3855 Brienz BE
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Grandhotel Giessbach at lake Brienz

A very warm welcome, dear guests – come in, enjoy the moment, and marvel at one of the most tremendous views in Europe. Be inspired by the charm of a true Grand Hotel and experience a sense of living history in one of the best preserved hotels of its time.

From the moment you set foot in the Grandhotel Giessbach, you will find yourself in a world of unique splendour and elegant sophistication. It embodies the romance and charm of glorious bygone times.

Today, just as it was one hundred years ago, the historical hotel residence, by the celebrated silvery Giessbach Falls, high above Lake Brienz, is quite simply a world of its own. Surrounded by mountains, forests and alpine meadows, this fairytale-castle boasts a breathtaking view of the unspoiled landscapes of Lake Brienz.

Relish the chance to unwind in this friendly and hospitable oasis, far away from everyday hustle. We look forward to welcoming you!

Your Giessbach team


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Rooms & Suites

From the moment you set foot in the Grandhotel Giessbach you will find yourself in a world of unique splendor and elegant sophistication. A selection of 70 rooms and suites with thirteen different categories will dumbfound even seasoned travellers. The rooms are partly furnished with faithfully restored turn-of-the-century furniture and each room has its own unique charm.

Take some time out at the Grandhotel Giessbach and enjoy all the amenities of our rooms – it’s the perfect place to switch off while we take care of all your requirements.


Eating & Enjoying

The Grandhotel Giessbach creates a space for enjoyment and conversation

Fine dining, from traditional to cosmopolitan, all served in a place where hospitality is lived. However, the best food on its own is not enough. Combined with enjoyment, style and entertainment, it comes to life at any time of the day or night.

The bar and lounges - stay as long as you like.

Culinary expertise is assured at the Grand Hotel Giessbach. Both restaurants - differing in both style and mood are united by first class cuisine. The terraces invite you to marvel at the stunning beauty and nature of one of the
most fascinating places in Switzerland.


Giessbach Events

For 140 years the Grandhotel Giessbach has been a place for cultural events. The salons and halls give a mesmerizing backdrop for concerts, balls, theaters and more. 


Celebrations & Weddings

If you’re looking for somewhere extraordinary to celebrate your occasion, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, bridal showers or family gatherings, whatever event you’re planning will be an unforgettable experience. Each of our historical rooms has its own special charm, delighting guests for more than 140 years. We look forward to hosting your event!


Days & Work

Numerous conference rooms, elegant salons, and stuccoed ballrooms are an effective venue for your company activities. Unique architecture, spaces flooded with light, individual room set-ups and modern technical equipment all help to guarantee a high-quality backdrop to your event. Our legendary service and professional and committed events team ensure that your conference will be personalised and run smoothly. Plus, the culinary delicacies and gourmet cuisine conjured up during breaks or at lunchtime mean that your event is sure to be a resounding success.


Giessbach in Winter

A historical hotel residence in hibernation from mid-October to mid-April? Not quite. Splendid venues await you for culinary and creative flights of fancy. Experience pure pleasure and inspiration in the midst of a remarkable winter wonderland. The perfect venue for magical moments as well as large parties.


Giessbach Falls & Nature Park

Today, as a hundred years ago, the historic hotel is framed by the much celebrated silver foaming Giessbach Falls high above the lake in a world unto itself. Surrounded by mountains, forests and alpine meadows with breathtaking views of the unspoilt Lake Brienz, this rescued oasis is located far away from hustle and bustle of everyday life and traffic.


Historical Funicular

Although the railway has been subject to certain technical renewal, today it radiates the same nostalgic and romantic charm as it did way back in the year 1879. The funicular railway travels a 345 meter-long stretch ascending a total 104 meter altitude between the enchanting Grand Hotel and its own boat pier called Giessbach-See. The four minute ride takes you through the woods, over bridges and alongside waterfalls. The way to see the multi-level waterfalls is on foot, with one of the footpaths leading behind the waterfall without you getting wet.


Boat stops at the Giessbach

The first guests of the Grandhotel Giessbach were brought to the old “LĂ€ndte” (landing stage) by row boats, by the “skipper of Brienz”. The first embarkation point was established in early 1800, and the old landing stage was soon expanded for the first boat on Lake Brienz, “Giessbach 1” (Matti), which operated from 1839-1843. The path from the “LĂ€ndte” up to the first Giessbach guesthouse proved rather challenging. Further boats were the “DS Faulhorn” (1843-1857), “Interlaken” (1857-1950) and “Giessbach III” (1859-1956). In 1869, the Knechtenhofer brothers founded the steam ship company for Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Finally, the present landing spot "Giessbach See" was opened with new boats “DS Oberland” (1870) and “DS Brienz” (1871).

The large covered hall and a ticket counter most likely date from this time. A small residence was located to the east of the hall, in which the warden lived. He would sell boat tickets, and from 1879 also tickets for the Giessbach funicular railway. There was also a kiosk.

The other wooden buildings were only built in 1878/79 together with the funicular. Restorations and modifications took place from 1947, and eventually the warden’s house gave way to a power plant. The mooring stage was upgraded at the same time. Since 2005, the toilet facilities in the hall have benefited from their own purification plant, which operates chemical-free.

What visitors say about Grand Hotel Giessbach

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