Being a water region par excellence, the canton of Bern not only enjoys valuable access to one of the most important resources of all, but also boasts a scenic beauty of enduring fascination.
Although there are many places that are conducive to fresh inspiration and renewed energies, when water is also present it has a particularly refreshing effect on the mind. Just think of the expanse of a lake, the power of a river, or the healing properties of a thermal spring. So do consider choosing one of these diverse environments.
Meeting on the island
Just imagine: a place that can only be reached without a car. When you are secluded and immersed in nature, your inspiration and creativity will flow. The perfect place for your meeting, your retreat or your company seminar. A think tank where you can work undisturbed and develop strategies and visions and where you will come up with ideas. Jean-Jacques Rousseau once found inspiration on St. Peter’s Island in the Bernese Seeland, framed by picturesque Lake Biel. The historic and unique monastery hotel in the nature reserve offers a creative ambience with excellent regional cuisine.
Lakes Thun and Brienz ahoy
There are five hotels along Lakes Thun and Brienz that boast a unique charm and enjoy wonderful views of the water. As soon as you enter the Hotel Eden Spiez, you will see the attention to detail with which the long-standing owner looks after her establishment – be it in the well-stocked library, the restaurant, the trendy bar and of course in the rooms, all of which are uniquely appointed. The Hotel Seepark on the shores of Lake Thun places great emphasis on quality and has received several awards as a seminar hotel. The Grand Hotel Giessbach exudes a Belle Epoque charm. The historic hotel residence high above Lake Brienz is located far away from the hustle and bustle and hence is ideal for successful meetings. And the Hotel Belvedere Spiez and the Hotel Beatus Merligen are located directly on the shores of Lake Thun in idyllic locations.
Gems on the Aare river
With the Aare river flowing by, this idyllic city oasis – the Hotel Freienhof Thun – is set on the edge of the picturesque Old Town of Thun. This 4-star seminar hotel has 66 modern rooms as well as 700m2 of seminar and meeting rooms. With its large window front, the Schwellenmätteli event lounge in Bern offers a view of the passing Aare river and the green Kies Park. With its flexible furnishings and modern basic technical equipment, this space suits a variety of uses.
Relax and recharge
Take a break from all your cares and unfinished business while exploring Lake Biel and the Aare river aboard the Romandie I, which is supported by Kulturschiff.ch. This gem of a boat, dating back to 1952, is in demand for exclusive business events. Its stylish mahogany furniture lends it the atmosphere of a yacht. Bielersee Schifffahrt also runs cruises to attractive destinations with the world's largest solar catamaran MobiCat – ideal for sustainable seminars. This summer, BLS Schifffahrt has an offer that comes with an added dose of adrenaline: commence your cruise on the BLS ship and enjoy the culinary delights served. Then, on the high seas, rendezvous with the Jet Boat for a fast ride.
Delightfully idyllic little lakes
Once you leave the road to Kandersteg behind you and walk some 200 metres through the forest to the Hotel Blausee your everyday stresses will have dropped away while you are still among the trees and even before you see the water sparkling. Right at this idyllic spot there is a beautiful little hotel with 17 rooms and whose library and seminar room can be hired for teams with up to 130 people. Even the Swiss rock band, Span, sang in their dialect of their love and longing for Lake Lauenen. The traditional Bühlhaus am Lauenensee is the perfect place for a relaxed barbecue. This picturesque lake is part of the Rohr Lauenen nature reserve and is located in a basin with the rugged Geltenschuss rock face and its 200-metre high waterfall that falls precipitously into the valley. And about 20 kilometres away from the Swiss capital there is the Hotel Schloss Gerzensee, a hidden gem where you can give free reign to your thoughts and let the inspiration flow while you are taking part in a swimming competition in the lake just eight minutes away.