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Aug 14, 2015 - Gross Scheidegg

Friday, August 14th. The weather had been absolutely glorious the last 2 days and we woke to rain and drizzle. It seemed to be a good day to relax and re-stoke the fires within. Around noon it had stopped raining and because our passes were good for one more day we thought we would chance the weather and explore another area. With our rain gear and hats we caught the train to Grindelwald on the advice of the owners of the campground. They figured we would have enough time to walk across the street in Grindelwald to catch the bus to Grosse...

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Aug 13, 2015 - Heading up to Schilthorn

Thursday, August 13th. We are heading up to Schilthorn at 2960 m. today. We hop on the train at Wilderswil, we are getting to know the routine now, and get off at Lauterbrunnen. This is the valley’s commercial center and transportation hub. Despite the busy roads around the station, it is a charming town, sitting under sheer cliffs at the base of the valley. The scenery is pretty much the same as yesterday but I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it. Next is a 10 minute cable car ride up to Grutschalp where we catch another train to...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Gimmelwald

We took a tram up the mountain and then a train even higher to Gimmelweld. What a beautiful quaint town! It is just like you would imagine in the Heidi story - cow bells hanging on buildings, little cheese cabins, spectacular views, etc. I hope the pictures convey how delightful it was! We also enjoyed watching a large group of base jumpers. They would just run down a hill and step off the mountain! It was a perfect spot as the landing area was a flat plain and there was the tram close by.

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Oct 10, 2012 - GimmelWald - wetter than Heck

I'm up, I'm up. Guess its around 9ish or so. The view from my BED is quite nice. Bottom bunk, look up and all the lovely SwissLand Landscape Unfolds. Man, this is relaxing! It's time for some Hot Tea. Throat is a lil sore. Didn't sleep much last night with my tonsil being the size of a golf ball. Once up and about along with the tea, it feels much betta. I chill on the couch sipping my warm brew as the house awakes. Chris, Laura and Pete are up and doing their check-out chores. Afterwards, we all head up the Hill to Murren to locate some...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Wetter than Ever and heading to Gimmelwald

Can we say, repeat. Another morning of rain and it's not letting up. I check out after eating my morning meal and head towards the office I was at last night. It's closed, not good. A guy comes from around the back and ask if I was Marc. I'm like, Yes and sir. It's cancelled due to the rain. Waay too much water gushing down. Safety issue. Guh, it's 9am and I've got some time to kill. Head back to the hostel where I do some writing and uploading of pics. I do this until noon. Time to head north up in the Swiss Alps to the small village of...

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Aug 12, 2012 - Interlaken 2 - Mountains and Canyons

We got up nice and early to beat the crowds to the Schilthorn peak at 2900m...the top of Europe (sort of). It's a cheaper gondola than the actual biggest peak but you get clearer views. It took 4 or 5 cable cars to the top: past waterfalls, serene Swiss villages and random mountain goats. The final view was epic, and hiking away from the chalet made it even more desolate. I went to 2 different outlooks as mom and dad watched from the chalet. The 2nd felt like I ran a 15km race, the altitude was that intense. There was also a single meter...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Jun 22, 2011 - Gimmelwald, Switzerland

We enjoyed our drive from Chamonix into picturesque Switzerland, hillsides dotted with little villages and Swiss homes adorned with window boxes brimming with flowers. Our first stop in Switzerland was near the little town of Gimmelwald. We had read about it in a Rick Steves' book as being a charming, quieter location in the Bernese Oberland area of the Alps in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. We spent a couple nights in a little, well-maintained campground in Stechelberg, a very small town that sits at the base of the mountain below...

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Jun 13, 2011 - 007

Today eric and i got up extremely early around 6:30 to climb up from gimmelwald to murren (a 40 minute uphill climb) to go another 6,000 feet to see Shilthorn the place where one of the 007 movies was filmed...i believe ut was titled "on her majesties secret side.." something like that. We could not decipher if this was the first movie in the bond series but we got the impression that the person who invented this grand idea to build a revolving restaurant with a panoramic view 10,000 feet in the alps was also the person who started the bond...

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May 26, 2009 - Hiking in the Swiss Alps... Not for the Feint Hearted

We started today off a little slow, happy to have a lazy breakfast and sit and watch the rain come down over the alps. The sun popped its head through the clouds around 10am and with that, Olle recommended a “relaxed, mostly flat hike” that would take in some beautiful scenery. He said we would likely encounter some snow and on the way back down and would even be able to walk under one of the waterfalls and he felt it could be done in around 4 hours – plenty of time to get back before the predicted afternoon rain. Sounded great, so off we...

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May 25, 2009 - If Heaven's Not What It's Cracked up to be, Send Me Back to Gimmelwald

According to our guidebook, the tiny Swiss Alps town of Gimmelwald has coined the phrase (and made the t-shirts) 'If Heaven's Not What It's Cracked up to be, Send Me Back to Gimmelwald' and as I sit here in my reclining chair, cup of tea in hand, looking over a field of wildflowers that start at my feet and the magnificent, snow covered Jungfrau mountain directly in front, I can't help but think it might not be an overstatement. How did we find ourselves in this special place? Well, practically speaking, we got off the last of our 3 trains...

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Oct 12, 2007 - Gimmelwald

Whew! After the tourist crowds and the ridiculous prices of Zermatt, we were relieved to find the little mountain retreat of Gimmelwald. Gimmelwald is less a town, than it is just a little conglomeration of goat farmers perched on the mountainside (with a hostel thrown in for good measure) We found this place at the recommendation of our new friend Jerry at the hostel in Zermatt and are we ever glad we did! The only way to get to Gimmelwald is by hiking or by tram, which we did, but once there there is all kinds of fabulous hiking. The...

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