Spiez and the Bernese Oberland
The landscape of the Bernese Oberland with its valleys and mountains surprise with its wild beauty, raging mountain streams, crystal-clear mountain lakes and unique flora and fauna. With the mountain railway you can reach the peaks of the region in no time at all, leave everyday life behind and enjoy spectacular views and far-reaching views. Or do you fancy a leisurely boat trip on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz to admire castles and mountain peaks from the water. Everything is possible: welcome to the Bernese Oberland!
The Spiez region also offers an almost limitless variety of experiences in nature, shopping, sporting and cultural events - all within a radius of less than 30 km! - We will be happy to advise you on the possibilities for hiking or cycling routes, museums, excursions or cultural events.
Eden Tip: The Spiez boat station of BLS Schifffahrt Berner Oberland is located 10 minutes' walk from Eden Spiez. In the early afternoon, the steamboat Blüemlisalp runs daily from Spiez to Interlaken and back again. Or treat yourself to an hour-long evening trip to Beatenbucht and back again.
Spiez and Lake Thun
Spiez lies in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and is the ideal starting point for discovering the unique diversity of our region. The climate and weather conditions are comparatively mild at all times of the year and even permit the cultivation of wine. For this reason Spiez is often referred to as a health resort. During the summer months of July and August the average daytime temperatures are between 16° and 27° C, in the winter months of January and February between -2° and 5° C.
From Spiez, other cities such as Thun, Interlaken and Bern can be reached in a very short time. The countless excursion options such as Adelboden, Ballenberg, Grindelwald and Gstaad, to name just a few, and the walk along the beach path with a view of the opposite side of the lake are also wonderful. The lido, the town, the castle and the many lakeside restaurants form a harmonious whole.
The history of the farmer, fisherman and winegrower village Spiez is closely connected with the castle Spiez, whose origin goes back to the 10th/11th century. At the foot of the castle complex, the inhabitants of the "Städtli" led a simple existence for a long time. The bulk carrier provided the necessary connection with Thun and Unterseen. Around the middle of the 19th century, the development of tourism in the region began with steam navigation, and with the construction of the railway, Spiez suddenly became an important transport hub in the Bernese Oberland.
Wine from Lake Thun
A good 200 years ago, viticulture flourished on Lake Thun. But due to climatic changes, it suffered a drastic decline and was temporarily non-existent at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to Hans Barben from Spiez, however, only until 1927, when the regional wine pioneer successfully planted new grapevines, which led to the resumption of viticulture in Oberhofen fifteen years later.
The Spiez winegrowing cooperative, which has around 120 members today, is still concerned with the preservation and active cultivation of the Spiez cultural landscape and wine culture. For example, with the Spiez Vineyard Experience Trail, which starts just a few steps away from the Hotel Eden Spiez, and the folk festival "Spiezer Läset-Sunntig", which takes place every September. In total, the seven sites of the vineyards in and around Spiez cover a total of 11.5 hectares. Almost half of the vineyard area is now planted with Riesling-Sylvaner, a good 5 hectares with Pinot Noir and the rest with other specialities.
The Spiez wines, which have already received several awards, are becoming increasingly popular, especially the specialities. They grow on limestone and silicate rock and impress with fruitiness, freshness and class.