Activity: Gimmelwald. How to Get There: Get off at the Gimmelwald stop on the Schilthorn line. Cost: Free with your lift ticket. Hours: Changes with the seasons. Don’t forget to ask the lift operator when the last gondola down runs or you will get stuck! Generally it’s around 5 pm.
Gimmelwald was the final stop on our Schilthorn journey and the one I was most excited about. Most of towns in the Swiss Alps are chock-full of tourists and the businesses that cater to them. Gimmelwald is different. Some wise resident saved the town from being turned into a ski resort by convincing developers it was an avalanche zone (it’s not). Now it’s a peaceful traffic-free town populated by cows and their farmers. We followed the tiny main drag up to the end and back.
Our first stop was this amazing playground adjacent to the gondola stop. Our child refused to try the slide, but Alex and I both went rocketing out the end and nearly injured ourselves. Worth it. After tending to our wounds, we admired the charming flower-laden Swiss cottages and their associated cows. We perused deserted cheese shops operating on the honor system by encouraging us to leave our Swiss francs on the counter. And then we plotted how we could bring the simplicity and peace of this way of life back to LA.