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I stayed at the Mountain Hostel for five days back in July, 2011. It's expensive, like Switzerland in general, but it's oh so good. Every day, I'd come in late, cook some dinner in the free kitchen (sharing supplies with others), and chat with the other hostellers until we started to fall asleep. I met some friends here who I maintain contact with across the ocean.
Bjorn Wastvedt, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Wilmington PA, USA, August 23, 2011 at 2:48 AM GMT
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Mountain Hostel just last week. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is what sold us. Close to so many different hikes. Even if you decide not to stay here, at least go have a brew-ski on their deck and enjoy the amazing views!
Shawn & Zach, email@example.com
New Orleans, LA, USA, August 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM GMT.
Watching the Franc soar in value hurts me to the core. When will I be able to come back to my beloved
Jamie Deppe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maui, HI, USA, August 10, 2011 at 2:24 AM GMT
I loved the hostel! But Veronica is so unfriendly to the guests its terrible! I asked her for some salt and she was so rude and told me her travel stories! No one cares for her travels just
treat the guests nice! The Dutch girl is awesome and so is Petra! My advise to make the hostel perfect: Don't hire Veronica anymore- more guests would stay longer. I left because of her and not because of the bad
Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM GMT
Gimmelwald itself is a very nice place but Mountain Hostel is not. Hygiene is very poor. Flies literally everywhere, we found a cat sleeping on our bed when we arrived. Toilets are not clean either. On the other hand, view was very nice and the place is very sociable. Met a lot of people and really enjoyed talking to all of them. Overall,
I think cleanliness needs to be worked on but basic concept is good.
Dhruva Murugasu, email@example.com
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, Friday, July 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM GMT
In Aug 1992 it took three men and a horse to find and get to
Gimmelwald - too cheap to take the gondola. Once there the rules were given by Vera, "There will be no noise in GimmerVallllld!" She also hated cats and beat them with a broom. I hope the new owners appreciate "rodent" control. We patrolled for her and hid the cats when she came to collect hostel fees.
I stayed in Gimmelwald for two weeks! Leaving was one of the hardest things I've ever done. The craziest people were the Green Beret Aussies who let people pay them to be carried to the
Schilthorn. Marc managed the place and carried a guitar everywhere. No cared about not having showers or hot water as the coed water falls were just down the road (not
Mürren). Every night we all chipped in a bought groceries in Mürren for dinner.
The view was breathtaking. On my last day I remember looking out the picture window overlooking vista from the kitchen and seeing hangliders. It didn't look real.
I'll be back to the most amazing place in Europe one day. In the mean time, don't bring too many amenities to the place.
Maripat Elroy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman, OK, Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM GMT
If you go to Switzerland and you need a hostel, you would be stupid to pass over this gem. The Gimmelwald Mountain Hostel is one of the best paces on earth. People are great, food is amazing as well as the community kitchen.
There is no other place like this...if your looking to get stupid, stay in Interlaken
but if you appreciate the great outdoors, hiking and extreme sports, do not miss this hostel. Book one night and I guarantee you will extend your stay.
Wayne, NJ, Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM GMT
I went to Mountain Hostel and we left a few
hours later. There were so many flies that they started mating on my legs.. no
joke.. huge fly problem. You have to pay for internet and a shower. There are
other places for the same price but they aren't hostels. Other than that, it
would have be a great stay.
Bob Schilz, email@example.com
San Diego, CA, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM GMT
During the hottest weeks of the year there are a lot of flies in Gimmelwald, due to the proximity of farms in the area.
My friend and I stayed here and we absolutely LOVED it! I cannot recommend this place highly enough. The view is fantastic, the hostel was very clean, and the staff were very friendly. This was probably the cheapest hostel we stayed in in Switzerland and it was by far our favorite. We wished we hadn't gone to Zermatt and just stayed in Gimmelwald!
Leigh , Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:46 PM GMT
I stayed at mountain hostel last august and it
was the most amazing place i have ever stayed!!! best food and beer in
Switzerland!!! i am heading back to Europe this summer again and i hope to drop
by in Gimmelwald to have another great time!!! cheers from the Canadians fyi
best pizza ever! even beat the pizza i had in Italy!!! !
Jason Warner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto, Canada, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM GMT
In the 17 countries I stayed in last year this was simply the best hostel. You guys are awesome and I WILL be back at some point. Cheers!
Salt Lake City, USA, December 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM GMT
Maybe just have a curfew on the hot tub, for instance, close it at night times when people start to get drunk and behave irresponsibly, this would seem like a more
sensible option than just inoperating the hot tub completely.
November 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM GMT
I just wanted to say that I spent three nights in Gimmelwald this past June, and absolutely loved my stay. The area was breathtakingly
beautiful and quiet, and the people there were so very friendly. The cleaning time period didn't bother me at all, as it encouraged me to hurry out and enjoy the day to the fullest! The pictures of Gimmelwald are the ones that everyone asks about, and that everyone is wowed over, and for good reason. I dearly hope I can return someday to have another holiday here in this beautiful area. The only (small) suggestion I have is, if there's a way for us to guarantee a placement of bed as well as requesting a specific room, that'd be great (i.e. requesting a bottom bunk instead of top, getting a middle or a side bed, etc). Thank you for the lovely stay! I will always remember it.
VA, USA, October 27, 2010 at 2:59 AM GMT
The Gimmelwald-Virus caught me in 1973! Hitchhiking through Europe I ended up in Grindelwald where people told me to go to Gimmelwald. Wow, that was my second birth as a 18 years old
inexperienced and curious German guy. Until 1980 I kept going there for 2 or 3 Weeks each year, sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. Meeting people there from all over the world always
meant to meet special "down to earth"- people, who were also searching a simple, wild, tender and free way of life. And all that we found in this simple Gimmelwald Hostel. For a few weeks we lived the dream of a "family of man" on this terrible an
beautiful great little world. Some of the most important folks of these times I recently found by Facebook and we started sharing those intense experiences and feelings again.
This Summer, in August 2010, I was back after 30 Years! What a flash back. And how nice to see that the hostel is still alive and that the renovation shows such a good taste and a good feeling for the character, the nature and the spirit of the house.
And reading all these comments in this guest book, I feel that this unique Gimmelwald-Virus was and still is alive through all these years.
Keep on going Gimmelwald Hostel.
I´ll be back.
And if anybody remembers me - just mail
Ludwigsburg,BW,Germany, Monday, August 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM GMT
There is supposed to be quiet after 12:00. I understand that this cannot be enforced when the staff are not there. However, one guest was playing the guitar loudly well after 12, and Veronika (one of the staff) was one of the people hanging around him, requesting songs etc. I would have expected better. It's one thing if the staff aren't there, but quite another when they're encouraging guests to break the quiet time rules.
New York, NY, USA, Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM GMT
It can't have been Veronika, she catches the
last cable car up to Mürren at midnight....
Das ist Wonderbar... Probably spelt incorrectly but anyway how can i express how great you guys are.
6 weeks flies by when in the company of such beautiful people not to mention the scenery. I didn't get a chance to say good bye to Terrez (if that is how you spell her name). Let her know that I think she is absolutely wonderful and i owe her plenty of hugs and kisses when i return which shall be in the not to distant future.
For those of you reading and wondering weather or not to include this dreamy, peaceful idyllic alpine village into your travels then here is my honest advice. I live in Europe I know the secret treasures and honey pots and this is the sweetest of them all.
The longer you stay the more you appreciate it, so stretch your stay for as long as possible.
Really this place is more of a valuable visit than a lot of the big cities, so don't visit places just to tick them of a list.
Come here and get a real experience. The staff at this hostel are real people, fun, helpful and a great laugh if you have the time for them and the mountains.
You will definitely get far more in return.
Best wishes on your travel plans. As for Petra, Walter, Veronika, Marie, Michelle and Nicole you are the best. xxx
Joel Baxter, email@example.com
Frome, Sommerset, UK, July 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM GMT
I stayed at this wonderful chalet (or hostel) in 2003 I think...
In any event...the hospitality...the fun...the views of sun in the morning and sounds of cow bells while a-walking...
Definitely the most memorable of my Swiss moments!
Thanks so much!
p.s. I was working as a Tour Director for Princess Cruises (Cruiseline) at the time...now living in Colombia, South America--come and visit this wonderful country!!!!
Paul Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bucaramanga, Colombia, April 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM GMT
Hi Petra, how are you?!
I don't know if you remember about me, but i stayed there in May/2008... We also took a picture together...
So, I'm coming back to Europe, and my plan is to go back to Gimmelwald, to stay two nights (May 22nd and 23rd). Very soon i'm gonna make de reservation by here, your website..
I miss you guys a lot! See you in may!!
São Paulo, SP, Brazil, March 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM GMT
It's amazing how little time I spent in this
place, but how often I think of it.
Sarah Kirby, email@example.com
Chicago, IL, USA, February 17, 2010 at 6:33 AM GMT
Hi Petra, Walter, and the girls! I stayed at the
hostel, now 5 years ago, but seems like yesterday. The time there was some of the best memories I have every experienced.
If you stayed at the hostel when I was there in 2004, please feel free to email me. I have
photos...and video, if some of you remember the fun hiking and activities.
Miss the hostel and the good times,
Chris Maness, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orlando, Florida, USA, December 11, 2009 at 9:27 PM GMT
I spent a weekend in Gimmelwald last
summer and I promised myself I would be back within 5 years... and me and my dad
just started talking about our trip there in the summer of 2011! I can't wait to
share this piece of heaven with him.
-check out this photo taken within a short hike
from the hostel-
PA, USA, October 27, 2009 at 2:06 AM GMT
Oh well, I seem to have made a design fault in the 'cheeky'
calendar. I have no winter month pictures, what a shame! So my friend and I shall
endeavor to return this winter to resolve this troublesome issue. Much love to all the
polite and fun guests at the hostel and of course to the Brunner family. To those who are not fun and polite can leave. Expect some nudity on the slopes this Christmas!
MR JOELIUS BASTER, email@example.com
Frome, Fort Sumerset, England, September 1, 2009 at 6:05 PM GMT.
Had the most amazing time in Gimmelwald. meant to stay for 2 nights, like so many others,
I stayed for 4!! I met some amazing people, and can't wait to go back! Thanks Petra
Adelaide, Australia, August 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM GMT
I absolutely loved my stay in Gimmelwald! Thank you Petra, Walter (and Veronika)! You helped to make my first trip to Europe and Switzerland an incredible experience! I hope to head back in the summer of 2011 with the family! I will be there in time for Swiss Day!
Susan McEwen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Petrolina, ON, Canada, August 10, 2009 at 11:56 PM GMT
I'm so sorry to hear about the hot tub, but do understand. It's too bad that a few loosers ruined it for the rest of us. I was there earlier this year and even though the hot tub is no longer there, it was only one small part of the overall
experience. We look forward to visiting in August!
Dan Van Winkle email@example.com
San Rafael, CA, USA, July 24, 2009 at 6:02 PM GMT
Sorry to hear about the problems with the hot tub , it
is sad that people cant look after and appreciate the great facilities you
provide. We still hope to come back some time soon, as staying not only in
Switzerland but with the great company of you guys Petra, Walter, Veronica and
Nicole and Michelle. Was so much fun and a fantastic environment to be in. You are
more than welcome to stay with us if you ever visit Australia - your friends
Andrew and Myra xoxoxo
andrew rist firstname.lastname@example.org
Melbourne, Vic, Australia, July 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM GMT
The Mountain Hostel is one of the very best places on the
planet. I am hoping to return before my body becomes something to clean
I promise not to die where Walter and Petra will have to do that final (for me)
clean-up job, but I would rather spend my last moments in Gimmelwald than
anywhere else I know of. I hope you all are well. Good health to you, and thanks
for the Hostel!
