
This is an unusual query...We were in Switzerland this past Easter and spent most of our time in the Berner Oberland. We did not get to Gimmelwald...I know, I know, it's a sin we did not go, especially after enjoying your great site. We will be back next year, and will definitely visit. While there, we very much enjoyed the Swiss beer; Rugenbrau and Brau Gold. Unfortunately, we can not get it here in the States...I was wondering, in alot of the pictures I see on this site, there are folks drinking a beer with a blue bordered label and a red castle or something in the middle of the label...What is this beer? Like I said, an unusual request....
Brandan Fluman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Augustine, FL USA - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 17:01:44 (EDT)
In your getting there section you say that the trip to Gimmelwald is free with Swiss Pass. Is this the entire trip including the Gondola into Gimmelwald ? I thought the gondola was only reduced pricing. Would the gondola from Gimmelwald to Schilthorn also be free ? Thanks, Dave
Dave Houghton <Houghton@mru.com>
Westmont, IL USA - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 13:16:16 (EDT)
Swiss Pass will provide you a free ride up to Murren (which is a stop above Gimmelwald), so Gimmelwald is covered.
From Murren upwards to Schilthorn, Swiss Pass will only give you a 25% discount. To see full prices Murren-Schilthon go to the link below.
Hi! We're planning to visit bavaria next summer on a trip to purchase schutzhund trained dogs for the police department. So, we need a place to stay where we'll be able to house ourselves and a dog, Any ideas?
Oski <jconardk@aol,com >
Los Angeles, Ca USA - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 22:27:48 (EDT)
Umm. Don't really know. :)
Just returned from 6 days in Gimmelwald. Second trip was just as awesome (if not more) than the first! A bit chilly still and the weather's not all that nice, but life is still sublime in this remote region of the Swiss Alps!
Alex--Petra is ready for you guys to get there! My bed this time was 98. I understand you've got permanent dibs on 100...
Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 08:37:45 (EDT)
Hi Nathan. Yeah, unlike many places which are just not the same the second time around, Gimmelwald doesn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to making my way there soon. I like that little hostel room with a view too. :)
hey guys, it is cool that you love Gimmelwald so much. You should go and see other places in Switzerland, too, though. :)
This year is a bad year concerning the summer weather!! It might get warmer soon again though - I hope it really will for the sake of everyone that is coming to visit our country. :)
Take care and don't pick any illegal flowers. :)
Igis, GR Switzerland - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 04:05:41 (EDT)
Hi All, Just found this site and it warmed the cockle of my heart. I visited, and visited and stayed in lovely Gimmelwald back in the latter part of 1991. I became a bit of a celebrity back then with trekkers taking news of the hostel to the four corners of Europe. Many a day there would be new trekkers joining us, with many salutations for "Good Ol' Dave". It was traditinal back then for me to rustle up pancakes at about 11:00 o'clock in the morning, just as the sun shone out onto the balcony. Back then, you only got between 2 and 4 hours of direct light a day. Oh, and the evenings spent up the mountain-side at Walter's, sipping on Heidi Cocoa's (Hot Chocolate with peppermint Schnapps). Even had a big celebration for Thanksgiving that year, where Walter through open his kitchen to about 20 of us to cook up a storm.
I hope the essence of the ol' GW hasn't changed and that it is still one of the last bastions of peace and serenity. Where you can wander of an evening and still see the cows and sheep in the barns and enjoy a meal with the locals in their homes.
David Hemsworth <email@example.com>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 01:53:52 (EDT)
Hi David. All is well in Gimmelwald. Same as you remember it. Come back soon!
Just found the site and I'm all excited about visiting Gimmelwald. Any comments on where to stay (I snore) and how to get there? I'm single and a retired NASA engineer and have always wanted to go to the beautiful Swiss alps and villages. I have no idea how to get there! Waiting to hear from everyone!
Harry Fuller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Daytona Beach, Florida USA - Monday, July 05, 2004 at 16:44:54 (EDT)
Check out "Gettting there" section for detailed directions. Pension Gimmelwald (adjacent to the hostel) offers single rooms. You can stay at the hostel too (there is no age limit). Snoring? Well, I suppose hostel crowd may not like that. :)
WONDERFUL SITE!!! In planning our (daughter and me) trip to Europe (8 weeks) in the summer of 2005, I have visited and bookmarked hundreds of sites. Copied and pasted hundreds of pages of information. I will be 64 and daughter will be 48 next year and would like to stay at the Hostel in Grimmelwald for approximately 4 days. We get along well with all age groups but would like to get a few hours sleep per night. Do you think with ear plugs this is possible? We would be hiking and siteseeing by day. If you feel this is not the Hostel for us...is there another near by that you would recommend? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Antioch, CA USA - Monday, July 05, 2004 at 15:25:48 (EDT)
There is no age limit in the hostel. As long as you are comfortable in the dorms, you are very welcome to stay. Sleep should not be a problem. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. There are plenty of older than college age folks who stay at the hostel. It's a diverse crowd. Enjoy Gimmelwald!
Is it too cold to be in Gimmelwald in early April? No flowers?
calgary, AB Canada - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 01:15:39 (EDT)
Early April is a bit early for flowers. Still a winter month and snow is not uncommon. However, there are also may be days when one can wear just a T-shirt during mid-afternoon on a bright sunny day.
