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'''Brienz''' is located in the Bernese Oberland area of [[Switzerland]]. It is a small village with approx 3000 inhabitants. Brienz is famous as the Swiss centre for woodcarving.  
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'''Brienz''' is located in the [[Bernese Oberland]] area of [[Switzerland]]. It is a small village with approx 3000 inhabitants. Brienz is famous as the Swiss centre for woodcarving.  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Brienz can be reached by a 40 minute rail journey from Interlaken Ost- all the Luzern trains stop at Brienz. Or you can take a 2 hour boat journey from Interlaken- the boat leaves frequently behind Interlaken Ost railway station.
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Brienz can be reached by a 30 minute rail journey from Interlaken Ost- all the Luzern trains stop at Brienz. Or you can take a 1.5 hour boat journey from Interlaken- the boat leaves frequently behind Interlaken Ost railway station.
All kind of rentals availble at Funrental Interlaken. Scooter bike gokart funcar atv motorcycle etc.
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All kinds of rentals are availble at Funrental Interlaken: scooter bike, gokart, funcar, atv, motorcycle, etc.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Brienz has one main street Hauptestrasse, so getting around on foot is fine. To walk the full length of the street will take approx 10 minutes.
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Brienz has one main street, the Hauptestrasse, so getting around on foot is fine. To walk the full length of the street will take approximately 15 minutes.  You may walk uphill from the Hauptestrasse on subsidiary side streets and public paths to view chalets built using traditional log construction techniques dating from over one hundred years ago.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
There is beautiful Swiss scenery to see- the lake is a beautiful blue colour and the surrounding mountains spectacular. The Swiss Chalets are very smart and the Graveyard "Brienz West" is the best kept Graveyard in Switzerland.
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There is beautiful Swiss scenery to see--the lake is a beautiful blue color and the surrounding mountains spectacular. At the west end of the village you may visit the community church to view its unique hand-carved woodwork fashioned by Brienz wood carvers.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
Walking, sightseeing and looking in the Woodcarving Shops.
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Walking, sightseeing and looking in the woodcarving shops.
  
On a clear day in season take the (last remaining in Switzerland) steam rack railway to the Rothorn - trains depart from the station across the road from the Zentralbahn station. Hotel at the top, sun terraces, and superb views both South over the Bernese Oberland and North as far as Germany. Can get very busy, so go early if you can.
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On a clear day in season take the (last remaining in Switzerland) steam rack railway to the Rothorn. Trains depart from the station across the road from the Zentralbahn station. Hotel at the top, sun terraces, and superb views both South over the Bernese Oberland and North as far as Germany. Can get very busy, so go early if you can.
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Nearby is also the Ballenberg [http://www.ballenberg.ch/] "Swiss open-air museum", showing traditional Swiss living and skilled crafts from the 14th to 19th centuries.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
Dont get me wrong! Brienz is a decent enough place. But things have changed in the last year. There is only 3 Woodcarving Shops- E. Schild, E.D.Jobin, and Huggler-Wyss.
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There are 3 main Woodcarving Shops - Schild, Jobin, and Huggler.
  
E.Schild is near the train station and so is easy to find. However it has had the same stock for years and years. I would guess 70% of which were not made in Switzerland. Its just poor quality stuff, some of which is expensive.
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Schild is near the train station and so is easy to find. It has a large amount of woodcarvings which can be purchased.
  
E.D.Jobin is still the biggest woodcarving shop in Brienz- but since it was devastated by the Brienz floods in Aug 2005- It has been refurbished. It unfortunately is nothing like it used to be. The shop is nothing like the pictures on its website www.Jobin.ch. The shop basically is a vast open space with hardly any woodcarvings or other stuff to buy- On my last visit the shop only had around 25 woodcarvings for sale and they were mainly small uninteresting carvings- basically poor. Two carvings I had recognised from three years ago. So business must be booming!! The shop did however have a big display of general Swiss souvenirs- pens/pencils/teatowels etc- These were the same as you can get anywhere in Switzerland. I am told that Tour Groups very rarely spend any money in the Jobin store.
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Jobin [http://www.jobin.ch] is still the biggest woodcarving shop in Brienz. It has been completely refurbished since the floods in Brienz in 2005. This business has a living museum which you can have a tour of and see the woodcarvers at work. Jobin has a big souvenir shop which sells woodcarvings and typical swiss souvenirs. Jobin is open daily in summer.
  
