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.
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.
Brienz has one main street Hauptestrasse, so getting around on foot is fine. To walk the full length of the street will take approx 15 minutes.
There is beautiful Swiss scenery to see- the lake is a beautiful blue colour and the surrounding mountains spectacular.
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.
There are 3 main Woodcarving Shops- Schild, Jobin, and Huggler.
E.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. 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. The website= www.jobin.ch.
Huggler is another woodcarving business. The shop stocks woodcarvings. The website= www.hugglerwoodcarvings.ch. 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 one off pieces of work. They are high quality carvings.
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.
Opposite the woodcarving shop Jobin to the right is a Coffee Shop/Restaurant/Bar.
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Most visitors to Brienz stay in Interlaken.
Try the youth hostel for good value, albeit basic, accommodation. 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!
In Brienz you can shop in the woodcarving shops or take a walk along the promenade. Its well worth a visit. Its , like Switzerland, a very scenic place.