Staying there

Poor, happily stuck in the past, Gimmelwald has a happy youth hostel, some bed and breakfast accommodation and small hotels.

From Switzerland, dial the area code 033 (as listed) and the number
From Europe, dial 0041, then the area code 033 (as listed) and the number
From the US/Canada, dial 01141, then the area code 033 (as listed) and the number

Map of the village

Map of the village


The Mountain Hostel

sign2The mountain hostel, where I often stay, is well known by the backpacking crowd and mentioned in most of the back packing guide books. In a creaky old farm house, it provides dormitory beds at 20 Swiss Franks per night (about $15) and a guest kitchen and a pool table.


hostel_may2000It is one of the best hostels I know. A family atmosphere spontaneously comes into being around the pasta on the kitchen stove and spreads into the common room.


hostel1Call a day in advance to reserve a bed and bring food if you want to do your own cooking, as there are no stores in Gimmelwald.
There is a store up in Mürren, 5 minutes on the cable car or 30 minutes on foot.

Hostel’s details from Backpacking


Telephone and fax: 033 855 17 04 and 033/ 855 26 88 see the Homepage

Email: [email protected]

Pension Gimmelwald

pension_smallThe pension is closed until further notice.

Olle & Maria’s B&B

eggihausMaria and Olle Eggimann, the village school teachers, rent out a cozy room
(2 persons, SFr. 100.-) and a small apartment (2 – 3 persons, 180 SFr.
for 2 people, 180 SFr. for 3) in this chalet in the village (to the right of the main
street 100 yards beyond the only intersection). It has a terrace and good views
of the colony of mountain goats.

Telephone and fax: 033 855 35 75 see the Homepage

Email: [email protected]

Esther’s Guest-House

esthers5 Bed & Breakfast rooms in various sizes and a lounge room and kitchen for guests use.

Telephone and fax: 033 855 54 88

Email: [email protected]

Hotel Mittaghorn

waltershotel_smallThe Hotel Mittaghorn is a small hotel in a classic Alpine-style chalet, run by an elderly gentleman. Quiet, clean and comfortable and a million dollar view of the Jungfrau Alps. On the beds are ancient down comforters (duvet) (short and fat, wear socks and drape the blanket over your feet).




Accommodations and Prices

Room Size

Swiss Francs Per Night

Euros Per Night


70 – 80

44 – 50




4 People



5 People



Bed in Loft



Additional charge per person staying only one night: 6 Swiss francs or 4 euros.
Prices include breakfast and taxes. Rooms with hot and cold water. Shower facilities at 1 franc for 5 minutes. WC on each floor.
Payment is accepted in Swiss Francs, Euros, US dollars, and travelers checks. No credit cards.


Telephone and fax: 033 855 16 58 see the Homepage

Email: none

A few hundred feet above Gimmelwald is the village of Mürren. It is more touristy but also has more and more modern hotels.

There is also new hostel in Lauterbrunnen:
The Valley Hostel, Phone and Fax +41 33 855 20 08

Meals are served at the Pension and the Hotel Mittaghorn, though it is a bit uncertain whether
the kitchen is open. For tips on food and drink in the area, nobody says it better than
Vicki von Allmen, in Food & Drink.

More accommodations on Gimmelwald’s semi-official site

Where to stay in the Lauterbrunnen area
(written in 1994, by Vicki von Allmen, it is a bit out of date, but offers some interesting tips
and insights)