Have you made up your mind to visit some exotic place in Europe which is graciously traffic-free? Think of visiting Gimmelwald, the city which hangs nonchalantly on the edge of a cliff, easily approachable from Interlaken, a traditional town in just 30 minutes by car or train. This alluring village in Switzerland has more cows than mailboxes. You would love this scenic village where men still smoke hand carved pipe instead of modern cigarettes, and children grow up playing barn.
In this read, we have recommended some must-do activities which you must keep in your ‘to do’ list. Visit the heavenly village to cherish your tour experiences in one of the most unpolluted zones of the world.
From Gimmelwald, hike to Tanzbodeli, one of the most picturesque places in Lauterbrunnen region, which provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the mountainscape. Try visiting it on a clear day for the best experience, and you’ll feel being at the center of the Jungfrau Region, watching the laden glacier peaks.
The total hike distance from Gimmelwald to Tanzbodeli is about 13.9 kilometers. The hike is relatively simple, although it has a steep incline, and the air goes thinner as you climb up.
2. Airtime Paragliding
Paragliding can be the best adventure activity that will give you the adrenaline rush you always wanted. From Gimmelwald, you have to route through Schilthorn, and then overlook the valley of Lauterbrunnen. You must get over all your fears to enjoy the most of paragliding. Cascade through the chilling air and observe the scenic Alps all over.
Well, the view you will get is nothing short of a spectacular one, and perhaps a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t worry, your guide will accompany you all through and will scare the hell out of your mind through his expert wing-over maneuvers. Make sure you book your paragliding slots online and in advance.
3. Via Ferrata
The term ‘via ferrata’ comes from an Italian word, which means the iron pathway. The via ferrata pathway starts from above the Lauterbrunnen valley in the lovely village of Murren and then leads to a deep steep downwards. It takes almost 2 hours to trek down the ropeway of via ferrata, covering 2.2 kilometers at a steep of nearly 400 meters. The term via ferrate also signifies the intermediate period between normal climbing and mountain climbing.
The spectacular views of the Bernese Alps while adventuring the Via ferrata can be the most daring act added to your diary.
4. Trummelbach Falls
Visit the magnificent glacier of Trummelbach Falls, which is a series of 10 stunning waterfalls inside a cave-like environment. It is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. The elevator tunnel will lead to a steep rise where the highest waterfall can be accessed. You will pass through the dimly-lighted tunnel, and be careful as the slippery, frozen floor might prevent you from a fall-free walk.
The small lookouts and cut-outs will provide viewing points. You’ll see a spectacle of milky white glacier making its way twisting, tumbling, and finally pirouetting its way through the sculpted rocks. You’ll no doubt have the opportunity to capture some good snaps from such a great height.
5. Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg
If you are an adrenaline junkie, try your way through the Thrill Walk, a dramatic walkway to experience an all-new adventure. Walk along the 200 meters long steel and glass bridge clinging to the side rock at Schilthorn. The magnificent walkway ends up in the Birg cable car station. There you will find several sections giving you the ultimate thrill, including an eight-meter long tunnel standing above a 250 meters drop. Although there will be a protective net below your feet, there are some places where you have to walk over the glass only.
Enjoy some exciting selfie session at the Schilthorn peak, which was featured in the sixth bond movie series, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’
You can enjoy the hike to Schilthorn, even with your kids and family. You will admire the picturesque view of the Bernese Alps once you ride the cable car to Schilthorn. The hike will have its starting point at Birg, which is just a stop before Schilthron. It will descend almost 11 km to Gimmelwald, where you can catch the cable car and then get down for exploring more.
Although the hike is not one of the toughest, still better if you take the help of sticks, of course, no strollers. Even kids can hike this track with the help of sticks. So, no worry!
7. Skiset Wengen
Skiset Wengen is situated close to the city center so you can quickly come here and shop for your skiing equipment here. You will get various types of sleds, ski sticks, and many more things of utility.
Enjoy skiing at Wengen, which can be very exciting, and you will surely remember it through a lifetime.
8. Interlaken Walking Tours
While you travel to Gimmelwald, explore Interlaken to the best of your interest. You may enjoy free walking tours, Swiss food and culture tours, private city walk and many more. Explore the city, people, food, and, most importantly, the culture of the town.
You can make advance booking of slots online to secure the most suitable tour close to your heart.
9. Stay at Hotel Pension Gimmelwald
While you plan to enjoy the rejuvenating breeze at the Alps Mountain, make sure you opt for a stay at the Pension Hotel, one which is over a hundred years old. If you have a booking, then you are welcome for dining, else you have to make a booking. Enjoy European cuisine, and also traditional Alpine dishes here. The rooms are made from old wooden Swiss chalet.
Relish the delicious, seasonal, and homemade meal along with the breathtaking view of the magnificent Alps range. You may even have a cup of great coffee sitting beside the fire.
10. Helicopter Skydiving
Gimmelwald is all about adventure. Ascend at this scenic village and experience adventure of all sorts. You can opt for an exciting 10-minute helicopter ride to find yourself amid Interlaken, ascending almost 14,000 ft. Don’t be tensed as the instructor will guide you exactly when to jump. Both you, along with your instructor, will fly over the Interlaken and glistening lakes on either side.
Enjoy the scintillating ride, and once you get to the launchpad, you are free to capture the breathtaking view of Interlaken in your lenses or make a video to share on social media.
The best time of visiting Gimmelwald will be late May, mid, and end June. A beautiful European village with all possible adventurous activities can win over your heart. There’s a lot to see, discover, and explore in Europe apart from the neon-lit cities and trade centers. There is nothing so charming like the Gimmelwald, the serene, quaint Swiss town.