Since my first trip to one of our local mountain villages, which turned out to be an absolutely wholesome and life-changing experience, I’ve advocated for mountain trips to my friends and family to improve their lives. It was an unforgettable journey that ignited my passion for helping others experience the same.
If you are looking for an authentic idyllic mountain village in Switzerland, you literally have a plethora of options. However, one you should really consider visiting is Gimmelwald. It’s rustic, breathtaking, and close to the country’s top destination in the Jungfrau Region—you can easily include Gimmelwald in your Switzerland itinerary.
Gimmelwald ain’t for everyone, but it can be a paradise for some – like me! In today’s post, I’ll tell you the experiences you can have from visiting Gimmelwald—the reasons why you would see it.
Gimmelwald is the smallest and the southernmost village in Lauterbrunnen within the Jungfrau Region in central Switzerland. It is a traffic-free village that sits above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where visitors behold an unobstructed view of the spectacular craggy face of the Jungfrau massif.
What do I love so much about non-touristy mountain villages like Gimmelwald? Visiting them gives visitors a sense of adventure and relaxation at the same time.
Most importantly, the authenticity factor in Gimmelwald—you don’t commonly find it often in those over-commercialized resort towns. In Gimmelwald, uncovering authentic experiences and getting a feel for Swiss culture is much easier.
Did you know? Gimmelwald only has a population of around 100, most of whom are farmers and have kept their traditional way of life since then. Simply wandering in Gimmelwald is a fantastic opportunity to get a glimpse into a unique culture and lifestyle!
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Fun fact! You can even find more cow troughs than mailboxes in Gimmelwald.
Things To Do In Gimmelwald
If traveling in Switzerland isn’t too pricey, I could spend all day in Gimmelwald wandering, staring at the mountains, and taking in nature and rustic beauty.
The tranquil atmosphere and stunning sceneries in mountain villages are indeed a feast for the senses! It’s a simple yet incredible place, and I’m sure wanderers like me will have a fantastic time.
If you’re into sightseeing, you might want to compare the views from Gimmelwald with the views from other villages/places in the Jungfrau Region:
- Lauterbrunnen: Lauterbrunnen Map: 7 Best Viewpoints & Photo Spots – HEAVEN ON EARTH!
- Wengen: Should You Visit Wengen: Best Reasons & 10 Things To Do – Breathtaking overlooking views of Lauterbrunnen
- Mannlichen: How to Reach Männlichen and Make the Most of Your Trip – Jungfrau Region’s best viewpoint.
- Harder Kulm: Visiting Harder Kulm: Here’s What You Can Expect To See – My second pic for Jungfrau Region’s best view point.
- Grindelwald: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary – Epic views of Eiger and Bachalpsee
- Iseltwald: Why Visit Iseltwald and How to Get to This Beautiful Village – come here to see the most turquoise lake in the Jungfrau Region.
Gimmelwald is a beautiful place for people looking to do introspection, too. It’s so serene in Gimmelwald that all you can hear is nature.
The thundering waterfalls cascading down the valley, the chirping of birds, the chiming cowbells, and the breeze brushing against your ears – these sounds will help you clear your mind and find your silver lining.
Visiting Gimmelwald may seem to be just about appreciating nature and tapping the real meaning of travel. But that’s not true; there are a few more that you can try!
There are five things to do in Gimmelwald I recommend, and I think they can convince you to visit this beautiful village. We’ll discuss those next.
I’ll add some tips to our discussion. I hope everything can help you make your Gimmelwald trip awesome if you decide to visit. Let’s go!
1. Explore The Rustic Village
What separates Gimmelwald from other villages in Lauterbrunnen is simple: the close relationship of Gimmelwald’s inhabitants and with nature and livestock.
Needless to say, you will see it when you explore the village—the first thing to do in Gimmelwald. The charming decorated barns, chalets, flower-adorned fountains, and rustic cheese houses dotting the village meadows are proof of this “relationship.”
Gimmelwald may be small, but it’s got some serious charm. You can take in all the sights in just 2-2.5 hours with a leisurely stroll, snapping pictures of the eye-catching sights you’ll come across.
