Bachalpsee Lake - Rockstar of the Bernese Highlands (Hiking Map, Photo Tips & Tricks)

Bachalpsee Lake – Rockstar of the Bernese Highlands (Hiking Map, Photo Tips & Tricks)

Bachalpsee Lake, located in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, is so beautiful that Gmail, at one point, used its glory for a mountain-themed background. How cool is that! We bring you information about a moderately difficult 16-kilometer hiking route that will show you Bachalpsee in all its prestige. If you are up to the challenge, you are welcomed to join us.

The Eiger-Mönch-Jungfrau triumvirate is known for its spectacular scenery in far beyond the country’s borders and as a result, attracts many visitors from all over the region. The massive rock formations contrast picturesquely with permanent ice, high rock cliffs, water-rich mountain streams, and a lush green valley. 

A particularly beautiful panoramic view combined with a picturesque mountain lake can be found between The First cliff walk and the Bachalpsee (Bachalp lake).
A particularly beautiful panoramic view combined with a picturesque mountain lake can be found between The First cliff walk and the Bachalpsee (Bachalp lake). Photo: Sebastian Lehrke (our main drone guide and aldo guiding the workshops in middle-Germany)

If you find the viewing platform at the mountain station too busy, you will not only find much more peace and calmness in the direction of Faulhorn, but also great views down into Western Switzerland and towards Interlaken. 

The highlight of this panoramic hike is the Bachalp in its magnificent setting: The Bernese Alps. Mountain Moments Photography tips will make this trip even more memorable.
The highlight of this panoramic hike is the Bachalp in its magnificent setting: The Bernese Alps. Mountain Moments Photography tips will make this trip even more memorable

Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – Bachalp’s panorama, lakes and waterfalls

At the viewing platform at the First mountain station, expect a lot of crowds and waiting time. Bachalp with its dream panorama is also very busy on nice days. 

We will find more peace and tranquility if we go up to the Faulhorn summit and not only focus on motifs from higher up, but also have the wonderful view of western Switzerland with lake Thun (Thunersee) and lake Brienz (Brienzersee) (and the photo spot on the Augstmatthorn) before us. 

With a little more time, the Lauterbrunnen alley can also be explored photographically: 72 waterfalls gather here, including the Trümmelbach falls and the famous Staubbach falls, which are particularly rewarding.
With a little more time, the Lauterbrunnen alley can also be explored photographically: 72 waterfalls gather here, including the Trümmelbach falls and the famous Staubbach falls, which are particularly rewarding

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

Route description! This is how your hiking trip in the Bernese Oberland looks like on a map

This hike leads from the First mountain station along a wide path directly to the Bachalp. Pass the lake and follow the path uphill over the Gassenboden (2252m) to the Faulhorn mountain restaurant. After a break, return to Gassenboden (2552m) and turn right downhill via Gärstegg. 

Almost before Bussalp (Oberläger, 2021m) turn left towards Alp-Holzmatten (2164m). The path now leads a little further, tending slightly downhill along the slope to an east direction. On arriving at the Waldspitz mountain restaurant (1897m), the trail descends a few hairpin bends and then follows a road to the Bort middle station (1561m), which can be seen from a far. 

Descent with the mountain railroad, alternatively follow the road shortly before the mountain station downhill towards Grindelwald.

Augstmatthorn photo spot and Bachalpsee can be combined with a direct hike via Brienz - Axalp - Tschingelfeld - Tierwang (2416m) – (tour: medium-difficulty)
Augstmatthorn photo spot and Bachalpsee can be combined with a direct hike via Brienz – Axalp – Tschingelfeld – Tierwang (2416m) – (tour: medium-difficulty)

More information about your adventure in the Swiss Alps

How to get there by public transport: Via Interlaken to Grindelwald, from the train station about 600m to the gondola by foot or by bus.

How to get there by car: From Basel/Zurich/Geneva via Bern or Lucerne/Brünig. From the south via Grimsel or Susten Pass or via Simplon pass with Lötschberg car transport to Interlaken. It can also be through the B221 to Grindelwald, several parking spaces available.

Start/finish: Grindelwald-First, top station 46.660806,8.054694 / middle station Bort 

Distance: 16km

Duration: 6h 

Ascent/descent: 770m/1380m

Highest point/lowest Point: 2681m/1561m

Hike difficulty level: Medium-Difficult

Special features: 

Contact:

www.jungfrau.ch

www.grindelwald.swiss

The catering is handled by First Mountain Restaurant, Faulhorn summit restaurant, and Waldspitz mountain inn.
Strolling through the classic landscape of Grindelwald – a waterfall in the village is just something else. The catering along the tour is handled by First Mountain Restaurant, Faulhorn summit restaurant, and Waldspitz mountain inn

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