Cary, NC, USA, July 19, 2009 at 11:54 PM GMT
I had such a great time last year, I am heading back
again this July. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAqW607LGzY
Paul Smith email@example.com
Toronto, ON, Canada, July 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM GMT
I first wandered up here from the Lauterbrunnen Valley in June
2005. I planned on staying a night or two and ended up staying for 17 days. I
returned in 2006 but my trip was cut short and I've been dreaming of Gimmelwald
ever since. I've made a few good friends from this place and we have traveled
together and have had many good time over the past 4 years. I simply cannot wait
until I return...hopefully in the fall. Much love to everyone at the hostel as
it truly is one of the greatest places on Earth.
Jamie Deppe firstname.lastname@example.org
Maui, HI, Hawaii Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 8:17 PM GMT
Petra's hostel is very close to being a paradise
on earth. I have wonderful memories and I can only hope to return someday!
Gideon Yutzy email@example.com
Carthage, MO, USA - Monday,
Jun 9, 03:47:53 PM
My Fiance and I spent time there last July 08 and that is where he proposed to me (at the top of the Sharks Fin)... we will never forgot this precious spot and will surely return one day!! Loved it and thankyou for such an incredible place and experience!
San Rafael, CA USA - Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 13:55:13 (EDT)
Petra & Walter and your wonderful Girls!!
I doubt you remember me as it has been almost 2yrs since I was there. But there is not a moment I go without remembering my time in Gimmelwald! I have my printing of Andrea's painting up on my wall. Petra & Walter you are the best hosts I've ever met. My time there was soo enjoyable. I have many pictures I'd love to send you!! I remember my last day we cooked up a huge roast and
Yorkshire pudding and I spent most of the day chopping wood with Walter and Lenny. I'd come back in a second to do it again.. Hope all is well!! Miss you and I will return one day!! Love to you all!!
Victoria, BC Canada - Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 01:56:21 (EDT)
Petra - Thank you for a wonderful stay earlier this May (Mother's Day 2009). I visited Gimmelwald in 1995 and this year I came back and brought my two daughters. The Mountain Hostel was their first hostel experience and it couldn't have been better. They were amazed that you knew their names when we checked in! They have made me promise to bring them back soon. They told all their friends that Gimmelwald and The Mountain Hostel were the favorite part of their European adventure.
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 17:15:29 (EDT)
I had been a regular visitor to this hostel every year in summer. It's one of my most favourite places in Alps. The hostel is perfect like a heaven on earth and Petra is a good hostess. Lovely ambience. Sad to hear that the hot tub bath had to be removed which was my favourite. Good luck and hope to see mountain hostel soon.
Basel, Switzerland - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 20:27:31 (EDT)
No hot tub... AaaaAAAA... The hot tub was a Little Slice of Heaven, I'm telling you. I mean, we're going to come back anyway because it's the best place on Earth, but seriously, this will make us sad. Can we bribe you, Petra? Maybe just fire it up for the two weeks we'll be there? We'll buy a ton of pizza. I swear we never once puked in it or had sex in it.
I'll be an enforcer! "Out of the hot tub NOW, you drunken fornicators!"
Berkeley, CA USA - Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:12:02 (EDT)
Hey Petra and Walther!!!! Not long now ay :) Was good speaking to you the other night.... hopefully be catching up with Andrea and Jeff soon. Hope all is well and "ich bin ain cowboy charlie...." :P
Wandin, VIC AUS - Monday, May 4, 2009 at 21:02:06 (EDT)
My Family and I have lived around the world and have stayed in many many places! By far, this was a wonderful treat! It is clean, hospitable, and the views are magnificent! A must...order the strawberries and bananas Fondu! YUMMMMY! Take the first gondola up have breakfast at the top and hike down! CATION: If you hike naked you might get a ticket from the "naked" police. See you soon Petra! Smiles! Katy, Janie, Laura, Leilani and Paulette from The Evergreeen State.
Auburn, WA USA - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 05:34:26 (EDT)
Hot tub history
Last summer we had many problems with the way our guests treated the hot tub. To
many guests puked in it, had sex or got very drunk in it. One guy nearly drowned
in it because he was so drunk. In the end we have decided not to operate the hot
tub any more. Its sad but it is really no fun to come to work in the morning and
pick up tons of empty beer cans and vodka bottles, broken glass and thrown up
spaghetti... The mountain hostel is certainly a place to have fun and relax but
not the place to act so irresponsibly.
We look forward to entertaining you all in our cozy hostel and in the great
outdoors this summer!
Petra and Walther - March 3rd, 2009
This was the best hostel I stayed at in Europe!!!! Petra was a perfect hostess, the location was too beautiful for words, the people were fantastic...it was a perfect "first hostel" experience. Thank you so much for making our week in Gimmelwald such a pleasure.
And to James from England and Cyrstie from Washington: I hope you're doing well! We miss you guys!
Caitlin and Andrea
Maryland, USA - Sunday, February 16, 2009 at 19:34:27 (EDT)
Wow, I stayed here in Sept. of 2007 and it was the most spectacular hostel ever! Remember Nicko and I Petra?? lol...we had an amazing time, and I ended up staying 6 nights instead of 1 cause it was such a blast...the hiking, the ice cave, the hot tub, this place had it all! Will definitely go back some day!
Regina, SK Canada - Thursday, February 06, 2009 at 05:46:22 (EDT)
Hello! I have been thinking about my wonderful trip to the mountain hostel in 2004. What a great time. Can't wait for the next adventure. Hope everyone I met along the journey is doing well and checks the website periodically.
Orlando, FL USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 09:19:55 (EDT)
Had a wonderful time, learn how to play spoons with the many backpackers in the common area. will be back in the spring to take a soak in the tub. Cheers.
Antwerpen, Belgium - Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 05:33:31 (EDT)
I spent a week in Gimmelwald 19 years ago and made a lot of friends from all around the world. Since then Gimmelwald have a special place in my heart. I long to go there again with all my 3 children and hopefully I will do that one day.
If someone remembers me from these days 19 years ago, people from England, USA, Ireland, Israel, Holland, please contact me. It would be weary nice.
Storuman, Lappland Sweden - Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 23:44:22 (EDT)
BEST PLACE EVER!!!! Seriously... thank you Petra, Veronica, and Walter for everything!!! The hiking, the people, the atmosphere are all incredible!! I was originally going to stay only a few nights and ended up extending my stay to about a week and a half! I would recommend adding a few extra days into your plans if you're staying here because most everyone extends there stay once they experience how amazing it really is up there!
Looking forward to Summer 09!
"If heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald!"
Olympia, WA USA - Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 19:14:34 (EDT)
OH my goodness me and my boyfriend had such good fun in the showers i mean the honeymoon sweet.
Gimmelwald was such a blast we just loved being in the hostel so much i can't wait to cum back again next year. from your boys xxx
Berlin, Germany - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 23:53:23 (EDT)
I had an awesome stay! Even though I was nearly the oldest person there, I still felt welcome, and will return given the chance!
Here's a link to a photo of the hot tub. Feel free to use it on your website if you like!
Dan Van Winkle
San Rafael, CA USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 06:40:45 (EDT)
Of all the many many hostels I have stayed at in the last three years, Mountain Hostel is by far my favorite. Breathtaking views, wonderful staff, and a relaxed group of travelers makes me recommend this hostel to everyone I know going through Switzerland.
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, September 8, 2008 at 10:19:02 (EDT)
I was in Gimmelwald in summer of 2006. Planned on just staying overnight but ended up staying 3 nights. It was the most magical sight out of my 2 months of backpacking through Europe.
This year, I'm going back. However, can someone help me figure out how I can get there from Florence? I'm hoping to leave Florence in the morning and I assume I can connect through Milan to arrive in Gimmelwald in the evening, but I don't know exactly what to look up to piece this together.
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 12:30:46 (EDT)
Spectacular! While the scenery is amazing, this place really makes you wonder whether the life you are leading is one that really matters to you. Clear your head, reevaluate your life, and enjoy! It is like a massage for the mind.
New York, NY USA - Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11:45:34 (EDT)
I love the new website! Petra and Walter, I can't believe how long it has been since I've been to Gimmelwald! I'm in the process of planning my life right now so I can spend May 2009 there =) Who knows, maybe I'll arrive and just not leave til the Swiss government kicks me out :p
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, August 29, 2008 at 16:23:43 (EDT)
Woo what a fantastic time, how did Vroni do in the Inferno? See everyone again next year.
Somerset, England - Monday, August 25, 2008 at 12:13:54 (EDT)
A great big thank you, to Petra Walter and Vroni. thoroughly enjoyed my stay again this year, I miss you already!
the staff here are the most friendly you could ever hope to meet! i am always greeted with a smile, i would highly recommend staying at the hostel, the views are out of this world the facilities are fantastic and the atmosphere is sublime. i will be coming back again and i will be bring another host of new faces.
much love, see you again soon.
Somerset, England - Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 09:48:30 (EDT)
Had the best time here! The view is absolutely gorgeous and my friend and I had the most fun here out of everywhere we stayed during our 6 week trip through Europe. Watching the sun set over the alps while sitting in the hot tub surrounded by wonderful people is by far one of my favorite memories! I can't wait to go back!
Tarrytown, NY USA - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:43:20 (EDT)
I have been around this world from Thailand to Portugal and Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald is the best hostel and greatest place in this world. Enjoy, I am already sad I left and that was 2 days ago.
Petra you kick ass! See you next year!
Portland, OR USA - Monday, August 18, 2008 at 16:37:03 (EDT)
Here is a YouTube video of part of my stay at the hostel. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMVc3PZpBWc
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 17:15:23 (EDT)
Great website Adrian good work. The new Via Ferrata looks amazing! Cant wait to try it out at the end of the summer.
Letchworth, UK - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 15:45:09 (EDT)
Absolutely the most amazing place I've ever been in my entire life and I cannot wait to go back with as many people as I can drag along!
Kingston, ON Canada - Friday, July 25, 2008 at 16:29:56 (EDT)
On the Balcony with a bottle of wine with the sound of Avalanches echoing on the distant mountains... Unbelievable!! Going back again this year.. HEAVEN ON EARTH...
Belfast, N. Ireland - Friday, July 18, 2008 at 07:27:46 (EDT)
I had intended to go to Gimmelwald for three nights in June. I tried to get into a B&B, but struck out. I tried the Hostel and got in. I would have regretted staying in a B&B instead. I had such fun, I stayed another two nights. Perfection! Petra and Walter are excellent hosts! Do yourself a favour and stay at the Mountain Hostel!
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, July 11, 2008 at 03:25:48 (EDT)
Petra's hostel is very close to being a paradise on earth. I
have wonderful memories and I can only hope to return someday!
Carthage, MO USA - Monday, June 9, 2008 at 07:47:01 (EDT)
Listen to me travelers to the Bernese Oberland! Balmers and
Funny Farm are ok, Interlaken is interesting, but the Mountain Hostel
is once in a lifetime experience. Do not make a trip to the area without
booking a 2-3 day stay at one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Petra is a gracious and excellent host!! Don't miss out.
Nashville, TN USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 05:13:29 (EDT)
My goodness - thank you all for such a wonderful trip. Was
the best, Sierra and I had a blast and met so many great people. I had
never done this before but your place makes me want to do this again.
Ann and Sierra Mulvey
Ft. Worth, TX USA - Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 01:40:17 (EDT)
Gday petra, walter, nicole and michy!
