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 20 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.
Brienz has one main street Hauptestrasse, so getting around on foot is fine. To walk the full length of the street will take approx 20 minutes.
There is beautiful Swiss scenery to see- the lake is a beautiful blue colour and the surrounding mountains spectacular.
The main Street- Hauptestrasse has approx 7+ Woodcarving Souvenir Shops.
The largest is Jobin, 111 Hauptestrasse. Jobin opens its workshops to the public and tour groups, so you can see the woodcarvers at work. Generally all the shops are open daily 9am-6pm. A favorate is Huggler-Wyss ] 64 Hauptestrasse. The Huggler shop has much more choice than any of the other woodcarvers and the woodcarvings are better than there rivals, and furthermore their prices were less expensive.
Here is a list of the items available to purchase in Brienz's Woodcarving Souvenir Shops- brown bears, eagles, elephants, cows, steinbeck, marmot, Swiss people, cuckoo clocks. The Shops in Brienz also stock Swiss Army Knives (free engraving) and leather wallets and purses- These make excellent gifts for family/friends.