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Photoessay: Giessbach Waterfalls (Giessbachfälle) – a Beautiful Spectacle on Brienz Lake

There is no denying the fact that Switzerland is a country replete with some of the most beautiful sights on the planet. Whether it is the mighty Alps, lush green meadows, historic buildings or the utterly stunning lakes, there is no dearth of magical landscapes when in the land of the Swiss. One such sight is the splendid Giessbach waterfalls, aka Giessbachfälle. Located close to the picturesque town of Brienz, these waterfalls are arguably one of the most scenic places to visit in the Bernese Oberland/Interlaken region or in the Jungfrau region. Here are some captures:

The falls tumble down 500 meters from the Giessbach brook and drain into Lake Brienz in about 14 stages and the sight of the milky white waters cascading along the rocks is a compelling one indeed. I visited the falls in the autumn and the colours of fall out there were indeed pretty.

Giessbach Falls

The falls are clearly visible from the historical Grand Hotel Giessbach and is accessible by a short furnicular that escorts guests of the hotel and visitors from Lake Brienz. You can board the ferry from Brienz and a short ride over the turquoise waters takes you to Giessbach Bahn.

Giessbach Bahn

The Giessbachbahn is incidentally the oldest funicular in Europe and was established in 1879. It takes less than ten minutes to the falls and the ride adds a unique dimension to the journey.

View of Giessbach bahn from Lake Brienz
View of the furnicular track

Apart from admiring the beauty of the falls and soaking in the splendid views of the surrounding landscape, one can also explore the circular walking trails around and behind the falls. There is no entry fees for the falls and the best time to explore them is spring and in the beginning of fall.


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