Planalp - halfway to Rothorn
Planalp is the first station of the Brienzer Rothornbahn, in a height of 1341 meters above sea-level. It is there, where you will have the first possibility to take photographs of the interesting lubrications- and maintainance-works that has to be done during the train-ride of the oldfashioned cog-wheel-trains on their way to Rothorn Kulm. In Planalp the trains of both directions may pass by each other, and water will be refilled as well. You may get out for about 5-8 minutes and watch everything !
You may walk down from Planalp to Brienz within 1 hour and 50 minutes
The one-way-ticket to Planalp is 29 sfr / 20 Euros
Giessbach Falls - Higher up
The seven lower falls of Giessbach are altogether 1150ft high and are among the most beautiful in the Alps. The path zig-zags over the falls and the first, third and fith should be inspected at close quarters. Don't skip the second one either -as there is a pathway running behind the fall giving a view of the landscape through a curtain of water - magic.
Iseltwald - 8 km from Brienz
Untill about 15 years ago Iseltwald was a quite remote and unknown village, because the only road leading there was a "cul de sac" from Interlaken and most of the tourists came by boat to Iseltwald. Another quite important obstacle for mass-tourism was the fact, that Iselwald is the only village at the south-coast of Brienzersee and the open sun will never shine on the village before 10.00a.m., because of the high mountains next to the village.
Today there is the highway also at the south of Brienzersee - most of it through a tunnel - and it became rather easy to get there. Still the village is a lot less touristy than Interlaken or Brienz and during a really hot summer-month it might be a good place to stay for a vacation and avoid the extreme heat.
Iseltwald has a seperate exit on the highway between Brienz and Interlaken. You may also take a small road with a dead end from Boenigen, in case that you do not have a "highway-vignette" / sticker. And of course you may get there easily by boat from Brienz.
The town of Brienz is on the eastern end of the eponymous lake, the Brienzersee. It is a sweet little town with about 3000 inhabitants, situated among beautiful mountains and by a beautiful lake.
I had been here previously, but I have started creating this page only after my latest visit.
One of the things to see near Brienz is the open-air museum of Ballenberg. However I have not posted a tip here about it, because I had already created and posted one some years ago, after another holiday in Interlaken, so it is still in my Interlaken page. You can easily see it anyway, if you follow this link.
"A walk along the lake of Brienz"
Brienz is a small town on the omonymous lake in Central Switzerland; it is famous for wood carving: in the town you can find many shops that sell nice items, above all animals (bears and cows) and you can visit the local school for woodcarving. But you don't have to miss the Ballenberg an open air museum with almost 100 original century-old buildings from all over Switzerland.