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This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
Giessbachfälle drops over a series of foaming drops as it falls down the southern slope of Lake Brienz in a heavily wooded gorge. There are 6 major and 6 minor tiers of this waterfall. The falls are to some extent hidden by the wooded ravine and the shape of the Giessbachschlucht (gorge) in which the falls' upper reaches occur. The main series of leaps is mostly visible from the lake and likely constitutes roughly 600 to 700 feet of the formation.


  • Giessbachfälle is the Official name of this waterfall

Our thoughts

We've seen several heights attributed to this waterfall, up to 1982'. Since the Geissbach River loses over 4000' in elevation over its seven mile length, that figure is subject to interpretation. We know from a reliable source that the river drops in excess of 2000 feet in a little over 6 kilometers, that being the last 6 km of it's length. We're guessing that the 1982' figure comes from someone who took the liberty to consider that stretch of stream all one waterfall. The main part of the falls drops 414 meters. After seeing the topographic maps of the falls, we are certain that our figure is the most accurate. The falls begin in earnest at the 980 meter contour and the lake level is 566 meters above sea level.

Giessbachfälle is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls

Name of Waterfall Distance
Oltschibachfall 4.26 mi / 6.82 km


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