Lake Brienz

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.

Winterkajak-Tour am Brienzersee mit Dave Storey von der Kajakschule Hightide
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Kayaking in winter

Kayaking in winter is everything except cold. Warming drysuits guarantee an experience of next-level comfort on the wintry Lake Brienz. Something that Dave Storey discovered for himself. He shows his guests steep rock faces, mystical and moody views and the power of nature.

Giessbachfälle, Brienz

Giessbach Falls

The mighty waterfall thunders down in 14 stages over a length of 500 metres. To explore it from above, take a ride on Europe’s oldest funicular railway.


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


Contact and information

Brienz Tourismus
Hauptstrasse 143
CH-3855 Brienz