How to visit the Giessbach waterfall, Switzerland


The Giessbach Waterfalls, Switzerland

The Giessbach waterfall, Switzerland



Switzerland is not short of beautiful places to see and the Giessbach waterfall, close to Brienz and Interlaken, is definitely one of the best things to see when visiting Switzerland.


Contents

How to get to the Giessbach Waterfall?
What is there to do at the Giessbach Waterfall?
How much does it cost to visit the Giessbach Waterfall?



How to visit the Giessbach waterfall, Switzerland


The impressive Giessbach waterfall cascades 500 metres from the Giessbach brook down into Lake Brienz in 14 stages. It can be reached either by hiking there or by taking Europe’s oldest funicular from the shore of Lake Brienz. The added bonus of the Giessbach waterfall is that it is completely free of charge to see it!


Sitting in front of the waterfall is the historic Grand Giessbach Hotel, which was built in 1874. Shortly after that, the funicular was built to transport tourists to the hotel and the waterfall.


Also read: 8 Incredible things to do in Interlaken, Switzerland


The Grand Giessbach hotel, Switzerland

The Grand Giessbach hotel and Lake Brienz seen here from the Giessbach waterfall



How to get to the Giessbach Waterfall?

There are 3 main ways you can get to the waterfall; hiking, ferry + funicular or by car.


Ferry + funicular - Catch the ferry from the town of Brienz, which will take you to the shoreline underneath the Grand Giessbach hotel. Here, you will need to get on the funicular to take you the 100 metres to the base of the waterfall and the hotel.


By car - There is a small car park close to the waterfall, from there you will need to walk the short distance to the fall - note that from here you will arrive mid-way up the falls and not at the viewpoint at the base.


By bus + walking - There are many walking routes around Lake Brienz which will get you to the Giessbach waterfall, but perhaps one of the more well known and accessible routes is from Iseltwald.


From Interlaken, take the 103 bus to Iseltwald (this bus is part of the bus network which offers free travel if you have an Interlaken guest card - something which all accommodation providers in the area should provide you with).


From Iseltwald, follow the shoreline of Lake Brienz to the Giessbach waterfall. Most of the way the route stays low to the shoreline, but you will have a short steep climb at the end as you make your way to the Grand Giessbach Hotel and the base of the waterfall.


Tip: To walk back to Iseltwald, instead of following the same shoreline route back to Iseltwald, follow the higher path from halfway up the waterfall to get amazing elevated views of Lake Brienz and your return.



Lake Brienz, Switzerland

Looking out across Lake Brienz, Switzerland




What is there to do at the Giessbach Waterfall?


1. Admire the view from the base of the waterfall

However you get to the Giessbach waterfall, as soon as you arrive, you will immediately be rewarded with a magnificent view. There is a small hut in front of the waterfall selling drinks and snacks for you to enjoy with a view. (If you are on a budget, pack a picnic and sit on one of the benches away from the hotel tables!)


The Giessbach Waterfall, Switzerland

The Giessbach waterfall, Switzerland



2. Climb up the waterfall

There are walking paths all the way up to the top of the waterfall, criss-crossing over the falls at various stages. The paths are well marked and easy underfoot. Towards the top of the waterfall, you can even walk behind one of the cascades.


The Giessbach Waterfalls, Switzerland

Standing close to the top of the Giessbach waterfall



The Giessbach Waterfall, Switzerland

Standing behind the Giessbach waterfall, looking down to the Grand Giessbach hotel



3. Relax on the Grand Giessbach Hotel terrace

If you don't fancy the walk up the waterfall, you can admire it from outdoor terrace of the Grand Giessbach Hotel. Here, you can order drinks and enjoy them with a view as you listen to the roar of the waterfall. On the other side of the hotel terrace, you will also get gorgeous views of Lake Brienz. There are several bistro tables to sit and enjoy drinks here too.



4. Enjoy lunch in the Grand Giessbach Hotel restaurant

If you are looking for something a bit more fancy, head to the hotel's conservatory restaurant. The glass-fronted restaurant looks directly out to the waterfall, making for a beautiful lunch setting. Its the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.


Sitting on the terrace of the Grand Giessbach hotel, Switzerland

Sitting on the terrace of the Grand Giessbach hotel



How much does it cost to visit the Giessbach Waterfall?

The Giessbach Waterfall is completely free to visit! The only thing you will need to pay for is getting there, and if you choose to get the free bus from Interlaken and walk to the waterfall, then you will be able to enjoy the waterfall without paying a single penny! This really is one of the best free things to do in Interlaken!




I hope you found this short guide useful and it has inspired you! The Giessbach waterfall is definitely worth a visit, it is one of the top places to see in the Interlaken area and no entry fees!









All links on this website are my own recommendations or sites I found useful when planning and are not affiliated. I do not receive any commission from including these links within this blog.


789 views0 comments