Panorama of Gimmelwald.
|• Total||30.4 km2 (11.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,367 m (4,485 ft)|
|Population (December 2013)|
|• Density||4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Wengen, Mürren, Isenfluh, Stechelberg, Lauterbrunnen|
Gimmelwald is a small village in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, halfway up the mountain between Stechelberg and Mürren, at an elevation of 1363 meters (4472 feet). The Schilthorn cable car stops in Gimmelwald where it is possible to board another cable car which runs between Gimmelwald and Mürren.
In addition to a shop that sells fresh cheeses, Gimmelwald also possesses its own firehouse. Farming and tourism are the main source of income today. Farmers raise hay on tiny plots of land to feed small herds of cows. In winter farmers often work as well for the Schilthorn cable car such as running ski lifts or ski-slope grooming. Gimmelwald has a small hotel, former pension (now a British run hotel), bed & breakfast and the Mountain Hostel. Gimmelwald was fortunately stopped from being developed into a large ski resort by having it corruptly declared an avalanche zone which is only partly the case.  In summer Gimmelwald is mostly visited from tourits from America where as in Winter Gimmelwald is visited by European and Swiss tourists for skiing.
The 2003 population of Gimmelwald was 130. The local school closed in 2010 due to the small number of students. Students are now visiting the school in Lauterbrunnen.
Traffic and accessibility
There is a walking path between Gimmelwald and Mürren, but lacking connection to the main road system, the main transportation to Gimmelwald is the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn (LSMS) aerial tramway. The cable car travels down from Murren to Stechelberg on the floor of the Lauterbrunnen valley. At the bottom of the valley there is a bus to Lauterbrunnen where there are connections to the rest of Switzerland, and up to the town of Mürren and the Schilthorn.
- Steves, Rick (August 2008). "Switzerland". Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2009. Rick Steves' Europe. Berkeley: Avalon Travel. p. 1100. ISBN 978-1-59880-105-7.
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