Hike: From Iseltwald to the Giessbach Falls


Time required: 1h 35min - 2h 20min

The Giessbach rises in the high valleys of the Faulhorn-Sägistal area, which later feeds the world-famous Giessbach Falls and finally flows into Lake Brienz.

The Giessbach Falls plunge down over 400 meters in 14 steps. From Iseltwald, the Giessenbach Falls are the perfect place for a day trip on foot.

Our starting point for this leisurely hike is the Chalet Du Lac. From here, the path in Schoren leads along the shore of Lake Brienz. 

After passing the lido, Schnäggen Island awaits you on the left-hand side, which definitely makes for a good photo opportunity. Around 40 minutes later, there is a barbecue area along the route, which is equipped with wood - so nothing stands in the way of a lunch break on site.

The origin of the name "Schnäggeninsel" has not been fully clarified. According to tradition, the Augustinian monks of the Interlaken monastery are said to have bred snails on the island. Or it was named after its shape and location. Schäggen Island is now privately owned and belongs to Seeburg Castle.

Another 40-50 minutes later, you will find yourself at the valley station of Europe's oldest funicular, which is still in operation. If you want to get to the Giessbach Falls as quickly as possible, take the funicular. If you want to walk, take the path in front of the valley station to the top. If you prefer a more scenic route, walk from the valley station to the boat landing stage and follow the signposts from there.

Once at the top, the Grandhotel Giessbach also offers space to enjoy a picnic in comfort alongside the normal restaurant service. If you would rather continue straight to the spectacular waterfall, it is best to follow the signposts here too.

Not only can you admire the breathtaking Giesbach Falls from up here, you can also admire the Bernese mountains with a view back over Lake Brienz.

The way back - Back to Iseltwald

On the way back, there is now the option of taking the funicular down and from there taking the boat directly back to Iseltwald or Brienz. Incidentally, the famous jetty from the Netflix series "Crash Landing on You" is located right next to the Iseltwald boat station.

The funicular has synchronized its departure times with the boat service, so you don't have to wait long at the bottom.

During the winter months, the boat and funicular do not operate.

If you still have strength in your legs, you can of course walk the hiking trail and enjoy the beautiful lake once again. We then await you at the Hotel Chalet Du Lac with a refreshing drink.