Brienzersee – Lake of Brienz

The turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun are set amid the spectacular mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland. As background for the Indian Roadmaster you see the MS Jungfrau on the lake of Brienz.
Swizzlybiker's Indian Roadmaster with the MS Jungfrau on the lake of Brienz as background

Swizzlybiker’s Indian Roadmaster with the MS Jungfrau on the lake of Brienz as background

Some of you may have noticed that I’m quite active on my Instagram-account and somehow I didn’t really post much on my blog anymore. From now on I will try to change that. The pictures I will still post on Instagram but the explaining texts I will post now here.

Swizzlybiker on his Indian in Boenigen at the lake of Brienz

Swizzlybiker on his Indian in Boenigen at the lake of Brienz

But let me show you first some pictures that I shot over the years around the lake of Brienz.

The following two pictures were taken by my Instagram-friend @florart_berneroberland. Merci vielmal Flora!

Swizzlybiker, Indian Roadmaster, Taeggelibock

Swizzlybiker on his Indian Roadmaster in Boenigen at the lake of Brienz. In the Background is the boat called „Taeggelibock“.

This picture I took during a tour on my e-bike/electival-bicycle.

Hiking around the lake of Brienz is very nice in autumn too.

Hiking around the lake of Brienz is very nice in autumn too.

Since I live in Interlaken which is located between the two lakes of Thun (Thunersee) and Brienz (Brienzersee) I will start with  a post about the lake of Brienz.

Map of the lakes of Brienz and Thun

Map of the lakes of Brienz and Thun

Lake Brienz (German: Brienzersee) is a lake just north of the Alps, in the canton of Berne in Switzerland. It has a length of about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), a width of 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) and a maximum depth of 260 metres (850 ft). Its area is 29.8 square kilometres (11.5 sq mi), and the surface is 564 metres (1,850 ft) above the sea-level. It is fed, among others, by the upper reaches of the Aare at its eastern end, the Giessbach at its southern shore from steep, forested and rocky hills of the high Faulhorn and Schwarzhoren more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above the lake, and by the Lütschine, flowing from the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen (by the way: I grew up in Lauterbrunnen) at its south-western corner. It flows out into a further stretch of the Aare at its western end. The culminating point of the lake’s drainage basin is the Finsteraarhorn at 4,274 metres above sea level.

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The village of Brienz, from which the lake takes its name, lies on the northern shore to its eastern end. In the west, the lake is terminated by the Bödeli, a tongue of land that separates it from neighbouring Lake Thun. The village of Bönigen occupies the lake frontage of the Bödeli, whilst the larger resort town of Interlaken lies on the reach of the Aare between the two lakes. The village of Iseltwald lies on the south shore, whilst the villages of RinggenbergNiederried and Oberried are on the north shore.

Swizzlybiker as moto-volunteer at the Inferno-Triathlon. Here in Oberried at the lake of Brienz

Swizzlybiker as moto-volunteer at the Inferno-Triathlon. Here in Oberried at the lake of Brienz

Indian motorcycle in Oberried

My Indian Roadmaster in Oberried at the lake of Brienz

The lake is poor in nutritients, and consequently fishing is not very important. Nevertheless, in 2001 10,000 kg fish were caught.

Die Schifferin vom Brienzersee I

The boat next to the Indian motorcycle Roadmaster reminds to the Swiss skipper Elisabetha Grossmann (1795 – 1858).

R 1200 GS, Brienz, Schifferin vom Brienzersee

The boat next to the „BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS“ reminds to the Swiss skipper (die Schifferin vom Brienzersee) Elisabetha Grossmann (1795 – 1858).

There have been passenger ships on the lake since 1839, and currently there are five passenger ships on the lake. The ships are operated by BLS AG, the local railway company, and link Interlaken Ost railway station, which they access using a 1.3-kilometre (0.81 mi) long navigable stretch of the Aare, with Brienz and other lakeside settlements. The ships also connect to the Giessbachbahn, a funicular which climbs up to the famous Giessbach Falls.

The view from behind the Giessbach waterfall to the Grand Hotel Giessbach and the lake of Brienz

The view from behind the Giessbach waterfall to the Grand Hotel Giessbach and the lake of Brienz

The Brünig railway line follows the northern shore of the lake, along with a local road, whilst the A8 motorway adopts an alternative and mostly tunnelled route above the southern shore.

 

 

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