I was thinking about Gimmelwald today and realized i haven't even wrote
on here yet :( Pretty bad of me.
Anyway all i can really say is that there are only a handful of things
I think about everyday of my life, and one of them is Gimmelwald and
you 4. I love you all and I miss you all the time.
Lots of love.
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Monday, March 10, 2008 at 01:26:15 (EDT)
Wow first visit here in summer 07 next visit is for 2-3 week
in summer 08. I advise anyone who wants to got to Gimmelwald to take
double the cash so can stay for longer after you realize how good this
place is. Really, it is the best place iv'e ever been!!
Frome, Somerset England - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 18:03:06 (EDT)
I miss you Brunner family! I miss you Gimmelwald! Hope you
find some time to play in the schnee. XOXOXO.
Snohomish, WA USA - Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 05:26:30 (EDT)
7 MORE MONTHS! I get so excited about Gimmelwald that I want
to smoke a bowl, quit my job, hop on a plane, take that awesome little
train from Interlaken, buy my gondola ticket and just stare at the
most beautiful place on Earth.
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 17:52:47 (EDT)
What can I say about this place that hasn't been said
already? The Mountain Hostel is so cozy and friendly, and Gimmelwald is just
so breathtakingly beautiful. Without question the best two nights of my
month-long trip to Europe, and I only wish I'd stayed longer. Will
definitely be back one day.
Burnley, Lancashire UK - Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 11:50:02 (EDT)
Every time I look at my pictures from here I miss it so
much. I have no clue when or how but I will be back in the next few years!
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 01:31:33 (EDT)
All I do is think about the berner oberland. 9 months until
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 16:40:51 (EDT)
This was definitely one of our favorite highlights of our
month long trip across Europe in June. The atmosphere both in the hostel,
and outside made us stay 2 extra days. Thanks for the honeymoon suite.
Tyler and Vanessa
Madison, WI USA - Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 10:12:21 (EDT)
Note to all hostellers: If you have any photos you'd like to add to the website, please e-mail them to us. Thank you!
Alex Galitsky (the webmaster)
New York, NY USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 23:05:12 (EDT)
We had the time of our lives. Petra and Walter making it most memorable...
Heather & Chad <Hangotti@hotmail.com>
Vienna, VA USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 15:05:12 (EDT)
Guten Abend Petra, der Freitagabend und die Pizza waren wiederum super !! Wünsche Dir ein kurzweiligens Weekend....
Gruss aus der Nachbarschaft......
Kriens, Schweiz - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 15:54:24 (EDT)
nicht mehr sauer sein... Ich hatte dich wirklich nicht erkannt beim Frühstück. (Ich guck morgens aber auch noch nicht so genau nach einsamen Frauen). Die Erinnerung kam erst einige Alzheimer später. In Barcelona wird mir das nicht passieren!?
Jetzt war ich auf Eurer Seite und hab viele schöne Fotos gefunden, ...gefehlt hat mir ein bischen die Beschreibung des Hauses und eine Vortsellung des Teams dort. Aber schön scheints schon zu sein da oben in Gimmelwald!
A guate Zitt für Euch und vielleicht bis bald mal
Stuttgart, Deutschland - Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 08:47:54 (EDT)
Hello Petra, Walter, Nicole and Michelle!!!
How are you? I'm in Australia right now and was speaking to a friend in Switzerland. I told her she HAD to go there, that it is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world...hopefully she'll be there soon!!
E-mail me back so that I have you address...can't wait to talk to you more!!!
Lots of love,
Toronto, ON Canada - Saturday, February 03, 2007 at 21:24:32 (EST)
I get sad and happy thinking about Gimmelwald. easily the most beautiful natural scenery i've seen in person and i'm itching to get back!
Toronto, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 02, 2007 at 17:10:31 (EST)
I miss this place so much...my husband and I were engaged here May 19th, 2005 and our special moment was shared by a very friendly gray and white cat. Our little engagement cat. Can't wait to get back here. Thanks.
Amanda Emerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Miami, OK USA - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 23:11:23 (EST)
Salü Petra und Co.
Ganz liebi Grüessli vo bi üs!
Hei-t-ir scho Schnee? Isch es guet gangä dä Summer? Hei-t-ir au chli Ferie gha? Wie got's eune Meitschi? üsi wachsä wie Spargle!!! I dänke-n-a euch und hoffe es got nech guet!!
Wenn cha-n-i ächt glii einisch cho... heaven knows!!
Aues liebe! Annette und Co.
Annette Niess <email@example.com>
Haubourdin, France - Monday, November 13, 2006 at 08:33:17 (EST)
Petra and Walter,
Sorry I took me so long to write. Anyone considering coming here should stop considering, and just go. It is an experience you will never forget. The place is great, the people are even better. What in incredible experience. Can't wait to come back. Thanks so much to everyone who made my Gimmelwald trip so amazing.
Landon Roberts <Landonmroberts@hotmail.com>
Ketchikan, Ak USA - Friday, November 10, 2006 at 19:46:41 (EST)
After backpacking Europe for several months on the smallest of budgets, I can honestly say that this hostel is in every way superior to any other. The views, the hikes, the boots of beer...It's INCREDIBLE!!!
New Port Richey, FL USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2006 at 21:27:48 (EST)
Best place in the world, a must for outdoor lover, great trails, hikes, wildlife, rockclimbing, mountain biking, it has it all and its BEAUTIFUL!! A serious must. Was gonna stay two nights, stayed four.
rama reserve, on canada - Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 21:08:03 (EDT)
Great place to stay. Met Rick Steves there and actually ended up in one of his books. Am pictured on a split log bench outside the Mountain Hostel one early morning wrapped in one of their wool blankets with the snow-capped summer peaks in the background. Fabulous memory. Will visit again one day. Go if you can!!!
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 22:57:46 (EDT)
If you happen to see the dark haired American gal named Kate who likes movies about transvestites, please tell her that Joel from the States said hello. She should be staying at the hostel sometime around sept. 26. Cheers...
Joel Welsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leicester, nc USA - Monday, September 25, 2006 at 15:29:09 (EDT)
Yes, I am still looking over this site. All is well. Working in New York. Come down any time from Canadia! By the way, Mountain Hostel rules! You ain't gonna find a better hospitality and scenery anywhere else...in the world!
Brooklyn, NY USA - Friday, September 22, 2006 at 18:34:49 (EDT)
Russian man....are you still looking after this site? How are you mate?
Jason Chenier <jkchenier@shaw..ca>
sault ste marie, on Canada - Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 20:50:26 (EDT)
Well just had my second trip to Gimmelwald and i have to say, this place is just amazing. If anyone wants the number one place in switzerland (for me one of the best in western europe), you gota come here. Cheers Jeff for helping me reach the peak!
Wandin, Vic Australia - Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 09:44:13 (EDT)
My brother and I spent a night at this amazing hostel during the last week of November. We feel lucky to have been there with snow on the ground! We woke up to snow falling from the sky as well! Wonderful! We will be back again!! I'm going to reserve the "honey moon" suite for my wife and I!!! I hope the PodCast brings you more people, like it brought us to you!
Chris Slack <email@example.com>
Humble, TX USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 16:44:28 (EST)
It is almost our 6 month anniversary since my husband, Brent, and I got married in Gimmelwald. Petra and Walter helped to create the most amazing wedding day complete with a three course wedding feast, live entertainment, and a three tier Swiss chocolate wedding cake. Our Gimmelwald
Wedding was more perfect than I could have ever imagined.
Thank you Petra, Walter, and Veronica for making my dream wedding come true.
Can't wait to come back,
Ashley Walburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chico, CA USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 22:08:53 (EST)
hello... i stayed in g-wald last may, and let me tell you it was by far the best experience of my entire europe trip! i can not tell you how fun the hostel was, the people i met, the hikes i went on, the hosts i had, the food i ate. i have told everyone i know to go to g-wald. i will be sure to return soon and hope that eugee will be there! onward schapelle corby!!! may you be set free with due justice!! see you soon walter and petra! thank you for the good times in the past and those to come, keep up the good work!
Ames, IA USA - Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 02:38:10 (EST)
hello, we saw the pictures of the hostel and the hot tub, and decided to come and hike in November!
So, please please please, let us enjoy the hot tub then as well... please? We'll bring a nice special Belgian beer for you!
two hiking friends
Belgium - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 06:14:19 (EDT)
Thanks for opening my eyes to what pure beauty can be...
a little elitess but other wise see ya next year. :)
Jeremy Martinez <email@example.com>
san antonio, tx usa - Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 17:46:08 (EDT)
waaaaahh. After hearing you on the radio, I miss you and the hostel even more. :( boo hooo hooooo I'm coming back next summer for sure--even if I have to charge it!
Snohomish, WA USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 20:58:23 (EDT)
Ranger Bob survived the storm,I'm staying with my parents but I can't make my planned trip on sept 6. My house in New Orleans is under water. If anyone can help; clothes pants-waist-33 any clothes any donations welcome address Bob Smith P.O. Box 623 Mer Rouge, La 71261
robert smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
new orleans, la USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 17:30:09 (EDT)
Gimmelwald is awesome!!! I came to your hostel thinking to stay 2 days and stayed 6! Had a blast and hope to come back next year.
Vancouver, B.C Canada - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 12:55:39 (EDT)
WOW! I traveled Europe for 6 weeks....and stayed at Mountain Hostel for 5 days. Petra and Walter...you guys are the best! You honestly have helped me get a glimpse into heaven on earth...I love Gimmelwald, love Mountain Hostel, and I cant wait to come back.
Seth Kallen <email@example.com>
Yardley, PA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:24:21 (EDT)
Happy Swiss National Day! Thinking of you today...
Alex Galitsky <galitskyATaol.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 15:41:44 (EDT)
Petra and Walter - A Hot Tub! Now people may never leave. Hope all is well in G. Best wishes from Tom, Kim, Morgan, Lauren, and Kaitlin from Kansas! ! !
Tom from Kansas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Olathe, KS USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 15:14:37 (EDT)
I love this hostel and Gimmelwald so much I am heading back for another visit. Everyone should come here if they are traveling around Europe!!!
Stacy Reichert <email@example.com>
Edmonton, Canada - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 17:24:45 (EDT)
After arriving here today I truly feel like my soul is going to burst through my skin..This is about my 40th hostel this year and nothing could compare to the MAGIC of this Mountain Hostel.. Its not just the location it is the entire package that astounds me.. I am so blessed to have discovered such a precious gem on my travel journey..
Sydney, NSW Australia - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 16:45:46 (EDT)
Excellent site, Good Work !
Look my work strapon
New York, NY USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 13:53:15 (EDT)
I really enjoyed the trip there. I wish I had a couple of crout girls to join me in the hottub while I was there.
Siva Jayaraman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Duluth, GA USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 18:22:22 (EDT)
OMG, a hottub! I'm so excited, I can't wait to get back. I'll be moving back to Germany (not, sadly, to Petra's favourite city- Berlin) ;) on the 13th of June, so I will see you all as soon as possible after that!
Richard Vaughn <email@example.com>
Stanford, CA USA - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 18:12:56 (EDT)
I'm glad you didn't have the hot tub when I was there last! ;0) Could have been trouble. Ha!! Hope you guys are doing well. I can't wait to make the Gimmelwald trip again...can we make a fund?! HA HA
chris maness <firstname.lastname@example.org>
winter park, FL USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 18:40:15 (EDT)
Sal?a und Walter!
Mi gits no! Euich au? I hoffe, dir heit e sch?Winter gha und dass jetz' glii d'Wiise vou Bloume si bi euch obä¡¡
Aues Liebi und Guete euch aune!
