Gimmelwald

Gimmelwald

We took a succession of trains out of Lucern past many gorgeously turquoise lakes of mountain run-off, to the Lauterbrunnen valley, where we got a bus, followed by a gondola, up to the small town of Gimmelwald in the alps. I chose this home base to explore the area because it was quiet and less touristy, and we were in among people that actually lived there year round.

We rented two rooms in a small guest house that only offers these two rooms (or a basement apartment). The proprietors used to be the town school teachers, before there were not enough kids to sustain the school, and the students took a gondola to the next town.

The best part of these lodgings was their fabulous back porch, which we spent every dry evening on. The view from there was wonderful and varied. Not only were there mountains all around, practically in your face, or playing peek-a-boo through the clouds, you could watch any one of a dozen waterfalls just from sitting there.  It was heavenly. We bought cheese a neighbor made, and had several happy dinners of toast with local bread and jam and cheese on that deck.

We stayed here for five nights, exploring the area, as you will see, and were sad to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay! I’m finally here!

 

 

Lots of huge snails all over…

 

 

They put these cheese huts on stilts to keep the critters out.

 

Another cheese hut; this one is across from our lodgings.

 

 

 

Cow bells on a barn in town…

 

 

 

 

Our host drying a garlic crop.

 

View from the deck…

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the bathroom window…

 

Cheese made by the neighbors and those cows whose bells you saw…

 

dinner…

 

 

 

clearer view from the back porch…

 

View from the front porch…

 

As evening deepens we get a mountain shadow…

 

 

 

 

moonrise…
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2 Comments

  1. Cheryl Patterson-Zaic 10 months ago

    Now you really must feel like Heidi. We have been to Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen, but during winter ski season. I envy the fact that you can take in all those fabulous waterfall vistas when they are not frozen. As always, your photographs are fabulous. The views from your lodging are beyond compare. Thank you for sharing your Swiss adventure.

  2. Tammi Pittaro 10 months ago

    What a glorious family trip! I am so enjoying your posts and photographs, Polly. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful journey! I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s installment.

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