Gimmelwald is a small mountain village in Bernese Highlands region of Switzerland. Its location is on the western ledge of Weisse Lutschine valley just aboveStechelberg and south of Murren. It’s a car-free resort, accessible only by cable car or foot.
No matter where you are coming from, you have to pass through Interlaken first. Though a relatively small town, Interlaken has two train stations–Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost. From the latter the fastest journey to Gimmelwald takes 55 minutes, and trains leave once an hour starting at 6:30am and then at 20 minutes past every hour (7:20am, 8:20am, 9:20am, etc. except 20:20) until 22:20. Round-trip ticket Interlaken Ost–Gimmelwald costs 32.00 Sfr. (26.00 Sfr. with Eurail and free with Swiss Pass).
Fastest way, step-by-step:
1) Take the Interlaken Ost–Lauterbrunnen train. Be careful. This train has two parts. The first half goes to Lauterbrunnen. The second half goes to Grindelwald. The cars are marked. Make sure you board the correct one. You will arrive in Lauterbrunnen 20 minutes later.
2) Take the Lauterbrunnen–Stechelberg bus. Once you get out of the train, cross the tracks and walk about 50-100 meters to your right, where you will find a bus stop. It’s the only bus and Stechelberg is the end of the line, so you can’t go wrong. The ride is about 12 minutes long, and you will disembark right next to the gondola station. (Note: Try to avoid the 20:20 train out of Interlaken because you will get to Lauterbrunnen when the Lauterbrunnen–Stechelberg bus is not running. There is a bus at 19:50 and 21:50, but nothing in between.) OR
2) Walk from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg. It’s about an hour and a half flat walk (longer with a photo camera) to the gondola station and is well worth it, even with a full backpack on one’s shoulders. If the weather is nice and the sun is still out it’s a good alternative to a bus.
3) Take the gondola to its first stop. 5 minutes ride. Welcome to Gimmelwald! (I should point out that it’s possible to hike from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, though I don’t recommend doing it with your full backpack. It’s a relatively steep climb up (500 feet gain in elevation), which will take you close to 1.5 hours.)
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