D'Annette us Frankriich
Annette Niess <annetteniess@à®¥uf.fr>
Haubourdin, France - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 12:01:05 (EDT)
Petra & Walter,
Its been about two years since I was last at the Mountain Hostel, I had planned a two day stay and ended up staying for two weeks. The best two weeks of my life I have to say. Thank you for existing, thank you for your never ending hospitality, and thank you for opening my eyes to the alps. I will NEVER forget the experience. If you ever want to visit the wide open spaces of Texas, not that you need to leave switzerland to get that, but you are always welcome in my home. The website looks great, please keep adding pics to the site.
Austin, TX USA - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 17:01:10 (EDT)
I can't wait for my stay at Mountain Hostel this summer! I know it'll be the highlight of my backpacking trip to Europe...
Yardley, PA USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 19:00:55 (EDT)
I was broke awaiting work at Balmers in Interlaker, I ended up staying over 2 weeks in 1996. I still have great memories of this place. Essentially, where no where to go and with nothing to do, this place changes my life. Thank you for the great stay. I will return.
Halifax, NS Canada - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 19:33:48 (EDT)
Hey Everyone! I was just getting a bit homesick for Switzerland, so I thought I would log on and look at some pictures. Hi Petra, Walter, Nicole, and Michelle, if you see this! Oh, and a question for everyone: in September 2004 some photographers came by the hostel from Traveller (the British magazine). I don't know if they ever published those pix or an article. Anyone know? I'd appreciate hearing, and see you all again this summer!
3 days in 2001, 5 weeks (sept and oct) 2004
Richard Vaughn <email@example.com>
Stanford, CA USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 02:35:41 (EDT)
We were in Gimmelwald two years ago, and we loved it so much that we are returning there to get married in June. We can't wait to be back at the hostel in the amazing Swiss Alps. See you soon Petra and Walter!
Brent Walburn <BFWalb59@aol.com>
Chico, CA USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 01:53:00 (EDT)
Regards, beautiful site
New York, NY USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 01:21:06 (EST)
it was a really mad time in grindelwald, I will not forget it! And the hostel was great.
Irma Shinoda <Irma_shinoda@hotmail.com>
bern, swizz - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 12:28:15 (EST)
Just stopping by to see whats new.
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 10:26:04 (EST)
your hostel rocks thanks for such a great time
Matthew Beck <Beckermen@hotmail.com>
Bothell, WA USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 23:57:06 (EST)
What a great links page! I have not even seen the rest of the site since there is so much to look at on the links page. Good work. Aliya
Sigurd <Sigurd@benzole.com .>
usa - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 08:23:36 (EST)
Oooops my first comment attempt became rather cryptic due to a helpful toddler...so what I was really trying to convey is back in 1988 I was a 21yr old doing the backpacking adventure in the Uk and Europe. I visited many wonderful places with lots of stories to tell...however after all these years my 3 day stay at the hostel in Gimmewald still remains the most spellbinding memory....Cheers!
toowoomba, Q australia - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 03:33:06 (EST)
In 1988 I as a 21yr old did the backpacking adventure...even after all these years and 3 children later my jourrney from Interlaken...then to nyI st as most of 21 yr old eawas a now a now mother to 3 girls was back in 1988 a young 21yr old backpacker....and
glenda <firstname.lastname@example.org >
toowoomba, Q Australia - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 03:01:31 (EST)
I have you all beat! I stayed longer than planned about the same time as Rick Steves, in the summer of '74. When I got to the hostel I stopped and took in the scenery and realized somebody needs to put this place on the map - big time. This is one of the 5 best hostels in the world, along with the H-G in Estes Park, Colorado, sadly now closed. I am a behind the scenes operative in the AYH Western Reg. and just recommended Gimmelwald to an old friend who, sadly, never hostelled. I haven't forgotten this place and never will.
Greg Marsh <email@example.com>
Arvada, CO USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 19:59:56 (EST)
Thanks for the great memories! Can't wait to be back at the mountain hostel again.
Petra (family) much love,
Chris Maness <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 15:29:55 (EST)
I keep thinking of this place! I was here November of 2000 and I am still in love with the memories. I had such a terrific time I only had intened to make a day trip out of my stay but ended up staying 4 days. This was by far the biggest highlight of my 3 month backpacing adventure.
Somer Bauer <email@example.com>
Portland , OR USA - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 10:49:38 (EST)
Wow, Mountain Hostel was by leaps and bounds one of the best hostel experiences I've ever had!!! All the staff and hostellers were awesome, the views are freaking amazing, the hiking is glorious. I stayed longer than I planned, I just couldn't leave. You just have to go there to know!
Summer Crabtree <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Saturday, October 09, 2004 at 17:25:16 (EDT)
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay in Gimmelwald. I was there in mid-June and it was without a doubt the best Hostel experience I've ever had. I'll miss it everyday until the day I return.
Josh Haroldson <email@example.com>
Mahtomedi, MN USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 00:37:54 (EDT)
Wow, I was just there two days ago and already I miss Gimmelwald! Thank you Pedra and Walter for such an amazing place! I was having a hard day of traveling yesterday, and I actually looked at the schedule thinking 'I could just go back to Gimmelwald!' I will someday, hopefully soon, make it back! Thank you again, Pedra, Benjamin, Richard, Natalie, and all of the other amazing people I met for such an amazing time! Peace to you all!
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, September 09, 2004 at 14:44:28 (EDT)
Wow! Awesome hostel, awesome people, and awesome alps. I hope to get to Switzerland again, with hiking around Gimmelwald and the Mountain Hostel the highlight of the trip.
Park Ridge, IL USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 12:41:42 (EDT)
If you ever have a fantasy of a place totally unaffected by commercialism,pollution,and you dream of a place that is a poster for total Alpine beauty, serenity and peace, make a journey to the village of Gimmelwald.It is a haven that you will never forget.I read about this piece of paradise in swiss travel books & went there with my 15 year old daughter.I took a photo of her with a couple of the local children with their donkeys.It was a totally different atmosphere for her!
Laurie Paris <lauswi2hotmail.com>
Middleton, Ma USA - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 22:06:11 (EDT)
Hiya Petra and Walter! It's only been two weeks since My friend John and I stayed at your hostel, but already we both miss it....We are already planning to make a return trip next year! Maybe by that time, I will be living in Germany like John; that would save us a bunch on my plane ticket. For anyone considering going to Gimmelwald, you ought to stay with Petra and Walter at the Mountain Hostel!
Niskayuna, NY USA - Friday, June 25, 2004 at 12:46:13 (EDT)
Petra and Walter- It has been almost two years since Ashley and I came to the Hostel. Two LONG years. And until this day, when people ask us where the best place is in Europe, we never hesitate. It's Gimmelwald. We miss it so much, that we were looking at the website just to get a glimpse, though our house is plastered with pictures of us hiking and drinking there.
For those of you considering whether or not to go to Gimmelwald, GO!!!! It's not just the best place in Europe. It's the best place in the world. I wish I could teleport myself there now.
Petra and Walter, we will see you again.
Brent Walburn <BFWalb59@aol.com>
Chico, ca USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 15:51:45 (EDT)
It has been a very long time since I have spoken to either of you. I was talking to a friend of mine and he mentioned something about coming up to Swizerland and you guys poped into my right away. Hopefully this email will get to you. Let me know and send me a reply. I look forward to hearing from you. Oh, Alan says hi!! :) :)
Marc Schalscha <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 12:10:42 (EST)
Petra and Walter,
I just saw a travel special on TV--with Rick Steves--and...it brought back many happy memories of 2 days and 1 night in/around Gimmelwald! Thanks for the incredible experience...your warm hospitality...the conversations, etc.
Paul (Princess Tours).
Switzerland was one of our favorite stops (albeit a short one) on a 3-month adventure from Thailand to Denmark!
p.s. Regarding the previous message from Sean--I love the Cinque Terre...can I get a free boat ride anyways?
Paul Thompson <email@example.com>
Clemson, SC USA - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 22:02:35 (EST)
Hi Petra and Walter,
I am sorry I missed you all last year!! I felt like a piece of me was missing! I be there in early spring again to fill that void. Maybe I can be the first to sign the guestbook again.. Walter, I promise to bring you some pesto and Petra, maybe another shirt!
If anybody is considering coming to this hostel I guarantee it will be one of the best experiences you have ever had in a hostel setting. If not, I will offer a free boat ride in the Cinque Terre....
See ya soon,
Sean Risatti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Athol, MA USA - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 20:11:39 (EST)
I am officially saving up for a trip back to Gimmelwald! Hip-hip-HOORAY! I look through my Swissy photo albums way too often--I've got to take some new pictures this summer!
Natalie AKA Bacardi Nanny
not Gimmelwald, USA - Monday, December 01, 2003 at 02:30:18 (EST)
Hello Petra, Walter et al. I will never forget my stay in September '03 there. I sorely miss the sunsets and the mountain air and of course, the muh! song that woke me up every morning when I was there! Keep up the good work and I will return sometime.
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 22:12:08 (EST)
We have had the pleasure of being a guest at the Mountain Hostel twice - in October of 1996 and again in May of 1999. After traveling all over the world we say again and again that the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald is among our favorite spots on earth. Besides the beauitiful scenery, incredible hiking, friendly people and cheap prices, Petra and Walter are the nicest, most gracious hosts ever. The amount of work they have done - adding the new showers, the bar, etc.., have made it even more comfortable. Now that we are into adulthood, with 9 to 5 jobs in cubes, 2 kids, and a mortgage, we wonder when we will have the opportunity to make a return visit. Of course, if we die first, and heaven isn't all it's cracked up to be - send me to Gimmelwald - heaven on earth!!!!!
Will McCool <email@example.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 12:51:04 (EST)
Petra, Walter, Nicole,and Michelle,
A belated thanks for another great Gimmelwald trip last August! I'm looking forward to coming back again soon--though I will NEVER hike up the back of Schilthorn again (me and steep narrow ledges don't get along too well). I'll stick to the front side from now on. Nicole, thanks for the great piano lessons and Michelle, go easy on your kitten--no more pulling it by the tail:))
Brian Andriolo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boston, MA USA - Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 18:12:22 (EDT)
G-town, Berne Schweiz - Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 21:33:17 (EDT)
Liebe Petra und die Anderen,
es liebs Grües us Nordfrankriich, wo-mi s'Herbschtliecht as Luterbrunnetau
Ha-n-e Huufe Fotine vo euch gseh, möch nech gärn einisch kennelere!
W?-n-ech ä •undersch? Herbscht d?obä¡¦lt
Annette Niess-Obrecht <email@example.com>
Haubourdin, France - Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 15:13:06 (EDT)
Ian is in San Francisco - lock up your daughters.
We just got done talking to Agent West, and it appears that all is well in Canadia. Still, we all wish we were back home in the mountains.
And now, a message from Ian:
What to say....I miss the Abei rides and the sunsets.Hell I miss everything about Gimmelwald. But most of all my family, hope you are all well and hope to see you soon. Wish I could be there for the pshitten, strange to say but you know that's me!
Ian and Geissmeister <alpenrose@Gimmelwald.ch>
SF, CA USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 15:13:06 (EDT)
miss you all.
halifax, ns canada - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 14:23:16 (EDT)
Thanks for a wonderful stay at your mountain hostel.. it's the best hostel i have been to!!
And thanks for the great hockey game we had against canada at the school in
Stockholm, Sweden - Monday, August 04, 2003 at 10:31:01 (EDT)
Petra, Walter, Nicole and Michelle... Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the summer 2003 an unforgettable experience for everyone. I had a great time, and I always look forward to coming back to Gimmelwald. See you soon! Alex.
