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Cruises on Lake Thun & Lake Brienz - Bernese Oberland A view from the water of idyllic villages and majestic mountains

Pay half the published fare with your Half Fare Card. FREE with the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass,  Jungfrau Travel Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass.

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.



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. Please click here for a map of the area.

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. 

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. The top of the Brienzer Rothorn boasts some stunning views of the lakes and mountain chain. It is also the starting point to many hikes. Please click here for a map of the area.

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. The oldest 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.

Lake boats operate all year round, however, there are limited services during the winter months

More things to see and do in the Bernese Oberland

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 and hotels in the Bernese Oberland

Not sure where to base yourself for this wonderful excursion? You can find out more about the Bernese Oberland region, the selection of resorts and the list of hotels on this website. Alternatively we will be happy to help you with your holiday plans on 0800 619 1200.


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