lake, rolling mountains, charming, good take off point for rail riding
A Bit Islotaed
Stunningly scenic mountain life with all season weather combined with surprisingly good transport connections, populated by a generally conservative Swiss farming community.
There are a few fantastic peaks that will definitely be great hikes starting from Spiez (by train or bus). The peak right behind Spiez is the Nisen. A post auto (bus) can take you to a veriety of base locations, and there is a train that can take you down at the end of a tired day, or take you up just for the view. If you would like the classic...more
While you are exploring the interior of the Schloss Spiez, a lot of steps will lead you upwards to the tower of the castle and I may really highly recomend to take these extra-steps for an excellent panorama-view of the vinyards next to the castle , the village of Spiez with the Niesen in the back and the lovely Thunersee.The tower dates back to...more
Dont miss this lovely house next to the chapel of St.Columban, it has a great balcony facing the Thuner See and a nice painting behind that balcony. When arriving from the lake you will see it, when arriving from the castle of Spiez you might easyly miss it, because that building does not look special at all from behind.This building was certainly...more
The Festsaal is the largest and also one of the most beautiful rooms of the Schloss Spiez. All over the ceiling and sidewalls it has precious and unique stucco-works. It was funny for me to learn, that these great stuccoworks are left over only because of the fact, that the owners did not have enough money to replace them by a more modern...more
You may visit the park of Schloss Spiez all year long, but the museum in the interior is open for the visitors only during the summer-season, staring normally at friday before easter-sunday. Take a look at my 3rd picture : that is a medieval bed, it has a door that will be closed at night, so it is not so very cold while sleepingSchloss Spiez is...more
Schloss Spiez looks great from outside already, but it really makes sense to go inside as well ! You may walk around the castle on your own and may see interesting exhibits of different centuries.On my 1st pic : my favorite room with a giant painting and a precious wooden ceilingmy3rd pic : one of the great doorsmy 4th pic : a spinning-wheel like...more
The lovely flower-arrangement of Spiez is one of the sights that you will miss, when you just take the bus from the train-station to the castle of Spiez and / or the ships-landing-station.When walking that distance you may as well see some great wooden houses in the old swiss style.more
Take the ship from Spiez to Schloss Oberhofen ! Several ships are going there every day during summer and Schloss Oberhofen is one of the highlights of every cruise on Thunersee, because you will pass by it in a short distance from the lovely castle and its great surrounding park. When-ever you have enough time, leave the ship and walk around at...more
St. Columban chapel is just a few meters from the castle of Spiez and it dates back to the 10th century. You may enter this chapel freely and without restrictions during the day and may see some remains of great frescos there. This church is one of the most popular places for marriages in Switzerland, so be prepared that it might be locked for...more
The Schloss / castle of Spiez is the best tourist-attraction of Spiez in my personal opinion. The oldest walls are dating back to the 10th century, but the castle was rebuilt and renovated several times and so you may mainly see the architecture of the 18th century there nowadays with fancy baroque furniture and ornate decorations, lovely...more
Take a look at my main picture, that mountain right behind the village of Spiez that is shaped like a pyramid is called "Niesen" .A funicular will take you from Muehlenen to the top of Niesen for an exscellent panorama of Eiger - Moench - Jungfrau and a lot more peaks of 4000 meters hight.Please click here for a panorama from Niesen--- --- ---Click...more
If you travel here by lake steamer, watch the side of the mountain as you near the station and you will see the building built into the side of the mountain. (This will give you a moment to realize what a steep hike you're gonna have getting up there!)This is a popular rainy day activity and when we arrived to the ticketing area we had to fight our...more
Take a steamer that is coming from Thun heading towards Interlaken. It is about a 48 minute ride to the Beatushoelen-Sundlauenen dock. Right at the dock will be a sign directing you to the caves. It is about a 20 minute hike walking steeply upwards. If you do this as a rainy day activity, the trail will be full of slippery wet leaves and rocks....more