New York, NY USA - Sunday, August 03, 2003 at 23:18:46 (EDT)
There is no prettier place or nicer people (Petra/Walter/the whole gang) than here. Wish we could have spent the whole vacation with you. Callie misses you all!
We'll be back!
Dave, Anne and Callie
Dave, Anne and Callie Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:41:57 (EDT)
Thank you for making Jessica part of your family. It is simply incredible to look at the website and imagine her there in a place of such absolute beauty.
Donna Alsop <email@example.com>
Halifax, NS Canada - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 10:15:08 (EDT)
Is there anybody who heard a story about a roman villa close to the limes border in Germany? You left Gimmelwald on June 27. (cablecar 9.30) to Venice. Lets keep in touch! When is your next trip to europe?
(Hi Petra! Take it easy, ok?)
N?g, Germany - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 11:45:25 (EDT)
I want to visit your lovely hostel, but I am new to the process. Do I need to bring bedding (sleeping bag) or is it provided? Also, do I need to make reservations (3 of us) for June 19 and 20?
Terry Lambright <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Corvallis, OR USA - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 20:00:52 (EDT)
Petra and Walter, I sure do miss your beautiful homeland. Someday, I will be back...soon.
Daniel Evitch <email@example.com>
River Falls, WI USA - Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 20:17:16 (EDT)
Im on my way. I wil see you in the end of May. 26th ish until i decide to leave.
Michael Harness <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Auburn, AL USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 16:34:40 (EDT)
Hello all at the Mountain Hostel! How is the winter coming? I am trying to find those crazy boys: Nigel and Jimbo! If you boys read this, Please email me, I miss you guys and I want to plan our next trip together! Petra, Walter I think about you guys often! See you soon.
Amy Vanderwall <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 23:52:09 (EST)
Petra & Walter,
Megan and I think about you all the time. Your website is amazing! Things are certainly different from '96 when we were last there. I happy to see that you are having so much success. If you like, send us an email and we can touch base. We hope to see you in 2 years.
Seth & Megan Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 17:24:35 (EST)
Howdy, y'all, wish I was there.
Uncle Dana <email@example.com>
Anytown, USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 04:39:23 (EST)
Life around us can be frantic, when i stumbled upon this heaven on earth...i fell in love. When life gets me down, i think of Gimmelwald and the beauty it holds deep inside.
Greg Dedman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Letchworth, Herts England - Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 16:20:12 (EST)
Hi Petra and Walter,
It's me Donny from Boston. Do you remember me? I'm hangin' with my buddy Brian and we were reminiscing about the good times we've had at Gimmelwald and how we rocked the village on National Day last summer. I can't wait to come back again and visit! Thanks again for making my trip one that I'll never forget! How's the training coming for the next triathlon? Hopp, hopp, hopp, hopp.
Donny Boudreau <email@example.com>
Everett, MA USA - Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 22:33:06 (EST)
Hello Petra and Walter. Miss you more and more, dreaming to return. Love you much..
Kathryn Funk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 13:58:33 (EST)
Not much has changed in the photos since we visited in 2000 for a few days and stayed for weeks. Petra with her welcoming smile and tolerance to a party every night in what most people would regard as their home away from home. Looking forward to the day I step back in, can't be far away!!
Zac & Dianne Anver <email@example.com>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 18:11:10 (EST)
Hey, just happened on this site much as I did to the Hostel in Oct '87. Seems to have changed a bit since then in form but not in spirit judging from the other comments... still a magical place! I inherited the management of it for about a week (ala asking people to leave some money in a glass jar on the table) while Frau Schmidt (real name??) visited her sister or aunt somewhere. She got 'bad press' in the stalls, by the way... she seemed okay to me. I was there all alone till Crazy Richard from LA burst in from the snow. The next day, Ruth and Karen from Australia showed up and I and Richard impressed them with culinary prowess. The masterpeice was Hindu Stew (invented at Gimmelwald) made with kielbasa, potatoes, carrots, peppers, beer, and lots of curry. It powered me and Richard up to Schilthorn even after we lost the trail in the snow... Karen and Ruth took the cable car, the Sheilas!! I think I speak for Ruth, Karen, and Richard when I say it was a highlite and a respite to spend a week or so in Gimmelwald. Greetings also to Barb from BC, the girl from Oneida, the Aussie girl who talked of Turkey, and several others. Hasta la Vista!!
Keith Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Echo Canyon, NM USA - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 15:23:37 (EST)
Okay i need flags for the hostel flagpole! Canada, Australia, a US flag, one from South Africa! If you want just send them to the hostel!
3826 Gimmelwald Switzerland
Thank you! Your host Petra
USA - Sunday, January 05, 2003 at 12:47:53 (EST)
Do I have anything to say?! Something draws my back to these Gimmelwald sites again and again: what is it???
Petra, can you find us a job/hotel/lottotreffer, too??
Still nobody from the crazy 70's and 80's in Gimmelwald reading this? Too busy with teenage kids and careers...?
I don't know any of you "young" people, but I sure know every nail of that hostel... except if they changed them, too!!
Sal? to you all, and maybe NEXT YEAR IN GIMMELWALD!
Love und Grüess, Annette
Annette Niess-Obrecht <email@example.com>
Haubourdin, France - Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 09:28:04 (EST)
Sä¬¼ Sä¤! Geissmeister here, pining for mys derfli as always. Werner and Chrigel were just here, and they said I lived in a jungle! Now perhaps they better understand why I keep returning to Gimmelwald. I hope to see some of you there as soon as possible - Petra, did you find me a job/house/hotel yet?
SF, CA USA - Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 19:05:25 (EST)
Once you visit Gimmelwald something strange happens to you that makes you feel as though your soul is always being tugged to go back. I can't wait to be back this summer. See you soon Petra.
Jason Chenier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada - Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 18:29:39 (EST)
Hello you all! I miss my friends very much! Ranger Bob was just here in Gimmelwald ! Nice how all the people keep coming back!
See you all soon
Gimmelwald, ch USA - Monday, November 25, 2002 at 12:47:09 (EST)
Here are some comments from Adrian's old Gimmelwald
website, which as since closed down
Thank you for the great Web site.
Last July, I had a great time staying in Gimmelwald (at the hostel). At 60 years of age, I was definitely the oldest person there! The hostel featured
an international guest list, friendly staff, and there was plenty of hot water (you pay for how many minutes you want to shower).
I also stayed for a few night in Mürren (in a Zimmer Frei with a communal kitchen to share with a young couple who just happened to be from my
hometown in California) with a view of the spectacular peaks--the Monk, the Monster, and the Maiden. We were given "tickets" for entrance to the
terrific indoor pool at the town sports hall. Wonderful.
To save money and have fun hiking we rode up on various Sail-Bahns and simply walked down. It was gorgeous. Near the villages, people were
"making hay" on the steep hillsides and out on the trails the flowers were in bloom. We could hear ice falling from glaciers across the valley. There
was good signage on the trails. If you're going to be out all day, wear good walking shoes or hiking boots, and bring a hat, a sweater and a waterproof
I've recommended staying in Gimmelwald. If you want more "services" or shops, it is an easy and a scenic ride up by Sail-Bahn; then simply walk back
down to Gimmelwald.
Jane Palik -- Stuttgart, Germany
Gimmelwald (Petra, Walter, Nicole and Michelle) ist mein Herz....
I started 1 month ago to send messages on the web. I still do a lot of mistakes. Today, the first time, I tried the web and started with the word
"Gimmelwald". If I miss anything of my country, besides my family, the it is my dear old sun-burned chalet up the cliff of the Lauterbrunnen Valley!
There are no words strong enough to express what I felt when I found so much material about Gimmelwald... I cried and laughed at the same time.
I used to go up to Gimmelwald from Grenchen (SO) where I used to live until 1979 and then from Lausanne, where I lived from 1979-1994 as often as
possible: usually twice a year.
Now with my husband Freddy and our three little girls, we are evangelical missionaries and live and work near Lille, Northern France. It is so flat
here, a swiss can only look at the horizon and hope for a miracle... mountains above the fog today? No, of course not.
Merci föumau für aues über Gimmuwaud, i ha so Fröid gha!!! Chumme glii wider
cho luege! Git's Nöis?
With much love from
(...) I spent all of June in Switzerland again this year (did it last year
too) and have to say Gimmelwald is wonderful no matter where you stay there.
We rented Chalet Eschen last year: excellent; this year I was twice at the Mt Hostel:
wonderful; and two nights at Esther's: terrific.
I tell everyone I know: 'Go, you'll love it!' Thanks for the memories via your website and links.
If it's ok, I'm making a request: I'd love to hear from anyone who stayed at the hostel on or about the 22 & 23 of
June, especially the girls from Nebraska.
Carol, from Missouri, USA
I recently viewed your wonderful website about Gimmelwald. I first visited Gimmelwald in 1992, with two college buddies escaping the heat and
congestion of southern France. We stayed in the barn behind the Pension Gimmelwald and showered in one of the mountain streams up in the valley. We
had dinners at the pension, in Mürren and at the hostel/B&B on the path on
the way to Mürren. I need say nothing more about the hiking and the views
other than to say that I vowed to return.
In 1999, my wife and I spent our honeymoon in early June in the Lauterbrunnen valley. We stayed in Lauterbrunnen, as the season had not yet
started in Mürren or Wengen. Gimmelwald, with its place in the valley, is the most beautiful place on earth and I have only seen a fraction of the
trails that lead from it. It boasts the best walking/hiking trails that I have encountered. I only wish I was in better shape to readily tackle the
alpine climbs. The valley reveals itself in so many special ways that there is no use in trying to optimize a travel
itinerary: each and every thing that you do in the valley will surprise and please -- even if it is simply
doing nothing at all. I cannot wait to return.
Thank you for maintaining your website.
Andrew M. Shaughnessy
My name's Christian Weiersmüller (right guess, I am from Switzerland, more exactly I'm from Ostermundigen) and I'm an exchange student in the USA.
When I was working on a project about Switzerland to present to my fellow students here in the USA
I found your page and just wanted to say that you did a great job!! I really enjoyed your page, especially because I've been
to Gimmelwald before.
Let me explain: Two years ago I went with my former class "i's
Schilager"!! [ski camp] Well, our teacher was telling us that we are going
to go to Gimmelwald and stay in a certain "Mountain Hostel"! I'm not so sure if everybody liked that idea since we
were first planning on going to Grindelwald and stay at a nice hotel.
But as it turned out, everybody enjoyed the "Schilager" at the lovely "Mountain Hostel" a great deal and we
were long after our ski camp still talking about the cool village of Gimmelwald, the nice people there, and the lovely Mountain Hostel!!!
Caledonia, MN 55921
I visited Gimmelwald in the summer of 1987 as a college kid traveling the rails in Europe. We stayed at the hostel and drank at Walter's hotel (the only one there at the
time). I showered in a waterfall and wrote my last decent pre-law school prose.
Amazingly--your 2000 photos could have been those from my day. I always swore I would go back--but I was afraid it wouldn't be the same (18 years is a long time!) Now I
know I will. Thank you.
Thanks Adrian for your site on Gimmelwald. I went there for the first time
in 1984 and fell in love. It's magical. I've been back, I think, three times since, but never stayed overnight. Have you stayed at Obersteinberg?
I believe there's another mountain inn even higher than that with no electricity. I'm hoping to get back to Switzerland for a long distance
hiking trip in October of 2001 and stay in Gimmelwald (maybe, the "Sleep in the Hayloft") and one of the
mountain inns high above Stechelberg. Any insights you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. -
Susan Berryman in Devon, Pennsylvania (lover of the Berner Oberland).
