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 18 May - 17 September 2023

Information, Prices & Timetable 18 September - 22 October 2023

By train and the hotel bus

Take the train to Brienz Railway Station. The hotel bus only runs by prior reservation. This service is free of charge for hotel guests.

Timetable from Brienz train station to the hotel

November 2023 to March 2024:

April to October 2023:

Timetable from the hotel to Brienz railway station

November 2023 to March 2024:

April to October 2023:

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.

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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.

Pilot Shooting 2023

On 18 and 19 October 2023, the airborne shooting event will take place on the Axalp.
The return journey to the Grandhotel Giessbach is guaranteed at all times. Guests can always join the shuttle bus behind. Short waiting times are to be expected.

«See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream.»


Out and about with the Giessbach Nostalgia Pass 2023

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 2023/2024

Schule für Holzbildhauerei Brienz

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg

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