Well as of today it looks like we’re heading to Gimmelwald in August (so excited!) We haven’t been there since 1999, when we stayed with Walter. We are now returning with our 2 kids (19/15).
We lucked into 3 nights at Esther’s Guesthouse! The planning for this trip has been kooky, a stressful year of teaching has left us doing things last minute. We leave in a few weeks and as of this moment we still need to book the final 5 nights! That will probably be split between Florence and Rome after we leave Gimmelwald, we fly home from Rome. 5 days is nuts to see the 2 cities, but we aren’t really into lining up to see tourist sights, so just visiting and exploring the city on foot is cool with us (and eating)!
I digress, my questions are concerning Switzerland. Because this is last minute and we took what we could get, we have an extra day between when we leave Venice and when we have our reservation in Gimmelwald. So my first thought was to take the train as far as Brig and spend the night (only because it’s cheaper than staying in Interlaken and it’s close to Gimmelwald). Next day we can be in Gimmelwald early and start enjoying our time. Does this make sense?
My last question is about Swiss travel cards. We’re assuming they’re well worth it, but what do you recommend? We’ll have a train into Switzerland as previously mentioned, a train probably to Florence and then our time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley which we will probably go up to the Schilthorn, Klein Scheidegg, maybe Jungfraujoch, and then just generally getting around (lift to and from Gimmelwald/Murren) etc.
As mentioned we are a family of 4: 2 adults 2 kids (15 and 19). Our 19 year old has autism, I know in some countries places accommodate for someone with special needs, not sure about Switzerland’s travel system?
Your expertise and experience is very much appreciated!