Lake Brienz

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Lake Brienz
Brienzersee westward.jpg
Lake Brienz
Geographical location Bernese Oberland
Tributaries Aare , Lütschine
Drain Aare
Places on the shore Interlaken , Brienz , Bönigen
Coordinates 640 767  /  175 283 coordinates: 46 ° 44 '  N , 7 ° 58'  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and forty thousand seven hundred sixty-seven  /  175,283
Lake Brienz (Switzerland)
Lake Brienz
Altitude above sea level 564  m above sea level M.
surface 29.8 km²
length 14 km
width 2.8 km
volume 5.17 km³
scope 35.436 km
Maximum depth 261 m
Catchment area 1127 km²
BFS no. : 9089
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The Brienz is nestled between the Emmental and the Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Bern . Its steep banks continue below the water level, so that there are hardly any shallow water zones.


The Aare flows through the lake. In addition, a large number of smaller streams flow into the lake. Worth mentioning are the Giessbach Falls , which plunge down fourteen steps into Lake Brienz. The lake is 14 km long and 2.8 km wide. Its area is 29.8 km², the maximum depth is 260 m. The content is around 5.2 km³. At normal water level, the lake level is 564  m above sea level. M. The catchment area covers an area of ​​1127 km².

250 meters from Iseltwald is the only island in the lake, the Schnäggeninseli (High German: snail island ). It belongs to the Iseltwald community; On it there is a chapel and a barbecue area.

The eponymous village of Brienz is located on its northern bank . At its southwestern end, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, lies the Bödeli with the municipalities of Interlaken , Matten and Unterseen . The Grandhotel Giessbach is located on the south-east bank of the Giessbach and can be seen from the lake. Other places on the north-west bank are from east to west: Ebligen , Oberried , Niederried and Ringgenberg with Goldswil .

The Brienzersee is the eastern part of the former Wendelsee .


The lake is poor in nutrients and one of the cleanest in Switzerland. The fish yields are therefore not very large, but the Brienz fish, especially the perch , are considered a regional delicacy. The total yield in 2001 was 10,078 kg.

There has been a passenger shipping service on the lake since 1839. Today BLS AG operates a fleet of five ships, including the Lötschberg paddle steamer , built in 1914. The ship Lord Baden Powell of the Swiss Scout Movement , also known as the Täggelibock , also sails on the lake .



  • The Brienzerseelauf has been held annually since 1957, and encircles the lake in 35 km (up to 1985: 34.6 km). It is the oldest long-distance run in Switzerland. In addition to circumnavigating the lake, half marathons, relay, youth and puddle (children's) races as well as a 10 km run are now offered.
  • The fish species Brienzlig , which only occurs in Lake Thun and Lake Brienz , was named after the lake.
  • Brienings were once called the small fish strung to dry from the lake.
  • Elisabetha Grossmann was a skipper on Lake Brienz at the beginning of the 19th century; it was considered a tourist attraction.
  • As in other Swiss lakes, several hundred tons of ammunition were sunk in Lake Brienz in the 20th century .

See also

Web links

Commons : Lake Brienz  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Seen (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN). Retrieved January 18, 2020 .
  2. ^ Brienzerseelau, Geschichte , accessed on October 8, 2015
  3. ^ Association of practical merchants: The latest illustrated trade and goods lexicon or encyclopedia of the entire trade science for merchants and manufacturers: Volume 1. Verlag Ernst Schäfer, Leipzig 1857, p. 261