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Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

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Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Please help me distinguish them?

Sorry about this silly question ;p

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1. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Grindelwald is a resort town accessible by car, situated in a large valley on the "Eiger" end of the Eiger-Monch-Jungfrau range. It is separated from the Lauterbrunnen valley by a steep high mountain ridge, although the roads and train tracks go around to the north to reach Grindelwald.

Gimmelwald is a TINY hamlet on the Murren / Schilthorn side of the Lauterbrunnen valley that is accessible only by cable car or walking.

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above, plus Grindelwald is a fully developed resort, with city buses, train station, indoor sports center and and lots of hotels rooms and expensive houses.

Gimmelwald, is a small village with only a cable car stop, killer views, one room school and a couple of places to stay. main occupation is farming.

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3. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Maybe these sites will help you a bit:

http://www.grindelwald.net/

http://www.gimmelwald.ch/en/index.htm

Grindelwald is a highly developed tourist destination with lots of hotels and tour buses. Gimmelwald sits high on a ledge just below Mürren and is the idyllic Hiedi Swiss Alpine Village...and NO cars/tour buses.

They both have beautiful views.

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4. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Altitude is quite different too - Grindelwald is in the mountains, but at about 900m. Gimmelwald is much higher - around 1600m. Grindelwald is accessible by road and rail. Gimmelwald only by téléphérique.

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Hello Hambagahle, 4 of us, all adults, will be traveling to Switzerland for 4 nights next summer then on to Venice for 3 nights.

We are having a difficult time deciding where would be the best hub to stay the 4 nights and then have things to do in that area but also take a train to other locations during the day.

Our choices are Lucerne, Zermatt (although I was told more difficult to get to Venice from there with lots of changing trains) and the Interlacken or Grindelwald area.

Everyone has different opinions on line so thought I would get your advice.

We enjoy hiking, biking, mountains, the towns, restaurants (good wine and cheese), etc.

Any help you can give would be appreciated. Our budget for hotels is quite open. Actually, as of right now, our travel agent has booked us at the Art Deco Hotel Montana in Lucerne.

Thanks for you and all suggestions.

Kathy

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Luzern makes a good base if you want to sightsee in other places around it, and it has a diversity of possibilites from lake to mountain to other cities.

Zermatt is not a good base at all if you wish to sightsee elsewhere. It is at the end of a long valley and it will take you an hour to get to the mainline train at Visp. On the other hand if you wish to carry on to venice zermatt is a perfect choice! There is one train a day that leaves Brig around 1000 and reaches Venice with no change in Milan at about 1530. You would need to leave Zermatt at around 0830 and go to Brig but that is all the change of trains you would have. This is particularly good ebcause Milan station is rife with luggage thieves and pickpockets and one needs to be very careful there. If you do not have to change trains, so much the better!!

From Luzern you have to change at Arth Goldau and then again at Milan for Venice... Since you will be changing, it seems, at Milan there is a café there right in the station that sells very nice panini! we usually buy a couple to take with us on the train.

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7. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Thank you for your help and suggestions. I will pass this along to the others.

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8. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

What about the area of Interlaken? I've read comments and quite a few say do not stay there. Is there a reason for that? What is that area like?

Thanks again.

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9. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Interlaken is a town on the plain, not in the mountains, though it is reasonably naer the mountains. It has two railway stations - Ost and West - and is a useful base in winter if you want a short trip to the mountains and cannot get a room in a resort for just a night or two. Interlaken is not on a lake, either. It is on the Aar river that flows from lake Brienz to Lake Thun. Since many tourists go there there are a LOT of souvenir shops and not much else. One really nice hotel (Victoria Jungfrau) and several other hotels.

Personally I think Interlaken could be a lot better and it is certainly not a place I would want to spend more than an hour in. It seems to live on its old reputation whilst other places have moved on...

There are other, much nicer places to stay in the area. Spiez and Thun on lake Thun and brienz on lake Brienz. Also the smaller villages on the north side of lake Thun are totally charming, but not practical if you wish to travel to the Jungfrau area on a day basis!

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10. Re: Grindelwald vs Gimmelwald??

Thank you again. You are certainly a help.