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 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.

Funicular timetable & prices 2023

By train and the hotel bus

Take the train to Brienz Railway Station. The hotel bus only runs by prior reservation.

Timetable from Brienz station (February to March 2023): Wednesday: 14.40 and 16.40. Thursday to Saturday: 9.40, 12.15, 14.40, 16.40. This service is free of charge for hotel guests.

Timetable from Brienz railway station (April to October 2023): 9.40, 14.40, 16.40 and 18.40. This service is free of charge for hotel guests.

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.

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Out and about with the Giessbach Nostalgia Pass

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


Schule für Holzbildhauerei Brienz

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg

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