Brienzersee, Swiss lakes, lake Brienz

Half Day Tour: Giessbach Falls


Our Giessbach Falls half day tour starts in the town of Brienz on the other side of the lake from Interlaken. We start the paddle from the south-east corner of the lake and paddle along the beautiful cliffs on the southern shore. The highlight of the tour is our stop by the magnificient Giessbach waterfalls. Your guide will offer instruction on how to develop your paddling skills and will also capture your experience with lots of photos to show to your friends and family back home. Tour ends at the beautiful old wood-carving village of Brienz.

It is possible to start and finish the tour in Brienz if you wish so, we can bring the gear for you, just let us know when booking. The session lasts 4 hours (3 hours if you start and finish in Brienz) of which we spend around 2-2,5 hours on the water. A shuttle from our base in Bönigen to Brienz and back is included. Starting time from Brienz is half an hour later than the start in Bönigen.

Upon request we can also offer private tours to Giessbach Falls. Should you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.

What’s included

Experienced coach with small group sizes (6:1 ratio of clients to coach), top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed, photograph package of your time with us on the lake and a shuttle from Bönigen to Brienz and back.


CHF650 per group for up to 6 people


We spend 4 hours together with 2-2.5 hours on the water if we start from Bönigen. If the start and end of the tour is in Brienz the tour is 3 hours long.


Our tours are well suited for beginners as well as for non-swimmers, you do not need to have previous experience. Minimum age 12 years. For families with children in the age of 5-12 years we recommend our Family Fun tours.

What to bring with you

Swimming wear, a quick drying t-shirt for under the wetsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water (flip flops or quick-drying sneakers for example), change of clothes, drinks and snacks.

How to find us

Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen

By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.

By Car
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

On foot
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).

If you wish to start in Brienz our meeting point there is the Brienz Lido.


Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather conditions provided that it is safe to paddle. Often the weather is better than forecast and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature in all the elements - even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere are beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm wetsuits and high-end paddle jackets to ensure that you are warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we aim to notify you as soon as the decision has been made and we will try to re-schedule for the soonest opportunity.


Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

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