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Iseltwald, a beautiful village on the peaceful shores of Lake Brienz in Switzerland, looks like it’s from a storybook. This lovely place is famous for its stunning views and traditional Swiss style. With its bright chalets, green lake, and amazing mountains, Iseltwald is a favorite for both visitors and people who live there. It’s so pretty that it was even in the popular Netflix show, “Crash Landing on You”. Now, let’s find out how you can visit one of Switzerland’s most gorgeous villages!

Iseltwald Switzerland

What to do in Iseltwald?

Iseltwald’s big attraction is its beautiful spot right on Lake Brienz. Here, visitors can take lovely walks by the lake and wander through the village’s narrow streets, exploring the many Swiss chalets. These chalets are decorated with great care, so they’re perfect for photos! Since the Netflix series “Crash Landing on You” featured Iseltwald, the dock from a famous scene has become a must-see for tourists. To help manage this, the village now has a turnstile for dock access, costing CHF 5 per person. If you’re staying a while, there’s also the option to rent water sports equipment like kayaks, paddle-boards, or small boats to enjoy the lake even more.

Top 10 Must-Visit Photo Spots in Iseltwald, Switzerland

I have discovered the Top 10 must-visit photo spots in Iseltwald, Switzerland. Obviously I marked them in a free map that you can view here:

Top 10 Must-Visit Photo Spots in Iseltwald, Switzerland

I also recommend you watch my YouTube video about it, in order to get a proper insight and context!


How long to visit Iseltwald for?

Most visitors to only stay for about 2 hours. This includes exploring the village for about 1 hour and enjoying the setting for another. This means that your trip to Iseltwald can easily be part of a day trip that also includes destinations like Brienz, Brienzer Rothorn mountain or Giessbach Falls. In summer there is a lake cruise on Lake Brienz that halts at Iseltwald a couple of times a day.

While most visitors only visit the village for a short time, you may also make it the home base for your time in the Jungfrau region. 

Where is Iseltwald?

Iseltwald is located in the heart of Switzerland in the Berner Oberland region close to the popular Swiss town Interlaken. Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Brienz, this charming village is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The emerald waters of the lake provide a special setting serene and combined with the majestic peaks of the Bernese Alps, Iseltwald is true fairytale village. Iseltwald is also very close to other attractions such as Giessbach Falls, Brienz and its Brienzer Rothorn mountain as well as Interlaken. And across the lake you find another spectacular Swiss village called Oberried am Brienzersee.

How to get there?

Here are all the different ways to get to Iseltwald:

  • By car it is about 15-20 minute drive from either Interlaken or Brienz. You must park your car outside the village and take a 10-minute walk downhill.

  • By post bus (Postauto) from Interlaken Ost, runs once an hour.

  • By lake cruise on Lake Brienz from Brienz or Interlaken (summer only).

  • There is no train connection to Iseltwald.

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If you visit in summer, we highly recommend you visit it by lake cruise and combine it with the Giessbach Falls and Brienz on a day trip! Although Iseltwald is more of a summer destination, it is also worth a visit in winter!


Iseltwald carries a legacy that stretches back centuries. The village’s origins can be traced to the medieval era, when it served as a local hub for fishing and agriculture. Over the years, Iseltwald’s strategic location on Lake Brienz made it an important trading post. It connected the surrounding regions and fostered economic growth. Throughout its history, Iseltwald has retained its traditional architectural style. Today, the iconic Swiss chalets and timber houses reflect its rich heritage.


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