I love Swiss mountain lakes, lakes and dams. Just a few days ago my favorite Swiss dam were Mauvoisin and Cadagno but since yesterday I belive I have to add Gelmersee on the top of my list.
There are about 190 dams in Switzerland and so far I have visited around 15 of them. It is still undecided if Gelmersee is the most beautiful one but atleast I am sure that the lake is gorgeous! And getting up to the lake is an adventure itself!
Unless you want to walk up, there is the steepest funicular in Europe with a gradient of maximum 106%. It’s highly recommended to reserve in advance and for more practical information click Here. We booked our train up for 9:24am and for 2:48pm down. Which was enough for a walk around the lake and a swim in the lake.
Another tip is to try to be the first one on the line to get the best place to sit, at the bottom of the funicular! But if you are scare of hight you can sit on the end of the funicular.
Once you are up, there is a walk around the lake which is 4km long and should take around 2.5h to complete. We saw a lot of kids from between 6-10 years old doing the hike. Some part might be dangerous but it’s up to you to decide if your child is capable of it. I myself belive that some as young as 6 years old can manage the trail if she/he has already some hiking experiences. The scariest part of the trail is the left side of the lake, when enter the lake from funicular.
Here are some examples of condition of the trail.
When I say left side of the lake I mean the left when you walk from the funicular.
Starting from the left side, the trail is rocky and very right on the edge.
The trail at the end of the lake. A trail with big boulders and rocks.
Here is perhaps the scariest part?