Occupying an enviable spot on glorious Lake Thun, Spiez is an inviting resort famed for its mild climate and beautiful bay. It has a lovely backdrop of hillside vineyards (which produce crisp white wines) and the Niederhorn range of peaks stretching to the Bernese Alps. This is the ideal place to relax for a few days by the water's edge, enjoy the resort's facilities and explore the mountains.
Spiez is also a great resort to combine with Montreux on the GoldenPass Line or with Brig on the Lötschberg Regio Express - both these classic scenic rail routes call here as they make their way through the spectacular countryside. The must-see in Spiez itself is the medieval castle and its early Romanesque church. Take time to enjoy a stroll along the promenade and watch the watersports on the lake, or try a longer walk along the peaceful shore to Faulensee. Cruises on Lake Thun depart regularly from Spiez and make for a wonderfully relaxing few hours on the turquoise waters. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Lake Thun Panorama Card, allowing you to hop on and off the local buses.
Please click here for a Spiez holiday suggestion including a travel pass, or call us on 0800 619 1200 for our tailor made service to Switzerland.
Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Spiez hotels
What to see and do
Staying in Spiez, you are well situated for exploring the region. The local Niesen mountain (the 'Swiss Pyramid') is well worth visiting for the funicular trip and fantastic views. Take the Beatenburg funicular and the Niederhorn gondola to experience a panorama sweeping from the Jura to the Bernese Alps, or try the cable car up to Stockhorn for more fabulous views. You could enjoy a leisurely lake cruise along Lake Thun to Interlaken then hop over to Lake Brienz to visit its pretty villages such as Bönigen and Iseltwald.
From Interlaken, ever popular Harder Kulm and the Schynige Platte with its Alpine Garden are also easily accessible. You can even head up to the high Alps to experience the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,454m or the magnificent Schilthorn-Piz Gloria with its revolving restaurant and 360º views. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Spiez. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! Other passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass and the Jungfrau Travel Pass are also available. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic holidays from Spiez
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Spiez is on the route of the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Montreux or Lucerne). From Lucerne you can also pick up the scenic boat and rail journey of the Gotthard Panorama Express to the Ticino region. From Spiez you can also join the Lötschberg Regio Express to Brig. Explore this resort or continue your journey on the famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz.
If you prefer to be based solely in Spiez, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally; why not try our 8 days in Spiez holiday suggestion. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.