The even higher hut is the Schmadrihütte, run by the Swiss Alpine Club SAC (I think)
Above Gimmelwald is the Spielboden Alp restaurant that has a so called "Massenlager", a room with mattresses one next to the other.
Still higher is the Rotstockhütte, also with a Massenlager. That looks like a good place to stay to.
Very much enjoyed the site and thought I'd pass along my experiences from 1971. I was an American hitchhiker, running low on money, when I
arrived at the hostel and met both Lina and her mother. The mother was a fabulous cook. Using the same basic ingredients, I don't think she
repeated a meal in the three weeks I was there.
I worked for room and board helping to bring in the hay harvest. I met Lina's brother-in-law, Fritz, who badly cut his hand sharpening his
scythe blade while cutting the hay. To this day the smell of freshly mown hay brings back memories of hauling haystacks into the barns.
Like Gary Armstrong, I too showered in the waterfall up at the head of the valley as the only shower available was in the school and cost 2
Francs. Don't drink the water in that waterfall, there is a sheep meadow high above and I caught a Typhus infection from it.
Thanks for putting up this site. I really enjoyed seeing the improvements made at the Hostel.
I have traveled around the world twice with a backpack, hitch-hiking, trekking, back in the
early '70s. I rode the "Magic Bus" from Istanbul to
Deli, India and took 3rd class trains and rickety buses to Katmandu, Nepal.
I've explored the dusty streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, languished in hole-in-the-wall hotels in Peshawar and trekked to "forbidden areas" of
Nepal and the Himalayas.
In my mind, Gimmelwald is one of the most spectacular places in the world. I stayed in the
Hostel for several days sometime in the early '70s and won a
contest one evening, after sharing several bottles of wine with some Kiwis, for having the flattest feet in the world. We all
stood on the table, in
our turn, and someone would try to push a piece of cardboard under the arch or our foot (no one could find a space under mine). I won! The next day, I
hiked to the top of the Schilthorn and back down to Gimmelwald. The air was incredibly intoxicating, the
scenery exquisitely perfect--a perfect moment that lasted for a day.
Today I am 55. I have the opportunity to return to Gimmelwald this May. I
have dreamed of this for decades!
Bob Hooper (Lopaka)
I was just in Gimmelwald for about a week with my friend Jenna. We had stopped by there
after a couple of months in Italy and were on our way to the Kunstmuseum in Berne (and just
missed the opening of the August Macke/Klee exhibit). We took the cable car up by night,
after arriving nearby by train and getting in some little blue van that wasn't the big yellow
postal bus we were told to look out for. But the next morning was the morning of that fatal
snow crash that took the lives of all those people.
Jenna and I stayed at the Mountain Hostel, arriving at the birthday party taking place for the
owner, Petra, and so we bought a bottle of wine and ended up making friends with 4 guys
from Barcelona. The hostel is smack right off the trail from the cable car and right down the
road (like 100 feet) from Sleep In the Hay, a place where you pay 20 SFr a night to sleep in
the hay of some old barn. You get a blanket. I considered the possibility of sleeping there but ended up not, seeing as the Mountain Hostel was
only 17 SFr the first night, and 16 every following. Plus the use of a kitchen and a delightful 3 minute shower. The clouds come in your
window, waterfalls appear across the valley, there are red geraniums in the sill boxes. The
cows sound like churches ringing their huge bells as big as laundry baskets. And for great
homemade yogurt, bread, butter, spreads, and jams, go to Esther's, another place you can
stay. You'll pass by it before you walk by the chicken pen on the way to Mürren. Make sure to
sleep late every day, pay every morning, stay longer than you intend, talk to people, talk to no
one, start hiking without knowing where you will end up, and be sure to walk to
Mürren every day or so and buy your own food so you can cook whatever you want. Better yet, cook for
other people too, which is what we did for our Barcelonian friends. They ended up getting
stuck there because of the flooding and Xavier never did get to paraglide down the mountain
like he wanted. We all stayed longer than we intended because traveling is often so fast
paced, so filled up with sights and senses that this Gimmelwald was relaxing: high, cold,
clear, and serene. Beautiful. I'd go back for sure next time I can.
Jenna and I never actually got around to going up to any of the points or hikes. We had been so full of the trains and cities and stuff of Italy that
it was a pleasure to just sleep, look out the windows, watch the clouds (below us) and walk up to Murren every day. It was fun to cook too and our
short stay kept stretching into more days (which seems to be the story of the place.) So beautiful, calming. You can really put your thoughts in order.
I think we just wrote a lot and caught up on sleep without that feeling of
Oh-man-we've gotta go see things...Because in Gimmelwald You Are There, there is nothing more to attain!
(...) I will just add that it seemed like some of the regular stayers there loved it so much they were practically permanent fixtures.
One in particular seemed straight out of a Charlotte Bronte novel; he ought to have had a long cape and lived in a manor, riding around on his horse
furiously at dusk. He looked like that anyhow, with lanky limbs and long dark hair, but I daresay he was very kind. Always kind to us when we
appeared at midnight to eat our Mueslix. I hope you really appreciate the gift you have of great Meuslix in Switzerland, in the States it's not nearly
as good and much more costly. (The best was the kind with chocolate bits in it.)
The next time you are at the mountain hostel look in the guestbook! I drew a couple of pictures of mountain ranges in it and think I signed my
name. Well, happy traveling to wherever you go next, enjoy it all, time is fleeting and life is swift, gather wisdom while you may!
Enjoy Gimmelwald often!
From Brooke Schmidt
Hello, Adrian, and greetings from Minnesota, USA. My wife and I visited Switzerland the last 2 summers. In 1999 we stayed in Bern for 2
days (Hotel Goldener Schlussel)and Lugano(2 days), traveling by train.
This year we stayed in village Blatten, Lötschental (Hotel Edelweiss)for 2 days,
Muerren (Hotel Alpenblick) for 4 days and Lucerne 2 days (Hotel des Alpes), traveling by train. We
walked from Mürren to Gimmelwald and had dinner at the pension with, of course, the most awesome views. This
year, while in Mürren, we took the cable car to the Schilthorn, train to Schydige Platte, day trip to Bern, cruise on Lake Brienz, train from
Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, walk down the Lauterbrunnen Valley and did some other great hiking, of course.
Are you familiar with the American travel writer Rick Steves? [yes] He has heavily promoted Gimmelwald in his books and
especially "Walter`s" hotel. In the last couple of years I believe he has written more of
Mürren so that his "fans" will consider staying there rather than Gimmelwald! We saw many, many Americans in
Gimmelwald, though. We also went to Italy for 5 days, visiting Venice and Lake Como. We certainly will return to Switzerland.
I love your transportation system and want to ride the trains, especially the Glacier and Bernina Express.
I loved my visit to Lauterbrunnen. Coming from New Zealand I felt very at home with all those beautiful mountains capped in snow, spectacular cliff faces, waterfalls and
clean green image.
I will always remember my visit to Lauterbrunnen. The two days I was there (20 -21st July
2000) the weather was spectacular - hot, sunny and a soft breeze in the air. I
went there on a Top Deck Tour of Europe and we stayed in the Camping Ground at the edge of the town where there was a huge waterfall that was lit up with lights in the
My two other friends on the trip and I decided we would go for a mountain walk to explore the neighboring villages. To begin the walk we caught a cable car up the
mountain to Grütschalp. We then found what we thought was the beginning of the walk, making our way through a closed gate into what appeared to be someone's farm.
However, we continued up the path, but came to a screaming halt when we were confronted with an enormous cow with disturbingly long and sharp horns on it's head.
The three of us squealed and clutched onto one another's arms for safety whilst running at
great speed down the track and through the closed gate back to the cable/train
station platform. We managed to find someone to ask if we were in fact on the right track to the next village. This man who spoke very little English tried to assure us in
the best possible way that yes we were on the right path and no the cow won't hurt us. I'm sure he must have though we
were yet another pack of mad tourists and it's probably a site he sees many times a day. Still, it make us laugh all the same. So we continued our walk along to
Mürren where we relaxed eating ice creams and escaped the heat by resting under a tree for a little while. There were a lot of tourists (like myself I guess) in
Mürren, but I was so busy admiring the wonderful houses with the pretty flower boxes on the window ledges.
We were intending on taking the cable car from Mürren back down to the bottom of the
mountain, however we were horrified to find the price to do that was going to be twice
that of what we paid to get up in the first place. Being the broke traveler's
we were and after a short discussion together we decided to continue walking to the next village
(as suggested by the at the ticket box) where we could then get down the mountain for less. I am so glad that we
decided to do this because it was along this stretch of the walk that I saw some of the most beautiful scenery in these little villages along the mountain cliffs. I was really blown away by the
sweet narrow cobbled roads that wind their way along and down the mountain. It was so
peaceful...except for brief moments when the three of us would break into a yodel.
So I guess it was really by accident that we ended up in Gimmelwald because we weren't
exactly sure where we should be walking to, other than the man back in Mürren
had just said "walk 'that way' for about 30 minutes". When we reached this place we found our way to catch a cable down the mountain. After a terrific ride down the
mountain in the cable we caught a yellow bus that took us to our next stop 'Trümmelbach Falls'. Again some spectacular scenery
awaited us. That evening we were treated to delicious Swiss Fondue followed by a traditional Swiss Meal
Some day I will return to this area although this time I will spend much more than two days. It's
one of my favorite places I have ever been to and will always remember it and talk about it to people forever.
have just found your site and like everyone else it has brought back a flood of memories! As as far as keeping this place quiet it's no use - and anyway
if a person is going to all the effort of getting there then they too deserve to enjoy what we have all enjoyed!! We stayed at
Balmer's (American Summer camp), so were glad to escape to such a wonderful place - it was May
1999. The hikes to the start of a glacier, the chocolate Heidi's, the friends we still keep in contact with and the walk up to Murren - all very
magical memories. We to only intended to stay two days, ended up spending 5
days at the fantastic mountain hostel. Bought fresh yogurt and sausage from just up the path and had beautiful sunny weather the whole week.
And now we are going back in 2001 - we have decided to pack-up & head back and this
time we are going to stay a couple of weeks!! Those wonderful evenings enjoying a cold beer at the outside tables with fellow
travelers with just the impressive alps before you. If heaven isn't as good as Gimmelwald
please send me back!!!
Patrick & Tammy Wilson
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
I stayed in Gimmelwald this August, at the mountain hostel. It was fine except that I
wanted to go to sleep sooner than did other, louder people and the walls let sound though.
Gimmelwald is wonderful. I am very happy that it is in an 'avalanche zone' so that development is limited. I sure hope it stays that way
because it is close to perfect.
North Carolina, USA
I was in Gimmelwald from the 12th to the 17th of July. And I have been torturing anyone who will listen (at the moment my family) with a
continuous flow of gushing over it.
I stayed at the mountain hostel which I miss tremendously.
Gimmelwald is a new home for me, a place I will always be returning to.
on another note, I would like to get in touch with a few friends there: Johnny Garofalo, Dana, Heather, Marissa (I do not know some
last names). These are just a few of the wonderful folks I spent (a very short) time with. If you know any of
them (I believe some of them may still be at the hostel)or e-mails and such, please drop me a line.
I left without getting e-mails. (yes, I am a flake)
I was glad to see a website about Gimmelwald. I traveled there this summer
and had a great experience there, having a picnic on a grassy hill with
panoramic views of the Alps and hearing nothing but birds singing. I knew it
wasn't the most popular of tourist destinations, but I hadn't found anyone else
who'd even heard of it. (...)
