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Bönigen to Iseltwald by hiking and back by a kayak

Paddle-trail-plus

1 or 2 days
Hike the beautiful lake side trail from Bönigen to Iseltwald and have a delicious lunch in one of the fine restaurants of the picturesque lake side town of Iseltwald (check Iseltwald – Eating and Sleeping). Route is well marked. For maps, visit the tourist office in Interlaken before leaving. After lunch throw your shoes into a kayak, sit back and relax while seeing a different view of the lake when paddling back to Bönigen. If you feel like exploring Iseltwald a bit more why not to stay overnight and paddle to Bönigen next day. You can even get on the water both days. Hire a SUP-board in the afternoon and paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. Options of accommodation are plentiful and it’s easy to relax in laid back Iseltwald for an evening. Have a dinner in one of the lake-side restaurants with amazing night views over the lake. You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Iseltwald Abbeglen Bootsvermietung rental Station and leave the kayak in Hightide Kayak School base in Bönigen for a little surcharge. On your way back visit the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 4 km from Bönigen, 2.5 km from Iseltwald. There’s also a couple of cute hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. In Bönigen, there’s a public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof/Hightide Kayak School for launching. Enjoy a lunch/dinner in the charming Hotel Oberländerhof after your return and admire the lake views one more time from their cozy summer terrace with a cooling drink.

Hiking time: 3 h 30 min – 4 h Paddling time: 1h – 1 h 30min

Bönigen to Brienz by kayak and back by a ferry or steamboat

1 or 2 days
Start early so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful lake of Brienz and relax on the water. You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Hightide Kayak School in Bönigen and leave the kayak in Brienz Lido rental station for a little surcharge. Paddle along the southern shore of the lake and pay a visit to the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 4 km from Bönigen, 2.5 km before Iseltwald. Have a lunch stop in the picturesque lake side town of Iseltwald (check Iseltwald – Eating and Sleeping). There’s also a couple of beautiful hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. In front of Iseltwald you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. Continue after lunch towards the the beautiful Giessbach waterfalls on the southern shore of the lake 5 km from Iseltwald. After your arrival to Brienz Lido rental station you can either head straight back to Bönigen and relax on the ferry or spend a night in Brienz and explore the beautiful lake side town and return the next day. There’s plenty of accommodation and dining options for all tastes (check Brienz -Eating and Sleeping). Ferry timetables can be found on the BLS website. There’s three passenger ferries that departure frequently and one of which is a steamboat constructed 1914. The nostalgic paddle steamer “Lötschberg” is the jewel of Lake Brienz and well worth the experience. If you decide to stay overnight, you can buy a day-pass for ferry and visit the villages of Oberried, Niederried and Ringgenberg the next day. You can also take the ferry all the way back to Interlaken East if you are staying in Interlaken.

Paddling time: 2 h 30 min – 3 h 30 min

Bönigen to Iseltwald by a kayak hike to Brienz and back by a ferry or steamboat

1 or 2 days

It is possible to do it in one day but for the best experience take two, there’s so much to see along the route and who wants to rush on a holiday. Start early so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful lake of Brienz and relax on the water. Paddle along the southern shore of the lake and pay a visit to the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 4 km from Bönigen, 2.5 km before Iseltwald. Have a lunch stop in the picturesque lake side town of Iseltwald (check Iseltwald – Eating and Sleeping). There’s also a couple of beautiful hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. In front of Iseltwald you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Hightide Kayak School in Bönigen and leave the kayak in Iseltwald Abbeglen Bootsvermietung rental station for a little surcharge.
Continue after lunch by foot towards the breathtaking Giessbach waterfalls on the southern shore of the lake 5 km from Iseltwald. Route is well marked, just walk east. For maps, visit the tourist office in Interlaken before leaving. After you arrival to Brienz you can either head straight back to Bönigen and relax on the ferry or spend a night in Brienz and explore the town and return the next day. There’s plenty of accommodation and dining options for all tastes (check Brienz -Eating and Sleeping). Ferry timetables can be found on the BLS website. There’s three passenger ferries that departure frequently and one of which is a steamboat constructed 1914. The nostalgic paddle steamer “Lötschberg” is the jewel of Lake Brienz and well worth the experience. If you decide to stay overnight, you can buy a day-pass for ferry and visit the villages of Oberried, Niederried and Ringgenberg the next day. You can also take the ferry all the way back to Interlaken East if you are staying in Interlaken.

Hiking time: 4 h 30 min – 5 h Paddling time: 1 h – 1 h 30min

Bönigen to Ringgenberg by steamboat hike to Brienz and back by kayak

2 days

Day 1
Explore the jewel of Lake Brienz, the nostalgic paddle steamer “Lötschberg” and cruise your way to charming village of Ringgenberg in the morning sun. Have a walk up to the castle ruins and church which are open all year long and have free access. You can climb up to the tower for a beautiful view of the lake. Enjoy a lunch in the Hotel Seeburg, exceptionally peaceful setting with a garden restaurant with views to the lake. Continue after lunch and start hiking towards east to Brienz.
The lakeshore walk from Ringgenberg to Brienz is interesting, idyllic walk winds its way through wooded areas and across clearings that open up views of the lake and mountains. The “Entenstein” in Niederried is a pleasant spot to while away and feel at ease. The barbecue site has a wooden covered area and is the perfect place to enjoy a swim in the cooling waters of Lake Brienz. The lake is surrounded by steep, towering mountains. The various types of cheese-cuts in restaurant Bären in Oberried have these mountains as their namesakes. Stop for a coffee in the picturesque villages of Niederried and Oberried. Route is well marked. For maps, visit the tourist office in Interlaken before leaving. Stay overnight in Brienz and explore the beautiful lake side town with a gorgeous lake promande. Check options for dining and accommodation from Brienz – Eating and Sleeping.

Day 2
In Brienz you can visit the Ballenberg Open Air Museum with 100 original, century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, original gardens and fields, traditional handicrafts and farmyard animals. And experience the thrill of travelling by vintage steam railway as it negotiates 1,680 m in altitude difference and puffs its way up to the Brienzer Rothorn. Have a relaxing swim and a tasty salad or burger lunch in the Brienz Lido where you can also hire the kayak for your way back to Bönigen. You can leave the kayak in Bönigen for a little surcharge.
Take the southern shore of the lake on your way back and get the full experience of lake Brienz. Visit the amazing Giessbach waterfalls. Iseltwald is only 5 km away from the waterfalls and makes an ideal stop for a coffee in one of the charming lakeside restaurants (check Iseltwald- Eating and Sleeping). In front of Iseltwald you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. After your break and maybe another refreshing dip on the lake head on towards Bönigen and admire the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 2.5 km after Iseltwald, 4 km from Bönigen. In Bönigen, there’s a public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof for launching.

Hiking time: 3 h 30 min – 4 h Paddling time: 2 h 30 min – 3 h 30 min