Where We Be
|This wood pile called out for a photo! I love the geometric patterns of the circular logs, each with radiating crack lines.
|This is as close to a major crossroads as you get in Gimmelwald!
|These white flowers really "pop" against their dark background
|Chalet Bobs -- that's me! I wonder what the two dots over the "o" signify?
|Lovely collection of potted plants next door to Esther's Guesthouse
|Gimmelwald is genuinely picturesque. I'm not saying it isn't a tourist town (clearly it is), but it has roots as a real farming village that go deep.
|Gorgeous spring flowers grow alongside the main walking path through town
|This is upper Gimmelwald, where mostly locals live. On one evening we heard a furious cacaphony of bells from our room
and looked out of our rooftop window just in time to see a dozen cows being herded along the street in front of the houses.
|This is probably the strangest sight we saw during our time in Switzerland -- a cow being moved by helicopter! Hope he misses that building!
|There are no grocery stores in Gimmelwald, so if you want to use the kitchen at Esther's, your easiest option is
to shop in Murren then walk (or take the gondola) back. But just look at the views you get during your commute!
|That's Gimmelwald at the top of the photo, with a hugely dramatic dropoff next to it. Just look at
the angle of that one gondola tower! It's amazing the feats of engineering the Swiss can perform.
|Ah! Sunshine on the peaks! A welcome sight after several days of rain.
|This kind of misty weather can be quite beautiful in its own way, don't you think?
|We had a lot of misty, rainy days during our stay in Gimmelwald. We made the best of it and went out on a lot of hikes anyway.
|We took the gondola up to Murren then hiked back down from Murren to Gimmelwald along this pleasant path
|We stayed at Esther's Guesthouse and would definitely recommend it. We stayed here for six days, longer than anywhere else in Switzerland.
|We were in Room #5 at Esther’s Guesthouse, an adorable little attic room with a sloped ceiling and a window that opened upwards
so you could poke your head out. Please note, this room is not for the claustrophobic -- and watch your head if you're tall!
|This was our view looking out our attic window
|Locals put up signs for fresh milk, butter, eggs, and cheese
You can't get much smaller or quainter than
Gimmelwald! Fans of travel expert Rick Steves
will tell you that he waxes euphoric about
Gimmelwald, whether in summer or winter, and
with good reason. This is an adorable town,
much less touristed than other towns in the
Jungfrau region. That said, the one downside
is that it's less convenient as a base than, say,
Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. Being off on its
own is both blessing and curse. For instance,
the Jungfrau Pass that many people buy when
visiting the Jungfrau region for six days or
more doesn't cover the gondola ride up and
down from Gimmelwald to the valley. Rather,
there is a whole separate pass just for this
area called the Schilthorn Pass. Because our
weather forecast for the coming week looked
so crummy, we opted for the less expensive
Schilthorn Pass instead of the Jungfrau Pass --
which turned out to be a good decision. It let
us explore our own back yard much more
thoroughly than we would have otherwise.