Jason..."Russian Man"? You bumb, I wrote you back!!! Have a grande'ol time next week (this week now I guess). Hard to believe it is nearing 1 year since I was last there. ....Alex, when are we going to get together in the city?? Take care -
NY USA - Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 15:57:31 (EDT)
Have been in love with the place since I first set foot of the gondola back in 93. When I got married I took my wife there on our honeymoon and was overjoyed she loved the place as much as I did. The hiking, the friendly people, and the scenery are burned into my memory and I look forward to the time we both can get back.
ct USA - Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 14:57:12 (EDT)
I'll be there July 30-August 10. Looks like we are going to miss each other this year.
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 18:21:57 (EDT)
Guess who's going to Gimmelwald next week? Is Russain man going?
sault ste marie, Ont Canada - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 15:23:57 (EDT)
nyc, ny USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 at 10:27:24 (EDT)
Hi Alex and all,
It's me Adrian, of "The Old Days" section.
I've just clicked around the site looking for a floor plan of the Mountain Hostel, without success. I think a floor plan would give me a much better idea of what the hostel is like now. I haven't been there since 1984!
My motivation for looking was to see if there are there any single rooms. I'd love to return but in middle age one likes more comfort etc. than a dorm provides. Besides I snore for England these days. Nobody wouldn't thank me for that.
Adrian Furniss <email@example.com>
England - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 21:26:45 (EDT)
Regarding clothing: Pack some clothes you can layer for warmth and a hat you can stuff into a daypack. Also something water proof (it sometimes drizzles and that's why the July wildflowers are so wonderful). A fleece jacket for the morning and at night. This is changeable mountain climate (think Rocky Mountains in June).
Last July, I had a great time staying in Gimmelwald (at the hostel). At 60 years of age, I was definitely the oldest person there! The hostel featured an international guest list, friendly staff, and there was plenty of hot water (you pay a small fee to shower).
I also stayed for a few nights in Mürren (in a Zimmer Frei with a communal kitchen) with a view of the spectacular peaks--the Monk, the Monster, and the Maiden. We were given "tickets" for entrance to the terrific indoor pool at the town sports hall. Wonderful.
To save money and have fun hiking we rode up on various Sail-Bahns and simply walked down. It was gorgeous. Near the villages, people were "making hay" on the steep hillsides and out on the trails the flowers were in bloom. We could hear ice falling from glaciers across the valley. There was good signage on the trails. If you're going to be out all day, wear good walking shoes or hiking boots, and bring a hat, a sweater and a waterproof jacket.
I've recommended staying in Gimmelwald at the hostel. If you want more "services" or shops, it is an easy and a scenic ride up by Sail-Bahn to Murren; then simply walk back down to Gimmelwald.
j. palik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stuttgart, Germany - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 11:57:12 (EDT)
Hey, I am going to Grimmelwald at the beginning of June. How much warm clothes should I pack? Also, I have been reading different guide books and they all recommend so many things to do. If I just have 2 days, does anyone have any suggestions as to what we should definately fit in?
Becca Thompson <email@example.com>
Tulsa, OK USA - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 10:05:45 (EDT)
Hi. can anyone tell us what we will need to bring to wear and what the weather might be like in May 2004. also how much does the trip from below to Walters on the lift cost. thanks. Cant wait to get there.
Marion and Robert Spring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
london, uk - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 05:28:51 (EDT)
Stayed for three days in June 2002, and now I just HAVE to return! Will be going back for four days in July before desceding into the madness that is Pamplona. Anyone else going to be around this same time?
Nathan Stanford <email@example.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 11:15:33 (EDT)
Hello all! I haven't been to this site in the longest time. Jason....I emailed you a few months ago and no reply, what gives? What happened to Jessy, did she fall off the face of the earth? Alex, if you read this, I am such a bumb friend. I've been spending much time in the city and live only 2.5hr train ride...next time I am there we will definitely meet up. Just took my pictures out. Miss Gimmelwald. Miss Petra and Walter and everyone inbetween. Drop me a note PLEASE!!!
Slingerlands, NY USA - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 20:42:10 (EDT)
Planning on going back to Gimmers this summer. Only for a couple of weeks probably though. I'm hoping to meet Jeff this year. Are you heading back? Let me know.
Jason Chenier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sault Ste Marie, On Canada - Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 14:32:46 (EST)
Yes, we also have been to wonderful Gimmelwald twice.
Our last trip was fall of 1998 and the calling is so great we are going back this fall (2004) our favorite time in the alps. We love to hike and are in our mid-50's and thank God we still can enjoy the simplest of pleasures.
Would love to hear from other Berner Opperland fans on favorite hikes and places to stay.
Dolly & Wayne <email@example.com>
Hartford, Wi USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 at 22:40:43 (EST)
It's great to see that Gimmelwald still provides a life changing experience. Was there the summer of '83 and still have fond memories. A special greeting to Annette Niess (Obrecht)Thanks for the letter - one is on its way to you.
Bill Himmelspach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
East Jordan, MI USA - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:24:08 (EST)
A friends have sent your beautiful pictures to my groups, and that's where I found your sites. Thanks for your beautiful and very informative site!!!
(Reference to the source: http://groups.msn.com/NRDanielle under General Topic: Title Good Advice)
Love, lights and Peace
NRDanielle Green <NRDanielleGreen@.msn.com>
Kuala Lumpur, WP Malaysia - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 02:19:03 (EST)
My family and I are traveling to Europe this summer and plan on staying in Gimmelwald for 5 nights. We will be going from Paris to Gimmelwald and are debating on whether or not to drive or take the train. It appears that the train will take about 11 hours with a few stops. We would appreciate any ideas or suggestions on the train vs car idea.
Thanks for your help.
