I'm planning to travel to gimmelwald in december [8th - 16th], and travelling to sion and surrounding areas.
I was just wondering if anyone out there has any tips or has any recommendations for me?
I've never travelled before like this, and am going alone.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Why are you travelling to Gimmelwald? I'm just wondering, because this place is normally not visited first if someone travels to Switzerland. It will be winter in December, it is likely to have snow, but it is not sure that you will be able to ski, if you plan that...
Gimmelwald seems to me like a place to do hiking and in winter skiing, like many places in Switzeland. Unfortunatly don't know much more about it, I've never been there myself.
If you have any question about travelling in Switzerland, please let me know.
I've been to Gimmelwald and I have to say that if you're looking on visiting other places in the surrounding area by train or bus (such as Sion) then staying in Gimmelwald is not the best idea because of its location. As it's half way up a mountain and not connected to public roads or train lines if you want to go somewhere like Sion you have to go down by cable car to Stechelberg, get a train to Lauterbrunnen and then get a train to Interlaken which has better communications (though from Interlaken to Sion still involves two changes). Sure if you're just doing one trip to Sion it isn't difficult, but if you're planning on doing this every time you want to visit somewhere it would be a little awkward I imagine.
When I went to Gimmelwald I just stayed in Interlaken, not because I had much interest in Interlaken itself but because of the ease with which you can get transport to other towns. It's not very hard at all to get up in the morning in Interlaken and visit Gimmelwald for the day, or even stay over a night or two in Gimmelwald, but if you were thinking of using Gimmelwald as a base to visit other places then you're probably going to find it a bit of hassle. Whatever you end up doing though I'm sure you'll enjoy it as the Lauterbrunnen valley is beautiful.