Gimmelwald

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Gimmelwald
Gimmelwald - Panorama of Gimmelwald.
Panorama of Gimmelwald.
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Gimmelwald
Canton Bern
District Interlaken-Oberhasli
46°32′N 7°53′E / 46.533°N 7.883°E / 46.533; 7.883Coordinates: 46°32′N 7°53′E / 46.533°N 7.883°E / 46.533; 7.883
Population 130 (December 2012)
- Density 4 /km2 (11 /sq mi)
Area 30.4 km2 (11.7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,367 m (4,485 ft)
Postal code 3826
Surrounded by Wengen, Mürren, Isenfluh, Stechelberg, Lauterbrunnen
Website http://www.gimmelwald.ch
Gimmelwald is located in Switzerland
Gimmelwald
Gimmelwald
Looking west from Gimmelwald.

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 occupations. Farmers raise hay on tiny plots of land to feed small herds of cows. Gimmelwald has a small hotel, former pension (now a British run hotel), bed & breakfast and the Mountain Hostel. It was unfortunately stopped from being developed into a ski resort by having it corruptly declared an avalanche zone which is certainly not the case. Due to this the village struggles during the winter with lack of possible tourism .[1]

The 2003 population of Gimmelwald was 130, most of whom have come from one of three inbred families: von Allmen, Feuz, or Brunner.

Traffic and accessibility[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

Gimmelwald, together with Wengen, Mürren, Isenfluh, Stechelberg, and Lauterbrunnen, belongs to the municipality of Lauterbrunnen. The parish, or Kirchgemeinde, covers the entire valley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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