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Gelmersee, Guttannen

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#29 of 31 in Nature in Bernese Oberland
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • This holds a special place in my heart, as this is where I proposed to my now wife. Going up the cogtrain is such a thrill, and then you get up there, with the mountains, the lake, the snow... 
    This holds a special place in my heart, as this is where I proposed to my now wife. Going up the cogtrain is such a thrill, and then you get up there, with the mountains, the lake, the snow...  more »
  • We walked anti-clockwise round the lake on a beautiful sunny day. I’m glad we went that way round as it was quite hairy near the end and, if that had been the start, I would have turned back. The... 
    We walked anti-clockwise round the lake on a beautiful sunny day. I’m glad we went that way round as it was quite hairy near the end and, if that had been the start, I would have turned back. The...  more »
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  • Nice hiking place with waterfalls and clear blue water it took us 2 hours to do circular hike .Well worth the walk !
  • Amazingly beautiful and unworldly location. The lake is a beautiful turquoise blue colour. You can hear the waterfalls echo throughout your walk around the lake. Highly recommend a trip on the Gelmerbahn for a view of and hike around this lake. Good hiking boots necessary. Definitely not recommended for young kids. We hiked half way around and got to the ledge against the wall and had to turn around. Even this half of the lake was a tough hike at times, often on the edge with a steep, long drop down to boulders/the lake. Not recommended for those with a fear of heights/vertigo.

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