Surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lake Thun, Spiez is recognized as one of the most picturesque bays in Europe. Located in an enchanting area, the region features mountains, vineyards, as well as a castle that adorn the landscape.

Along the lakeshore, the Niederhorn Massif extends all the way to the Bernese Alps forming a spectacular backdrop. This area has a high quality of life due to its mild climate and abundance of sunshine.

A few days at this resort will give you plenty of time to relax on the beach, take advantage of the resort’s amenities, and venture out into the mountains.

With its pyramidal Niesen mountain in the background, Spiez hosts a variety of activities, including day trips to the surrounding mountains and the lake Thun.

Apart from this detailed Spiez travel guide, I will be covering things to do in Spiez, Switzerland, and other fascinating info about this area. Keep reading as I will be sharing everything you need to know about Spiez, Switzerland in order to enjoy your trip to Spiez to the fullest.

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What to do and see in Spiez

Experience a leisurely afternoon stroll in Spiez, including a trip on the fun railway along the shoreline. A variety of nautical activities can be enjoyed here, including scuba diving.

Spiez

Lakeside Activities

Those who wish to take an excursion to the turquoise Lake Thun can opt for the passenger ferry or Blumlisalp, a historic paddle steamer. Become a captain and experience the thrill of controlling a model boat instantly.

Getting your hands on some petanque is a great way to have fun, somewhat like the Italian game of Boccia. Aside from this, the area offers plenty of opportunities for more energetic visitors. These include trails for hiking, equestrian trails, sports activities, a skating rink, kiteboarding, and yachting are just some of the available activities.

Wander along the shores of Faulensee lake. As soon as you arrive, you can plunge into the water at the lido or just relax on a raft while enjoying the sun. You cannot help but wonder if you are dreaming of seeing the Sealanders as soon as you reach Faulensee.

Lakeside Festival

With stunning scenery as a backdrop, a rock and roll festival on the beach will delight your senses.

Sealander

The Sealander is both an accessible and versatile caravan as well as an electric motorboat that can be used on land and water. The countryside surrounding Spiez offers several options for exploring the area. You can use an e-bike to conquer the steep climbs.

You are greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view as you ascend the peak through the clouds. An itinerary leads you to the highlights of the region and its surroundings. Faulensee is one of the highlights of this route.

Historic Church

The short hike through the Spiez vineyard gives you a glimpse into a year from the viewpoint of a Viner. “The Path” details Einigen’s history and heritage. Discover the historic church of Gwattlischenmoos, the wetlands reserve at Gwattlischenmoos, as well as bronze-age archaeological remains. The recently renovated jetty in Einigen offers a warm welcome to visitors and serves as the starting point for the path.

Museum

It is as if you have been transported back in time to around 1700 wandering through the Spiez Museum of Local History and Viticulture.

Wine

There is also an entire section dedicated to the growing of wine. Do not miss out on the chance to taste the local wines when you visit Spiez.

Castle

The castle of Spiez stands majestically over the bay, visible for miles. Visit the castle grounds to see the castle church, more than 1000 years old. It is also worthwhile to explore the historical roots of the castle. Your kids will have a grand time playing knights in the castle.

Explore the Bernese Oberland region from Spiez

Staying in Spiez puts you in an excellent position for seeing all the area has to offer. Niesen – The Swiss Pyramid offers magnificent views and an aerial tramway up the local mountain.

Interlaken is also close to the hard-to-miss Harder Kulm, as well as Schynige Platte, which features an Alpine Garden. Experience the Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe, at 3,454 meters, and Schilthorn-Piz Gloria, a rotating restaurant offering 360-degree views.

Experience a spectacular view from the Jura to the Bernese Alps on the Beatenberg funicular and Niederhorn gondola. If you prefer, you can ride the cable car to the top of Stockhorn for some amazing views. Lake Thun excursions take you to Interlaken before heading to Lake Brienz, which boasts picturesque villages such as Bonigen and Iseltwald.

Visit the Jungfrau-Aletsch Site from Spiez

Get a glimpse of the spectacular Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier on a breathtaking train ride to the Jungfraujoch Mountain Station for a panoramic view of the glacier.

Discover what the Swiss Alps have to offer. You will also be able to see the highest train station in Europe. A trip from Grindelwald to the Jungfraujoch, offer visitors the opportunity to experience the “Ice Palace”. From the viewing platform of the Sphinx, you have a magnificent view of the largest glacier in Europe, the Aletsch Glacier.

Scenic Ride from Spiez

With beautiful, scenic rail routes connecting your resorts, you can embark on an unforgettable two or multi-center journey.

Spiez can be reached easily by the GoldenPass railway line or the Luzern-Interlaken (if you are traveling to Montreux or Lucerne). It’s also possible from Lucerne to take the train to Ticino where you can take the boat trip as well as the train journey with the Gotthard Panorama Express. 

The Lotschberg Regio Express, which leaves from Spiez, can also be joined by people traveling from Brig to Spiez.

Take a trip on the majestic Glacier Express to St. Moritz and discover this resort or continue your journey in this stunning region.

Spiez and winter Sports

There is no better way to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports from here. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the majority of the ski areas in the Bernese Oberland are easily reachable within an hour.

During the winter season, if you want to escape the cold and the hustle and bustle of the season, spend some time relaxing and strolling Faulensee’s shoreline to catch the rays of the sun during March’s warm weather.

How to get to Spiez

Spiez is a hub of public transportation. As usual in Switzerland, it is recommended to travel by train or bus. In Spiez, every 30 minutes there is a train from or to Berne, Zurich, Basel, Geneva. There are direct connections to Milano (Italy) and Berlin (Germany), too.

  • From Zurich: Zurich Airport > Bern > Spiez with a transfer time of around 1 hour 50 minutes. 
  • From Geneva: Geneva Airport > Bern > Spiez with a transfer time of around 2 hours 30 minutes.