After the Via Ferrata ended in Gimmelwald, we walked around for a bit in Gimmelwald. I had heard it was Rick Steeves favorite Swiss village and while I get it, I also don’t. It’s really quiet and idyllic but why this village over another in the area? IDK. But it was very pretty but fairly quickly, we saw the village and hopped on the funicular to Mürren.
We took the train from Mürren to Wegen to Kleine Schdeigg. The train ride was amazingly beautiful with an incredible, gorgeous view of Lauterbrunnen Valley and the 400 foot waterfall. I was trying to take it all in, but somewhat distracted by realizing we had to pay a small supplement for that part of the train. Although the conductor told me to enjoy the view and he would come back, I felt a little stressed trying to find exact change in CHF. If I ever go back, I would like to see it stress-free and two, I would probably want to hike to a little overlook and just sit and look at the view. It really was amazing.
We got off the train at Kleine Schdeigg and hiked down to Grindelwald, passing the famed Eiger mountain along the way. Along the way, we stopped at Alpizen for beer and a berry tart with the most amazing whipped cream. The hike was really beautiful and I’m sure I took pictures, but I can’t find them. We arrived in Grindelwald and to the 22 bus to Naturfriend haus, a hotel/hostel that was really nice and overlooked the village. There was a laundry facility (5 CHF wash, 3 CHF dry). We had made arrangements to eat dinner there and we enjoyed a really nice meal of bread, salad with salami and melon, bright yellow curried chicken and rice and finished off with ice cream. Showers that night felt great and we were ready for the next phase of our trip, Ticino!