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8 Best Things to Do in Iseltwald, Switzerland

Last Updated on December 29, 2023 by Darla

Despite its small size, there are many fascinating things to do in Iseltwald, Switzerland. Nestled in a picturesque setting resembling a fairy tale, this village graces the southern shores of Lake Brienz within the Bernese Oberland Region. Home to a mere 400 residents, its quaintness stands against the backdrop of the lake’s turquoise waters and the majestic Swiss Alps.

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There are many activities and attractions to enjoy in this picturesque destination in the heart of Switzerland. Iseltwald has seen an increase in tourists recently, with several tourist buses stopping here each day. Fans of the Korean show Crash Landing on You, as well as hikers and tourists staying in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland, often visit this place.

Without further ado, here is a list of 8 best things to do in Iseltwald, Switzerland.

8 Things to Do in Iseltwald, Switzerland

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One of the best things to do in Iseltwald is to take the boat to or from Iseltwald. It is a scenic way to travel while admiring the views of the snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and charming villages around Lake Brienz.

You can take the boat from Interlaken Ost to the direction of Brienz. This boat will stop in Bönigen (and sometimes also Ringgenberg) before heading to Iseltwald. Please take note that the boat does not leave every hour.

You might want to double-check the timetable of BLS to see when it leaves.

Giessbach Falls near Iseltwald
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One the the most popular things to do in Iseltwald is to go on a hike to Giessbach Waterfalls. The Giessbach Waterfalls is a popular destination that can be reached from Iseltwald. The hike starts by hiking along Lake Brienz before entering a forested area. It ends in Giessbach where you can ride the funicular, see the Grandhotel Giessbach, and see the mighty waterfalls cascading down. Discover the picturesque views of the lake along the way in this hike. 

If you would like to read more about Giessbach Waterfalls, you can check out Giessbach Falls Near Interlaken, Switzerland.

Apart from Giessbach Waterfalls, there are two more waterfalls close by that you can hike to. One is Eschwanden Waterfall, accessible through the Fura hamlet using hiking route 360. The other is Mülibachfall Waterfall, situated above Iseltwald.

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One of the most enjoyable things to do in Iseltwald is to bike from Spiez along routes 8 or 9. This bike tour begins in Spiez and then goes via Faulensee, Därligen, Interlaken, Bönigen, and Sengg before reaching Iseltwald. The cycle path starting Bönigen runs along the shady lakeside and is away from motor traffic.

From Iseltwald, you may decide to bike further to Meiringen. Before reaching the Hasli Valley, the bike route goes to Hohflue, Giessbach, Engi, Brienz, and Unterbach. Along the way, you might want to stop in Giessbach Falls and the charming village of Brienz.

It is also possible to do the route the other way around, starting in Meiringen and ending in Spiez.

In case you would like to learn more about the bike routes, you can read up on it on the following pages:

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For many tourists, visiting the Landing Pier is the top thing to do in Iseltwald. The Landing Pier in Iseltwald is a simple pier with wooden planks that extend gracefully into the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. What makes it popular is that it was used as a setting for the popular television series Crash Landing on You and has since attracted numerous visitors from all over the world.

From here, visitors can witness breathtaking views of the lake as well as the surrounding mountains. Since the wooden pier has recently attracted so many tourists, the local authorities have added a payment turnstile. It requires payment before you can have access to the Landing Pier.

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Swimming in Lake Brienz is one of the best things to do in Iseltwald, even if it’s not super warm. The blue water and beautiful scenery make it a fantastic place for a swim. There’s a local spot called Strandbad Iseltwald that is open from May to September, where you can have a relaxing and refreshing swim. The surroundings and fresh mountain air make the whole experience enjoyable.

A fantastic but not well-known thing to do in Iseltwald is hiking to the amazing Senggflue Viewpoint. It only takes a quick 45-minute hike from Iseltwald village to reach it but the views are amazing.

All you need to do is to follow the road toward the Iseltwald ship station. Once you see the signpost showing Senggflue, you can follow it. Along the way, you will see the lakeshore, a small bridge, charming chalets, and streams. The trail ends near the former hotel of Hotel Schweizerhof where you are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Iseltwald and Lake Brienz.

