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The Planalp above Brienz – a gem with great views

Take time out for an unforgettable mountain experience

Situated in stunning natural surroundings above Brienz, the Planalp is the perfect spot for nature lovers, hikers and pleasure-seekers. At 1341 m above sea level, you can drink in fabulous views of the surrounding peaks and turquoise Lake Brienz. Treat yourself to some culinary delights in the rustic mountain restaurant, or stay overnight at the homely mountain lodge and watch the natural world awake next morning.

A hideaway above Brienz

On the Planalp, you feel closer to the sunny sky with its scudding clouds in the daytime, and closer to the moon and stars when night falls. In this beautiful spot above the village of Brienz, you and your companions will be welcomed with a heartfelt "Hoppid" – the traditional greeting of the locals. The Planalp is the midway station on the Brienz-Rothorn Kulm railway line – and a real jewel. Nestling on a high plateau amid a dreamy alpine landscape, you can be sure of stunning views. The old-fashioned Brienz Rothorn Railaway steams, hisses and puffs its way up to the Planalp from May to October. Should the snow melt early in spring or should a golden autumn extend the summer season, the railway continues to run to the Planalp from mid-May until November. Check the timetable at the tourist information office in Brienz. With several walking trails to choose from in all directions, the Planalp also makes an ideal starting point for hiking adventures amid the mountains.

Hospitality and attention to detail

Just a few steps from Planalp midway station is the cosily rustic Planalp mountain restaurant. Next to this is a mountain lodge offering comfortable rooms for the night. Staying over is well worthwhile: the stillness of evening in the mountains is unique, and the mood next morning is simply enchanting. The restaurant with sun terrace is a place you feel instantly at home. Through sheer attention to detail, the hosts have created a matchless ambience both indoors and outdoors, with the whole restaurant lovingly decorated. Enjoy breathtaking views across turquoise Lake Brienz, and savour Swiss specialities with refreshing drinks. Just take a deep breath and unwind.

5 O’clock Break on the Planalp

Ausblick auf den türkisfarbenen Brienzersee vom Bergrestaurant Planalp

The perfect reason for an excursion with friends or colleagues. Throughout the season, come and enjoy a relaxing evening on the Planalp. Experience the steam train ride from Brienz to the midway station, and walk to the mountain restaurant in a matter of minutes. Here you can enjoy a refreshing beer or soft drink on the sun-drenched terrace. Good conversation and cordiality are guaranteed in this natural idyll.

Your highlights at a glance

  • Memorably panoramic views of Lake Brienz and the mountains

  • Ideal starting point for walks

  • Welcoming mountain restaurant offering commanding views from the sun terrace

  • Stay at the homely mountain lodge at 1341 m above sea level

  • Five O’clock Break on the Planalp: the perfect evening experience

To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note

  • Mountain restaurant and mountain lodge open from mid-May to October

  • Reservations are required for overnight stays

  • Reservations recommended for groups visiting the mountain restaurant

  • Get there on foot via hiking trail from Brienz, or on the Brienz Rothorn Railaway

  • Check the timetable of the Brienz Rothorn Railaway

Personal tip

"We stayed overnight on the Planalp. We sat out on the terrace all evening, mesmerised by a starry sky close enough to touch as we listened to the silence of the mountains. Wonderful!"

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