Murren to Gimmelwald
This is the continuation of our one day excursion from the previous post Grindelwald to Murren. Murren is also the starting point for the cable car to Schilthorn-Piz Gloria. Schilthorn is famous for it’s scenes in the 007 James Bond movie Her Majesty’s Secret Service. On a clear day you can get some amazing views of the three peaks, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Unfortunately, just when we decided to go to the top (2,970m/9744ft.), it got cloudy over the peak. We waited for about half an hour before we gave up. If you are able to go, it is definitely a great attraction.
We, instead, continued hiking from Murren to Gimmelwald. This was about an hour hike. It was overall a pretty easy downhill walk. The whole way down you are greeted with spectacular views of the valley below. This is a definite hike to do when you’re treated with great weather.
Once we reached the tiny town of Gimmelwald, we decided to take another break. We stopped at a small chalet called Pension Gimmelwald with an outdoor sitting area for their restaurant. They also offered a telescope for viewing the mountains. If you’re lucky, you may just be able to spot a mountain goat. Unfortunately, we didn’t see one but it was still pretty neat to look through the telescope. It kept my son busy while we enjoyed a beer and a view.
Gimmelwald to Schtehelberg
From Gimmelwald you can catch a cable car that takes you down to Schtehelberg. This is a short ride but a very steep one. If you are afraid of heights, beware. Close your eyes but remember that you will miss the most awesome views and feeling of being suspended in mid air over the valley. Best views are at the front and right of the cable car.
Once reaching Schtehelberg, you have a couple options.
- If you feel you had enough adventure for one day, you can take a bus back to Lauterbrunnen from where you can take the train back to Grindelwald or Interlaken. (approx. 25mins)
- If you still wish to see the Trummelbach Falls you can take the bus there. It’s along the way anyway. (approx. 15mins)
- Or, if you still have a lot of energy to burn off, you can hike to the Trummelbach Falls. This is more a walk than a hike since you’re walking on flat ground the whole way. (approx. 35min)
We chose to walk to Trummelbach Falls.