Top things to do in Brienz

Railway in Brienz

Rothorn Bahn

This is the only steam-powered cogwheel train still operating in Switzerland, climbing up to Rothorn at 2350m, from where you can set out on hikes or enjoy the long views over Brienzersee to snow-dusted 4000m peaks.…
Museum in Brienz

Ballenberg Open-Air Museum

For a fascinating insight into the rural Switzerland of yore, visit this open-air museum, set across 80 hectares east of Brienz. Authentically reconstructed farming hamlets take you on an architectural stroll around…
Waterfall in Brienz

Giessbachfälle

Illuminating the fir forest like a spotlight in the dark, the misty Giessbachfälle plummet 500m over 14 rocky ridges. Europe’s oldest funicular, dating to 1879, creaks up from the boat station, but it’s only a 15-mi…
Swiss in Brienz

Seehotel Bären

In a prime spot right on the lakefront, the Bären is a top pick for alfresco dining. The chef makes the most of regionally sourced ingredients, from pike perch and Lake Thun whitefish to lamb marinated in hay until …
Area in Brienz

Brunngasse

In town, mosey down postcard-perfect Brunngasse, a curving lane dotted with stout wooden chalets, each seemingly trying to outdo its neighbour with window displays of vines, kitsch gnomes and billowing geraniums.
Museum in Brienz

Schweizer Holzbildhauerei Museum

Homing in on the tradition of woodcarving in Brienz, this museum contains the prized collection of the Jobin workshop, which has been in business since 1835. You can see its intricately carved sculptures, reliefs an…