Gelmer funicular & Lake Gelm - budget-friendly tours from Interlaken


  • Thrilling ride on an open-air funicular with a gradient of 106°

  • cross the Handegg suspension bridge

  • Visit Gelmersee (Lake Gelm)

  • Optionally: Visit of the Aare Gorge

Season 2019:
to be announced, expected end of June to mid October.

Tour departure:
Pick-up and drop-off by your private guide at all centrally located Hotels.

Tour description:
Due to the short travel distance, compared to our other tours and the attractive prices for the Gelmer funicular we can offer you this trip at an exceptionally low price for a day tour with a private guide in Switzerland.

We depart from Interlaken by train around 9AM. After a scenic half-hour journey, we change to a traditional Swiss Postbus. After a short ride, we reach the station of Handegg.

From there we cross a 15-minute walk will bring us to the Base station of the Gelmerbahn. Along the way, we cross the Handegg suspension bridge which leads over the Grimsel mountain pass road.

Now we are ready to board the Gelmer funicular. It`s a one of a kind funicular, with its open-air carriage and with a gradient of 106°, it`s one of the steepest funiculars in Europe.

After this thrilling ride, we`ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery of the Swiss Alps and the Gelmersee. After an hour by the lake, we return to Interlaken, where we arrive at half-past three.

Please note there is no restaurant at the Lake Gelm. You`ll be able to purchase soft drinks, Ice cream, and traditional Swiss sausages & cheese at the base station of the Gelmerbahn. If you want a different snack for lunch, please purchase it in advance and take it with you.

This tour requires two 15-minute walks on uneven surfaces.

Optionally and for a surcharge of only CHF 9.- per Person (including the guide) we can visit the Aare Gorge on the way back. With the Aare Gorge visit the return time to Interlaken will be approx. Between 7-8 PM. There is a restaurant available at the Aare Gorge site.


Activity level - high

frequent changes of trains/bus

rides on the PostBus (sometimes only standing places)

15-minutes walk to Gelmerbahn (crossing a suspension bridge)

1-hour walk through the Aare Gorge

Half-hour walk to the reservoir lake



Group size/ Price per Person

1 adult: CHF 490.-
2 adults: CHF 370.-
3 adults: CHF 290.-
4 adults: CHF 260.-
5 adults: CHF 240.-
6 adults: CHF 220.-

Children 6 -15 years: CHF 90.-
Children 0 - 5 years: free

Seat reservation fee for the Gelmer funicular of CHF 40.- per Person is non-refundable.