Lake Brienz

Lake Brienz
Lake Brienz

A gem nestled between the Bernese Alps and the Emmental Alps

Lake Brienz is not only the cleanest lake in Switzerland, it also offers a wide range of leisure activities. One of the favourites is an excursion on a cruise.
Five cruises travel on Lake Brienz, among them the paddle steamer “Lötschberg” which dates back to the Belle Époque. A favourite stop is the Giessbach Falls, which cascade over a length of 500 m into the lake. You will hear “Land ahoy!” when the cruise approaches the small island “Schnäggeninseli”, which is located in the middle of the lake and invites visitors to linger for a BBQ. While most of the cruises stop for the winter, kayaks take to the lake and move their passengers gently across the water. After their kayaking adventure, visitors warm up with a fondue in one of the wooden chalets or an enticing dessert at the Grand Café Schuh.

A woodcarving village and the hot spot for hot pots

Visitors can find a prime example for craftsmanship in Brienz: It has not only a school for woodcarving but also the only school in Switzerland that teaches violin-making. Visitors can relax in one of the many hot pots with a fondue and drinks while the surrounding icy landscape offers a charming contrast to the steaming thermal bath. Over three days in August, rock fans gather at Lake Brienz to celebrate the Rock Festival.

From leisurely to fast-paced – a lake for every speed

A cruise on the Blümlisalp paddler steamer feels like a time travel to the past. The cruise with its two decks hasn’t changed much since its origins. Visitors have the possibility to take on the role of skipper and, after a short introduction, to take the helm. A different type of speed awaits visitors during the jetboat excursions from Bönigen or on the Paddle Trail where they decide the speed themselves on their canoe, kayak or on a stand-up paddle.


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