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If you do not wish to hike, bike, or swim, you may also choose to stroll around the village of Iseltwald. While walking, you get to see fantastic views of Lake Brienz with its crystal-clear waters and surrounding mountains. The village is small and also has its appeal. You get a view of authentic Swiss village life, with charming streets, and old wooden chalets. The whole village has a laid-back vibe.

Photographers will enjoy going around the village and walking along the lake because Iseltwald is a gem. The scenery and traditional architecture offer incredible photo opportunities for those who love photography.

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Exploring different restaurants in Iseltwald is a great way to unwind, especially with some offering stunning lake views. If you’re up for a delicious meal with a picturesque backdrop, Restaurant Dorfpintli (Hubel, 3807 Iseltwald) is a top pick. Here, you can indulge in dishes like pork with salad, beef steak, cordon bleu, flavorful chicken wings, and a variety of salads. What’s convenient is the option to order smaller portions if you’re looking for a lighter meal.

For another relaxing dining experience, consider visiting Restaurant Seegarten (Im Feld 17, 3807 Iseltwald) or the Strandbad & Camping (Schoren, 3807 Iseltwald). These spots not only offer tasty food but also provide a laid-back atmosphere where you can savor your meal while enjoying the tranquil beauty of Lake Brienz.

Another popular restaurant is the Restaurant Chalet du Lac (Schorren, 3807 Iseltwald). It is located on the shore of Lake Brienz and offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

8. Rent a Hot Tub Boat

One of the enjoyable things to do in Iseltwald is renting a HotTug, a hot tub boat. You can rent it for 2 hours (approximately 1.5 hours for your ride and 30 minutes for instructions). This special tub floats on Lake Brienz, filled with warm 38-degree water.

You can steer it around the lake, and there’s a wood-fired heater onboard to keep the water warm throughout your journey. It’s suitable for up to 6 people and sets off from Iseltwald for a relaxing time on the water. You can also rent a regular motorboat or a two-seater swan pedalo at the boat rental place.

If you want to rent the hot tub boat, you can head over to Captain’s Cove at Schorren 7, 3807 Iseltwald.

How to Get to Iseltwald, Switzerland

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There is no train station in Iseltwald but you can reach it by bus or boat.

The bus ride to Iseltwald takes 29 to 33 minutes from Interlaken West and 21 to 25 minutes from Interlaken Ost.

If you would rather come by boat, you can take it from Interlaken Ost (See). The boat will bring you to Iseltwald (See) in 44 minutes.

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Best Time To Visit Iseltwald, Switzerland

Although you can go to Iseltwald all year round, the best time to go is in summer when it’s warm enough to swim. For those who like colder water, you can go in late spring or early autumn.

Some snow might be left on the peaks in early spring depending on the snowfall during winter. You can also come in autumn if you like fall colors.

But really, Iseltwald can be enjoyed any time of the year. Because Iseltwald is a year-round destination and each season offers a different backdrop, you can go at any time.

Final Thoughts: Best Things to Do in Iseltwald, Switzerland

Iseltwald may be small, but it’s a gem packed with things to do. Nestled by Lake Brienz, this adorable village is a treat, especially when the sun’s out. The lake is perfect for swimming, and you can take it easy with walks or grab a bite at the local restaurants by the water. For those feeling adventurous, there are biking, hiking, and cool spots nearby like Giessbach, Interlaken, and Brienz. Iseltwald’s charm and stunning scenery attract loads of tourists looking for a slice of Swiss beauty in the region.

When it’s warm, Iseltwald comes alive! People splash in the lake, hop on boats, and take lazy walks by the shore. Plus, there’s great local food to try at the village restaurants. If you’re up for more action, biking, and hiking trails let you soak in nature’s beauty. And don’t forget the nearby attractions like Giessbach Waterfalls and the cute towns nearby. Iseltwald in summer? It’s an awesome place to visit.

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Darla is the owner of Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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