There are two stunning places of interest in Gimmelwald that you won’t want to miss. The first is the Chässpycher Cheese storehouse, and the second is the Kuhglockenhaus.
Of all the buildings in Gimmelwald, the Chässpycher Cheese storehouse is the most attention-grabbing. You can find it along the village’s main road (a 4-minute walk from the cable car station).
Without its name, it’s hard to know what it is for. Nevertheless, the Chässpycher Cheese storehouse’s rustic and flower-decorated facade will make you smile once your sight lands on it.
Also, along Gimmelwald’s main road and between the two hotels, Olle & Maria’s Bed and Breakfast and Pension Gimmelwald, you can find Kuhglockenhaus. It’s the building that has the photo-inspiring hanging cowbells arranged in size.
If you are from the village’s cable car station, you should arrive at Kuhglockenhaus before the Chässpycher Cheese storehouse first. Kuhglockenhaus is only a 2-minute walk from Gimmelwald’s cable car station.
Don’t worry; I’ve included the Google Maps coordinates in the resources section of this post, so you can check them out for yourself if you decide to visit Gimmelwald. But here’s what they look like:
There are plenty of awesome little gems to be found in Gimmelwald, just waiting to be discovered along the village’s roads. It’s not hard to find them.
For example, another must-see gem is the Y-shaped, flower-embellished fountain. It’s situated between the Chässpycher Cheese storehouse and Kuhglockenhaus. The photo on the lower left below shows the flowery fountain.
Meanwhile, the little flowery chalet (upper right) is just steps away from the cable car station and playground.
Suppose you want to visit other places of interest in Gimmelwald. In that case, you can simply check the info point board outside the cable car station. It also indicates the hotels, restaurants, hiking trails, and other facilities in Gimmelwald.
Do you need help exploring Gimmelwald? Or do you want a route to follow to see the different parts of the village? You can check my Komoot map in the resources section of this article.
2. Try The Village’s Award-Winning Beer
Gimmelwald isn’t only famous for its ultimately idyllic village. It is also known for a kind of Schwarzbier (Dark Beer), which has won several awards over the past few years.
That beer is called Schwarz Mönch, and it is one of the reasons why you must visit Gimmelwald, especially if you love beer! Its fascinating story and award-winning taste should explain further.
Did you know? Schwarz Mönch Beer was inspired by a mountain that looms over Gimmelwald?
The creation of Schwarz Mönch all started when a small inn owner looked up at the mountain opposite his Pension in Gimmelwald and had an idea. He thought the name of the mountain, the Schwarzmönch, would be perfect for a dark beer, especially as it was connected with brewing.
With the help of a brew kit from London and ingredients from a craft brewing supplier in Brixton, he made his first brew in 2013. After a few years, the recipe was refined. The beer became a thirst-quenching, smooth, dark lager, perfect for drinking after outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.
Schwarz Mönch received several awards for its unique and delicious taste over the next few years.
Schwarz Mönch was named the highest-rated Schwarzbier in the world by the UNTAPPD beer rating app from 2018 to 2020, indicating that beer enthusiasts from around the world appreciate its quality.
It also received a Silver medal at the 2019 London Beer Competition, which is a prestigious event that evaluates beers based on quality, value, and packaging.
Schwarz Mönch also won a Gold medal in 2019 from “Brauundrauchshop.ch,” further recognizing its excellent taste and quality.
And lastly, the beer has even received praise from the Executive Director of the NH Brewers Association, who raved about its Schwarzbier style.
If you want to try Schwarz Mönch Beer, you can go to the exact place where it was born—Hotel Pension Gimmelwald. One of the hotels closest to Gimmelwald cable car station. I linked its Google Map coordinates in the resources section of this post.
You can see how much is a night in Hotel Pension Gimmelwald here.
3. Hike To Sprutz Waterfall
Suppose you want to get in touch with nature on your Gimmelwald trip. In that case, you should definitely consider hiking to Sprutz Waterfall. It’s not an easy hike, but if you’re visiting Gimmelwald during the summer, it’s definitely worth the effort.
