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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.

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Interlaken: Boat Day Pass on Lake Thun

2. Interlaken: Boat Day Pass on Lake Thun

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.

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Interlaken: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

3. 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. When you return back to shore, sip on some hard-earned cups of tea to warm you up.

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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.  

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Stand Up Paddle Board Tour on Lake Brienz

5. Stand Up Paddle Board Tour on Lake Brienz

Enjoy a truly unique guided stand up paddle board (SUP) tour on the beautiful Lake Brienz. Fit for explorers of all skill levels, this outing features the towering cliffs, forested hillsides, and calm turquoise waters that make Interlaken one of the most picturesque settings in the world. The session lasts two hours with around 1.5 hours on the water. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery right from the lake. As the water is usually peacefully, paddling should be easy, even for beginners. You will be prepared for your trip with high quality equipment to be able to fully enjoy stand up paddling comfortably, even without any experience.

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What people are saying about Lake Brienz

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 59 reviews

Absolutely fantastic. The scenery was breathtaking and the tour coordinated well with a mix of cable car and train rides up/down the mountain. At the top there is plenty of activities to see with the ice palace and loads of great photo opportunities The tour guides Katrin & Ping kept everyone well informed Only slight put off was that we spent 1 hour in Interlakken on the way there when a 15min break would have done which would have given more time on the mountain and maybe given time have to do some walking

Jorge was great! He ensured that his instructions were clear and well followed to ensure smooth journey. He not only shared about the tour, he also shared about Switzerland cultures and lifestyles which gave us an overview how the locals live. Very interesting tour indeed!

Our tour guide, Katherine, was excellent. I’ve learned a lot about Switzerland because of her. Thanks, Katherine.

Angelica was an awesome tour guide. I had a great time, and I highly recommend this trip to everyone

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the whole trip was very organized