Spiez is a small, quaint little town (pop 12,500) on the south shore of Lake Thun. It has a wonderful medieval castle and offers spectacular views across the lake.
The tourist office is located on platform 1 of the station (May–Sept M–F 08:00–18:30, Sa 09:00–12:00 and 14:00–16:00; Oct–April M–F 08:00–12:00 and 14:00–18:00).
Welcome to Spiez: One of your first steps after having parked the car or leaving the train is to get some information at the tourist office right aside the train station. There you can get information about activities, hotels and maps.
Here some hints:
Parking: If you travel by car you'll be able to put it into one of the many parking lots. For your first visit, take the parking at the train station, where you can find the tourist office.
You will find more parking in the city centre (Coop, Lötschbergzentrum, Spiez-Park) and at the lake near the castle. Visit Google Maps to get the way.
Public transportation: 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. Visit www.sbb.ch for further information.
Spiez itself is easy to discover just by "getting around". So you can catch this special "holiday feeling", which made Spiez a famous wellness and wellbeing location. Discover the "Spirit of Spiez" while walking - from the train station - towards the lakeshore and the castle. In 1954 Germany's football national team found this spirit too and won the world cup...
Don't forget to take a tour through the vineyards: There you'll get a great view all over the city, the lake and the whole panaroma of the always snow-covered Alps. None should miss it!
Don't be shy: Ask the people, where to go. Almost everyone speaks English, most speak French and some speak Italian. So ask them, where to go, where to get a drink or beer and where to spend the night or to enjoy the nightlife.
- Medieval Castle. Located on the lake water-front
- The Swiss Pyramid. Get in touch with the sky!
Take a tour on the forest-covered lakeshore between Spiez ans Faulensee and get impressed by the unique harmony of lake and mountains. After this walk from about two hours, enjoy a great meal in Hotel Restaurant Eden or the Restaurant Al Porto or the tiny but famous Restaurant Schlosspintli just aside the lake.
In summer, take a rest at the lake in the afternoon and check out the nightlife of Spiez's suburbs Thun or Interlaken. For a drink, choose some of the many bars in Spiez and don't forget to taste the local "Spiezer" wine.
There's a cinema and a bowling centre, too.
There are many activities to do around the lake, as sailing, wind-surfing, river-rafting, bungee-jumping, biking, swimming, canyoning, climbing, paragliding - ask at the tourist office for reservation, rates and further details.
Seegarten Marina, Bucht, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friendly, local restaurant with a good range of local food and wine, including fresh fish from the adjacent Thunersee (Lake of Thun). The restaurant's garden terrace faces directly onto the small, picturesque marina and offers a lovely view of houses cascading down the hill to the lake, as well as the pyramidal Niesen above the town.
The local wine, called "Spiezer", is an excellent choice with your meal. It is produced from the vineyards around Spiez and is available in white or red.
The locel beer, called Rugenbräu, is brewed in the suburb "Interlaken". Great taste with the typical alpine freshness.
- Krone, ☎ , fax: . Seestrasse. Shared bathrooms.
- Hotel Bellevue, Seestrasse 36, Phone +41 33-654 84 64, Fax +41 33-654 84 48, email@example.com
- Eden Swiss Quality Hotel, Seestrasse 58, fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Four star superior hotel situated 0.5km away from the railway station, 100 m from the city center. Single room from Fr. 215, double room from Fr. 305 (as of April 2009).
- Hotel Belvédère [dead link], Schachenstrasse 39. Tel: +41 33 655 66 66, fax: +41 33 654 66 33 email@example.com