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Giessbach Waterfalls

The Giessbach Falls (Giessbachfall) is a waterfall in the Swiss Canton of Bern near the city of Brienz.

The imposing waterfall, located on Lake Brienz, arises from the mountain stream Giessbach, which falls in 14 steps over a total distance of more than 500 meters from the Axalp-Faulhorn basins. Above waterfall IX the stream is spanned by a footbridge, which allows it to be crossed without getting wet. The footpath runs behind the falling water at waterfall VIII. The largest staircase has a height of 35 m (also waterfall VIII).
At one point, a footpath leads under the waterfall over a bridge, which you can walk on in the water spray.
At the foot of the waterfall is the historic Grandhotel Giessbach, which is connected by the Giessbachbahn, one of the oldest funiculars in Europe, to the “Giessbach See” boat station of BLS Schifffahrt Bernese Oberland. It was built between 1873 and 1875 by the French hotelier family Hauser.
The falls are  one of the most attractive destinations for tourists visiting the Canton of Bern.

Access : Coordinates: 46° 44.1174′ N 8° 1.2318′ E / Giessbachfälle Falls in Switzerland.  located in the canton of Canton de Berne, in the central part of the country, 50 km southeast of Bern the capital of the country.

Highlights :

  • Giessbach  is a small mountain river that flows into Lake Brienz at an altitude of 564 meters above sea level opposite the city of Brienz (Switzerland), in the Bernese canton (Oberland). It originates in the Faulhorn  chain at an altitude of over 2,800 m.
  • In the 19th century, the Brienz pastor Daniel Wyss and the Brienz school director Johannes Kehrli made it easier for the guests of the emerging tourist industry to visit the famous fall. Kehrli created a path from the lake shore to the second lowest fall and set up a bench, while Wyss opened up access to the upper falls and poetically gave the fourteen waterfalls the names of deserving Bernese heroes.

Go next : Lake Brienz , a lake just north of the Alps, in the canton of Berne in Switzerland. / Brienz , a village on the northern shore of Lake Brienz.

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