Chris Ranney <email@example.com>
Petaluma, Ca USA - Monday, February 16, 2004 at 17:38:47 (EST)
I watched Rick Steves' show on Gimmelwald the other day. He was there filming the show while I was there in August 2002, in the pouring rain! It was interesting to watch the filming of the school, reminding me that I was standing behind the camera watching it. The camera men must have stayed behind to get that sunny, cloud and mist-free footage! Last night I dreamt I was going to Gimmelwald, and I've been thinking about it all day. Maybe I will have to make it happen!
MA USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 11:19:45 (EST)
Like all of you, I too fell in love with Gimmelwald the moment I set foot on top of the mountain. I visited there for 3/4 days back in the summer of 1975. Fell in love at the Hostel, walked the Glacier at sunrise and met many wonderful people over cheese and chocolate fondue. The very best of memories. I hope someday to return.
Scott Fletcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lagunitas, CA USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 15:33:32 (EST)
I stayed in Gimmelwald for about 3- 4 months way back in 1981 - great to see this site & know that people are experiencing as much anjoyment of this beautifull place still - curious if the current hostel is the same as the one that was there in 1981? There was an old lady who lived in the village & would come down once a week to take the $2.50 per night - is she still looking after it?
Paul Drinkwater <email@example.com>
sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 20:27:58 (EST)
I lived at the Gimmelwald Youth Hostel for 5 months in 1991. Frau Von Allmen asked me to take care of the place several times whilst she was away in Austria. She taught me to knit, how to clean wull blankets. Taking care of the place was one of the most blessed experiences of my life. There's no place like it in the world. Anyone from the 1991 days?
Stefan Lofgren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Elma, wa USA - Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 21:43:21 (EST)
I miss you Gimmelwald! I saw the Rick Steve's special today featuring Gimmelwald and all the people! I am now very very homesick. To make matters worse, I turned on my radio, and I heard "Lo-la la la la la Lo-la", so now I really want Swiss chocolate!! This means it's time for me to start saving my money for a flight back to my favorite place in the world!
not Gimmelwald, - Monday, December 01, 2003 at 02:22:22 (EST)
What a delightful surprise! Finding a website dedicated to Gimmelwald, and the Mountain Hostel. Two and a half years have passed since I hitchhiked my way through Europe, Switzerland and into the Lauterbrunnen Valley, finding no place to stay. Under the weight of my backpack and a burning sun, an irresistible urge dragged me up into the mountains, without the slightest idea of what I was about to find: the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau, three monuments for everything that stands for beauty. A year later I had to return. Because if there's no life after death, this place is the best alternative under the stars that can bring you closer to who you really are. And there not a week that passes without my warm memories of and longing for Gimmelwald, this tiny eagle nest, hidden high on the slopes of our Secret Valley.
Tom Lodewyckx <email@example.com>
Antwerp, Belgium - Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 19:28:56 (EST)
Hi Alex, I am planning a trip to Murren during ski season. What I am curious about...is the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald the same one that Rick Steve boasts about in his travel books? And also, if I am staying in Murren am I permitted to visit "the bar" during my stay? Looks like you are having a blast there!
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Sunday, November 02, 2003 at 01:36:35 (EST)
fun site, thanks.
great photos, thank you.
it is great to see people using domain names so constructively, thanks again.
london, GB - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 17:23:00 (EST)
I just booked my flight for Gimmelwald Christmas Vacation. I finally get to see it covered with white stuff. I couldn't be happier. The anticipation is killing me.
Jason Chenier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada - Friday, October 24, 2003 at 15:42:49 (EDT)
The 2003 pictures look great! We missed each other this year by a few weeks so hopefully next year I'll be able to get back there again for National Day. The views were excellent and this year Kim educated me about the legend of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, which I had never heard before. Donny and I hiked up the back of Schilthorn for the first time and it definitely made the front hike look like a cakewalk!! We returned to the hostel looking like we went to hell and back! Thank you again Petra and Walter for a great time and I'll be back soon.
P.S. Nicole, thanks for the great piano lessons!
Brian Andriolo <email@example.com>
Boston, MA USA - Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 18:07:28 (EDT)
After an absence of 4 yrs when my boys and I cycled to Gimmelwald, parked below, gondoled up, I took my wife this Sept. We stayed at Esthers in the same room as I had before and ate at the pension. Had to try "horse shit balls" Outrageous weather. Took the lift to Shilthorn as both of us had foot problems and couldn't hike.
George and Linda Nedleman
George Nedleman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cambria, CA USA - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 13:21:42 (EDT)
Yes, it is a torture to check this site again and again...!
But it's so good to read all the entries and just for a little moment remember the smell of the hay, the sound of the cow bells, the water fall across the valley, the snow glowing on a full moon night, the card plays at night, the rough military blankets (that probably changed!) on a freezing March night (with no one else in the whole place!) and so on...!
If there happens to be anybody out there visiting Gimmelwald in the 70's and 80'... maybe we met and it would be great to find out how you have coped life without Gimmelwald ever since!
Greetings to everybody and... maybe...next year in... Gimmelwald!
Annette Niess-Obrecht <email@example.com>
Haubourdin, France - Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 14:29:11 (EDT)
Arrrrgh!!!! Why oh why do I torture myself by looking at this site every few months???? My plans to return to Gimmy got foiled again this year (stupid work). The hope is next year.... Its been 5 years now since I was last there and I can still smell the air and taste the water. If you've wandered onto this site looking for a great place to visit while in Europe, you lucked out!
In the meantime, everyone looks like they're having a grand time, the way it should be! Thanks to Alex for running such a great site!
Jason Leigh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 at 13:35:14 (EDT)
Kristy, we all miss you very much but how can we compete with such a wonderful setting? Almost as beautiful as you... Stay safe and hopefully I'll see you on the side of the mountain soon. Love Jason & the kids.
