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Lake Brienz (Brienzersee) Tours

Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)
Lake Brienz (Brienzersee) is one of the two lakes that flank the popular resort town of Interlaken. The village of Brienz, which sits on the opposite side of the lake (and from which the lake takes its name), is a picture-perfect Swiss spot made up of traditional wooden chalets with the snow-capped Alps rising behind them. 

The Basics
Lake Brienz, which is fed by the Aare River, is a long sliver of a lake 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) long and 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) wide. Head to the area to stroll along the edge of the water on the promenade, take boat trips, and ride Switzerland’s oldest funicular railway. You can also see the 1,640-foot-high (500-meter) Giessbach Falls, takie the steam train (Rothorn Bahn) up Mount Brienzer Rothorn, and go hiking on the mora than 300 miles (500 kilometers) of trails that surround the lake. 

Visitors usually come to Lake Brienz from Interlaken. A range of guided day tours based in the city can take you to the lake and guide you on hikes, cycling tours, and cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some hikes start from Brienz, but the town is rather trapped, with the mountains rising on one side, and the lake on the other. There are more trails accessible from Interlaken.
  • Lake Brienz is located at an altitude of 1850 feet (564 meters). While this isn’t high enough to feel any altitude sickness, it is high enough to get cold at night, even in the summer. 
  • In the summer, the water temperature in the lake rises enough to make it relatively comfortable for swimming. There’s also a lido (public outdoor swimming pool) at the edge of the lake, near the Brienz Railway Station.

How to Get There
The western shore of Lake Brienz sits at the eastern edge of Interlaken. If you’d like to head to Brienz town, take a 15 minute train ride on the Brünig railway line, which runs along the northern shore of the lake. Alternatively, you can reach a number of towns around the lake on the Lötschberg paddle steamer. To reach Lake Brienz from Lucerne, take the Brünig Pass over the mountains.

When to Get There
Lake Brienz is most popular in warm months, when visitors can take advantage of the area’s outdoor attractions like hiking and boating. In winter, the area is a good spot for some cross-country skiing.

Visit Lake Thun
Once you’ve explored Lake Brienz, head to the other side of Interlaken to visit Lake Thun (Thunersee). Attractions around the lake include a 900-year-old castle that sits on a hill overlooking the lake, the town of Thun (which boasts a number of historic buildings, including a stunning 12th-century castle) and the St. Beatus Caves.
Address: Brienz, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)

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Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

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Paraglide above the Swiss Alp peaks on a tandem flight with transport from Interlaken. At the launch spot in Beatenberg, listen to a safety talk with a small group of no more than 10 people, and then take off with a guide. Gaze down at Lake Thun and the snowy summits of the Jungfrau as you soar above the alpine landscape; the views are as breathtaking as the flight.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$195.74
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Private Day tour from Interlaken: Lake, Gorge & Waterfall

Private Day tour from Interlaken: Lake, Gorge & Waterfall

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Spend a day in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland with your own private guide for a group of up to six people. Perfect for family and friends who want to see the mountain sights, the day trip from Interlaken combines convenient transport and logistics with all the highlights of Jungfrau. You’ll cruise across shimmering Lake Brienz, watch the cascades at Giessbach Falls, ride a funicular, visit an alpine zoo, and trek through a gorge. The itinerary can even be tailored to your interests.
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  • 1 day
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$719.63
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Private Interlaken tour - Lake Thoune, lake Brienz, Lauterbrunnen & Interlaken

Private Interlaken tour - Lake Thoune, lake Brienz, Lauterbrunnen & Interlaken

If you want a more personal experience exploring Switzerland's Interlaken and Jungfrau region, you can look no further than this intimate, private tour. With your personal tour vehicle, you're whisked through the Swiss Alps to marvel at villages and towering waterfalls, stroll through Interlaken, and take in the fantastic views of Jungfrau Mountain. Best of all, with a customizable itinerary, you can see what you want on your personalized adventure.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,324.13
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Private Guided Tour of the Brienz and Thun Lake Region

Private Guided Tour of the Brienz and Thun Lake Region

We are your partner to travel in Switzerland in an exclusive and very special way. Enjoy the turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun are set amid the spectacular mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland. At two of the five fairytale castles we will stop. Enjoy the majestic natural spectacle and watch how the water from the Giessbach stream plunges down a total of 14 steps into the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. Have your lunch in an original Bernese Oberland Inn.You will be driven by professional drivers through spectacular and fascinating regions of Switzerland and so you can enjoy the journey to the fullest.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Winter Jetboat Ride

Winter Jetboat Ride

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Enjoy a unique and thrilling boat tour on the beautiful lake of Brienz. On this tour we visit some of the most beautiful places that the lake has to offer. You will be provided with “winter gear” so nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable experience. Our highly trained captains will also share with you interesting information about the lake and its surroundings. We take you on a winter adventure, dotted with impressive scenery, a little adrenaline, 360 ° spins and a good dose of laughs! Our bus picks you up directly at your hotel and brings you to our base in Bönigen. After a short introduction, we get you equipped with our “Helly Hansen” winter gear. As soon as the whole group is dressed, it’s off to the boat, where the captain assigns you a seat. As we exit the harbor you’ll get a short briefing on how the tour runs and what to look out for. The next 35 minutes will fly by as you drive past breathtaking winter landscapes on a nearly empty lake.
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  • 35 minutes
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Aare River Gorge Walk plus Lake Brienz Cruise - Private Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk plus Lake Brienz Cruise - Private Tour from Interlaken

This private tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$237.19
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Aare River Gorge Walk Small-Group Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk Small-Group Tour from Interlaken

This tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.93
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Aare River Gorge Walk Private Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk Private Tour from Interlaken

This private tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$237.19
Price varies by group size
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$237.19
Price varies by group size
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