Every mountain range offers a uniquely sculpted terrain and life-changing rewards to those who boldly challenge them. One of the places we were most excited to travel to was the Alps and the surrounding towns above Lauterbrunnen.
Several hours of train rides with a transfer in Bern, we finally arrived in Lauterburnnen and had our first glimpse of the picturesque surroundings. Waterfalls flowed into the valley and snow capped mountains shadowed the hills. For us, Gimmelwald was our first stop. Gimmelwald is a small town nestled in the hills above the valley and is less visited, as the town of Murren (above Gimmelwald) offers more resort amenities. Of course, Gimmelwald can only be reached by a 10-minute gondola-ride, awesome!
The mountain hostel was the only large accommodation in Gimmelwald and it was amazing. It was hard to believe that for only $33.00/night we were able to enjoy such priceless views. Another gondola connects Gimmelwald to Murren (2-5 minutes) but we decided to stretch our “train-legs” and walk the 45-minute connecting trail. The trail was cut into the hillside and brought us through forest patches and meadows with cows and sheep, views aplenty.
Hungry, we stopped at the only grocery store in Murren to grab some lunch and dinner to cook later that night. The prices were surprisingly cheap ($1.50 beers/$4.50 wine, on up) so we grabbed some beer, bread and salami and made our way to a bench that gave us our first look of the Eiger, stunning. We sat for quite some time and watched Para gliders soar above the tree line and slowly fall, as they made their decent to meadows near the base of our morning gondola. Spotting a cat up on the hills, we (Kim) meowed at him until we soon had a third companion following-us down to our hostel.
The night wasn’t nearly as cold as we had imagined and our bellies were full from too much pasta, yet just the right amount of wine. We decided to spend the hours before bed walking back towards Murren to several perfectly placed benches we had spotted earlier that day.
Camera in-hand, we sat in pure solitude and watched the stars fade across the sky. The next day we would be staying in the valley.