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Cats from Gimmelwald {Switzerland}

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Look beyond the mountain views, hiking routes, chocolate, and cuckoo clocks.  The small village of Gimmelwald in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland is all about... cats.

Gimmelwald hangs on the edge of a cliff, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and is inaccessible by car because there is no road connection. Therefore, it is one of Switzerland's best-kept secrets.

With just over one hundred inhabitants, one wouldn't expect to see many felines in this place. But don't be mistaken; cats are almost everywhere you go in this sleepy village.

One of Gimmelwald's cats even managed to become an international news item, when a hiker got lost in the mountains, and the nifty little "guide" showed him the way back to civilization. You can read this cat's full story and see pictures here.

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Cat pictures by Matthew Craven

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  1. I’d love to visit this village. I have to read about this cat and remember the cat saving a hiker so I’m off to read about it.

  2. what a beautiful town ! we will direct our blogging friends pixie and zorro this way; they are swiss cats !!! best best fishes to you Vanessa on your new book; here's to a bazillion in sales !!! ☺☺♥♥

  3. they look well fed and cared for #pocolo

  4. Love the markings on that two black spotted one, thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  5. We would love to visit this lovely place. It looks so beautiful from the photos you shared. Plus seeing cats all around makes everyone there really happy all the time. Incredible story about how one of the cats helped that hiker who was lost. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
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