Cruises on Lake Brienz – leave your everyday cares behind for a while

Experience the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz in the Bernese Oberland by boat

A cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz amid the mountains of the Bernese Oberland is an unforgettable experience. A boat trip gives you the opportunity to discover the small villages around Lake Brienz and admire the majestic Giessbach Falls and the other streams that flow into Lake Brienz. Once onboard, you will be able to enjoy an extensive of culinary offerings from the boat’s galley. A boat trip gives you the opportunity to really relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape.

Boat trip on Lake Brienz

Your excursion to Lake Brienz begins at the jetty in Brienz or Interlaken Ost. Check the departure times and the programmes on offer, then select the boat trip on the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz that most appeals. The entire round trip across the lake goes from Brienz to the Giessbach Falls, then to Oberried, Iseltwald, Niederried, Ringgenberg, Bönigen, Interlaken Ost and back again. The trip takes about an hour and a quarter. Enjoy a memorable cruise on the lake. The nostalgia trip on the impressive steamboat, for example, leaves from Interlaken Ost to Giessbach and back – with an exclusive stop at the idyllic jetty. Would you like to end an eventful day with the wind in your hair and the evening sun shining on your face? If so, you’re sure to enjoy the evening trip from Interlaken Ost to Iseltwald and back.

Unspoilt nature on turquoise waters

A cruise gives you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in nature. Observe and enjoy the mountains, forests, streams and waterfalls in their full glory. As you glide through the turquoise waters, relax and enjoy the refreshing breeze. The waves ripple, merge and heighten as the boat approaches the shore. Enjoy the expansiveness of the lake and imagine the depth of the water that has flowed through the Alps and collected in the lake for thousands of years. Lake Brienz is an emerald set amid the Bernese Oberland Alps.

Magical Giessbach Falls

Das Damfschiff Lötschberg vor den Giessbachfällen auf dem türkisen Brienzersee

The boat makes its first stop beneath the Grandhotel Giessbach. The Grandhotel Giessbach has towered over Lake Brienz since 1873/1874. It is an attractive spot to spend a few hours and take the opportunity to admire the falls. Europe’s oldest funicular railway transports guests from the lake’s shore to the Grandhotel Giessbach and the imposing Giessbach Falls in comfort. Marvel at the falls and the breathtaking view across all of Lake Brienz while you relax on the Grandhotel’s terrace.

Picturesque village of Iseltwald

Eine feine Nebelschwade hängt über dem malerischen Dorf Iseltwald. In der Bucht treiben mehrere Boote.

After your detour to see the Giessbach Falls, take the next boat heading towards Iseltwald. On your way there, you will pass a small island known as the “Schnäggeninseli” (Snail Island). Iseltwald is a charming little village on the shore of Lake Brienz. Why not spend a little time enjoying one of the quayside restaurants or exploring the beautiful lakeside paths? When you’re ready, take the next boat to Ringgenberg and Bönigen before returning to the jetty in Interlaken Ost.

Experience a nostalgic steamboat trip

Das Dampfschiff Lötschberg auf dem Brienzersee in der Abendstimmung

The steamship “Lötschberg” chuffs its way across Lake Brienz twice a day and every Saturday evening during the summer. This trip gives you the opportunity to see the old steam-driven gearbox of this impressive steamship in action. The trip will transport you back in time to the days of the Belle Époque. The steamship “Lötschberg” is particularly suitable for family excursions, as it even has a separate play cabin.

Culinary delights from the galley

Schiff Jungfrau fährt im Sommer über den türkisen Brienzersee

You can combine your round trip on Lake Brienz with a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch. The breakfast boat runs daily from April to October and offers you the opportunity to enjoy your morning coffee in a particularly delightful location. The lunch menu consists of regional specialities and, not surprisingly given the setting, a large selection of fish dishes. It is the perfect place to get together with your family. The galley serves a traditional alpine brunch every Sunday from July to September, which consists of a lavish, all-you-can-eat buffet.

Barbecue cruises with a wonderful atmosphere

Swiss Barbecue Cruise auf dem Brienzersee

International, Arabic or would you prefer a juicy piece of grilled meat? Let yourself be carried off to the world of the One Thousand and One Nights and enjoy typical Arabic dishes on the wonderful oriental evening cruise. Maybe you’d rather spend an evening in line with the motto of grill & chill? If so, the Swiss BBQ cruise is right up your street. Cruise towards the sunset with a barbecue skewer in your hand. Discover the culinary side of Lake Brienz and the Holiday Region Interlaken.

A slice of winter magic

The Advent boat will operate on Lake Brienz in December in the run-up to Christmas. The lunch tour will offer a delicious Advent menu and the afternoon tour will spice up the journey with some warming mulled wine and delicious Advent biscuits. Why not take a boat trip to visit the Christmas market in Brienz at the start of December?

Your highlights at a glance

  • Children travel free of charge on Saturdays and on their birthdays

  • The Lötschberg steamboat runs from May to September with a play cabin for children and the opportunity to admire the steam-driven gearbox in action

  • Discover the many picturesque villages and excursion destinations along the shores of Lake Brienz

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch with culinary specialities such as fish from the galley

  • Take the boat to the Giessbachbahn – the oldest funicular railway in Europe

To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note

  • Ships operate a full schedule from April to October

  • Reduced schedule in spring and winter

  • Full-day and half-day excursion options

  • Advance reservation is required for groups of 20 or more

  • Bicycles may be transported; limited space available

  • All the passageways on the main deck and all stops are barrier-free

  • The timetable cannot be guaranteed in the event of storms, fog, or if water levels are too high or low

Personal tip

“The boat trip on Lake Brienz was a very special experience. The turquoise waters and the surrounding mountainsides were stunning. Having the wind in my hair and the sun on my face let me enjoy nature to the full.”

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