Water is life! Water is love?!
Crashing into a wedding in hiking outfit was the last thing we expected when going to Giessbach waterfall! Just between Lake Brienz and the waterfall we were on the terrace of “Grand Hotel Giessbach”, mesmerized by the turquoise-like waters of the lake, when we were asked to take a group photo of the Bride and Groom and the invitees. Don’t know if our outfits indicated that but they might have thought we are the photographers! Soon we found ourselves chit-chatting with the fancy dressed ladies and gentlemen about the beauty of Lake Brienz!
The hotel staff are used to “intruders” as the Giessbach waterfall is just steps away. What distinguishes the waterfall is not only its natural cascading path within the green surrounding but that you can walk and stand just behind it and look through the water curtain! The view is simply amazing, the Grand hotel, Lake Brienz and the mountains backdrop.
Actually to reach the falls, you can come by car to a nearby parking, and had a short walk downwards. Or you can take a short ferry boat from Brienz, then catch a short funicular up to the Grandhotel Giessbach, where you have a full view of the falls. You can also reach by hiking as many trails lead to the falls.
Lake Brienz is the twin lake of Thun, on the other side of Interlaken (which translates to “Between the lakes”). Both twin lakes are as beautiful but if you get lost between them, Lake Brienz is the one with a “beauty freckle” on it, called Iselwald! Iseltwald is really the pearl of Lake Brienz. With about 420 inhabitants, this pretty fishing village is one of the small communities in the canton of Bern and the one that homes its only island! It’s as stunning from far, as diverse from close by. From the idyllic fishing bay to the highest mountain peaks with breathtaking views, you will find everything to enjoy in few square meters!
Lake Brienz was not the only lake that stunned us during that long weekend in the region. The day before our wedding invasion, we headed to Lake Bachalpsee. This “blue jewel” travels around the world as a breathtaking postcard. Yet no photo is able to capture the radiance and Aura of this beauty! Best is to see it for yourself. That doesn’t require much effort. Lake Bachalpsee can be reached from “First” on foot in less than an hour hike. On the way, we were lucky to meet some of the local cows, quite disciplined and well mannered as they walk in a straight side line allowing hikers to pass by and they even don’t mind taking a few photos for them!
At First (the location I mean 😊), you will be seduced to pump your Adrenaline. Head to the ‘First Cliff Walk by Tissot’ located near Grindelwald. The walk (better say the air walk) takes you along a narrow, cliffside platform, thousands of meters above the valleys and pastures below. With sufficient courage we reached the end of the platform to the observation point. From there you can wonder at the incredibly sheer slopes of the Eiger and the surrounding scenery.
When you are in the region you should definitely try the local pastry with tons of crushed nuts. It’s the region’s speciality. We stopped at a bakery near our accommodation and had a tasty morning breakfast to die for!