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Brienz
ViaJacobi
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Stage 9, Brünigpass–Interlaken
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Weg der drei Wasserfälle
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Brienz
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Brienz
Brienzersee Bike
Brienz (BE)
Brienz

Brienz

Brienz lies on the eastern, upper shore of the turquoise-hued Brienzersee (Lake Brienz). Known as the woodcarving village, Brienz has an old tree population, a long tradition in woodcarving and is home to a woodcarving school and a violin-making school.
Arguably the most romantic street in Brienz is the famous Brunngasse, which was once awarded the title of «the most beautiful street in Europe». Most of the houses date back to the 18th century and are embellished with woodcarvings. The sheltered situation of the village and balancing micro-climatic effect of the lake give Brienz a mild mountain climate in both summer and winter.

Brienz lies at the foot of the Brienzer Rothorn (2350 m) and is home to the valley terminus of the steep cogwheel railway that transports passengers to the panorama and hiking peak marking the border of the Bern, Obwalden and Lucerne triangle. Steam engines still push the compositions to the Rothorn summit, a visual delicacy and a delight not just for railway enthusiasts.

The stations of the Brünig Railway and BLS boat service are just over the road from the Rothorn Railway station. Brienz lies on the narrow-gauge route of the Brünig Railway, which links Interlaken, Brienz, Meiringen, Brünig, Lucerne and Engelberg. Brienz is the end terminus for the BLS boats coming from Interlaken, for example the historic steamship «Lötschberg». Stylishly restored and refurbished in the period style, a boat trip on the Lötschberg is the ideal complement to an excursion with the Rothorn steam railway. Steam trains also run on the Brünig Railway track on select dates in summer.

Strolling along the traffic-free lake promenade with its boat moorings and small harbours is a popular leisure activity. Local people and guests alike enjoy bathing from the lake shore in summer. It is worth taking the time to look over the lake with its ever-changing colours and moods at the steep and rugged opposite shore and the Giessbach Falls.

The nearby Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg (open-air museum) gives an interesting insight into 16th to 19th century rural life. Buildings such as farmhouses, barns and workshops from all over the country have been rebuilt there. This is no elite collection of rarities, but a hands-on museum that guarantees a unique experience.

There is a compact and family-friendly ski region off the beaten track at nearby Axalp above Brienz. Alternatively, the Rothorn has a ski region at the small Eisee lake.

Highlights

  • Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg – Open-Air Museum Ballenberg with 100 historic rural buildings from all regions of Switzerland and farm animals, gardens, artisan demonstrations and cosy inns.
  • Brienzer Rothorn - 2350m high with a majestic panorama – access by the only cogwheel railway in Switzerland that regularly uses steam engines.
  • Boat excursions on Lake Brienz – boats including the historic steamship «Lötschberg» run to timetable on one of the most ruggedly romantic Swiss lakes.
  • Schweizer Schule für Holzbildhauerei – Swiss Woodcarving School. Samples of this art can be found in many places in the village, also as signposts.
  • Giessbachfälle – Giessbach Falls. Gushing waterfalls amidst a forest landscape and coffee & cake at the restored art nouveau Grand Hotel Giessbach, set above the lake opposite Brienz.
Brienz lies on the eastern, upper shore of the turquoise-hued Brienzersee (Lake Brienz). Known as the woodcarving village, Brienz has an old tree population, a long tradition in woodcarving and is home to a woodcarving school and a violin-making school.
Arguably the most romantic street in Brienz is the famous Brunngasse, which was once awarded the title of «the most beautiful street in Europe». Most of the houses date back to the 18th century and are embellished with woodcarvings. The sheltered situation of the village and balancing micro-climatic effect of the lake give Brienz a mild mountain climate in both summer and winter.

Brienz lies at the foot of the Brienzer Rothorn (2350 m) and is home to the valley terminus of the steep cogwheel railway that transports passengers to the panorama and hiking peak marking the border of the Bern, Obwalden and Lucerne triangle. Steam engines still push the compositions to the Rothorn summit, a visual delicacy and a delight not just for railway enthusiasts.

The stations of the Brünig Railway and BLS boat service are just over the road from the Rothorn Railway station. Brienz lies on the narrow-gauge route of the Brünig Railway, which links Interlaken, Brienz, Meiringen, Brünig, Lucerne and Engelberg. Brienz is the end terminus for the BLS boats coming from Interlaken, for example the historic steamship «Lötschberg». Stylishly restored and refurbished in the period style, a boat trip on the Lötschberg is the ideal complement to an excursion with the Rothorn steam railway. Steam trains also run on the Brünig Railway track on select dates in summer.

Strolling along the traffic-free lake promenade with its boat moorings and small harbours is a popular leisure activity. Local people and guests alike enjoy bathing from the lake shore in summer. It is worth taking the time to look over the lake with its ever-changing colours and moods at the steep and rugged opposite shore and the Giessbach Falls.

The nearby Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg (open-air museum) gives an interesting insight into 16th to 19th century rural life. Buildings such as farmhouses, barns and workshops from all over the country have been rebuilt there. This is no elite collection of rarities, but a hands-on museum that guarantees a unique experience.

There is a compact and family-friendly ski region off the beaten track at nearby Axalp above Brienz. Alternatively, the Rothorn has a ski region at the small Eisee lake.

Highlights

  • Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg – Open-Air Museum Ballenberg with 100 historic rural buildings from all regions of Switzerland and farm animals, gardens, artisan demonstrations and cosy inns.
  • Brienzer Rothorn - 2350m high with a majestic panorama – access by the only cogwheel railway in Switzerland that regularly uses steam engines.
  • Boat excursions on Lake Brienz – boats including the historic steamship «Lötschberg» run to timetable on one of the most ruggedly romantic Swiss lakes.
  • Schweizer Schule für Holzbildhauerei – Swiss Woodcarving School. Samples of this art can be found in many places in the village, also as signposts.
  • Giessbachfälle – Giessbach Falls. Gushing waterfalls amidst a forest landscape and coffee & cake at the restored art nouveau Grand Hotel Giessbach, set above the lake opposite Brienz.

Arrival and return Brienz

Adresse

Tourist Information Brienz-Axalp
Hauptstrasse 148
3855 Brienz
Tel. +41 (0)33 952 80 80
info@haslital.ch
www.haslital.ch

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B+B Wyler
B+B Wyler
Brienz BE
Jugendherberge Brienz
Jugendherberge Brienz
Brienz BE
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Hiking in

Brienz
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 9, Brünigpass–Interlaken
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Weg der drei Wasserfälle
Weg der drei Wasserfälle
Stage 2, Iseltwald–Brienz
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Cycling in

Brienz
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 4, Spiez–Meiringen
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 2, Meiringen–Spiez
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Haslital Route
Haslital Route
Route 381, Brienz–Meiringen
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Mountain biking in

Brienz
Brienzersee Bike