I last visited Bachalpsee on August 11th, 2019.

This is a lake in the Swiss Alps above Grindelwald. It’s a 55 minute walk (uphill and downhill) from the Grindelwald First cable car station. During my walk I passed couples and families with pushchairs. There were also mountain bikers.

It can be a busy place on a warm summers day. Taking a picture was difficult because Asian tourists would stand in front of my camera and take a “selfie”.

Normally, I’m asked to recommend a location that is peaceful with a spectacular view and with few people. Bachalpsee is all of that but there are lots of people sitting around the lake. I had to Photoshop out a few people in the bottom picture.

It is important to remember that you are over 7,000 feet high and the weather can change very quickly. There is very little shelter on the trail to Bachalpsee. There are no shops on the way or at Bachalpsee. You will need a rucsack, hiking boots, water and food. Wear the correct clothing for a hike. The Swiss TV news reported in August that there have been over 50 hiking related deaths in Switzerland this year.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am not an experienced, trained mountain guide.

Here is a link to my walk to Bachalpsee on

Bachalpsee or Bachsee is a lake with an area of 8.06 ha (19.9 acres) close to the First (which can be reached with a cable car) above Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. The lake, located at an elevation of 2,265 m (7,431 ft), is split by a natural dam. – Source: Wikipedia.


Bachalpsee in the distance
Bachalpsee lake in the distance. Photographed by Grindelwald photographer John Wisdom. On the 6 hour hike from Schynige Platte to Grindelwald First.
This picture of Bachalpsee was taken on June 30th, 2019. Still some snow on the ground.
Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee
Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee. This is from my hiking app: Kamoot.