Gelmersee, Bernese Oberland

Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Gelmersee (or Lake Gelmer) is a reservoir in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. The hydroelectric reservoir was completed in 1932, at about the same time as the Grimselsee reservoir, and both are operated by Kraftwerke Oberhasli. The reservoir's volume is 13 million m³ and its surface area 64.5 ha (159 acres).

The reservoir may be reached by the Gelmerbahn from Handegg, Guttannen at 1,412 m. The funicular's track with a length of 1,028 m has a maximum inclination of 106%.
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  • It’s unbelievable that’s this is man made reservoir, we did not do the complete loop hike but walked a few sections and really enjoyed it ..  more »
  • The lake is very nice and accessible with the Gelmerbahn. You can walk around the lake but there is no restaurant at the top. There are many trail options but you need good shoes.  more »
  • Take a walk around this beautiful lake. The color of the water and the backdrop is to die for. That feeling of being one with the nature is what you get. You can very easily hike down to the Talstation. You can walk all the way down to the lake as well. Definitely worth a visit.
  • We took the funicular to the top which is the only way to get here unless you hike for 2.5 hours! The views are worth the trip and it is very peaceful.
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