Gelmerbahn – steeply up to the Gelmersee lake

Handegg/Grimsel

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

© Rolf Neeser

© Rolf Neeser

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

Gelmerbahn

People seeking a thrill will find one here in the Haslital valley on the Bernese side of the Grimsel Pass. A monstrous climb of maximum 106 percent indisputably makes this funicular railway the steepest in Europe.

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Both the ascent and descent in the open carriages are an adventure by themselves. But we still recommend you to take a round hike (with good hiking footwear) over the Grimsel granite rocks to the Gelmersee lake (2 hours). And it’s good to know that rigidly descending rock faces are secured with railings.

The sportive get underway on the descent back to Handegg via Chüenzentennlen and old Grimselweg trail with "Hählen platte." But be sure to stop and absorb the breathtaking view over the hanging bridge and Handeggfall region before moving on (Connection from Hotel Handeck to the Gelmerbahn mountain railway).

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Altitude: 1859m
Accessibility:
Train from Interlaken Ost or Lucerne to Meiringen, Postbus to Handegg (Postbus connection also from Oberwald above the Grimsel Pass), funicular raiway to the Gelmersee lake
View: Over the Grimsel Pass and Haslital valley to the granite mountains that lay opposite
Attractions: Open-top funicular rail carriages, trips round the lake, hanging bridge over the Handeggfall
Culinary aspects: By the Gelmersee lake: Back-pack picnics topped with pristine nature
Hotel Handeck restaurant
Overnight stays: Hotel and Handeck Nature Resort: 33 Double rooms, 3 single rooms, 3 four-bed rooms; 32-degree-warm outdoor pool
Groups: on request (Grimselwelt)
Winter: closed (railway and Hotel Handeck)
Special comments: Additional info, also on the hotel at: grimselwelt.ch

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