|Geographical location||Bernese Oberland|
|Tributaries||Aare , Lütschine|
|Places on the shore||Interlaken , Brienz , Bönigen|
|Altitude above sea level|
|Maximum depth||261 m|
|Catchment area||1127 km²|
|BFS no. : 9089|
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 The catchment area covers an area of 1127 km².
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 Grandhotel Giessbach , seen from 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 .
- Hans von Rütte: Lake Brienz. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
- BLS shipping company Bernese Oberland
- Map sheet from 1896
- Seen (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN). Retrieved January 18, 2020 .
- Brienzerseelau, Geschichte , accessed on October 8, 2015
- 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