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Brienz – the woodcarving village on the shores of Lake Brienz

Enjoy your holidays in a chalet village on the shores of Lake Brienz

In the typical Swiss chalet village of Brienz, you will experience customs and traditions, nestled in unique surroundings with mountains and the amazingly turquoise lake. At the eastern end of Lake Brienz, you will discover a world of wood-working. Go on excursions in the mountains and relax on the shores of the lake. Brienz, Axalp, Schwanden, Hofstetten, Oberried and Brienzwiler are ideally situated for your adventures in the Bernese Oberland.

  • Your holidays at Lake Brienz

  • Ideal starting point for mountain trips

  • Discover customs and traditions

  • Holidays in Switzerland's woodcarving village

  • Mountains and lakes together

Storybook Switzerland

The journey to Brienz, over the Brünig Pass or along the turquoise-coloured Lake Brienz, takes you to a fascinating mountainous region. Why not use the popular GoldenPass Line that goes along the shores of the lake and links Interlaken with Lucerne? Or take one of the passenger ferries on Lake Brienz. It will take you past cosy villages, thundering waterfalls and charming landscapes. The typical chalet village of Brienz with the long quayside is surrounded by lush meadows, forests, glades all rounded off by glorious rocky mountainsides. Here you will discover a magnificent interaction of mountains and lake. Once you have arrived in Brienz, you will stroll along the long lake promenade. And bathing is even possible in winter too. You will definitely feel the warmth in one of the hotpots while enjoying the winter surroundings. On your tour around the village and in the old part of the village, you will discover the picturesque chalet village with its typical wooden houses.

Impressive excursions and gentle hikes

Dampfende Brienz Rothorn Bahn unterwegs Richtung Brienzer Rothorn mit türkisem Brienzersee im Hintergrund

Brienz and the surrounding villages Axalp, Brienzwiler, Hofstetten, Oberried and Schwanden are the ideal starting point for your excursions into the mountains. Here, you will discover traditions and customs and live in a homely environment. The trip up the Brienzer Rothorn on the historical steam train will thrill you. The higher you go, the more impressive the mountain panorama. From here you can see the four-thousand-metre peaks of the Alps and even see into Central Switzerland. From Brienz, you can discover the area on one of the many hiking trails and footpaths. Always with a view of the mountains and lake.

Kinderhand reicht einem keinen Rehkitz das Spezialfutter im Wildpark Brienz

Things will start getting wild when you visit the wildlife park in Brienz. Did you know that this was created so that the woodcarvers had a range of genuine animals as models? To ensure you enjoy a perfect holiday, you can book three excursions directly with the "Experience Card Brienz": with a cruise on Lake Brienz, a trip up the Brienzer Rothorn and a visit to the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum, you’ve definitely taken care of all the highlights.

Higher and on the other side – the Axalp

Alphütten auf grüner Sommerwiese mit blauem Himmel auf der Axalp ob Brienz

A trip on the PostBus or by car takes you around the tight bends, through forests and past meadows to the rugged cliff faces. From the Axalp, you can see Lake Brienz with the fantastic Alpine panorama and go on wonderful hikes along the woodcarving trail or to the Hinterburgseeli. The Axalp is attractive for families in the winter as a skiing area with 15 kilometres of pistes in various degrees of difficulty and the popular Axiland children's paradise.

 

Giessbach energy source

Der tosende Giessbach aus der Vogelperspektive und weiter unten das märchenhafte Grandhotel Giessbach

The Giessbach crashes down 400 metres. When the snow is melting, the falls have an incredible amount of thundering water, but even during the more gentle times of the year, the waterfall is always a sight to behold. Take the boat and travel up on the Giessbach Railway to see this natural spectacle. Or discover the area on foot. There are steps and paths along the waterfall. Together with the historical Grand Hotel Giessbach, nestled in a natural park and lush forest, you will experience this energy source at its most intense. When the Giessbach waterfall is illuminated at night, there is something of a mystical atmosphere.

