The Romanesque church of St. Peter was built in the 11th century and is one of the earliest churches in the area. Its parish originally comprised the villages of Ringgenberg, Goldswil, Niederried, Unterseen and Habkern. Today, only the tower and foundations remain. The church is built in a historically significant style, which makes a visit well worthwhile.
Even from a distance, you will be struck by the sight of the ruins’ romantic clock tower. It is modelled on churches from northern Italy known as “Campanile”, expressions of a Lombard architectural tradition. The church of St. Peter demonstrates the vibrant trade that existed between this region and northern Italy. The church itself was moved to Ringgenberg in the 18th century and this church was left to ruin. A charming circular trail connects the church ruins at Goldswil and the ruins of the castle at Ringgenberg. The route uses a number of different paths, passing a rich variety of landscape and sites of historic significance and offering magnificent views over Lake Brienz and Interlaken.
Your highlights at a glance
- Church built in the Romanesque style
- View over Lake Brienz and Interlaken
- Picturesque circular trail from Goldswil to Rinngenberg
To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal tip“This place is magical. I unroll my yoga mat, strike the warrior pose and savour the view over the mountains and lakes.”
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Entry to the ruins is free
- Please respect this cultural heritage site and leave the ruins as you found them