Lakes Thun & Brienz cruises - Bernese Oberland

Views of idyllic villages and majestic mountains

About Lakes Thun & Brienz cruises

Available: all year round (limited services in winter)


Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass: FREE

Half Fare Card: pay half the published fare for your particular journey

With a scheduled boat service on both lakes, you can enjoy an outing on a motor-powered vessel or on an elegant, restored paddle-wheel steamboat. The turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun are situated in the spectacular mountain setting of the Bernese Oberland.

Excellent dining facilities are available, as well as themed events and round trip excursions (half or full day trips). All tickets for these trips can be purchased locally from either the local tourist office in resort, the local train station or direct at the boat station.


Cruises on Lake Thun

In the midst of the Bernese Oberland, Lake Thun is surrounded by a fabulous mountain scenery and by the charming towns of Thun, Spiez and Interlaken. There are even lidos and bathing spots all around the lake which invite you to take a swim and cool off. There are popular paths along the lakeshore which lead from Thun to Hünibach or from Spiez to Faulensee. On the north side of the shore of the lake is the St. Jacobs trail. The trail also leads to the St. Beatus Cave.

There are many different boat trips available on Lake Thun. You could enjoy a round trip or incorporate a cruise as part of an excursion up in to the mountains.

Cruises on Lake Brienz

The regular boat service links all the little places around the lake on its route from the resort of Interlaken on the western side to the idyllic little town of Brienz in the east. From Brienz, you can board the oldest steam train in Switzerland, the Brienzer Rothorn railway which takes you to the top of the Rothorn and some stunning views of the lakes and the surrounding mountain chain. It is also the starting point for many hikes.

Another destination for a boat trip on Lake Brienz is the Giessbach Falls. The roaring water thunders down 500 metres into the lake. Immediately beside it is the historic Grand Hotel Giessbach, which looks like a fairy tale castle. A funicular leads from the landing stage in Giessbach straight up to the waterfall. Another popular excursion is to walk along the southern bank of Lake Brienz from Bönigen via Iseltwald to Giessbach.


There are boat stations at several villages, resorts and points of interest around each of the lakes. They are clearly signposted for your convenience.

More excursions in the region

There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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Your choice of resorts

Dominated by the Jungfrau mountains and the lakes of Thun and Brienz, this region offers everything you could wish for on a classic Swiss holiday. You can choose to stay in a mountain village, a lakeside resort - or try Interlaken at the heart of it all.

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