Tradition and customs – the woodcarving village

Ein mit Blumen geschmücktes Chalet und davor ein handgeschnitzer Brunnen

In Brienz, you will find alleys and chalets that look as if they are straight from a picture book: once voted Europe's most beautiful alley, the Brunngasse is lined by houses from the 18th century. You are bound to get the perfect snapshot here. Brienz is also affectionately called the woodcarving village. The long tradition of wood-working is still visible today. The School of Woodcarving as well as the violin making school are taking handcraftsmanship into the future. The custom of woodcarving is explained in detail at the Woodcarving Museum. Why not try it yourself and carve your very own wooden cow? You will find out lots about customs when you visit the Ballenberg. The Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum is a popular excursion destination in the summer. Here, you will discover all regions of Switzerland and you can even roll up your sleeves and take part.

Schwanden: Feel alive in the heart of nature

Schönes Schweizer Chalet auf einer grünen Wiese in Schwanden. Der Himmel ist blau und verziert mit Schäfchenwolken.

Schwanden enjoys a tranquil and sunlit location above Brienz. From here you can savour superb views of crystal clear Lake Brienz. The Schwander Lebensweg starts in the centre of the picturesque village. This beautiful circular route leads visitors past figures carved in wood and lush green meadows. Along the way you pass through pretty forests and hear the burble of mountain streams. The circular route runs around the welcoming village.

A warm welcome by Lake Brienz: Discover the village of Oberried

Ein Schiff legt an der idyllischen Schiffländte im Dorf Oberried an

Oberried is a quiet and sedate lakeside village. With a stunning natural backdrop and views of the lake, the village has a welcoming atmosphere thanks to its old but well maintained chalets. Lake Brienz in all its magically turquoise glory is best appreciated from the bankside. The renowned Jakobsweg also leads past Oberried village on its way towards Interlaken.

Hofstetten: Discover the tranquil uplands

Inmitten einer herrlich grünen Wiesenlandschaft liegt das malerische Dorf Hofstetten

The charming village of Hofstetten stands at the foot of the mighty Brienz Rothorn, adjacent to the west entrance of Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. With no through traffic to concern them, visitors can enjoy peaceful times on the idyllic plateau. Relax and recharge your batteries amid the splendour of nature, close to Brienz.

Discover the authentic village of Brienzwiler

Mitten auf einer saftig grünen Wiese steht ein traditioneller Spycher. Schäfchenwolken zieren den blauen Himmel.

The beautiful village of Brienzwiler blends into the southern slope of the Brünig Pass. The average elevation of the village is 700 metres above sea level. The east entrance of Ballenberg Open-Air Museum is in the village itself. The district of Brienzwiler also encompasses the Alp Oltscheren on the opposite side of the valley. Take a tour of discovery around this stunning natural idyll and enjoy active recreation on numerous hiking trails.

 

Events – prefer rock or folklore?

You’ll find lots of enjoyment at one of the many events. You will experience typical Swiss sounds and traditions at special guest evenings. In spring, the season gets off to a start with the traditional Ballenberg Schwinget Swiss Alpine Wrestling festival. You will discover spectacular works of art made of wood during the international woodcarving symposium. During Axalp Woodcarving Week, you can see wooden sculptures taking shape on tree stumps and will enjoy a leisurely hike, too. The woodcarving days combined with competitions focussing on wood are certainly something out of the ordinary.

Maybe a little louder? Then you’ll feel at home at the Lake Brienz Rock Festival. Or you can take a trip to the Axalp firing range and watch a flight demonstration by the Swiss Air Force. At the end of the year, things are more romantic and festive: enjoy the legendary Brienzermärt market and fair, and get into the Christmas spirit at Brienz's beautiful Christmas market.

Feel like you're at home in the snug chalet village

Whether in Brienz, Axalp, Schwanden, Hofstetten, Brienzwiler or Oberried: you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for in terms of accommodation for your holidays. Traditional hotels, modern holiday apartments, snug chalet holiday homes, three camping sites directly on the shores of Lake Brienz, group accommodation and the Berghaus on the Rothorn offer accommodation to suit every requirement. Are you travelling alone, as a couple, with friends or family? In Brienz you will find just what you are looking for to ensure you have perfect holidays in the middle of a mountain world.

Contact the local tourist office

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Steinböcke in der Alpwiese im Sommer in der Nähe des Brienzer Rothorns

Address and contact

Tourist Information Brienz
Hauptstrasse 143
3855 Brienz

Tel. +41 33 952 80 80
[email protected]
www.brienz-tourismus.ch

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