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Lake Brienz

Lake Brienz: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

1. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

Interlaken: Boat Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

2. Interlaken: Boat Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

Experience blue-green lakes, picturesque chalet villages and eternally white mountain summits. Marvel at the beauty of the landscape while relaxing on board a boat that glides over the emerald waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.   Visit these two famous lakes with this customizable day trip. Simply choose your preferred date, then take a boat cruise to discover the lakes’ sights at your own pace. Depart from are Thun, Interlaken West, Interlaken East (Ost), or Brienz. Check out famous sights such as the St. Beatus Caves, the Giessbach Falls or the many castles around the lake, or simply sit back and soak in the views of the Bernese Oberland mountains.   How you spend your day is up to you. Make as you many trips along the routes around the lakes and fill your day with new memories.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

3. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

Interlaken: Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

4. Interlaken: Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

This half day tour runs regularly throughout the summer and is suitable for all abilities. Your guide will offer instructions on how to develop your paddling skills and will also capture your experience with lots of photos to show to your friends and family back home.   Your tour starts in Bönigen on Lake Brienz, where you will travel across the River Lütschine, heading towards the north shore, exploring beautiful cliffs, past the 12th-century Ringgenberg Castle overlooking the lake and discover hidden beaches along the way.   Also enjoy an evening trip when the waters are calmer and you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. The evening tour follows the same itinerary as the half-day tour. The session lasts three hours, of which you will spend around two hours on the water. The summer tours run from May until October. When the water temperature gets colder in October and November wetsuits will be provided.  

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Interlaken

5. From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Interlaken

Explore the heart of the Swiss Alps in the village of Interlaken. Experience breathtaking views of Lakes Thun and Brienz on either side and the surrounding peaks.   Departing from Geneva, go on a full-day trip and explore the heart of the famous Bernese Oberland. Arrive in Interlaken, overlooked by the famous trio of summits, Eiger, Mönch and Junfrau. Visit the harbor and see the blue lakes on both sides of the village. Experience the local culture and try local specialties, such as a Swiss fondue.   Roam through the charming streets and browse the shops and boutiques. Before leaving, walk down Bahnhofstrasse, famous for its luxurious watch shops. Stroll through the local gardens and see the outdoor clock built into the flowerbed at Casino Kursaal.   At the end of the afternoon, you will board the bus to go back to Geneva. Marvel again at the beauty of the area as you drive through Jungfrau region, back to your point of departure with an estimated arrival time of 8:30 PM depending on traffic.

Interlaken: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

6. Interlaken: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

Don't miss a visit to Lake Brienz during the winter months when it's at its most beautiful and least crowded. Join your guide for a peaceful kayak ride around the lake and glide over the mirror-like water as you take in stunning views of the mountains on all sides.    Before starting your tour, get a brief introduction to kayaking and learn how to paddle properly. Put on a top-quality dry suit and boots to keep you extra warm on the water. Then head out for 2 hours of paddling through the winter wonderland of Lake Brienz. Take in stunning views of the historic Ringgenberg Castle and admire the crisp reflections of the snow-capped peaks on the water.

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What people are saying about Lake Brienz

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 607 reviews

This was a fantastic adventure. Our tour guide Annette was so knowledgable and helpful, giving us lots of interesting information and explained each part of the day brilliantly. Sweets before we arrived at Jungfrauhoch were really helpful as we did feel slightly lightheaded due to the altitude. It was a shame that the snow fun areas were shut due to poor visibility and stormy weather. However we still enjoyed stunning views and it was an excellent day trip!

I am disappointed i am not allowed to rate it 10 stars on 5 . I absolutely loved this tour and would say that this tour will get you to the best scenery and experience in Switzerland. Strongly recommend for tourists who have 2 - e days in Switzerland and may not be comfortable exploring on their own. Must do trip. I have been to Titlis too. If you have two days, suggest do both. If you only one day - this should be your preference.

Relaxed and beautiful. The day was perfect weather, the guide was super pleasant and answered all our questions. First day in Interlaken area so good for us. Nice to get out of the boats about half way to see the castle, and visit a restroom

The whole experience was good coördinated. We had a break so we could swim in the lake. I love all the pictures too.

Excellent tour in the beautiful lake Brienz. The guides are experienced and attentive to us.