Jason Schmelzkopf <email@example.com>
Perth, WA Australia - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 22:30:09 (EDT)
Jason--I didn't know you were from Sault St. Marie! I have driven from the East to Minnesota (not on a snowmobile) a few times through there. I'm leaving on another trip from Rhode Island to Minnesota to Seattle in 4 days. I'll email you once I find my contact book somewhere in my mess of stuff while moving.
nowhere, USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 15:47:49 (EDT)
I am sorry we did not meet up this year. I called in at the Hostel around 5pm one afternoon and asked the people there to say Hi for me. I did not make it to the Jungfrau this year since the guide said that hot weather had made the conditions difficult and he advised me against it. However I did have some good walks and you may like to have a look at
Finally you may be amused by a conversation I overheard when arriving in Interlaken and changing to the train to Lauterbrunnen. There was a lady with a somewhat bored teenage girl and to try and inject some enthusiasm she was reading out from a guide book about the delights of Gimmelwald. She had also struck up a conversation with a middle aged couple from the mid west and they were listen to what was being said about Gimmelwald. The glowing description reached a point where she said ' .. and Gimmelwald is the place where Heidi comes from...' At this the mid west couple became all enthusiastic and said 'well we really must go and say hello to Heidi' I was quite sorry when the lady corrected herself and said ' ah no it says Gimmelwald is the sort of place Heidi might have come from'
Gavin Litchfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 11:37:44 (EDT)
Yes, the guys at the hostel told me you stopped by. I was hiking Bietenhorn that day. We missed each other again.
Sorry to hear that you didn't get a chance to climb Jungfrau this year. The good news is that it will still be there next summer, so it's never too late.
Speaking of high peaks, I will be hiking the Inca Trail in late November and the highest point there is 4200m, just a bit higher than Jungfrau, even though it's totally a different experience. Everything is relative.
Hope we can cross paths again next summer. Same place, same time.
ive just page after trying to find out some info on cheap accomadation in prague, the pension unitas sounds a really interesting place to stay...but when you say it is not squeeky clean....i got worried..i can cope with a certain amout of dirt....but just how dirty is it...ohhh and the toilets...are they toilets or the european holes in the floors!!!lok forward to hearing your comments, janet caffrey
janet caffrey <email@example.com>
pontefract, uk - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 08:03:08 (EDT)
My experiences this summer in Gimmelwald were so valuable, and amazing to me I couldn't begin to tell you. Those people who came into my life and changed me will forever be held in the deepest part of my soul. Thank you so much to Petra and Walter. Nicole, I miss you so much. Thanks Alex for putting together such a great website. Brosht!!!!
Jason Chenier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 11:19:57 (EDT)
Hi Alex! I have finally visited the site. I showed my pictures to a couple friends today, and as I told you they practically had heart attacks from the breathtaking views. As a previous commenter said "I left against my will" applies to me too! It's only been a week but every day I have been scheming for a way to get back there as soon as possible. For all reading this, YOU HAVE TO VISIT GIMMELWALD, and stay at the Mountain Hostel. Thanks again to Petra, Walter, Jason, Jessy, and Alex! ciao, your friend, Kate.
Kate Coward <Kscoward@yahoo.com>
Providence, RI USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 17:17:11 (EDT)
Alex, Great website! The photographs are beautiful. I do hope to be able to visit Gimmelwald some day--it does look and sound truly amazing!
Karen Hinding <email@example.com>
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada - Sunday, August 03, 2003 at 19:32:12 (EDT)
I spent a marvelous time in Gimmelwald in 1980 as a student. Then, I already planned to comme back for my honeymoon. When I got married, we didn't have the money... Now that the kids are adults, we are planning this second honeymoon. As I wrote "Gimmelwald Switzerland" on the internet, your great website came first. I didn't even look at the others. Thanks.
Hélène Leclair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Casselman, Ont Canada - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 19:33:21 (EDT)
It's such a pleasure to revisit your site and see familiar names and faces. (Brian from Boston, we must grab Audrey and get together soon!!!) Thank you for this little slice of heaven!
I'm starting to plan my trip back to Gimmelwald, which is actually a trip to Italy with a side trip to Gimmelwald. (I couldn't possibly get that close and not stop by!) I won't be around for Swiss National Day this year, but any time spent there is worth it.
Enjoy your trip!
Jen (aka Becca's sister, from summer 2001)
Jen Levine <email@example.com>
Boston, MA USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 13:21:02 (EDT)
Alex, it was quite a surprise to read of your visit to Gimmelwald. My wife and I visited there in 1991 and like you, we left against our will. It is truly one of the most spectacular places on the planet. We have often commented that it is our favorite spot and long to return. Our stay was at the Hotel Mittagorn with Walter Mittler. Unfortunately it was for a brief single evening. But it marked the single most memorable travel day in our lives. I am unquestionably envious of the amount of time you have been able to visit there.
I have been fortunate in my career in that I have traveled the globe, but still find Gimmelwald at the top of my list.
Now, years later, we are beginning to plan a return trip to Europe and Gimmelwald. With two children 12 and 10, we feel it is our duty to share with them the greatest place on earth. We are looking at June of 2004 or June of 2005. Perhaps we will cross paths.
Drey Hayford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mansfield, TX USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 16:23:21 (EDT)
I had the pleasure of spending a few nights in Gimmelwald in 1995. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since. It's great to see that some things never change.
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 14:53:29 (EDT)
Lovely website! Thank you for sharing this lovely little village wtih the world.
