Directions via Lake Brienz and the mountains

The path leading to a place is like the gateway to an inner feeling. This particular path hugs Lake Brienz and rises up to the Giessbach, the waterfall that spills out from the Giesse Stream. Like an artery leading to the heart, the steep, narrow mountain road takes us to the Grandhotel Giessbach. Upon arrival, we are plunged into another universe, another time. Coming to the Grandhotel Giessbach is a journey deep within yourself that will transform your thoughts.

Getting here

By train and boat
Take the train to Interlaken Ost (Interlaken East), then take the scheduled passenger boat to the “Giessbach See” landing stage.
Or take the train to Brienz, and then take the passenger boat to “Giessbach See”.

For the final leg of your journey to the hotel from “Giessbach See”, take our historical funicular railway.

Have you booked your stay with us by phone, email or through the hotel website? If so, you are entitled as an individual guest (no groups) to free travel on the entire Lake Brienz network, free admission to the Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg (the open-air museum), and a free afternoon trip on the Brienz Rothorn Railway. All exclusively yours thanks to the Giessbach Nostalgia Pass, which you will receive directly upon confirmation of your hotel room booking.

Please note: The funicular railway and scheduled passenger boat do not operate in winter.

Information, Prices & Timetable 13 April - 20 October 2024

Passengers with wheelchairs: Please contact us before your journey: 033 952 25 25 or

Public transport & hotel shuttle (upon request in advance only)
Take the train to Brienz railway station. Our shuttle will pick you up at the railway station in Brienz at the times stated below. Due to the limited number of seats on the bus, please let us know up to 24 hours before your arrival which transfer you would like to reserve. Our bus only runs at the times stated below and if reservations are known. For our hotel guests the service is free of charge.

Timetable from Brienz train station to the hotel

November 2024 to March 2025:

April to October 2024:

Timetable from the hotel to Brienz railway station

November 2024 to March 2025:

April to October 2024:

By PostBus
Take the PostBus in the direction of Axalp. Get off at “Abzweigung Giessbach”. A fifteen-minute walk past the waterfalls takes you to the hotel.

Bern, Zürich, Basel, and Geneva.

By car

On Autobahn N8, take the “Brienz – Giessbach” exit. Then follow the signs to Giessbach / Axalp. There are parking spaces available at the hotel for CHF 10.00 per night.

In the Giessbach Nature Park we charge a parking fee of CHF 10.00/car and day. This also applies to day guests. This is a fee for the nature park and benefits the Giessbach Foundation for the Swiss people, which looks after and maintains the entire park area of 22 hectares and the associated gardens, greenhouses, hiking trails and Giessbach railway.

Important information

The A8 will be closed between Interlaken-Ost and Brienz at night during the week. During the day, the route will remain open, with a maximum speed limit of 60 km/h. The night closures are planned as follows:
- October to May: nights Mon/Thu - Fri/Sat from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- June and September: nights Mon/Thu - Thu/Fri from 8pm to 6am, night Fri/Sat from 9pm to 6am
- July/August: nights Mon/Thu - Fri/Sat from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Traffic is diverted via the cantonal road on the right-hand side of the lake. On weekends and public holidays, the A8 section will remain open.

Weight limit 18 tonnes. Driving on the Axalpstrasse is only permitted with the authorisation of the municipality of Brienz.
There are no coach parking spaces in the Giessbach Nature Park. For tour groups with hotel services (overnight stay, lunch or dinner), please contact our events department at or +41 33 952 25 05.

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Out and about with the Giessbach Nostalgia Pass 2023/2024

There is plenty to see and do around the Grandhotel Giessbach. In the footsteps of the 19th century guests of yesteryear, you may explore Lake Brienz and the Giessbach Falls, as well as the Belle Époque architecture and the area around the hotel. Many walking trails use the Grandhotel Giessbach as a starting point, end point, or intermediate stop. Thanks to the Giessbach Nostalgia Pass, individual guests who book an overnight stay with us directly are also entitled to the following unlimited advantages throughout their stay, including on arrival and departure days:


Brochure Nostalgia on Lake Brienz

WINTER 2024/2025

Schule für Holzbildhauerei Brienz

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg

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