The waterfall’s name, Sprutz, means “spray” in English – and that’s your hint as to why it’s a great spot to visit when it’s hot and sunny. When you reach the waterfall, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing spray of cold alpine water.
What’s so great about Sprutz is that the hiking trail takes you right behind the waterfall. Not only will you be quenched by the invigorating spray of cold water, but you’ll also be able to hear the calming sound of the cascading water from behind it.
From behind the waterfall, you can take in the stunning view of the ravine and the majestic mountains in the distance, adding to the worthiness of the hike.
If you’re coming, I’d suggest bringing some grub – the hike to Sprutz Waterfall from Gimmelwald takes around 1.5 to 2 hours each way. Once you get there, you can have a kickass picnic and refuel for the hike back.
Before you start your hike from Gimmelwald to Sprutz, ensure you’re prepared. It’s a 2-kilometer trek with a 300-meter elevation, and most of the trail is dirt and alpine. You’ll need a good pair of hiking shoes to make sure you’re comfortable throughout your hike.
Lastly, half of the hiking trail has a tree cover, so it’s a nice hike even when the sun is shining bright.
The hiking trail to Sprutz Waterfall is clearly marked on the Gimmelwald info point board. But I’ve got you covered if you need more detailed information about the route. I’ve prepared a route in Komoot – check out the link in the resources section of this post.
4. See The Most Tranquil Views Of Lauterbrunnen Valley
A trip to Gimmelwald is not complete without witnessing the best awe-inspiring views from the village.
Nestled in the untapped parts of the Jungfrau Region and in the southernmost part of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Gimmelwald is where you can discover the most unique and rarely seen parts of this slice of paradise.
The views in Gimmelwald are also the most tranquil-looking because they are free from the strands of the cableways and tracks of the funicular. It’s definitely the case when you face Sefinental (Sefinen Valley) south of Gimmelwald — it is all trees, streams, and snow-capped peaks!
There are two specific places in Gimmelwald I can suggest visiting if you want this view. First is “Allmiweg,” and another is the village viewpoint, labeled as “picnic benches” in Google Maps.
Among the two viewpoints, the easiest you can visit is the picnic benches at the far end corner of the main road of Gimmelwald.
If you are from the cable car station, walk straight towards Alte Säge Gimmelwald. You should arrive at the picnic benches within 7 to 10 minutes.
It’s a great spot to hang out and take in the different views of the mountains in the Jungfrau Region. The picnic benches have an informative board with the names of the peaks you can see from Gimmelwald, which is really cool for inquisitive travelers.
For travelers who want an overlooking view of Gimmelwald, like seeing the entire village, Allmiweg is the place to be. It’s the hiking trail loop above the village (northwest), where vistas of meadows dotted by chalets await.
You should see the overall path where Allmiweg goes from the Gimmelwald info point board. But if you want to check its specifications, you can preview the route I prepared for you, which I linked at the end of this post.
Overall, Allmiweg is an easy hike, approximately 2.5 kilometers long. Almost all parts of the hiking trail are relatively flat, aside from the Wyenbach section near Murren.
You can finish Allmiweg in an hour and a half, but your hike could take much longer if you want to pick up some souvenirs from the shops along the trail.
5. Buy A Souvenir From The Honesty Shop
This may be the last thing to do in Gimmelwald, but definitely, it’s not the least!
If you’re after a truly unique experience in the Jungfrau Region, then Gimmelwald and its Honesty Shop are a must-visit. Here, you can have a meaningful shopping experience like no other!
Trust and honesty are the foundations of Honesty Shop’s retail model—a refreshing breeze in the world of business. And honestly, it’s so amazing to see a shop based on traditional values.
In Gimmelwald’s Honesty Shop, there are no pushy sales assistants or long lines to deal with. Instead, you’re free to browse the merchandise at your own pace and select the items that catch your eye.