I am considering travel in Europe next summer, after I sign my upcoming contract for publication of my novels (there, I have boasted, that's over with!) and I so much appreciate this site! Good job, Alex.
I lived in my youth years ago in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in much the same circumstances you show here - aerial tramway, for which I worked as a conductor - I lived at the top of the mountain for a summer and winter, even! - wonderful vistas, skiing in winter, hiking in summer, living a rustic and wholesome life in the out-of-doors among amusing, sincere, wonderful people. I look forward to a stay in Grimmelwald! There is nothing so beautiful - nothing! - as the high elevation mountains on a summer's day. I could live in that setting all my life.
Thank you again for this website.
Seattle, Wa USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 21:36:11 (EDT)
Thanks for leaving a comment. We are on the same page when it comes to love for the mountains! Good luck with your novels! See you in Gimmelwald.
Thanks for your reply, Alex! I really appreciate it. Why did I think the weather in Switzerland is bad between Sept. 15 and 30? Well, I looked on some of the big travel websites and they gave me that impression because they mentioned "new snow" a lot. I also noticed that most of the organized hiking tours stop completely by Sept 15 at the latest (often by Sept 1) and at least one said that Sept 20 was considered the "official" end to summer in Switzerland. Like I said, I realize there are no guarantees, but it's great to hear you be so positive about it. I won't write back to complain if there's a blizzard. ;-) This is a very helpful website. I hope you enjoy answering questions from the unknowing. I appreciate it.
kathleen q <email@example.com>
nj USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 16:46:54 (EDT)
Here is a link to my friend's website. He was in Gimmelwald in September of 2002. As you will see, that particular weekend was kind of cloudy with peaks of sunshine, but still pretty warm. People are wearing T-shirts and jackets at higher elevations. No snow. Even close to the top of Schilthorn.
How come all these people get to go to Gimmelwald??!
Anyway, just wait until my daughters are old enough not to fall off a cliff... I'll be back, too!!
Enjoy and have a thought for all those who would love to be standing there besides you! (Or sitting...)
Annette Niess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Haubourdin, France - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 14:57:47 (EDT)
I'll be returning to Europe and have to make my way to this town, however I am taking my parents with me. They are in their 70's and would not enjoy a night without a private room with a private bathroom. Any suggestions?
Kevin K <email@example.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 11:30:29 (EDT)
Try Pension Gimmelwald. I know there is at least one room with a private bathroom.
or you can try Olle and Maria's B&B (more expensive)
Other than that, there are plenty of hotels in Murren -- only a 5-min cable car ride from Gimmelwald.
Hi! This is a great website. I very much want to go to Murren in mid-September and hike down to Gimmelwald. Do you think I've got at least a 50-50 chance of having sunny days? Thanks! -- kq
kathleen q <firstname.lastname@example.org>
nj USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 15:15:23 (EDT)
Why do you think the weather is bad in September? It's not. It is likely going to be pretty warm/sunny. You never know with the weather of course (just like in any month), but generally you should be OK.
Hi Alex! I am so incredibly homesick for Gimmelwald!! Oh, how I miss the mountains and all the flowers of summer!!! It was great to see the photos you have here. . . . was I really at the bar THAT often last summer?!? As you know, there is always a reason to have a party at the good ole Mountain Hostel! I'll see ya back there, sooner or later. . .
Natalie Paskovskis <email@example.com>
Snohomish, WA USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 01:46:17 (EDT)
Here is to seeing you at THAT bar again soon!
By some strange turn of events, I get to come back to Gimmelwald at the end of June. I don't plan on leaving until after Swiss national day. Hopefully I get a chance to meet the famous or perhaps notorious Alex G. Coming back is an absolute dream come true. See you soon Petra. Cheers.
Jason Chenier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont Canada - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 14:38:51 (EDT)
Can you provide the recipe for "strange turn of events?" Perhaps others can use it to make it to Gimmelwald this summer. :)
Fun site. My son Chris (17) and I (older than dirt) will be staying in Gimmelwald and slogging the area trails for five days next week. We arrive on Thursday. Happy Trails. Anyone besides Jeremy going to be there? See you on the terrace at the Pension at sunset.
Jason Mart <email@example.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 09:53:12 (EDT)
Greetings. I wanted to give you kudos on the great site. It has been most helpful in our trip planning. I regularly get on to show friends the photos of the "little known" village in Switzerland we are visiting. My girlfriend and I will be making our first visit to Gimmelwald on June 14/15. E-mail us if you will be there at the same time. Happy travels everyone!
Jeremy Parks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Englewood, CO USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 07:50:09 (EDT)
I have booked my flight and will be back to Lauterbrunnen between 23rd and 31st July. I have a guide lined up to climb the Jungfrau this year. By the way have you seen
I know its not Gimmelwald but its as close as you get:-)
Gavin Litchfield <email@example.com>
Oxford, UK - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 09:21:24 (EDT)
Hey Gavin. Looks like we'll be on the trails at the same time this year. I'll be in Gimmelwald July 19-August 3rd (I gotta stay for Swiss National, you know). Stop by if you have a chance and say Hello. First Monch, now Jungfrau. Sounds exciting! Thanks for the link to Stechelberg webcam. I didn't know about it. I usually check schilthorn.com for the view. Looking forward to coming back to the Alps!
This is an awesome website!!! My husband and I had had our second date in Gimmelwald and fell in love during that trip. We stayed at the Mountain Hostel and hiked a lot. The pictures in this website brought back all the sweet moments we had together. I think Gimmelwald will always be my favourite vacation spot. I am starting to regret that we booked a trip to Barcelona this year, instead of Switzerland, but we'll definitely go back some time :-) Again, great website!
