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Dive in and discover water

Water in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Lakes Brienz and Thun offer panoramic views of the surrounding Bernese Alps. Whether you’re kayaking, canoeing, jet-boating or boating, stand-up paddling, sailing, wake surfing, river rafting, canyoning or taking a leisurely cruise on the lake, the waters in the Holiday Region Interlaken offer endless opportunities for fun.

  • Turquoise waters

  • Imposing waterfalls

  • Placid mountain lakes

  • Winter kayaking on Lake Brienz

  • Five castles on Lake Thun

  • Water so pure you can drink it

Holiday Region Interlaken – a veritable water paradise

The Holiday Region Interlaken’s lakes, rivers and streams make it Switzerland’s water resort. Relax in warm water on a cold day or dive into a lake on a hot day and feel truly refreshed.

Exciting water activities

The deep blue waters of the lake are so clean that you can see right down to the rocks at the bottom. Standing on its shore, you can breathe in the pure mountain air and enjoy the alpine panorama on the other side of the lake. Watching the white sail boats on Lake Thun will almost certainly make you want to take a trip on the water. Take your pick from a multitude of options that range from stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) under your own steam to a leisurely trip on a steamboat. Enjoy the cooling breeze on a warm summer’s day.

Blue and turquoise lakes

Switzerland’s waters come in many varieties and appear in many hues of blue and green depending on the time of day and the season. Interlaken possesses two colourful lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Do you know why Lake Brienz is turquoise? It’s due to the tiny glacier particles, which sink only slowly to the bottom. The purity of the lake’s waters allow these glacier particles to come into their own. The colours are particularly beautiful in spring, when the glaciers begin to melt. The waters of each lake in the Bernese Oberland have their own unique colours. Why not discover them for yourself?

Placid alpine lakes

Herrliches Naturschutzgebiet umgibt das spiegelglatte Burgseeli

The surfaces of the lakes in the Bernese Oberland are sometimes so smooth that trees, meadows and mountains are symmetrically reflected in the lakes’ waters. This natural spectacle is particularly beautiful in autumn at the Burgseeli near Ringgenberg or at the Hinterburgseeli on the Axalp, where the colourful autumn leaves are reflected in the placid waters of these small lakes. When hiking in the Alps, you will pass many water troughs. Unless otherwise indicated, the water is suitable for drinking, so why not quench your thirst with this fresh, pure mountain water?

 

Gushing waterfalls

Vom Brienzersee aus ist der imposante Giessbachfall zu bewundern. Eine Brücke führt über die spritzenden Wassermassen.

The source of this clear water lies in the mountains, whose waters flow into the lake via small streams or imposing waterfalls. One of them is the Giessbachfall – stand behind it on the bridge and feel nature up close. You can also experience the water even more directly on a kayak on Lake Brienz. You glide serenely across the water’s surface in your kayak – this trip is particularly enchanting in winter. In Switzerland the sun rises as late as 8.00h. during the winter, allowing you to experience the beautiful sunrises from the shore of the lake.

Unique evening atmosphere at the lake

“In the evening, I enjoy sitting by Lake Thun and looking into the clear water or across its surface to the other side of the shore, where I can see the mountains illuminated by the last sunbeams. I like it when there are clouds in the sky, as they create a unique evening atmosphere on the water.”

Discover magnificent lakes, thundering waterfalls and diverse water experiences in the Bernese Oberland: