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Gimmelen Trail

Short facts

  • start: Mürren / Schilthornbahn (1.637 m)
  • destination: Gimmelwald / Station
  • medium
  • 5,31 km
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 200 m
  • 1815 m
  • 1365 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

Scenic snowshoe hike. Experience a wonderful route through the snow with magnificent and constantly changing views!

From the Schilthorn cableway station in Mürren, follow the winter hiking trail up towards Gimmelen to the start of the actual snowshoe trail on the Obere Brüch. The trail now leads flatly uphill through a mystical snow-covered forest to the junction on the Obere Gimmelwalder Allmi. Now you have a choice: either run a loop into the valley over snow-covered pastures and through the forest and past small, sun-baked barns and alpine huts to the Gimmelen restaurant. Or you can take the direct route through the small forest up to the Gimmelen Restaurant. Or you can hike down through the forest to the Gimmelwalder Allmi, from where you have a magnificent view of Gimmelwald and the Upper Lauterbrunnen Valley. For the return from the Gimmelen Restaurant, you can either go back to the junction on the Obere Gimmelwalder Allmi and decide there whether you want to walk to Mürren or Gimmelwald, or alternatively take the prepared winter hiking trail from the Gimmelen Restaurant to Mürren.

General information

Directions

Mürren - Gimmelenweidli - Gimmelen - Donneren - Gimmelwald

Safety Guidelines

This route is signposted as a snowshoe route but is not specially prepared.

Equipment

We recommend the following equipment: snowshoes, sturdy and waterproof mountain boots, light to medium rucksack, protection against the cold, sunscreen, hiking poles, first-aid kit, snacks, tea in a thermos flask, mobile phone.

Getting there

From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.

From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.

Mürren is car-free. If we arrive by car, we have to leave it in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and use public transport. The journey from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes, to Stechelberg it is 25 minutes.

Arrival Lauterbrunnen

Parking

In Stechelberg there is a car park directly at the valley station of the Schilthorn cable car. There is a multi-storey car park below the station in Lauterbrunnen. Alternatively, the car park at the Lauterbrunnen church can be used. From here, a bus leaves for the station every half hour. On foot it takes about 10 minutes.

Stechelberg car park

Lauterbrunnen multi-storey car park

A covered passage leads from the Lauterbrunnen car park to the cable cars in Mürren. The car park in Stechelberg is not covered.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.

From Interlaken Ost station we reach Mürren in one hour. The blue and yellow train of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) takes us to Lauterbrunnen. We board the front part of the train, as the rear part leaves from Zweilütschinen for Grindelwald. Afterwards we have two options. Via Grütschalp (gondola and train): At Lauterbrunnen station we cross the road and take the gondola to Grütschalp. Here we change to a small train which takes us to Mürren. The journey from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren takes 23 minutes. Or via Stechelberg (bus and gondola): In Lauterbrunnen we take the bus to Stechelberg and ride to the Schilthornbahn station. Here the gondola takes us via Gimmelwald to Mürren in 10 minutes. It takes 32 minutes to cover this distance.

Timetable & Ticket Shop SBB

Maps

swisstopo Landeskarte 1248 Mürren 1:50'000

Pavings

  • Asphalt Coating (44%)
  • Street (1%)
  • Path (43%)
  • Hiking Trail (8%)
  • Unknown (5%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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