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  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland
    Gimmelwald in winter


The traffic-free village of Gimmelwald, perched on the cliffs above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, is my favorite base for pastoral countryside hikes or riding lifts to dramatic cut-glass alpine panoramas. For some travelers, there's little to see in the village. Others (like me) enjoy a fascinating day sitting on a bench and learning why they say, "If heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald."