Hiking adventure at Lake Brienz


Meiringen: Alpen Camping

Meiringen: Alpen Camping

No other lake in Switzerland possesses the incredible blue hue of Lake Brienz. The lake shimmers turquoise, then silver-blue-grey - it's quite unique. The lake is surrounded by steep, towering mountains. The various types of cheese-cuts in restaurant Bären in Oberried have these mountains as their namesakes. The hike starts in Brienz and continues steadily uphill and downhill, along the lake to Interlaken. The fabulous views will captivate you again and again. On your way to Interlaken, you will pass by the villages of Oberried, Niederried and Ringgenberg, each in more idyllic surroundings than the other.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Bahnhof Brienz
Brienz train station
Access starting point: Arrival in Brienz from Interlaken East or from Lucerne
Point of arrival: Train station Interlaken Ost (East)
Access point of arrival: Return trip to Brienz by train or by ship
Hiking time: 04:50 h
Physical fitness: medium difficulty
Difficulty: easy
Difference in elevation: 250 m
Culmination point: 567 m
Season: April - November
Gastronomy: Brienz, Oberried, Ringgenberg, Interlaken
Literature: Hiking map SAW Interlaken 1:50,000


The unique panoramic tour begins at the railway station in Brienz and leads at first along the main street into the village. The route leads past lovely gardens to the picturesquely situated church of Brienz. The first ascent follows, which reveals splendid views of the lake. In Niederried there are various hiking possibilities to be chosen from. You can take the path leading upwards to the ruins of Schadenburg, where you will have fantastic vantage points for views. From the ruins of Schadenburg there is a path leading down to Ringgenberg. After the church a very beautiful path leads along the shore to the gates of Interlaken. You will cross Aarekanal (Aare canal) on a steel railway bridge. On the other side the last lap of the journey takes you along the dam to Interlaken train station.

Tour Overview

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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