High up or down low – Brienz gives its visitors so much choice. Since 1892, a steam train has been transporting visitors from Brienz to the summit of the Rothorn. From here, you can also reach the Eisee ski area and enjoy stunning views of the High Alps. Alternatively, if you prefer lower grounds, let Lake Brienz cast a spell over you. Here, the Giessbach Falls cascade over 14 steps into the turquoise blue lake. A cruise will bring you to the island in the middle of the lake, the Schnäggeninsli (snail island).
Wood plays an important role for Brienz. Wood carving has been a long-standing tradition, and to this day, schools for violin making and wood carving teach talented students these traditions. The landscape of the village also bears witness to the importance of this artistic craftmanship. Throughout the village, but in particular in one street, the Brunngasse, visitors can admire the typical Swiss houses and their façades, dating back to the 18th century, which often display wood carvings. Once a year, professionals and amateurs can test their skills in sawing and climbing during the Brienz Lumberjack Festival.
Brienz and its surrounding area also offers plenty for families. The wild animal park presents animals in their natural habitat. The Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg integrates itself perfectly into the landscape and invites children and adults to experience first-hand customs and traditions from all over Switzerland. In winter, the Axalp cross-country skiing trail, the snowshoeing trail and the natural ice rink guarantee fun sporting activities.