On my European travels this summer I ran into some people who highly recommended Gimmelwald. And I have to say it was the best recommendation
that I got. WOW! What a spectacular view and the amount of hiking is superb.
You have to check this great place out.
Our stay at the Mountain Hostel was another altogether great experiance.
I just got back from Gimmelwald yesterday. I took my 3 year old son. We both had a blast. You are right that the Hostel has undergone a really nice renovation and my son absolutely loved the slide near the cable car station. The weather was perfect and Gimmelwald was as great as always. I cannot believe I have waited 5 years to return.
It was interesting to see that the town seems to be a bit reinvigorated with the arrival of some younger families, more local kids running around, the school being refurbished, the great slide near the cable car station...all this without the negative side affect that growth has had on other places.
Although I took my son because I wanted to go to Gimmelwald and thought he might like it. However, seeing it through his eyes, I realized that it is also a great place for kids with the roosters, cows, sheep, ibex, spider-webs, slugs, i even found a frog pond in
the village itself + the great mountains/waterfalls etc.
These were my impressions...
I had found your website prior to my trip to Switzerland, and now after I returned (today) I can say like many others that I found my home away from
home. I only stayed one week (had to fly out today), but the memories are so fresh in my mind that I had to check out your website again--this time
reliving the great moments of my trip.
I took many pictures. (...)
I was in Gimmelwald the Summer of '99 and stayed at the Mountain Hostel. What a dream! Anyways, the purpose of this e-mail is to ask you for help.
I met this incredibly nice guy named Tom Speaks and left without saying a proper good bye. We had a lot in common and had a great few days together.
I regret not saying a proper good bye and had hoped that you could post this
on your site. Maybe Tom will look here?
So, if Tom Speaks is out there...Stephanie is looking for you! Please
e-mail me at
i just recently went got back (yesterday) from a 3 night stay in the mountain hostel and i had to write
and say that i really appreciate the information you provide. i had first heard about it by some kid in the
czech republic and later read about it in rick steves and then our your page and finally experienced it for
myself. i will be in europe for a few more months (...)
take care and take it easy.
for all to know,
I was in Gimmelwald sept,1997 and still think about it every day.
It truly was the best experience ever. It will be in my
love to the mountains...
Thank you very much enlightening me to Gimmelwald. Ten minutes after visiting your site I was booked into the Pension Gimmelwald (now run by a lovely couple called Leisi and Mäni). My wife and I had a wonderful weekend there and will spend many more.
In a word - 'Breathtaking'.
Here's some shots I did on the weekend 15-16. [of January 2000], perhaps you may like to put them on your site.
I have got to say that Gimmelwald is the most beautiful place in the entire
I was just convincing a friend to drop by there during his honeymoon and thought I'd look it up on the web. Imagine my
surprise at finding this site, complete with comments about Walter and all.
I can remember sitting downstairs with Walter one December evening, just before he
closed, sipping on a very large bottle of
beer and conversing with him, he in German, me in English, neither of us understanding a word the other was saying but still
having a nice conversation (it was a BIG bottle of beer). Also remember buying milk from the farmer in the middle of the village
and drinking it while it was still warm from the cow. Having to ramble up to Mürren
to buy food is really not such an inconvenience considering the scenery you get to look at on the way. If anyone reads this and
goes, be sure to hike Shark's
Fin. The place is amazing... words can in no way describe it, no matter what
language. I've traveled to about 40 countries,
many outside of Europe and Gimmelwald is BY FAR the best place I've ever been.
Other than the hostel and the pension there is a nice B+B further on up the road on the left that is very
charming. A bit
the hosts speak good English and are very friendly; can't remember the name of the
place, or if it even had a name, but it's great.
Great poetry on the walls of the mountain hostel. One of the ones that described the place the best was something like
"Stop at that place just this side of Heaven; Gimmelwald." Not much of a poem but a perfect thought for the
Kris from NC
enjoyed your site, thought I would send you some photos from my
trip. these are from the hike to Schilthorn, I can't wait to get back.
I stayed at the pension. Nicole was a great host, and enjoyed the food and drink
there. $25 roughly per night seemed like the
deal of the century. I didn't make it to shark's fin. some of the people went on that trek the day we went to
Schilthorn. we left
that day at noon and reached the peak at 6:15, I saw the Swiss flag being taken down as
I followed the ledge to the 007
museum / restaurant. when I got there it was locked tight and no gondola ride down.
I waited 20 or so minutes for my friend to
make it up and we had to hike all the way back down the other side. we ended up in
Mürren, and back to the pension at 10 or
10:30 that night, my sister was really worried. that was the toughest hike I have ever gone on.
I was in the best shape of my life,
running 6 to 7 miles a few times a week and hiking on the Appalachian trail. that trek almost got the best of
me. my friend really
had a tough time, altitude and exhaustion I guess, made him sick, and I didn't think he could make it back down. luckily he
I remember getting into the snow up top and how dangerous it got up there. when I
got to the top I was a different person, I feel
as though I could accomplish anything, and I think back to that day whenever I need a
I saw a mountain goat (an ibex or
imex something like that) it had big horns, I kinda hid behind a big boulder and watch him cover ground like it was down an
escalator. I couldn't get a photo. I also saw two big fuzzy looking animals that came out of their den.
[Marmots] they looked like
beavers but bigger. they only were in sight for a quick look.
anyway hope to take my honey moon in Gimmelwald, my girlfriend has heard me go on and on about the
place, seen the pictures.
sawyer davis, alabama
Your web page is superb!
It really helped us when we visited Gimmelwald. We stayed at the Pension Gimmelwald and really
Everyone is right on the money, of all of the places I have been in this world there is no doubt Gimmelwald is my
took our two kids there (boy 6 and girl 10) last summer and it was the highlight of our
trip. It is a great place for a family to
relax. We stayed at the Pension Gimmelwald right next to the Hostel for four
days, what a great place. There is plenty to do for
all... got to go now and get my picture book out and dream about when I can get back...
I visited Gimmelwald in the Spring of 1990 and have not experienced a time like it
since. From all walks of life, from all corners
of the world, people gathered to experience something which can't be put into
words. Mark, if you read this its Andy the crazy
Australian with the goatee and long curly hair. You came and saw me in Aussie when you were out here in 1991. God love you
man, you went back [to Gimmelwald] and made it your home!!
I truly envy you. Have you heard from the rest of the crowd from that year? I haven't had a better time
yet. You will all remain
part of my extended family inside for life!! If you do read this please drop me a line at
email@example.com It would
be great to hear from anyone who was there that Spring; Maggie, Keith, Denise, and that crazy Canadian and that sweetheart
from Tucson Arizona.
We are all very lucky to have visited such an amazing location. Its wonderful to know the tradition remains and that dear Lena
is there too. I have photos of the Spring of 1990 and will send them shortly.
Hi, I just found your great website, My friend and I were in Gimmelwald in July of 96 and absolutely loved it
there, we stayed
at the mountain hostel for a couple of days, and I for sure will be heading back
there. I remember the poem
(hello hostel my old friend) and was wondering if you had any more of them.
I wish I had written down more of the poems on the bathroom walls. I was going to get a dictaphone and then never
did. Now they are lost for ever.
Wow, I just happened along this web site and am ready to shut off my computer, leave my corporate job and pack my
belongings on my back and return to Gimmelwald. I visited Mountain Hostel in the fall of 1994. I fondly remember Marc as
well as the damn cold shower. I was traveling alone for a few weeks when I met two British girls in
Belgium, Caroline and
Emma. We became travel buddies and ended up in Gimmelwald for a few days. I can say without hesitation that Gimmelwald is
my favorite place on Earth. I still have a prominently displayed photo of me, Caroline and Emma sitting on the porch with the
unbelievable view in the background. I unfortunately had some things stolen from me later in my
travels. Among them was my
address book. I lost everyone's addresses but managed to reconnect with Caroline in London.
If you read this, Marc, Frank, Ivan, Fern or any other fabulous people who were there and remember
me, please send me an email. Who knows, on one particularly stressful day at work I may just pack up and hit the road
I have loads of pictures from that trip including many drunken tequila camping pictures when we forgot a few things like tents
and sleeping bags for everyone as well as many pictures that somehow Ivan managed to flash me in sometime between the time
I raised my camera and the shutter released. (Thanks Ivan, that really wasn't too embarrassing considering my CATHOLIC
father developed the photos for me as a demonstration in his photography
Anyway if anybody sees this and knows there whereabouts of the aforementioned, please drop me a line.
I hope you'll excuse me if this note becomes lengthy. I tend to be *very* wordy. :)
Anyhow, I stumbled across your Gimmelwald site a while back, I can't remember how long ago it was now. Probably over a
year. I had been looking for Gimmelwald on the net, since I visited there over three years ago, in the summer of 1995. I hadn't
even planned to stop there during my two month visit to Europe. After a disastrous night at Balmer's, I decided to follow my
traveling companion to Gimmelwald.
A digression about her - I had met her in Paris, at the beginning of my trip. We had intended to travel together just to Belgium
after time in Paris, but ended up spending almost two months together! She had heard of Gimmelwald (I think she had read
Rick Steves' book), and had planned to stop there for a few days all along.
Anyhow, we arrived one afternoon in July, were able to get beds without a reservation. We stayed four days, doing some short
hikes, making the trek up to Mürren for food and to Walter's for Heidi cocoas and beer. :) We met some really cool people
while we were there, and the night before we left, the bunch of us threw a party for Bastille Day, Simon's (one of the people
staying there at the time) birthday, Blue's (another traveler) half-birthday, and my and Christina's one month anniversary of
traveling together. :) Although we had to leave the next day (Christina had to meet some people in Amsterdam), we decided to
come back at our earliest opportunity, which was to be ten days later. We told Jonathan (yet another person staying at the
hostel) to hold beds for us for July 25, as he intended to stay through at least
We returned as promised ten days later, to find that Jonathan was indeed still there, along with Simon and a few others who
had been there when we first arrived, as well as an entirely new crew of really cool people. I arrived intending to stay about five
more days. After all, I still had to go to Italy, and the end of my trip was drawing near.
I stayed TWO WEEKS. I only left because I had to catch a plane home, and I was running low on cash.
I made some wonderful friendships during my entire trip, but the best ones were the ones I made in Gimmelwald. A few of us
got together for Thanksgiving here in the States a few months after we returned. It was great to see all of them again. I visited
Christina a few times (she's from Vancouver, BC) and the aforementioned Jonathan, who is originally from Toronto, but is now
in Australia, I think. (He's become difficult to keep track of, although he reports on his status every few months.)
Now let me get back to why I'm writing. (I told you I could be long winded!) I've been keeping an eye on your site, especially
interested in seeing pictures of the "new" hostel. (Petra and Walter came by one time while I was there, and we were all
interested in their plans, not wanting our comfy, familiar place to be turned into another Balmer's.) From what I can see from
your pictures and pages, although it may be a little shinier, it still has the same atmosphere it had before the renovations.
Today, things were slow at work, so I popped into your site to take a look at the pictures, take myself back to those carefree
two weeks I spent in Gimmelwald. I clicked on some thumbnail images to see the details. Some of them I had seen before,
others I hadn't.
Imagine my surprise when I clicked on this one
[on the patio]
and saw my friend
Jonathan right in the middle of the picture! I knew he had been back (he sent me a postcard and made me VERY jealous!), but
I didn't expect to see him on the web! Funny what a small world it is, isn't it? I was wondering if you had taken this picture, or if
someone sent it to you.
