Train or Car from Zurich to Gimmelwald

Train or Car from Zurich to Gimmelwald

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thelma
thelma
4 posts
new member
Jun 24, 2015 - 4:46 AM

Myself, my husband and my adult child will be visiting Gimmelwald this upcoming fall. We are planning to drive from Zurich to Gimmelwald and spend two days hiking the mountains, and then from there to go to Austria. I'm wondering if it is worthwhile to rent a car, or if it would be a better option to take the train (since I already have to purchase some of the lift passes for the mountain). Also, can you take a car all the way to Gimmelwald and park there, or do you have to park at Interlaken?Thank you for your help!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2648 posts
expert
Jun 25, 2015 - 12:11 AM in reply to thelma

<<"Also, can you take a car all the way to Gimmelwald and park there,">>

Park in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg.

Say "Hi" to all the other Rick Steves fans wandering around Gimmelwald.

I f you rent a car...fpr example, in Interlaken, to drive to Austria, watch out for "one way fees" They are sometimes disguised...

Arno
Arno
7713 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 25, 2015 - 9:18 AM

Hi Thelma, thanks for your post,

You definitely don't need a car until after your stay in Gimmelwald. If you do rent one, you can best park it in Stechelberg and take the cable car up to the village. The car will probably stay parked there during your stay (paid) as most of the region is car free. If you need a car in Austria, you'd better rent one after Gimmelwald. As Slowpoke said, do check whether you need to rent in one country and return in another, as that can be really expensive.

For Gimmelwald, you may want to look into Swiss Half Fare Cards, or perhaps one of the regional passes to save money on cable cars.

cuda383
cuda383
7 posts
new member
Jun 26, 2015 - 5:55 PM in reply to thelma

If you are in Gimmelwald and the Lauterbrunnen for only two days, the Jungfraubahnenpass is not a good option. You can check out the Swiss Half Fare Pass - I´m not sure what all it covers in the Lauterbrunnental. If you have more luggage than a backpack, the best way to Gimmelwald is the dtram from Stechelburg. The walk from Gimmelwald to Murren is very nice, as the downhill hike from Kleine Scheidig to Wengen or the one from Mannlichen to Alpiglen. If you have car, the drive from Lauterbrunnen up to Isenfluh and Suwald is interesting, but will use half a day. The view of the valley from Suwald looking south and east is also worth the trip. Have lunch in Isenfluh and a beer (oder zwei) in Suwald. ENJOY!!

thelma
thelma
4 posts
new member
Jul 1, 2015 - 4:23 AM

Thank you all for the quick reply. Every information posted was helpful!!

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