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Gimmelwald Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 109 photos
It's not true that everybody who goes to Gimmelwald does so because Rick Steves tells them. I had never heard of Rick Steves until I told people I was coming here and had decided on it after reading a lot of guide books. I was looking for a perfect Alpine village, with flowerfilled meadows and cows wearing bells, preferably one with as few visitors as possible.
Gimmelwald, not too far from Interlaken on the route to Schiltorn, ticked all these boxes.From the casual way it was mentioned as being somewhere you pass, on the way to somewhere else, it seemed like it might be just what I wanted. The fact that there was apparently 'nothing' there was the biggest attraction of all, because in this case, as I had hoped, nothing in fact equalled everything.
There are no pubs, or shops in Gimmelwald. You can't buy a coke or an icecream there or a postcard or even a souvenir cow wearing a bell. To get there you must take a cable car.In other words it's perfect and if you want an idyllic slice of Switzerland served up on a mountainous platter, then look no further. Gimmelwald will knock your socks off!
Already exhausted, at the very end of my afternoon in Gimmelwald,I foolishly climbed down a very steep track in front of the Mountain Hostel. Even more foolishly, I managed to leave my prescription sunglasses in the meadow I took photos in. When I missed the glasses I had climbed back up and could not have gone down again to save my life. Enter Jenny from Colorado, who for absolutely no reason and for a total stranger to boot, climbed all the way down to the bottom of the trail then back up again to return my glasses to me. Jenny and her husband Gust were just some of the great people I met on this trip but I will never, ever forget Jenny's kindness and generosity of spirit.
No ? How very remiss of me. This photo ( and the others inside ) tells you all you need to know. Switzerland has some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes and achingly beautiful valleys and villages. It took me a long time to get here and a pretty long detour en route from Germany to Ireland but it was worth every second of the journey.
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