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The village of Brienz lies at the north-eastern end of Lake Brienz. Behind it rises the famous Brienzer Rothorn, which is reached by a rack railway (opened in 1892). To prevent the Meiringen - Brienz - Interlaken railway from disturbing the townscape, it was banished into the mountain. The excavated material was used to build a wide quay along the lakeshore (completed in 1914). With its benches and deckchairs, it invites visitors to stroll and rest.

Impressions from Brienz

  • Pilgrim from Rolf Blöchlinger
  • Reformed church from the year 1212
  • Reformed Church seen from the Quai
  • Mouth of the Trachtbach stream into Lake Brienz
  • Catholic Church
  • On the quay
  • Lake Brienz
  • the reformed church
  • Lake Brienz
  • View of Brienz
  • The Woodcarving School

The village - especially the old village centre - consists mainly of beautiful old chalets. Brunngasse (Brunn alley), which has been awarded the title of "Europe's most beautiful alley", is lined with 18th-century houses.

The Brunn alley (Die Brunngasse)

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Brienz is also affectionately known as the "woodcarving village". The long tradition of woodworking is visible throughout the village and is preserved by the school of woodcarving. The violin-making school, also located here, is the only one in Switzerland. There is also a woodcarving museum in the village.

School for Wood Sculpture

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Violin making school

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