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Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)
Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)

Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)

The Basics

Lake Brienz, which is fed by the Aare River, is a long sliver of a lake 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) long and 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) wide. Head to the area to stroll along the edge of the water on the promenade, take boat trips, and ride Switzerland’s oldest funicular railway. You can also see the 1,640-foot-high (500-meter) Giessbach Falls, takie the steam train (Rothorn Bahn) up Mount Brienzer Rothorn, and go hiking on the mora than 300 miles (500 kilometers) of trails that surround the lake.

Visitors usually come to Lake Brienz from Interlaken. A range of guided day tours based in the city can take you to the lake and guide you on hikes, cycling tours, and cruises.

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Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
$127.46 per adult
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Amazing trip with a lovely guide
Our guide Sophie, was such an amazing person! She was so knowledgeable, explained a lot about kayaking and the sight itself as well. Such a kind and bubbly person. We had the best time with her!
Yaaso_P, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Interlaken

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Matt_S, Dec 2022
Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Barrie was a patient and knowledgeable guide. He explained everything in great detail. The views were exceptional. It was a very memorable experience and I am so glad that I was able to experience this adventure.
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If you can, GO.
julie_K, Aug 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Zsophia was an excellent guide and the views were spectacular. What a lovely, lovely morning on the water. The price is right and worth twice that.
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Switzerland at its best!
Alicia_K, Jul 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
We had a really great tour guide Ben who took us on the tour of the lake. The turquoise of the water, under the backdrop of the amazing mountains was a once in a lifetime experience. Thoroughly recommend to anyone for a peaceful morning in Switzerland.
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Brienz Kayak
Zac_H, Apr 2022
Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Karel toured us around Lake Brienz; we had a great time with beautiful views & good conversation. Would recommend!
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Unbelievable experience
Max_K, Jul 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Amazing experience and Peter and the team were great! The views were incredible and it was a leisurely kayaking activity.
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Highly recommended
YianshenGeorge_H, Jul 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Unforgettable experience on the lake, and Sean was an amazing guide! He was very accommodating of the different skill levels in the group, especially of my parents, who are in their early 60s. Thanks, Sean!
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Awesome Switzerland Must Do!
Cara_T, Jul 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
This experience was so beautiful and exciting! We loved kayaking among the gorgeous Lake Breinz. Our tour guide was so friendly and even brought us cookies during our beach break! We were able to keep up at our own pace which was helpful.
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IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Chris...
Lindsay_L, Apr 2022
Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Chris was such an amazing guide. He’s such a great person to show you around Interlaken and made it an amazing experience. We had a great time and it was beautiful! Definitely couldn’t recommend more
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Well worth it
Haley_C, Jun 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Amazing time! Beautiful sights, great guide, Big Bang for your buck. Group size was also very nice and small
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Fun kayaking trip during winter!
HoonK, Apr 2022
Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Ryan was fantastic! Kept us engaged with conversation the entire time, and was super nice! Loved the excursion would highly recommend!
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Super friendly tour guide!! Good for all type of travelers (solo, couple, friends).
Isadora_G, May 2022
Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Booked this trip in viator and glad to meet our very friendly tour guide, namely Karel and Sofia. Thank you Karel and Sofia for everything! You guys are awesome.
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Winter Kayak Trip!
Jennifer_B, Jan 2022
Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
Great tour! Sean was an outstanding guide and we would go back for another kayak adventure again. He was very down to earth and had a great sense of humor.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Some hikes start from Brienz, but the town is rather trapped, with the mountains rising on one side, and the lake on the other. There are more trails accessible from Interlaken.

  • Lake Brienz is located at an altitude of 1850 feet (564 meters). While this isn’t high enough to feel any altitude sickness, it is high enough to get cold at night, even in the summer.

  • In the summer, the water temperature in the lake rises enough to make it relatively comfortable for swimming. There’s also a lido (public outdoor swimming pool) at the edge of the lake, near the Brienz Railway Station.

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How to Get There

The western shore of Lake Brienz sits at the eastern edge of Interlaken. If you’d like to head to Brienz town, take a 15 minute train ride on the Brünig railway line, which runs along the northern shore of the lake. Alternatively, you can reach a number of towns around the lake on the Lötschberg paddle steamer. To reach Lake Brienz from Lucerne, take the Brünig Pass over the mountains.

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When to Get There

Lake Brienz is most popular in warm months, when visitors can take advantage of the area’s outdoor attractions like hiking and boating. In winter, the area is a good spot for some cross-country skiing.

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Visit Lake Thun

Once you’ve explored Lake Brienz, head to the other side of Interlaken to visit Lake Thun (Thunersee). Attractions around the lake include a 900-year-old castle that sits on a hill overlooking the lake, the town of Thun (which boasts a number of historic buildings, including a stunning 12th-century castle) and the St. Beatus Caves.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)?
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Attractions near Lake Brienz (Brienzersee):
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What else should I know about attractions in Interlaken?
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As well as visiting the Lake Brienz (Brienzersee), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: