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Gimmelwald, Switzerland

We spent a day in both Interlaken and Bern before heading up the Jungfrau mountain range in the Swiss Alps to the town of Gimmelwald, perched high on the edge of a cliff. The only way to get there is by hiking or taking a cable car up 1000ft cliff. No cars are allowed.this isolated community lives on dairy farming and a few tourists that find there way to this little alpine retreat. No cars, no TV, no newspapers, not even a food store, but many cows and plenty of cheese. Population 130 @ 4500ft. We spent a few days here, ate well, and went hiking before the snow hit. Time to go to Italy!
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Most houses in the town had gnomes strewn about their property
Most houses in the town had gnomes strewn about their property
View from Gimmelwald
View from Gimmelwald
View atop Schilthorn Mtn.- start of 3 hr hike down
View atop Schilthorn Mtn.- start of 3 hr hike down
NO HEELS on the mountain (except the lady next to the sign)
NO HEELS on the mountain (except the lady next to the sign)

Telly Savalas Tribute.. Bond's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was filmed at Schilthorn Mountain

We hiked along this ridge back down to Gimmelwald
We hiked along this ridge back down to Gimmelwald
And down the area behind us as well - 3 hours
And down the area behind us as well - 3 hours
Before we hit this village, we helped a VERY old man clear brush for more pasture land
Before we hit this village, we helped a VERY old man clear brush for more pasture land
There were so many good hikes in the area
There were so many good hikes in the area
View on hike
View on hike
Tribute to the cows of Gimmelwald
Tribute to the cows of Gimmelwald
mmmm... fondue
mmmm... fondue
are you looking at me?
are you looking at me?
Gimmelwald cows have the best views
Gimmelwald cows have the best views
Nice skis
Nice skis
Late afternoon, getting cold
Late afternoon, getting cold
At the tiny bar in our hotel - Jersey boys
At the tiny bar in our hotel - Jersey boys
heee, haw, hee, haw
heee, haw, hee, haw
Rush hour traffic in Murren (30 minute hike UP from Gimmelwald)
Rush hour traffic in Murren (30 minute hike UP from Gimmelwald)
First snow in Gimmelwald
First snow in Gimmelwald
The only street sign in town
The only street sign in town
Our little Paradise
Our little Paradise
Snowing HARD
Snowing HARD
 Tools & Snow
Tools & Snow
It's COLD out.. get me to Italy!
It's COLD out.. get me to Italy!
Cable car ride down from Gimmelwald went through the clouds-see the cable?
Cable car ride down from Gimmelwald went through the clouds-see the cable?