5 Villages In The Jungfrau Region You Never Were
Jungfrau Region's Blogbuster Series / Nr. 41
Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and the Haslital. These are the resorts of the Jungfrau Region. As a big fan you have probably been to all five places. But do you also know the smaller districts like Gimmelwald or Isenfluh? You have probably never heard of these villages, so it is time to get to know them. Although these villages are rather small or unknown, they are very special and definitely should not be missing on your next visit to the Jungfrau Region.
Gimmelwald, never heard of it? But maybe you know Mürren or the Schilthorn. Because Gimmelwald is located at 1367 metres above sea level at the first station of the Schilthorn cable car on the way to Mürren, Birg or the Schilthorn. Many visitors use GImmelwald as a place to pass through, but the small, charming village has a lot to offer and is at least as worth seeing as the rest of the Jungfrau Region. If you are looking for the big hustle and bustle, this is the wrong place. Gimmelwald offers, between beautiful chalets decorated with flowers, cheese stores and grazing cows, a place of peace and relaxation. Like Mürren, Gimmelwald is one of the last car-free villages in Switzerland. But if you need a little action in addition to all the peace and quiet, you can get it on the Via Ferrate from Mürren back to Gimmelwald on the steep rock faces with an unobstructed view of Lauterbrunnen.
Stechelberg, a somewhat less known place compared to the neighbour Lauterbrunnen, but not to be underestimated. The gondola lift leads from the valley station in Stechelberg via the three intermediate stations up to the summit of the Schilthorn. Stechelberg is no less popular as a starting point for many hikes into the Lower Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is fascinating for its rich flora. It is an idyllic place with many different possibilities for excursions, activities and sights.
The small village of Insenfluh lies at 1085 metres above sea level, above Lauterbrunnen. From here, a wonderful hike or a small, nostalgic gondola lift leads to Sulwald. Since 1975 it has been carrying eight people or a cow. Unspoilt nature and a wide area await you here, perfect for hikes with a fascinating view of the panorama of the imposing mountain giants Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Gadmen impresses with its mountainous landscape, which brings with it a difference in altitude of over 2'675. The highest point is the Sustenhorn at 3505 metres above sea level. No less impressive are the two glaciers, the Stein Glacier and the Trift Glacier on the eastern edge of the Gadmer valley. The most famous sight is the Trift Bridge at the foot of the Trift Glacier. It is one of the longest and highest hanging rope bridges for pedestrians in the Alps.
With an area of over 200 square kilometres, Guttannen is one of the largest villages in Switzerland. A large part of the area is covered by mountains, the Grimsel Pass, lakes and glaciers. The Aar glacier is the source of the Aare, making Guttannen the highest village along the river. Rather better known as the village name itself, the Grimsel World, Grimsel Hospice and Gelmersee including a ride on the Gelmerbahn, the steepest open funicular in Europe, are popular tourist destinations. But away from the well-known places, Guttannen offers plenty of nature and beautiful hiking trails.