Lake Brienz

Lake Brienz is a typical Alpine rim in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. The steep banks are also continued below the water level, so that there are hardly any areas of shallow water.


The lake is drained by the River Aare. In addition, a number of small streams flow into the lake. Noteworthy are the Giessbachfälle that rush into fourteen stages in Lake Brienz. The lake is 14 km long and 2.8 km wide. Its area is 29.8 km ², the maximum depth is 260 m. The content is around 5.2 km ³. At normal water level of the lake level is at 564 m above sea level. M. The catchment area covers an area of ​​1127 km ².

250 meters before Iseltwald is the only island that snails island ( Swiss Schnäggen - Inseli ) is called. It belongs to the municipality Iseltwald, be on her a chapel and a barbecue area.

At its northern shore is the eponymous village of Brienz. At its southwestern end, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the Bödeli lies with the municipalities of Interlaken, Matten and lakes. At the south-eastern shore is the Giessbach Grand Hotel Giessbach, which is surrounded by the lake to see of the forest.

Lake Brienz is nutrient-poor and one of the cleanest lakes in Switzerland. The fish yields are therefore not very large, but the Brienzerseefische, especially the perch, are a seasonal delicacy. Total revenue amounted to 10'078 kg in 2001.

As in other Swiss lakes, several hundred tons of ammunition were sunk in Lake Brienz in the 20th century.

Since 1839 there is a lake on the passenger shipping. Today the BLS AG operates a fleet of five ships, including the paddle steamer Lötschberg Year 1914.

Lake Brienz is the part of the former spiral lake.

Snails island

View of the island and left Iseltwald

Paddle steamer "Lötschberg"

The Grand Hotel Giessbach, seen from the lake


  • Brienz compacts were called out of the lake once used for drying threaded- fry.
  • On the Lake of Brienz Elisabetha Grossmann was at the beginning of the 19th century served as Skipper; it was regarded as a tourist attraction.

Pictures of Lake Brienz