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Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz


  • 9:15am
  • 1:15pm


  • 3 hours
  • (2 hours on the water)


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


  • Min 12 years
  • Max 120kg
  • (265 lbs)


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

Information for group bookings

Tour Info PDF

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 and are available on request.

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)
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.

What happens if I have a medical condition?

Please write us an email to explaining your medical condition and which tour /course and date you would like to book.

What if the trip I want is sold out?

If it’s not possible to find a seat on one of our guided kayak tours, you can always rent and explore the lake on your own.  The only condition is that you need to be able to swim.  Visit our rental page for more details here.

Paddle and Fly Package


A family of kayakingers are listening to their coach demonstrate kayaking instructions on the water. Two boys paddle towards the group.
Two men sit in their kayaks on a calm, sunny lake facing the morning sun. One is drinking from a bottle while the other has his eyes closed soaking up the warmth on his face.
A woman is sitting in her kayak in the middle of a lake surrounded by mountains. The sun is shining and her legs are on top of the kayak in the sun.
A child sits in a kayak on a lake with his back to us and cliffs on his left. He is turning his head towards the camera.
A solo kayaker in a yellow bloat sits still in the turquoise lake water. Above him you can see the ruins of a castle.
Two girls paddle along sun baked cliffs in kayaks. The water is an unnatural turquoise blue.
We see the silhouette of a solo kayaker paddle away from us towards a setting sun. The light is golden and the shadows are black.


The most wonderful experience in Interlaken

This experience was unreal… breathtaking views of the mountains from a crystal clear turquoise lake. I mean! Our guide, Sylvana, was the nicest, most relaxed guide we could have asked for. Just the kindest, most down to earth people ever. The kayaks were easy to maneuver and comfortable and the view was the most spectacular thing we’ve ever seen. Sylvana showed us some quick kayaking tricks as we rode along and she was so easy to be around. As an added and unexpected bonus, she took wonderful photos of us on the water with her digital camera. We’re so grateful to the entire staff at High Tide for making it so memorable. 10/10 recommend!


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

Fantastic top rate kayaking experience, even in drizzly weather!

We booked the 3 hour ‘Summer kayak tour’ on what turned out to be a cool drizzly morning in July. The three of us were all a bit reluctant when we saw the weather, but were so glad we went ahead. Our tour leader, Karel, was charming, proficient and had thought of everything, even whisking out a box of biscuits when we had our break! For us as beginners, the tour length was exactly right. Just some points to note: All equipment including wetsuits was provided, and seemed good quality. There was ample parking – you can pay with cash or credit card. Large lockers are provided for leaving valuables. We didn’t need to take our phones with us in the kayaks as our tour leader took photos and emailed them the same day. Overall a really top rate experience, thank you!


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.


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.


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


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


Directions to Bönigen

Map of bus route and walking route from Tnterlaken Ost to Hightide Kayak School

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

> 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
> walk for approx. 3 minutes along the lake

Meet our Guiding Team

Ben Patrick

Guide & Lifeguard

Christian Sbikowski

Guide & Lifeguard

Jolien Gekiere

Guide & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

Mika Löfquist

Guide, Lifeguard & Gastro Allround

Péter Pócsi

Trainee Guide, Lifeguard & Allrounder

Sean Good

Base Manager, Guide & Lifeguard

Silvana Jucker

Guide & Lifeguard

Zsofia Tompa

Guide, Lifeguard & Allround

Wiebke Galda

Marketing, Trainee Guide & Lifeguard

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