Bernese Oberland

The picturesque village is nestled between two mountain chains, at the lower shore of Lake Brienz with meadows and picturesque wooden houses, some of which date back to the 16th century.

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A village where tradition is alive and well, and where rural life is in harmony with nature. Here the mighty mountains are reflected in the deep blue waters of Lake Brienz, and the wild brooks and rivers of the glaciers in the Jungfrau Region unite and come to rest.

Bönigen at Lake Brienz near Interlaken delights visitors with its natural beauty and a myriad of leisure opportunities as well as the excellent tourism infrastruction of the Jungfrau Region and Lake Brienz. The Jungfrau Region has a network of marked hiking trails that extend over 500 kilometers, ranging from easy walks, to adventure trails, to challenging mountain tours and fixed rope routes. The extensive mountain train network of the Jungfrau Railways, with Europe’s highest railway station on the Jungfraujoch (3,454 meters above sea level), is one of the highlights of the Jungfrau Region.


Easy, magnificent one to two hour walking tours along the lake, biking along the wild Lütschinen River into the Lauterbrunnen Valley, or gliding at your own pace with a canoe across the lake. Experience the power of the mountain water: revitalizing, invigorating and energizing.

Lake Brienz is one of Switzerland’s largest and deepest mountain lakes. It is famous for its impressive play of colors – crystal clear, emerald green and turquoise. What is the secret of this interplay of colors? Is it the sun’s rays that cast a magic spell on the lake by trying to penetrate the depth of 260 meters? Do the mighty mountains that are reflected in Lake Brienz impart something extraordinary to this image? Or do the glacial rivers carry the mystical secrets from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau trio into Lake Brienz?

These questions can best be answered during a visit of Lake Brienz.


  • Historic village center of national importance – with narrow lanes and wooden houses decorated with woodcarvings from the 16th - 18th century.
  • Cruises on Lake Brienz – with the “Lötschberg”, a renovated steamer from the year 1914.
  • “Trail of the Three Waterfalls” – from Bönigen to Iseltwald, past the Erschwanden and Mülibach Waterfalls up to the Giessbach Falls.
  • Two-Lakes Footbridge – viewing platform on the Harder Kulm with a view over Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.
  • Panorama Trail Schynige Platte – one of the most beautiful panoramic paths in the Bernese Oberland with magnificent vistas of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun as well as the Bernese Alps, with a view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain trio.
  • Top of Europe – Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station, located at 3,454 meters above sea level, with a high alpine wonderworld of ice, snow and rock.
  • Canoe ride – at your own pace across the crystal clear Lake Brienz

Top Events

  • Lake Brienz Half Marathon – Switzerland’s oldest long distance run. With diverse offerings such as “Around the Lake”, Half Marathon, Relay Race, Youth Marathons and Walking (October).

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