Huggler is very much like Jobin. I think in 2007/2008 Tourism has declined in Brienz- You can see it in the shops- like Huggler- very little stock on display and the tourist is bored by this and woodcarving collectors wonder if the small number of carvings that are available, are actually made in Switzerland.
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Huggler [http://www.huggler-woodcarvings.ch] is another woodcarving business. The shop stocks woodcarvings. Like Jobin, Huggler has been in business for over 100 years.
  
Prepare yourself to be disappointed if you are a woodcarving collector if you visit Brienz. You probably will not see an authentic piece that you can guarantee has been made in Switzerland.
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The woodcarvings in Brienz may be collectors' items in the future as you will find they are high quality one-of-a-kind pieces.
  
Some of the shops in Brienz are completely closed November to March each year, whilst the ones that do open in the Winter close on a Wednesday and a Sunday and the other days are closed for a long lunch break. Summer hours are a little better.
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Further along the high street is a remarkable side street of fine old houses in traditional style, a reminder of town living from long ago.
  
 
==Eat==
 
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Please see eat category.
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Please see the Eat category.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Most visitors to Brienz stay in Interlaken.
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There are at least 8 hotels in the town, with one of them across the street from the rail station.
  
==Get out==
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Try the youth hostel for good value, albeit basic, accommodations.
Visitors to Brienz only usually stay for 1 hour- Its small but the lake scenery is nice if the weather is good. In the winter Brienz can be very dull with a lot of rain. In summer, again it can be cloudy and rainy in the mountains. Brienz got a lot of rain Summer 2007.
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It is near the lake-side and only ten minutes walk from the railway station and five minutes from the bus stop.
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Watch the sun set over the lake in the evening!
  
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==Get out==
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In Brienz you can shop in the woodcarving shops or take a walk along the promenade. It's well worth a visit. It is, like Switzerland, a very scenic place.
 
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Latest revision as of 21:57, 8 August 2013

Brienz is located in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. It is a small village with approx 3000 inhabitants. Brienz is famous as the Swiss centre for woodcarving.

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Get in[edit]

Brienz can be reached by a 30 minute rail journey from Interlaken Ost- all the Luzern trains stop at Brienz. Or you can take a 1.5 hour boat journey from Interlaken- the boat leaves frequently behind Interlaken Ost railway station. All kinds of rentals are availble at Funrental Interlaken: scooter bike, gokart, funcar, atv, motorcycle, etc.

Get around[edit]

Brienz has one main street, the Hauptestrasse, so getting around on foot is fine. To walk the full length of the street will take approximately 15 minutes. You may walk uphill from the Hauptestrasse on subsidiary side streets and public paths to view chalets built using traditional log construction techniques dating from over one hundred years ago.

See[edit][add listing]

There is beautiful Swiss scenery to see--the lake is a beautiful blue color and the surrounding mountains spectacular. At the west end of the village you may visit the community church to view its unique hand-carved woodwork fashioned by Brienz wood carvers.

Do[edit][add listing]

Walking, sightseeing and looking in the woodcarving shops.

On a clear day in season take the (last remaining in Switzerland) steam rack railway to the Rothorn. Trains depart from the station across the road from the Zentralbahn station. Hotel at the top, sun terraces, and superb views both South over the Bernese Oberland and North as far as Germany. Can get very busy, so go early if you can.

Nearby is also the Ballenberg [1] "Swiss open-air museum", showing traditional Swiss living and skilled crafts from the 14th to 19th centuries.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are 3 main Woodcarving Shops - Schild, Jobin, and Huggler.

Schild is near the train station and so is easy to find. It has a large amount of woodcarvings which can be purchased.

Jobin [2] is still the biggest woodcarving shop in Brienz. It has been completely refurbished since the floods in Brienz in 2005. This business has a living museum which you can have a tour of and see the woodcarvers at work. Jobin has a big souvenir shop which sells woodcarvings and typical swiss souvenirs. Jobin is open daily in summer.

Huggler [3] is another woodcarving business. The shop stocks woodcarvings. Like Jobin, Huggler has been in business for over 100 years.

The woodcarvings in Brienz may be collectors' items in the future as you will find they are high quality one-of-a-kind pieces.

Further along the high street is a remarkable side street of fine old houses in traditional style, a reminder of town living from long ago.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Opposite the woodcarving shop Jobin to the right is a Coffee Shop/Restaurant/Bar.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Please see the Eat category.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are at least 8 hotels in the town, with one of them across the street from the rail station.

Try the youth hostel for good value, albeit basic, accommodations. It is near the lake-side and only ten minutes walk from the railway station and five minutes from the bus stop. Watch the sun set over the lake in the evening!

Get out[edit]

In Brienz you can shop in the woodcarving shops or take a walk along the promenade. It's well worth a visit. It is, like Switzerland, a very scenic place.

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