What is your dream vacation? Maybe a warm sandy beach? Let me quickly tell you about mine.
Picture this — you’re surrounded by snowy mountains as you walk up towards a small cabin. In the background is the blissful sound of snow tumbling down a slope and breaking tree branches. As you breath in the cold fresh air your lungs open as far as they can go. It almost hurts. You open the door to the cabin and are instantly greeted by a cozy looking fire. You start to look forward to the delicious cookies and the fresh milk you just purchased at the local shop. Are you there yet?
Gimmelwald gave me everything I just described, right down to the fresh milk. If you are ever looking for places to visit in Switzerland — Gimmelwald is a must! It’s a small quaint town in the Swiss alps. We arrived via train to the city of Lauterbrunnen. Then we hopped on a free, 10-minute bus ride to the cable car station. We rode the cable car straight to Gimmelwald. Easy-peasy.
We spent 3 lovely days relaxing and walking through this tiny town. (The above picture is basically the town.) The hubs took the cable car up 2 more stations to reach the Schilthorn for the amazing views. (PS: That’s the place to ski, if you’re not afraid of heights and dense fog.) The town is small and you rarely see any other human beings – it’s the perfect place to relax and admire the stunning surroundings.
If you really want to enjoy the take-it-easy feel that Gimmelwald offers, we suggest you make a stop at the grocery store located across the street from the train station. Once you’re up in Gimmelwald, finding a grocery store/market is impossible, because there aren’t any! Haha. If you arrive on a good day, you might find some cookies, chocolate, chips, cheese and milk at the first Honesty Shop in Europe. You might be asking yourself, what is an Honesty Shop? Remember how I said that you rarely see any other people? Well, the Honesty Shop is a self check-out store. There is no clerk, cashier, or stock-boy. You’re all on your own. The prices are clearly listed on everything. There are envelopes and pens for you to write down what you took and how much money you are leaving. There is no change bucket so bring plenty of change with you.
There are also several trails that lead to waterfalls. Unfortunately, we were not able to see any due to the snow. We hope to someday be able to go back during late spring and really enjoy Gimmelwald in all its magnificence and splendor.