A rail journey southwest of Bern brought me to the scenic lakeside towns of Thun and Spiez. The latter is more of a rustic Swiss village by the picturesque Thunersee (Lake Thun). Soon enough, I arrived at Interlaken-West rail station. From here, one will have 3 options: Get on board the scenic train journey up to Grindelwald by Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB), or take the Swiss railway boat service across the beautiful Lake Brienz, or just venture into the city of Interlaken.
The third option is probably the least recommended by most. Interlaken seems like just another jumping-off city into the heart of Bernese Oberland’s many highland adventure points. I did stop at Interlaken for a little while to refill my supply of grubs from a nearby Coop market before I quickly hopped on to the waiting boat at the jetty at Interlaken-Ost for a breathtaking cruise across Brienzersee.
The narrow channel of Aare river that connects Thunersee with Brienzersee sits on an alluvial plain, which perhaps explains its light-blue colour due to its rich mineral deposits. The connecting boat, nicknamed Jungfrau (Young Lady) moved steadily along the river into the wider expanse of Brienzersee. The scenery is simply awe-inspiring! The turquoise-colour lake is beautifully set in the midst of pine-forested mountain slopes with views of the Faulhorn (2,681-m) and the Brienzer Rothorn (2,350-m).
Earlier that day, it was raining heavily from Männlichen down to Wengen. While the weather seemed to have cleared up at Interlaken, the spectacular mountain views could not be enjoyed fully due to heavy clouds higher up. It was pretty chilly as the gusty wind from the swift-moving boat hit me. Some 40 minutes on the lake, I was treated with the gorgeous view of Giessbach Falls that flows directly into the crystal-clear lake.
The boat made a quick stop at Giessbachsee jetty before stopping at the charming little town of Brienz, where the Luzern rail line starts.