One of our coolest experiences was staying at Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald -- it's settled in the middle of the mountains in Switzerland with gorgeous views and an amazing atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and speak good English.
The hostel has an amazing, beautiful location -- it's right in the middle of the mountains and has the most pristine view. It does take a while to get up to Gimmelwald. Take the Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen train. Take the Lauterbrunnen - Stechelberg bus. Take the gondola to Gimmelwald, it takes about five minutes. All of that takes about an hour and a half. There aren't any grocery stores in town, but it is a small farming town so you can walk around to any of the farmhouses to buy the basics -- cheese, milk, butter, eggs.
Rooms and Bathrooms
It's not that big of a place with only five rooms, which are nice and rustic-looking with comfortable beds, but not too spacious. There aren't any lockers or locks on the doors, but there is a very safe and homey feeling in the whole place. There is only one bathroom in the hostel, and it's on the bottom floor -- the rooms are on the top floors, so two floors separate your room from the bathroom. There are five showers (which have a charge if you want it warm) and six toilets in the bathroom.
There is a huge common room where everyone hangs out, eats, and socializes. There is a nice-sized kitchen with everything you would need to cook a full meal. They also do have a restaurant and bar with sitting area but the meals and drinks are quite expensive. The hostel is family owned and you definitely get that comfortable, happy feeling. There are also tables to sit at outside. Laundry is free. There is one computer in the hostel but there is a charge for internet usage on the computer and Wi-Fi.
The positives include an amazing experience and gorgeous view. On the negative side, it's very expensive and the weather can be tricky. Make sure to ask for a 40% coupon if you want to go up to the top peak of the mountain!
by Janell Jones
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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