Grand Hotel Giessbach stars


Recommended by Switzerland Tourism

A splendid residence in a unique location: The legendary Grand Hotel combines the charm of the turn of the century before last with modern comfort. The cuisine at the Park restaurant, which overlooks the waterfall is just as exclusive as the view. Elegant banquet rooms and quiet conference rooms, 22 hectares of gardens and parks and a natural swimming pool round off the offerings.

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For lovers of Historic Hotels

Waterfalls, mountains and the lake are close enough to touch, and a private boat landing stage and funicular railway add to the nostalgic experience of this journey. Building and furniture were restored and Belle Epoque charm is evident everywhere in this great monument to the art of hospitality. This historic hotel has 70 romantic rooms and a restaurant with a large terrace.

Certified by ICOMOS

Historic hotel of the year 2004

This impressive palace hotel was built between 1873 and 1875 from plans by the Bernese architect Horace Edouard Davinet. Its current appearance dates back to renovations done after a big fire in 1883. The hotel was a flourishing wellness resort up to WWI. Thereafter it started a long decline, until it finally faced demolition. In 1983, the Franz Weber foundation bought the hotel and through a series of renovations that lasted until 1988, expertly restored it to its former lustre. The location of the hotel is absolutely unique, both for its setting against the background of a waterfall, the mountains and the lake, and for its structural integration into its environment, with its private boat landing stage and a funicular railway. The original structure has been lavishly restored, with vividly reproduced historic facades and generous public rooms with new baroque interiors. Furniture that was made available through donations completes the success of the renovations. Thanks to marketing efforts underlining the monumental quality of this estate which has been saved in such an exemplary fashion, the Giessbach Hotel has become an object of reference for issues regarding the historic hotels of Switzerland.

For lovers of Typically Swiss Hotels

Today, just as it was a hundred years ago, the historic hotel by the famous Giessbach Falls high above Lake Brienz is in a world of its own.

Surrounded by mountains, forests and alpine meadows, with breathtaking views of the unspoilt scenery around Lake Brienz, this is an oasis far away from the hurly-burly and traffic of everyday life, reached via Europe's first funicular railway from the hotel's own landing stage.

Giessbach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, impressive places in Switzerland.

Hotel details

  • - Radio in all rooms
  • - Telephone in all rooms
  • - T.V. in all rooms
  • - Room with bathroom
  • - Swimming pool
  • - Lake border
  • - Especially quiet location
  • - Suitable for the handicapped
  • - Garden/parking facilities
  • - Historical building
  • - Lift
  • - Public restaurant
  • - Open deck/garden restaurant
  • - Vegetarian restaurant
  • - Restaurant with view
  • - Bar
  • - Separate garage belonging to hotel
  • - Public parking spots
  • - Pets allowed
  • - conferences/seminars
  • - Meeting room
  • - Hikers
  • - Playground for children
  • - Member SHV
  • - Wi-Fi available (free)


By train and boat Bern - Interlaken by train (SBB) Interlaken - Giessbach by Boat By car Motor highway N8 Interlaken - Brienz, exit Brienz - Giessbach Lucerne - Brunigpass - Brienz - Giessbach


Excellent romantic hotel. “Breakfast was very good”. “Friendly staff”.

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