Malmö, Sweden - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 14:47:35 (EDT)
I look at the website whenever I get the urge to reminisce about last summer. National Day was definitely a blast, including Jimbo lighting off a firework that he barely let go of before it exploded (I have it on video, so I remember it well). Also, having a kitchen birthday party for a guy whom I had never met before that day--where else does anyone make friends so quickly than at Gimmelwald. I'm hoping to be there for August 1st again this year. All the best.
Brian Andriolo <B_Andriolo@hotmail.com>
Lowell, MA USA - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 20:31:19 (EDT)
Oh yeah, the days to remember. Here is to another get-together on August 1st, 2003! We will certainly miss Jeff if he doesn't make it. Jeff, are you reading this?! And to everyone else: Come back!
I arrived in Gimmelwald by accident in July of 1978 with a group of 9 - 20 something's - who thought we had made reservations at Grindelwald. We had to track down Gimmelwald and were speechless when we arrived at the dead-end of the valley. I, too, fell in love with that place. In the summer of 2001 my daughters called me and said: "Guess where we are - in the most amazing place - Gimmelwald!" They, too, had happened upon it while looking for Grindelwald! They got to enjoy the current hospitality and the yummy hot chocolate with schnaps! What a wonderful memory to share with so many - Now a girlfriend is headed that way and put me on to this website. I hope Margaret makes it!
Cindy Schwarm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eugene, OR USA - Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 14:01:51 (EDT)
I bet you didn't expect to see me here! ;-) Anyway, great job Alex. We should go to Gimmelwald together one of these days. You should come and visit Rocky Mountains as well. You will like it too. Talk to u later.
Calgary, AB Snowland ;-) - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 21:51:05 (EDT)
Hey Alex, I love the site and visit if frequently! Have you planned anymore trips recently...where was the last one Brazil? I am listening to Jeff's CD and I couldn't resist the temptation to revisit Gimmelwald. I was wondering if you have heard from Jimbo and Nigel at all. I can't see to find Jim. So if you here anything from him or Jim if you read this, tell him, your small buddy in portland is looking for you! I miss all my friends from Gimmelwald. Keep in touch guys!
Amy Vanderwall <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 23:44:06 (EST)
You've got a great site here! Some really beautiful photos! In these uncertain times, travel is out of the question for now, but this is a definite possibility down the road.
Nashville, TN USA - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 05:50:04 (EST)
Once I saw the website I decided that Gimmelwald is a must for my upcoming trip. The pictures are wonderful. I was just wondering what the weather is like around mid April. Will it be possible to hike?
USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 23:26:21 (EST)
Congratulations on your decision to visit Gimmelwald on your upcoming trip. You'll love it there. If you are in Gimmelwald before Easter I would call the hostel to make sure it's open. Hiking in April can be problematic at times. There will be snow at higher elevations. This shouldn't deter you from going, though. Every season has its advantages. Check out these pictures taken in April of last year.
Hey Alex, I just booked plane tickets for Abb and I to come back this summer!!! We will be there for our honeymoon from June 17th to the 30th! Can't wait!!!!! Anyone else that was there with us last summer going to be back this summer! When are you going to be there Alex!
Ryan Adler <RAdler1@ic3.ithaca.edu>
Ithaca, NY USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 16:05:39 (EST)
alex, what's up man? this is mathew formerly of las vegas
now of the big NY. I was there w/ you in july-august. Yeah that's me playing the recorder in the picture.
what a blast man, for some reason or another i ran across
this sight while browsing the web. nice job kid.
you've officially made me sad for the rest of the day
by reminding me of this place. those pics of nigel and jim were great. i want to go back so badly and envy anyone
who will be there for swiss day 2003. If you get a chance to go back again and i'm sure you will tell petra that the couple from the honeymoon sweet say hello....
what an unforgettable place
somehow i think that
you never truly leave
thanx for the memories man
and keep up the website
mathew sandoval <firstname.lastname@example.org>
new york , ny USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 12:14:26 (EST)
I was in the area last week for some superb skiing. It was the first time I have been there in winter and the views and scenery were just amazing. If you are interested have a look at
I will be back!!
Gavin Litchfield <email@example.com>
Oxford, UK - Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 07:10:33 (EST)
Good to hear from you. Yeah, it sure looks like you had a great time. Very nice photos! I may even post some here, with your permission. The place looks amazing any time of the year.
I am planning a summer trip to France, Germany, and Switzerland. We'll be renting a car for much of the trip. Is it possible or necessary to drive to Gimmelwald or should I drop the car in Interlaken? Note that after Gimmelwald, we'll be leaving to come back to the US from Zurich. Thanks.
Elaine A. Higgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 08:10:53 (EST)
You can leave the car on the Stechelberg parking lot, then catch a cable car to Gimmelwald (5 min). Very convenient. I don't remember how much it is per day to keep a car there, but I remember it being not expensive (a similar parking lot in Lauterbrunnen charges about $20 for 4 days).
Hello! What luck to stumble across this site! My best friend and I decided on Switzerland as a destination for May/June of 2003 and your site has beckoned us to visit Gimmelwald. Should we expect a lot of snow at that time of the year? Will be be able to ski or just hike? I am so excited I can't stand it! Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Portland, OR USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 11:27:17 (EST)
If you are going in late May/June, you will be able to do plenty of hiking (sorry, no skiing this late in the season). If you decide to climb Schilthorn, you will definitely encounter some snow on the trails at higher elevations (also depends on how snowy the winter is), but for the most part, you'll be able to hike without any obstacles almost anywhere. And there are many many trails that will keep you occupied for many days. You'll love it!
