You can start the virtual stroll at the place of your choice by selecting a key location from the list below.
Freiheitsplatz
In front of the Freiheitsplatz (Freedom Square), the Fischerbrunnen fountain evokes the memory of Christian Fischer, founder of a famous woodcarving workshop, an art for which the small town of Brienz is renowned.
Lake Promenade (1)
Lake Brienz is fed by the Aare from the Finsteraarhorn glaciers at 4,275 m above sea level and by the Lütschine rivers from the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. These rivers carry mineral particles responsible for its colour, which varies with the seasons. Blue in winter, the lake becomes increasingly green as the snow melts.
Lake Promenade (2)
Good to know: from Interlaken, between Lakes Thun and Brienz, two routes are possible. Don't be tempted by the motorway, which runs along the southern shore and through long tunnels. Take the much more picturesque north shore road!
Lake Promenade (3)
The panoramas of this short virtual stroll were shot in mid-July 2020, between two pandemic waves. The melting snow has caused the lake to take on this phosphorescent colour, almost unique in Switzerland.
Lake Promenade (4)
To the west, our virtual stroll ends (or starts) here. It is far too short: only 12 panoramas. We will probably extend it on another trip to the Bernese Oberland!
Old boat dock
Please note: boats on the Lake Brienz shipping lines no longer dock here! The new landing stage is 800 m further east, close to the train station.
Rössliplatz (1)
We walk past Rössliplatz towards the post bus stop for the lines 151 (Brienz-Ballenberg-Brienzwiler-Hasliberg Reuti) and 155 (Brienz-Axalp).
Rössliplatz (2)
All along the promenade you will find benches and, during the summer months, a few deckchairs where you can take a break and admire the incredible colours of the lake.
The small port (1)
We start this short virtual stroll at the small harbour and head west to give you just a few glimpses of the quays of Brienz and the colours of its lake.
The small port (2)
We start this short virtual stroll at the small harbour and head west to give you just a few glimpses of the quays of Brienz and the colours of its lake.
The small port (3)
We start this short virtual stroll at the small harbour and head west to give you just a few glimpses of the quays of Brienz and the colours of its lake.
Woodcarving
In 1816 Christian Fischer, a master wood turner from Brienz, began to carve everyday objects for sale to tourists. This was the beginning of a tradition that is still very much alive today. The Brienz School of Woodcarving is the only institution in Switzerland that teaches this craft and since 2009 the town is home to the Swiss Woodcarving Museum.
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