Seestrasse 58, Spiez, Bern, 3700, Switzerland
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Schachenstrasse 39, (formerly Hotel Belvedere Spiez), Spiez, Bern, 3700, Switzerland
Good for: Business
Once I'd walked downhill to the hotel, I was pleased with what I found. The views were beautiful and...more
The Cisalpino dining cars are run by Italian crews and have the kind of menu you would expect at an Italian (not Swiss) restaurant, with Antipasta, first course and second course selections. You could get a full Italian three course meal (with a "complimentary" aperitivo) for 30 Euros, but they also have a selection of smaller dishes, for instance...more
The bar/restaurant on the Berner Oberland.It's a lovely ship with a beautiful wood-panelled interior, though, and I'm sure any meaty meals will be OK for you carnivores :-) Beer and Ice Cream!!! Sorry, but that's all we had, as there was nothing particularly appealing to we vegetarians!more
Within Germany there is one ICE train per hour on most routes, including the route through the Rhine Valley between Frankfurt am Main and Basel.Five of these ICE trains per day also continue beyond Basel into Switzerland, stopping at Olten, Bern, Thun, Spiez and Interlaken. For connections to Italy, you have to change trains at Spiez, at the...more
In spring You may get a dayticket for Thunersee and Brienzersee for just 25 sfr (1st class is 35 sfr). This ticket will include all of the cruises, BUT NO trains ! So you would have to pay a seperate fee of 2,20 sfr for the train between Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West ( the conductor will NOT check the tickets for that ride of just 3 minutes !!...more
When you are on vacation in Spiez, it makes sense to leave the cruises of Thuner See and Brienzer See for a monday, because every MONDAY throughout the summer-season you may get a day-ticket for all ships of both lakes for just 25 euros ! It might make sense to think about buying a ticket for the 1st class : 25 sfr for the 2nd class - that is all...more
I almost drowned in Spiez, while I was a child and we made an excursion with our school-class. When the ship landed I somehow slipped into the water, my teacher had to pull me out and the excursion was over for the whole class. Still today I feel guilty that I had spoiled a great excursion for the whole class, because I and my teacher had been totally wet and had to go home to get dry and change clothes.
It is so many years ago and still I have a bad feeling when I am in Spiez.
This McClean toilet at the Spiez train station charges women 2CHF to use their 'service.'
Men they charge 1CHF. That alone pisses me off!
Unique Suggestions: Dribble on the seat and leave toilet paper on the floor...(a few suggestions; you can probably come up with plenty more ideas yourself)
Fun Alternatives: Go for free on the train!
Beatushoehle might be an interesting place to go, when the weather is not good enough for a hike or mountain-tour. You will find this cave at the northern bank of Thunersee, about 10km north-east of Spiez. You may get there by car or much easyer by a cruise on Thunersee. Holy Beatus spent several years of his life inside this cave in a hermitage....more
Schloss Huenegg is the next stop after Oberhofen, when you are taking a cruise at Thunersee from Spiez. Huenegg castle is in Huenibach, a small village at the northern bank of Thunersee, opposite of Spiez, in a distance of just 6km. Schloss Huenegg was built in french renaissance-style between 1861 and 1863 and in summer 2005 it was unfortunately...more
Johann II von Bubenberg bought the castle in 1338 including the villages of Spiez; Faulensee, Hondrich, Spiezwieler and Einingen for a total amount of 5600 pounds (that is equivalent to 5 million euros). He was a Schultheis (judge) in Bern and members of his family had important positions in the county of Bern untill the year 1506, when the last...more
Lake Thun offers a large variety of water sports. The bay of Spiez is very well known for their sailing school.
Due to the nearby mountains the wind conditions are usually excellent.
Equipment: You can rent everything you need.
When in Spiez you *have* to go down to the lake and enjoy the recreation area there. Beside all sorts of water sports like sailing, surfing, just swimming or so, tennis and other activities are offered.Don't miss a walk along the lake promenades. Especially on the bank toward the castle hill you find nice cafes, benches etc. to relax and watch.more
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