Just wanted to say hey to Petra and Walter from the "tall boys." Gimmelwald was by far the highlight of my short life. I miss the lady slippers, the waterfalls, Petra's smile, and Walter's axe throwing. Throwing the kids in the water trough was fun too. We hope to return to our form of heaven soon.
Andrew and Jonathan Berube
Andrew Berube <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 16:47:32 (EST)
Gimmelwald is one of those terrific few places that grabs memory bank and never let's go! I first visited in summer '74. The hostel was run by a very old mountain woman (long gone I'm sure) a tough nut she was. One of the hostel tenants scortched a piece of vinyl counter cover. The old lady held all our passports hostage until we passed the hat and paid her 25Sfr to replace the vinyl. That was just a humorous footnote to a gnarly experience. And the skiing up in Murren is excellent and extends down to Gimmelwald. The route from the summit of the Schilthorn may be the best run in the Jungfrau Region (for a good skier).
Douglas Grissinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Englewood, FL USA - Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 19:02:27 (EST)
I am planning on visiting Gimmelwald just before or just after Christmas. Is it still accessible then and is the hostel still open? Can anyone also name a Swiss ski resort or a give a URL that I can visit to get some good information?
Jennifer Wisniewski <email@example.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, December 01, 2002 at 14:42:39 (EST)
To answer your question...the hostel closes after Christmas and is rented out as a chalet to ski groups. So, if you are there before Christmas you'll be ok.
Murren, a 30-minute walk or a 5-minute cable car ride from Gimmelwald is a very popular Swiss ski resort. It is the birthplace of downhill skiing, need I say more?!
wow!!! those pictures bring to suface wonderful memories of this heaven on earth. i was there from 6/09/00 to about 6/teith something/00 it was wonderful, and i just e-mailed a fiend i meet there to tell her about this site,the website is awesome, but the place it self is undescibeable. i went to paris, amsterdam, spain, italy,and germany and i never found a place that could match the feeling i got being surrounded by those mountains. waking up to that view will stay with you forever, i was on the bottom bunk closest to the window on the right oh what a wonderful sight having that view of the "Shark's Fin"(the Engish name) right their.
hatteisburg, ms USA - Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 21:21:48 (EST)
I am asking for help. I must have the morning reveille MOOING COW techno-remix. If anyone out there knows of the song to which I am referring to please contact me with that information. Somehow by hearing those damn cows again will bring me closer to Gimmelwald and all of the wonderful memories of this past summer. Hope to hear from someone soon.
Ed Woloch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Detroit, Mi USA - Saturday, November 02, 2002 at 14:26:03 (EST)
There is a link on the main page. Just click on "Muh." (www.matterhornproject.com)
I want to thank all of you for making Gimmmelwald such a great place. Unspoiled beauty, great people, and beer. Petra, Walter, Jimbo, Nigel, Jeff - thanks for your hospitality, especially on Swiss National Day. Great pancakes in the morning and Raclette at night. And everyone else there, Alex and all the other guests/friends - you definitely helped make Gimmelwald the highlight of my 5 1/2 weeks in Europe.
Mason Curry <email@example.com>
Stanford, CA USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 14:25:07 (EST)
Just back from Gimmelwald, and I have to thank Alex for tipping us off (via this site and eurotrip.com) to such a great place!! We were on our honeymoon, so rather than the hostel we stayed at Esther's Guesthouse, which was a fantastic home away from home. And the hiking!! Although I've gotta say....the first part of the path from Tanzbodeli down to Obersteinberg was a bit of a vertigo-fest! (boy, did I feel like a doorknob inching my way along when some other hikers JOGGED past me - hehe)
Toronto, Canada - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 07:51:58 (EDT)
You made a small, although easy mistake on your Hofbrau translation. The word "brav" does not translate to brave, but rather nice or happy in the sense of satisfaction.
IN USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 04:15:09 (EDT)
I am planning a trip to Gimmelwald next spring but I think we will be there for Easter. I know the mountains never close for holidays, but does the cable cars or hostels? Any one know?
Peoria, Il USA - Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 13:04:43 (EDT)
Yo! Alex here. Can I joing the kitchen party too? Ha ha. Yeah, the summer of 2002 rocked. If anyone has any pictures to add, send them my way and I'll post. I think a reunion next summer is definitely in order.
Alex Galitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 00:58:11 (EDT)
Hello Everyone. I just wanted to say that Gimmelwald rocks. Thanks to Petra and Walter for their hospitality and Walter, sorry about the axe handle. Nigel, maybe we can find a place in Toronto that sells boots. Alex, dude your web site rocks, I would like to thank you for the great pics and the memories. And to everyone whom I met this summer, thank you for helping to make the time spent in Gimmelwald among the best I've ever had...Take care...Jimbo
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 17:24:46 (EDT)
Yo guys! How is everyone! Yes, the summer of 2002 was definately a blast. Alex...good pics man! Petra...I will be home tomorrow night! Jeffe.....you need a manager man...a manager I say....Jimbo....good news, we can come back to Gimmelwald anytime as I have confirmed that they will continue to sell both Beer AND whiskey well into the new year.....kitchen parties baby!..Amy....you still have my I.O.U right! Its still valid!
Thanks to all who made this summer so fun! Talk to you all later and hopefully see you all again soon!
Nigel Baker <nibaker hotmail.com>
Brampton, On Canada - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 15:00:53 (EDT)
I Love to comeback to this site. Just like everyone elese when I saw the pictures I said I MUST GO TO GIMMELWALD!.It was one of my FAV places i visited on my European Trip. The people are GREAT...you CAN"T get better views anywhere. I wish i could go back tomorrow if I could, and I can't belive its been almost a year since I have been there. I still remamber the GREAT people...the GREAT hostel...and the amazing hours of hiking and not being disturbed by anoyne. Well just like everyone else I keep downloading the pics for my wallpaper.....and keep the memories at least for now on my PC...till i get a chance to return.