[ I took it myself, in July 1998]
Anyhow, I just wanted to relate this story to you - it really made my day to see that picture! The whole site is wonderful.
Whenever I'm having a stressful day, I know that visiting a virtual Gimmelwald (the best I can do right now) will soothe me.
Just thought I'd let you know about my experience of Gimmelwald.
Firstly thanks for the great web pages - that inspired me to go there!
My wife and I were there on 6Nov this year, and spent the night in the Mountain Hostel. It had snowed a few days before, so
the town was covered in snow! Very pretty place.
One tip for travelers, perhaps: The hostel does not serve dinner, and the only shop to get food is in Mürren, and it closes at 6:00.
We expected the shops to be open later, so we had to make do with what we had!
Otherwise we found the place to be very charming, and want to return!
(From South Africa, currently living in London, UK)
It's been a couple of weeks now since we've been back from Switzerland and wanted to write and say we had a wonderful
trip. Got in a lot of hiking and was out on the trail even on cloudy or raining days.
We spent one night in Gimmelwald at the Pension and room was very nice with private bath at 55SF per person. We also
spent two nights in Mürren and I found it rather interesting that Gimmelwald seemed to be more lively with Americans than
Mürren. We found only 3 or 4 hotels open in Mürren and the Americans preferred Gimmelwald, mostly due to Rick Steves the
travel writer. Walter's was closed because he did have one of Rick's tour groups coming in.
As far coming to Switzerland in October, we loved not having a lot of people on the mountains with us, but I'd probably come
a week or so earlier as a lot of hotels and restaurants were closing for a holiday. Although, our prime object was to hike and
enjoy the mountains.
We walked down the road from Gimmelwald and then onto a trail that ran along side a beautiful river. I will never forget how
clear the water ran through the rapids twisting through very smooth boulders and rocks. We stopped and had a picnic and just
enjoyed the area.
All of the people we met were extremely friendly and eager to share a little of the Swiss culture with us.
I have been thinking about it for a few days now and I think I am going to make plans for a trip to Gimmelwald in April or May.
Thank you so much for your web site with the pictures and stories about the hostel in Gimmelwald. I stayed there for a few
days in the Summer of 1974, (...) My friend and I found out about it from some other students who were
It was the most magical place. I still have pictures from the hostel on the walls in my house.
When I was at the hostel, somebody would make hot spiced wine in the evening, and we would all sit down and drink. There
was a hotel that served fondue if you hiked up another mountain. What is the name of the hotel?
[That would be the Hotel Mittaghorn, "Walter's"]
And during the day we hiked to a place called "The End of the World" (Do they still call it that?). It was a glacier that was at
the dead end of the trail. I have many photographs from that hike. (...)
Thank you for all of the memories. I hope to visit Gimmelwald again some day.
in Pennsylvania, USA
You obviously realize that your page on 'Gimmelwald' captures the magic of the place for a lot of people
Paul Ichilchik, Sydney, Aust.
I just happened to come across your web-site and it seems that my reaction to it has been like a lot of other people. It is
fabulous and brought back many great memories of my time in Gimmelwald and at the Mountain Hostel. I was in Europe for
two months in 1993 and my time in Gimmelwald still stands out as the highlight of my trip. Lena was still running the hostel then
and it was still in its "classic" condition. A few hot plates in the kitchen run by putting in a Swiss franc (although I remember one
of them was free!!) and low ceilings throughout. The showers were a little sparse and I don't
remember too much hot water but
all of this added to the rustic beauty of the place.
Even the group of travelers that were there at the time were terrific. Everyone was relaxed. laid back, and were soaking up the
amazing scenery and serenity of the place. We went on lots of hikes, had beers at Walters, and even had a great game of
hockey in the school yard (they let us use their sticks and ball).
I could go on forever about the place but I'll leave you with my most vivid memory. I arrived quite late in the evening and it was
rainy and almost dark as I walked down the hill from Mürren. Because the clouds were hanging low on the mountains I could
not see any of the surrounding peaks. I went to sleep that night in a top bunk by the window and in the morning could not
believe my eyes. I rolled over in bed and the three magnificent peaks across the valley were framed in the window with a few
wispy clouds hovering just to make the view more beautiful!!! I reached over, grabbed my camera, and I still treasure that
picture to this day!!!
Thanks for bringing back these memories with your web-site!!
A fellow Gimmelwald lover,
Thank you for posting this site. My cousin and I are going to Gimmelwald on the 13 of August and could not be more excited!
Your site has been totally helpful (locations, directions, all of it). The pictures are beautiful. I can't wait to see the real thing.
By the way, I found out about Gimmelwald from Jswitz322@aol.com. (...)
I was just looking at your web page and thought I would drop you a line to tell you that I agree with you about Gimmelwald.
(...) In the four months that I traveled Europe last year, Gimmelwald was my favorite place. I only left because I was running
out of money and had to get back to London for my flight home to Australia. If I'd had more money, I'm sure I would have
stayed a lot longer.
I don't know what it is about Gimmelwald, but for most people who have been there, it was almost like a religious experience.
After I've settled back into my normal life now, the only place I sit here at work and dream of is Gimmelwald. But I know I'll
go back one day, and stay longer than the four days last time.
From a fellow Gimmelwald fan.
I think your page is great! I am studying German here in the United States and I worked in Basel last summer. One weekend I
took off and headed for the Alps. I really couldn't stand all the tourists after a few months in Europe, so I headed for
Gimmelwald. There were few tourists (...) and it was rather relaxing. The hostel - you're right on the money. The youth hostel
was cheap (very nice) and the atmosphere was really cool. I recommend drinking down a
'Heidi' during a stay (schnapps and
hot chocolate). Hiking up from behind the hostel through the valley and up to the smaller glaciers and waterfalls was wonderful
and it provided great pictures. And no tourists, except for the group I took off with. I met three girls that morning (after staying
at the hostel) and they took off with me. Put some more pictures up if you get a chance.
Keep it up!
Stacy and Kate where in Gimmelwald in March 1998.
We met in the train on the way to Interlaken.
Kate wrote home:
Dear Mom and Dad,
Hello from Switzerland! Dad, you were absolutely right. IT IS SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL HERE!!!!! I never even imagined that
it could be so beautiful. (...)
We had the best time in Gimmelwald. We were there for a few days before we came here. Gimmelwald is a little tiny village in
the mountains. There are no roads and the only way up there is by cable car or hiking trail in the summer time. There are maybe
120 people there at the most. It was so peaceful and tranquil. I can just picture ``Heidi`` living in a place like this one. Directly
from the hostel we had the most spectacular view of the Alps!
The night we arrived there, the moon was out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the stars were so bright and with the
mountains in the background, I’d have sworn that we were in a postcard. I’ve never seen anything like it in my whole life. I’ve
never seen such spectacular scenery in my whole life!!
PLUS I GOT TO GO SKIING!!!! Stacy had no interest in going and I figured that I could afford to go for half a day. It was
so great! I’m spoiled for life now. Skiing at home will never be the same, never. I hated to leave this place, but the trip must go
on, so I forced myself to leave.
It was very sad. I’m coming back, I swear it ! !
Stacy wrote home:
(...)That was in the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald.. that is the raddest place.. they have a web site that this guy Adrian made..
[this is it] he is neat...we met him on the train when we were leaving to come here he is friends with Marc .. [who used to run
Adrian lives near Bern and speaks English with a wonderful Brit accent.. his mum is British (I think that is what he said) but he
visited the hostel a while ago and now every year he goes back and updates the information of all the hostels in the area.
I think all of them you will have to check out the site to find out..
Imagine my surprise and happiness at finding a site dedicated to my very favorite place in all of Europe! Came for one night and
actually stayed 12...really this is not a line :)
I have a picture of myself at the hostel sitting in front of me right now at work to always remind me of my utter happiness
Ich mochte auf deutsch lesen auch...as you can see my Deutch could be better and I think your Gimmelwald site would benefit
from some german additions **
The last thing I do is advertise the places I've found, because, once known, they're never the same :(
hello from florida!
I came across your web page this evening and it made me remember (not that I ever forgot) my girlfriend and
I trip to europe, of
which Gimmelwald and Riomaggiore
were our favorites. I just wanted to let you know you've done a great job on the web site!!!
I enjoyed the photos. we stayed in Riomaggiore and met good friends there at the bar centrale; Evo and his cousin Roberto. we
also stayed at the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald - one of the best times in my life!!! Next time
I go there i'm going to try and
get the guts to bunji jump! Well, once again great job and thanks.
hey buddy, what's the big idea of telling everybody about this little slice of heaven?!
I only spent two days in
Gimmelwald (stayed at the mountain hostel) last august (arrived on
Swiss independence day, August.
1st), but it was the highlight of my 6 week european trip. though Gimmelwald is no longer a "secret" and has been pretty well
publicized in the traveler's press, it's still relatively uncrowded, peaceful, and beautiful. i'd like it to remain that way until the next
time I go back, so i'm not spreading the word...
I took an incredible hike from the hostel to Kilchbalm (only about an hour and a half), the glacier/ice field at the end of the
hanging valley. my friend and I found an ice cave, hid in caves (it rained on us), and frolicked in the alpine wonderland. the
mountain hostel was the only place in Europe that I was sad to leave. one night was dreadfully short. the only people whose
addresses I took from my entire trip were from the mountain hostel (and I've heard from both since!). it's truly a magical place,
so try and keep a lid on it...
I happened to come across your article on the internet regarding Gimmelwald. It certainly is the most
delightful little village with
stunning views of the Alps. I have visited Switzerland four times in the last seven years and always go back to the
Lauterbrunnen area. I think Switzerland is THE most beautiful country and although my
favorite place is actually
Lauterbrunnen - Mürren, Gimmelwald and Wengen are also absolutely gorgeous. I was last in Switzerland in July 1995 with my
sister and 4 friends. We camped for about 6 days at Camping Schutzenbach in the Lauterbrunnen valley. We did much
exploring in the area and stumbled across Gimmelwald which was fantastic. Very different from Mürren - a lot less tourists. We
truly considered it an alpine paradise and would love to have 'lost' ourselves in the area for a while!! I would certainly
recommend it to any traveler who is seeking a nice quiet retreat. The sound of cow bells and gurgling rivers was so peaceful
and relaxing and we felt as if we had stepped into a fairy tale land!!
Durban, South Africa
I just returned from a 3 week trip to Europe. It was a short time to visit 8 countries, but we had a great time! It was almost a
whirl-wind of memories and half of them blend together--but not the time I spent in Gimmelwald. I must agree with some of the
other people that commented on the "secret" of Gimmelwald, we shouldn't tell people about it! I would love to go back in a few
years, I just hope that it is as untouched as when I left. It is by far the most beautiful and breath-taking place I have ever seen. I
hiked up to the "Whale's fin" known as Tanzboden, and once you reach the top there is a flat plateau that allows you to see for
miles in every direction, it also over looks Gimmelwald. It is the most amazing hike, but very difficult! We also hiked up to
Sprutz waterfall, but we hiked this one from Lauterbrunnen, it was a long hike but well worth it. We hiked to the glacier at
Kilchbalm from Gimmelwald--it was absolutely amazing. I wish that there were words to describe the beauty of
but there just isn't. I guess if someone wants to know what it's like they ought to go themselves, but most aren't as fortunate as
us. It was a wonderful experience for my cousin and I, but we by far recommend Gimmelwald, Switzerland! It is absolutely
What an absolutely great place!!! I was there June 7-9, (1997) and fell in love with the place. A friend told me about it, and it is
a must do for anyone. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
I will be back to Gimmelwald!
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