Once you’ve made your selections, simply place the correct amount of cash in an “honest envelope” and drop it in the red “honesty box” provided. It’s a straightforward and honest way of shopping that’s all too rare these days.
What I love most about the Honesty Shop is its authenticity. It’s not just a souvenir shop; it’s a reflection of Gimmelwald’s local community and its culture.
From Swiss bric-a-brac to other locally made products, there are many to choose from. When you buy souvenirs from the Honesty Shop, you can feel good knowing you’re also supporting the village’s local artisans.
Finding the Honesty Shop in Gimmelwald is a breeze – it’s right in the same building as the Hotel Pension Gimmelwald.
If you want a two-in-one experience, why not grab a Schwarz Mönch beer from the Honesty Shop? It’s a great way to make your time in the village even more memorable.
For more souvenir/merchandise options in Gimmelwald, you can check the following shops (see Google Map location in the resources section):
- Frische Lebensmittel vom Bauernhof for fresh farm products
- Handgearbeitete Produkte for local handicrafts
Is Gimmelwald Worth Visiting?
So, that’s it! Those are my 5 recommended things to do in Gimmelwald. Did they convince you to visit the village? Well, if not yet, here’s my final take to sway you—answering the question: is Gimmelwald worth visiting?
Gimmelwald may be a small village with fewer tourist attractions, but it’s worth one meaningful trip. Aside from the breathtaking views and rustic setting, in Gimmelwald, you can discover two beautiful sides of Swiss culture: (1) the relationship of residents with nature and livestock and (2) heartwarming values based on trust and honesty.
With that being said, you should definitely consider adding Gimmelwald to your Switzerland trip. Not only will it be an unforgettable experience due to the stunning scenery, but it will also be a truly meaningful one.
How To Visit Gimmelwald?
Are you now planning to visit Gimmelwald? No worries because it’s straightforward, although it may require a few steps.
First, you have to get to Interlaken, which is the regional transport hub for the Jungfrau Region. Interlaken has direct train connections from Zurich, Basel, and Bern (One Day In Bern Itinerary: Landmarks & Scenic Spots Tour)
Once you arrive in Interlaken, ride another train to Lauterbrunnen. Travel time shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes. Discover Interlaken from the links below.
- Beautiful Places To Visit In Interlaken And Jungfrau Region
- 10 Unmissable Things To Do In Interlaken Jungfrau Region
In Lauterbrunnen, you can find buses heading to Stechelberg (bus #141). Hop on it and alight in the Stechelberg, where you can find the cable car station to Schilthorn. The first station up is Gimmelwald.
By the way, the second cable car station to Schilthorn after Gimmelwald is Mürren. It is a chill and thrill village that’s very close to Gimmelwald. Learn more about Murren here, 10 Best Things To Do In Murren.
If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
Resources: Things To Do In Gimmelwald
If you want to visit Gimmelwald during your travels to the stunning Jungfrau Region, here are Google Map locations and Komoot routes to help you maximize your trip.
- Google Maps: location of the most beautiful chalet in Gimmelwald (Chässpycher Cheese storehouse)
- Google Maps: location of the building with many hanging cowbells (Kuhglockenhaus)
- Google Maps: location of the Y-shape fountain with flowers.
- Google Maps: Valley viewpoint (with information about the surrounding peaks)
- Google Maps: Frische Lebensmittel vom Bauernhof (farm products)
- Google Maps: Handgearbeitete Produkte (handicrafts)
- Google Maps: Honesty Shop Gimmelwald (different merchandise)
- Google Maps: Picnic Benches (Best viewpoint in the village)
- Komoot: Gimmelwald loop
- Komoot: Allmiweg loop
- Komoot: Gimmelwald to Sprutz Waterfall
If you want to learn more about the Schwarz Mönch Beer, you can check their website: schwarzmonch.com
Do you already have a place to stay during your Jungfrau Region excursion? You can find the best hotel deals in the Jungfrau Region here. Use the map feature of the hotel browser so you can easily find the hotel with the most convenient location for you.
Lastly, you can check out more things to do in the Jungfrau Region or Bernese Oberland here.
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