Mike & Kurt
P.s:hello to all the CALI girls ...GEoff (the stalker)...and the great ALP climbin girls
Toronto, ON Canada - Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 10:54:47 (EDT)
Hello! I happened upon this site by chance, and all I can say is WOW. I am currently planning a summer 2003 trip to Europe (my first, IF I can raise enough money, lol) and was unsure if i should include Grimmelwald or not. I had heard many good things about it, but this site really made up my mind. The views are breathtaking! I cannot wait to go! Keep up the great work, I will be back soon!
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Friday, September 27, 2002 at 23:37:12 (EDT)
What can I say but WOW! I checked out this site because someone I know from the net is going to be visiting Switzerland soon, otherwise I never would have stumbled across it. I'm glad I did...great site! And what a beautiful place Gimmelwald looks to be. I don't travel often but am always dreaming of where I would want to go when I someday have the chance. Gimmelwald is definitely that place! Thanks so much for a glimpse into it!
Goderich, OT Canada - Friday, September 27, 2002 at 09:52:20 (EDT)
Unfortunately my visit to Gimmelwald coincided with the rain that caused the terrible floods in Central Europe. I could only imagine what the beautiful views looked like! I will definitely return to try this special place again. Those mountains are calling my name!
Boston, MA USA - Monday, September 16, 2002 at 08:29:18 (EDT)
I pop onto this site once every few months and it was great to see the 2002 update this time! Its looks like everyone had a great summer and I once again missed out (can't believe its been 4 years...).
Also nice to see some pix of Johnnie and Troy back in town and also Petra, Walter and the brood looking happy and healthy. Mark my words I will be back next year! I've already got the time off and can't wait for the winter to go by.
A big thanks to Alex for the great website, and to all of you who in the course of your travels make the hostel the legend that it is!
Jason Leigh <email@example.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 16:08:06 (EDT)
I just returned from Europe a few weeks ago and was in Gimmelwald with Abb, my fiance. We unfortunately had to leave the night before Swiss National Day, but had the most awesome time. It was definitely the highlight of both of our trips. We met some awesome people. Anyone who was there at the same time as us send an e-mail. We are highly considering coming back for our honeymoon next year. We were gung-ho Hawaii until we discovered Gimmelwald. Can't wait to get back there!
Ryan Adler <RAdler1@ic3.ithaca.edu>
Ithaca, NY USA - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 17:47:03 (EDT)
I visited Mountain Hostel about 4 years ago -- your pictures really bring me back! Thanks Alex.
santa cruz, ca USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 06:12:17 (EDT)
Hi everyone! I missed Swiss Day but I was in Gimmelwald at the end of May/beginning of June. It was my second trip there, the first one being about 10 years ago. And once again I forgot to sign the guestbook. Argh! But I made a lot of new friends. Petra and Walter have done an amazing job fixing up the hostel. I almost cried when I left!
Alex, I love your website. I often use pictures from this website for my computer wallpaper! I can't wait to go back and do more of the hikes.
Christine Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
minneapolis, mn USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 17:03:55 (EDT)
Thanks, Christine. Don't feel bad about not signing the guestbook. I didn't do it this time either. The old one was completely finished and the new one wasn't available yet. :) See you on the trails!
nice pics from this summer! hello to everybody that made summer2002 the blast that it was! jeff
victoria, bc kanata - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 12:45:51 (EDT)
yo jeff, the summer 2002 was definitely a blast.
I don't know if you remember but I left an entry on your
site in April. I have been about five times to the Lauterbrunnen Valley
with my first visit in 1966 when I camped at Stechelberg with
a friend from university. I stayed in Lauterbrunnen at the end
of July this year and called into the hostel on late afternoon
on 23rd July just to say hi on the off chance you would be there
The guys on the veranda said you were out hiking which is
understandable because the weather was great.
I am feeling very proud of myself because I was joined by a
friend halfway throught the holiday and after two days of
training with a guide we climbed the Monch. It was a fantastic
feeling to get to the top and the views were amazing. If
you are interested in some photos have a look at
I registered as 'An Old Buffer' and put an entry in the summit log.
I suppose like you I have a facination for the area and was lucky
to have the opportunity and resources to try out something
a bit more adventurous.
I will undoubtedly be back again.
Gavin Litchfield <email@example.com>
Oxford, England - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 12:40:00 (EDT)
Gavin, the photos look amazing. What an experience! Sorry we missed each other this summer, but we both know that we'll be back.
Hey everybody! I just love Alex's website! All those great people who stay at my place give me a smile on my face every morning! So many people arrive as guest and so many leave as friends! I dont know how many times i cried when people left(canadians smile)! I thank you all for coming up to Gimmelwald and helping me running such a great show!
Love you !
Gimmelwald, Switzerland - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 10:45:55 (EDT)
Petra, it is a great show and, like many others, I always look forward to coming back!
I'm happy to say that the guestbook is back! It's been down for a few months--the provider I'd been using went out of business one day and all old entries are unfortunately not recoverable. It has taken me a while to find a suitable replacement.
I (and I'm sure many others) would love to hear from everyone--old friends, all of you who have stayed in Gimmelwald at one time or the other, and anyone who has just stumbled upon this website for the first time. After all, this website is for you!
Alex Galitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New York, NY USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 00:20:42 (EDT)