SEEBERGSEE LAKE & EPIC VIEWPOINT HIKE IN SWITZERLAND
Seebergsee is a stunning alpine lake surrounded by beautiful grass hills and a couple of steep viewpoint cliffs for adventurers. This lake can be reached almost all the way by car with a parking lot nearby although there are a few hiking options that I will detail below. This would be a great location for a picnic, chill-out day with friends in the summer as you can actually swim and cool-off in the lake.
HOW TO GET TO SEEBERGSEE LAKE
Seebergsee Lake is just a 45-minute drive from Bern and a couple of hours from Zurich. When we visited we were based in Fribourg and it took us about 1.5 hours to reach the parking spot for Seebergsee. If you are driving all the way to the closest parking lot, just head to the pin on the map below. If you want to enjoy the short 20-minute hike in from the alternate parking lot, know that it is up to the far right of the lake as you are driving in, so always stay right and head up the hill. You will then walk down to the lake. There was a gravel parking lot and a sign here. I’ve pictured that below the map for your reference.
SEEBERGSEE LAKE HIKING ROUTES
There are several options for how to reach the lake and how to enjoy the journey there. I will detail them below. I took option two, which is the experience you will see in this blog. I can’t speak from experience for the other routes/options.
- 1. Park your car in the closest parking lot and walk for 5-minutes (This doesn’t count as a hike guys!)
- 2. Park in the second-closest parking lot and enjoy the 30-minute walk (sign says 40-minutes) down to the lake viewpoint and then down the winding trail to the lakeside. This is what I did.
- 3. Do the same as option 2 but as we did, hike up to the cliffs on the right, which directly overlook the lake. This way you get your hiking in while always having a view of the lake. It added an extra hour or so onto our hiking time.
- 4. Take the 18km hiking trail from Zwischenflüh Post, which passes by Meniggrund on the way to Seebergsee. This route is 900m of incline.
There are also lots of other trails from different directions to reach the lake but those are the four most common.
MY EXPERIENCE AT SEEBERGSEE LAKE
The drive up to Seebergsee was incredible with a narrow winding road leads you up into the mountains. It’s hardly wide enough for two cars as we constantly stopped to send half our car off the road to allow people past. The scenery became more and more incredible as we slowly wound our way up to 1900m of altitude by the time we reached the parking lot. The drive itself was worth the visit to Seebergsee.
We parked the car in the top parking lot. Here we found a sign that said it was a 40-minute journey to Seebergsee Lake. It was more of a walk through a field than a hike and after 15-minutes we found ourselves at the entrance to the trail down for Seebergsee. Here you have a great vantage point of the entire lake and surrounding mountains. The water is so clear you can see through it from this area.
At this point, we decided our legs had only just warmed up, so we decided to head up to the cliffs on the left. It isn’t for everyone and can be a little dangerous at times but overall there were no parts of this trail that were incredibly dangerous. Small footholes have been created by past hikers that make the journey up the incline possible. There are two distinct viewpoints with the first one being quite easy to reach and the second a little tougher.
At the first viewpoint, there is a protruding rock that was just too picturesque not to sit on for some pretty epic views and photos. This was probably the only dangerous part of the hike and isn’t necessarily something I’d recommend as it was quite hard to turn around and wiggle your way back to the big, safe rock. Good views though!
Now we decided to carry on to the second viewpoint. Things got a little trickier from this point and I would only suggest this section to people comfortable with heights and climbing. You don’t need to be a professional by any means but it isn’t for everyone. Know your limits. There is a bit of a narrow ridge you climb down and then scurry across before climbing up the steep incline to the top of the viewpoint.
Once you reach the top here you really do feel like you are on top of the lake. It’s quite incredible just how many other peaks you can see from this spot. It’s well over a hundred, which is just mindblowing to start thinking about all of the other great hikes in Switzerland. We hung out here at the top of the second viewpoint for a while and then flew the drone for some aerial perspectives.
After we finished up at the viewpoint we headed down to the trail entrance and then ran down the hill to the lake. It was almost 5 pm now and the water was freezing but we swam out to the rocks in the middle of the lake. If you also do the same leave a comment below to mark your bravery!
It’s a beautiful spot down by the lake to chill out with a picnic and enjoy the sunshine in the summer while cooling off in the water every now and again. There is a restaurant over the hill and facilities available as it is quite a popular spot considering you can drive to the lake, making it a tourist hotspot at times.
We really loved this little circular alpine lake high up in the mountains and recommend it to those who want a chill afternoon or even for adventurers who can hike some of the surrounding peaks!
BEST WAYS TO GET AROUND WITH TRANSPORT IN SWITZERLAND
In Switzerland, the most popular form of transport is the train (and sometimes bus). It always arrives on time, is comfortable, efficient and covers almost all parts of the country. It’s damn good and one of the best public transport systems in the world. But it’s not cheap. A one-way ticket for a 1.5-hour journey can quickly rise to 70 USD. The best option is to buy a 3-day, 8-day or 15-day pass with the Swiss Travel System Pass, which gives you unlimited train rides during that period. It will pay itself off very quickly and makes the train (and bus) travel very convenient without requiring you to buy a ticket each time. I used this myself and used the trains and buses for almost my whole time in Switzerland. To head to the page where you can book your Swiss Travel Pass online you can click HERE and select how many days you would like to purchase the pass for.
The other option (Which I also purchased) was the Swiss Half-Fare Card, which gives you half-price tickets on all transport including buses and trains. This ticket lasts for a month and is much cheaper than the full pass obviously but will pay itself off in a matter of a few days as we quickly found out! To visit the page where you can book your Swiss Half-Fare Card you can click HERE and select the date you want it to start.
The other option is renting a car. After our first few expensive train tickets, we started to think this might be the better option and to our surprise, the train can often be far more expensive than renting a car in Switzerland. For example one day we went from Zurich to hike Mount Pilatus and back to Zurich and our total train tickets for four people was $300 USD. The car rental per day was $90 USD. If you are in a group of two (definitely three) or more, I highly suggest renting a car if you are covering a lot of ground as it will give you scheduling freedom and likely be cheaper as we found.