Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz

Times

  • 9:15am
  • 1:15pm
  • 5:15pm

Duration

  • 3 hours
  • (2 hours on the water)

Price

  • Adult CHF105
  • Child (12-15 years) CHF75

Age

  • 12 years+

Included

  • Top Quality Material
  • Photo Package for free
  • free Entrance to the Strandbad

Tour description

Discover the beauty of Lake Brienz from a breathtaking perspective! In the midst of a fantastic mountain panorama, you will experience the feeling of gliding in a kayak through this magical turquoise lake.

We will start our tour at the Beach and Hightide base in Bönigen. We will paddle to the north shore and discover the beautiful cliffs, the 12th century Ringgenberg castle and the hidden beaches along the lake before crossing the lake and the river of the Lütschine.

Our evening tours are starting in an interesting time of a day where the lake calms down again and the sun starts to set. There’s always a special calming atmosphere in the evening, perfect for photos and a relaxing way to end the day. The evening tour follows the same itinerary as our half day tours.

You can join us on a Summer Tour from May until October and on a Winter Tour from November until April.

Frequently asked questions

I have never been in a kayak before, can I still take part?

Our tours are well suited for beginners and non-swimmers. Prior experience is not necessary. You must be at least 12 years old to take part in the tour. We are happy to organize a private tour for younger participants or we recommend our family session for a more games and splashing orientated session.

Do the tours also take place in bad weather?

Kayaking is fun in any weather. You will be surprised how nice it is to kayak in rain or snow. Nature is all the more dramatic and the drops of water on the lake make the experience even more unique. The expectations are often lower and, in the end, all the more positive. Trust us, it’s still going to be great.

During thunderstorms or very strong winds we may have to cancel or delay tours for safety reasons.

What do I need to bring?

Swimsuit and towel
T-shirt short or long (no cotton, if possible)
Shorts
Sport sandals / water shoes / flipflops or Crocs
Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
Water bottle

Are there parking spaces nearby?

Yes, there is public parking directly in front of the base and also on Parkstrasse in Bönigen with a few minutes’ walk to the base. Both public parking areas are payable.

Tourfotos

Reviews

We had a wonderful kayaking trip with Hightide!

Our guide was Karel who was incredible- very helpful (especially with beginners) and knowledgeable about the lake and the region. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming, and we cannot thank Karel enough for making our kayaking experience fantastic as well as giving us great recommendations for things to do in the area afterwards. We had an amazing time and would absolutely recommend Hightide’s services to all who visit! Also- the photos taken during the trip came out great!

Sydney B.

This was our best experience during our 4 days stay in the Interlaken area!

The scenery was stunning, the weather was splendid and the turquoise waters of lake Brienz were magically beautiful. Maria, our guide, not only demonstrated professionalism and organizational skills but also showed willingness to accommodate specific requests such as a swimming break. She took loads of pictures of the group and each of us and posted them in a Dropbox a couple of hours later. Maria has, in addition, a very sociable and pleasant way of interacting with the group making this tour enjoyable and memorable for all of us.

MAM

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

As usual, had a great time with Hightide. They never disappoint with their professionalism, responsiveness to the needs of paddlers and they are always good for a laugh. Highly recommended!

Simon Parker

Friendly staff, professional attitude

As a complete stranger to kayaking I did not expect this amount of progress I made in the course of a single day, the topics were carefully selected and built on top of each other, the instructor was easy going and relaxed, without making any compromises to safety.

Miklos

Excellent tour

Sean was great, with a good explanation, pace and great chat. We were lucky with the weather that we had the lake to ourselves. We also stayed for a lunch and a drink on their terrasse which was also really good. Highly recommend.

Rebecca B.

Highlight of Interlaken trip

Amazing experience, our highlight from visiting Interlaken. Suitable for non-swimmers. They have a nice cafe/restaurant also onsite to have food after the tour.

Amir A.

Highly recommended!

Spent great time with Ben! Even though it was raining, the weather didn’t spoil any experience and the whole trip exceeded our expectations! Our guide Ben was extremely nice, helpful, professional and hospitable! Moreover, they provided us with all equipment including raining coats and so on. In the end we’ve got the photos immediately 🙂

Kate K.

Kayak for the first time… and for sure not the last!!!

We had a really nice experience even despite the weather (it was windy and a bit rainy). We were provided with all the necessary equipment and Silvana was really kind and able to adjust to our level and to the weather conditions. Lake Brienz is simply beautiful and observing it from the water, surrounded by nature and in total silence is something to try.

Chiara

Marvellous experience!

Sean was excellent, providing great guidance and support!!! We even made a short stop for swimming, which was totally refreshing! I will definitely go back again!!!!

Anastasia D

Worth every penny. Definitely gotta try it

First time ever kayaking and it was hands down the bees knees. The instructor was superb and would definitely recommend

Isaiah

I could not have been happier

I’ve been to a half-day tour in English, and as somebody with zero kayaking experience before I could not have been happier with the outcome 🙂 I really liked the detailed preparation instructions sent by the school. On the day of the tour we were offered wet suits to be more comfy while swimming in the fresh waters of the lake, and our guide was very attentive and helpful when we faced any issues – be it correction of the rowing technique or adjusting the boat seat.

Nata ST.

One of the best memories I’ll ever have

If I could give it higher than 5 stars I would!! We absolutely enjoyed every minute of it & Karel & Maria were amazing tour guides with buzzing personalities. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. They even take photos for you & brought cookies to the middle of the lake!!…

Lesley M.

Absolutely incredible location-MUST SEE

Karel was a great guide and even brought us a snack! He was nice and professional. The equipment was clean and perfect. Everything was so easy and went smoothly. The experience was unforgettable and was really worth it.

Radhika S

11/10 Would Recommend

Absolutely amazing experience! Karel and Jolien were so fun and knowledgeable! The views were breathtaking and the photos we received at the end definitely captured the beauty! We were able to take a dip in the lake which was a tad chilly but also refreshing during the sunny day! The homemade cookies Jolien baked for us were a pleasant treat and we enjoyed them while playfully quizzing Karel on the heights of each peak. 11/10 would recommend! Definitely coming back in the wintertime to see the different landscape! #boatarms

Kirsten

Directions to Bönigen

On foot

> Walk from the railway station “Interlaken Ost” to the ships
> Turn right, follow the lakeside path (approx. 35 minutes)
> Walk past the campsite to the Strandbad Bönigen

By car

> all parking areas in Bönigen are chargeable from 2021
> car park directly in front of the Strandbad
> Coordinates >> 46°41’24.8″N 7°53’42.7″E

Public Transport

> Train to Interlaken Ost SBB
> Bus 103 Interlaken Ost to Bönigen See
> direction Iseltwald
> always :05 & :35 minutes after the hour
> Journey time approx. 5-10 min.
> timetable http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html
> walk for approx. 3 minutes along the lake

Meet our Guiding Team

Ben Patrick

Guide & Lifeguard

Jolien Gekiere

Guide & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

Sean Good

Base Manager, Trainee Guide & Lifeguard

Silvana Jucker

Guide & Lifeguard

Wiebke Galda

Marketing, Trainee Guide & Lifeguard

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