Water sports with a view

Water sports and activities on lakes Thun and Brienz

Choose from canoeing in spring, action-packed water skiing in summer, a relaxing tour by stand-up paddle and kayaking adventures in winter. The possibilities for water sports on lakes Thun and Brienz are endless. Experience the natural beauty of the Bernese Oberland from the water. Unwind in idyllic lake resorts and lidos while enjoying uniquely panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Keep fit with water sport

  • Enjoy peace and tranquillity on the lake

  • Relax and unwind with a panoramic view of the mountains

  • Water activities for every season

  • Bathe in crystal clear, turquoise waters

  • Try a new sport on the water

Immerse yourself in a diverse world of water

Around lakes Thun and Brienz you will find tranquil bathing spots, open-air pools, lake resorts and lidos in which to unwind. Rent a pedalo and glide across the waters under your own steam with family and friends. Alternatively, you may wish to paddle from Thun (Gwatt) to Leissigen with a canoe or stand-up paddle (SUP). Lake Brienz also has a paddle trail. You can follow one of the suggested routes or make up your own. Travel by canoe, kayak or (SUP) from Bönigen to the cliffs of Iseltwald, or from Iseltwald to the Giessbach Falls and back.

Making waves in Interlaken

Want to know what activities are on offer on Interlaken’s lakes? When it comes to water sports, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can go wake boarding, wake surfing, wake skating, water skiing,sailing,windsurfing or even try out something new like surfski paddling. These water sports are available around lakes Thun and Brienz in Spiez, Thun, Gunten, Leissigen, Neuhaus, Bönigen, Iseltwald and Brienz.

Exploring the Bernese Oberland on its rivers and streams

Do you dream of wild mountain streams and thundering rivers? You can negotiate Interlaken’s tempestuous mountain streams in the best of company with a rubber dinghy and paddle. While river rafting, an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled ride is guaranteed. Equipped with a neoprene suit and life jacket, you’ll commence your journey through the region's untamed waters on a raft. After a short induction and safety talk from your professional guides, it’s time to hit the water. Paddle through waves and steer the boat as it accelerates downriver. Adrenaline junkies can experience the water minus the boat on a canyoning trip. Edge along smooth cliff faces and through the raging river to a thundering waterfall. And of course you’ll be accompanied by a professional guide every step of the way.

Open-air pools and lidos around lakes Thun and Brienz

Find your own favourite bathing spot by the lake. During the summer months, the Interlaken holiday region boasts 22 open-air swimming pools, 17 of which are bathing beaches right on the banks of the lake. The Schwäbis River Pool is right on the River Aare, a short walk from the departure point for the dinghy tours from Thun to Bern. On the lake shores and bathing beaches of Neuhaus, Merligen, Gunten, Oberhofen, Hünegg, Niederried and Brienz, you can enjoy the sunset on a warm summer’s evening. Away from the open-air pools, you can also find a cosy place to swim by the lake that is open to the public.

Water temperatures in the Bernese Oberland

When the summer temperatures rise, take a refreshing dip in the cool lake. The water temperatures of lakes Thun and Brienz average 17-21 degrees at this time of year. On hot days, the water can reach 22-24 degrees in shallow spots and secluded bays. If you still find that too cold, almost all lidos offer pedalo and rowing boat rentals: warm up in the sunshine as you glide easily over crystal clear waters.

Boat trips and tours on the lake

Do you like to rip across the water at high speed, or do you prefer a more leisurely pace? Whether it’s an exhilarating jet boat ride on Lake Brienz or a laid-back steamboat cruise over the shimmering waters, the choice is yours. Scheduled passenger ferries ply the lakes of Thun and Brienz, and visitors can also embark on an enjoyable themed culinary trip. A boat excursion is best combined with a walk along the banks of the lake. One highlight, to give just one example, would be the Three Waterfalls Trail leading from Bönigen via Iseltwald to the impressive Giessbach Falls. The boat trip from Interlaken Ost to Brienz takes around one hour 15 minutes, while the trip from Interlaken West to Thun takes a good two hours. The best option is to check the current timetable on the web site or at the BLS ticket office. A boat trip on Lake Thun in winter is an incomparable experience. During the trip, you can gaze on the snow-capped mountains while enjoying the stillness of winter all around.

Winter kayaking on Lake Brienz

In winter, the atmosphere around Lake Brienz is breathtaking. Nowhere is this more so than on the water. Experience the natural beauty of Lake Brienz from a kayak. The kayak tour starts in Bönigen. Accompanied by professional kayakers, you’ll be well equipped from the start. Before the tour, you receive a high-quality dry suit to keep you warm. Out on the lake, you’ll glide across the placid waters in your kayak. Silence, with nothing but the gentle splash of your paddle. Over time, paddling becomes second nature and the panoramic view comes back into focus. From your kayak, on one side of the lake, you’ll see Interlaken’s local mountain the Harder Kulm, the Brienzergrat and the Brienz Rothorn. On the other, the Laucherhorn and Schynige Platte.

Wellness in an alpine wonderland

Step away from the stresses of everyday life and feel how the warm, soothing water envelops you. The wellness oases of the Holiday Region Interlaken offer so much variety. Relax in a jacuzzi, steam bath or sauna or chill out on a deckchair: the choice is yours. Many of these wellness spas are situated on Lake Thun; some even have outdoor salt baths, complete with a panoramic view of the lake and mountains. The atmospheric lighting of the outdoor baths really comes into its own on a dark winter night. Looking for an extra special spa experience for winter? Why not bath by the Brienz quayside in a wooden Hotpot and maybe enjoy a fondue in the warm water on the bank of Lake Brienz?

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