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The Trail of the Three Waterfalls - Bernese Oberland Scenic walk from Bönigen to Brienz

From Interlaken to Bönigen 9 Sfr or 4.50 Sfr with your Half Fare Card. FREE lake travel with the Bernese Oberland Regional PassJungfraubahnen Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass.

Walking Time: around 6 hours         Length: approximately 17km

This hike takes in three very different waterfalls of the Interlaken region: the woodland Erschwandenbach Falls, the mystical Mülibach Falls above Iseltwald and the impressive Giessbach Falls which thunder into Lake Brienz.

The hike can be enjoyed by walkers of most fitness levels and ages, since you can enjoy the whole trip 6 hour trip - or choose one or two of the stages and travel by boat for the rest of the journey.

The boat from Interlaken Ost to the Bӧnigen boat station starting point takes 20 minutes and from Brienz back to Interlaken the journey is 1 hour 20 minutes. 

Bönigen - Erschwandenbach Falls - Iseltwald Fura

Leaving the boat station, walk along the banks of shimmering Lake Brienz for around 1km before following the road through the woodlands towards Erschwandenbach. You’ll come upon the Falls in a clearing, the light flooding through the trees to illuminate the water. Continue along the secluded forest path, which eventually opens out to a wider road along the cliffs and the Fura (hilltop) of Iseltwald.

Walking time: 2 ½ hours           Distance: 7km 
Altitude: 570-770m                    Level: Moderate

Alternative: 25 minute boat trip from Bönigen to Iseltwald

Iseltwald Fura - Mülibach Falls - Giessbach Falls

After enjoying the view above the little fishing town of Iseltwald, continue along the cliff road and the footpath that takes you to the Mülibach Falls. This beautiful spot high above Iseltwald is a wonderful place to sit awhile and enjoy the tranquillity. The hiking trail then continues through the forest and into increasingly open areas with spectacular views of Lake Brienz. You’ll eventually come to the impressive Giessbach Falls, which cascade noisily into the turquoise lake.

Walking time: 2 hours               Distance: 6km 
Altitude: 690-780m                    Level: Moderate

Alternative: 20 minute boat trip from Iseltwald to Giessbach

Giessbach Falls - Brienz

The historic Grand Hotel Giessbach stands like a fairytale castle above the lake and makes a good spot for a refreshing drink while you enjoy the views. From here, you can ride on the oldest funicular in Europe (1879) down to the quay. Alternatively, if you would like to complete the walk, you can follow the forest path to the Axalpstrasse and then meander along the lake shore to the beautiful village of Brienz.

Walking time: 1 ½ hours           Distance: 4km 
Altitude: 570-720m                    Level: Moderate

Alternative: 10 minute boat trip from Giessbach to Brienz

More things to see and do in the Bernese Oberland

There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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Your choice of resorts and hotels in the Bernese Oberland

Not sure where to base yourself for this wonderful excursion? You can find out more about the Bernese Oberland region, the selection of resorts and the list of hotels on this website. Alternatively we will be happy to help you with your holiday plans on 0800 619 1200.


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