Gimmelwald is a serene small village with fewer tourist attractions, but it is like something out of a fairy tale. Gimmelwald is one of the last travelvdestinations in Switzerland to retain that true small village feel. Nestled on its cliff-top home in the stunning Alps, this charming farmer’s hub is indeed a piece of Heaven on Earth. Relish in the seclusion of this car-free village in the Swiss Alps. Hike along spectacular mountain trails with the thundering waterfalls cascading down the valley, the chirping of birds, the chiming cowbells, and the breeze brushing against your ears. The tranquil atmosphere and stunning sceneries in mountain villages are indeed a feast for the senses!
Gimmelwald is a small traffic free village in the Bernese Oberland in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. It is located between Stechelberg and Mürren. Additionally it is one of the few traffic-free villages in Switzerland where access by car is not possible due to a missing road connection. The main transportation to Gimmelwald is the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn aerial tramway famous for connecting the Schilthorn. The approach is spectacular, giving you butterflies in your tummy. The aerial cable car rises from Stechelberg along the cliff walls as you pass magnificent waterfalls.
The unspoilt, pedestrian, alpine village lies in the heart of the Swiss alps perched high on the edge of a cliff and embraced by Mother Nature herself. Chalets decorated with flowers, a cheese storehouse in the middle of the village, cattle grazing all around. Footpaths leave directly from the house and lead over lush green meadows, carpets of flowers, cool streams. It always offers impressive views of the mountainous scenery. Weary walkers can treat themselves right at the farm specialities like cheese, sausages and much more.
On steep meadows, in mountain forests and wetlands, on alpine pastures and in barren rocky landscapes, the great variety of mountain flowers shows itself in all its beauty. The Alpine spring shows this particularly impressively with large, colourful carpets of flowers. In high summer, even at high altitudes, small, tough mountain flowers bloom in the barren, Alpine landscape. Around Gimmelwald you can marvel at rare orchids, lily plants such as the Turk’s League, various gentians. Also with a bit of luck, those who go to high altitudes will also find the edelweiss.
In winter, Gimmelwald puts on a thick coat of soft snow. Spend all day in Gimmelwald wandering, staring at the mountains, and taking in nature and rustic beauty. Go skiing or snowboarding and come back to the village to enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine beside a log fire. And there are plenty of awesome little gems to be found in Gimmelwald.
Besides famous for its ultimately idyllic village, this place is also known for a kind of Schwarzbier (Dark Beer), which has won several awards over the past few years. The village is at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage site the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area. As Gimmelwald is located in the heart of the alps and rests at 1’400 meters above sea-level. Thus you have to be prepare yourself for the weather changing very quickly and dramatically.