Win a day on two Swiss lakes

July 25, 2014, 32 Comments

Two first-class day passes for Lakes Thun & Brienz are up for grabs.What better way to enjoy a Swiss summer day than gliding around in vintage paddle-steamers, relaxing on the first class deck while watching the scenery slip past. All for nothing. Free! Gratis!

Lake Thun

Thanks to the lovely people at Interlaken Tourism, I have two pairs of first-class day passes for the boats on both lakes. That’s four passes in total, but I’m giving them away as two pairs so there can be two winners.

Paddle-steamer detail

Each pass is valid for all the boats on Lake Thun and/or Lake Brienz, so that you can hop on & off where and when you wish, or even just stick to one lake if you prefer. You don’t need a Half-fare card but simply need to validate the passes before you get on board the first ship.


So with these passes you can explore the towns & castles beside Lake Thun, from Thun itself across to Spiez and on to Interlaken. Just remember that no boats sail between the lakes; you have to get off in Interlaken and cross town to board the boat on the other lake.


Lake Brienz might be almost half the size of its neighbour but it is deepest lake in Switzerland, at 261 metres. It’s also a lot less hectic and its rural delights are best enjoyed from the deck of the paddle-steamer Lötschberg.


Or maybe a stop off at Giessbach, with its the cool waterfalls and grand hotel, for a spot of tea on the terrace. Complete with a lake view of course.

Lake Brienz

To win the passes, all you have to do is leave a comment here, or head over to the Swiss Watching Facebook page and ‘like’ that. Or on that Facebook page like the post or leave a comment about this competition. That’s it. Draw closes at midnight on 31 July 2014. The two winners will be drawn at random and contacted by email so that the passes can be sent by normal post.


Winners must be resident in Switzerland or visiting soon with enough time to make use of the passes. Please don’t enter if you don’t have time to enjoy the prize. The passes are valid until December 2015 but once stamped are only valid on that day.

For boat timetables, please visit this BLS page. There is even one timetable specially for the two-lake cruise, showing that it is possible to do both lakes by boat in one day.


32 Comments on "Win a day on two Swiss lakes"

  1. Noemi Fenyvesi Friday July 25th, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Reply

    Hello, I would love to win the tickets, we live in Thalwil, close to Zürich in Switzerland. Cheers, Noemi

  2. Siobhan Friday July 25th, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Reply

    Ooh what a brilliant giveaway! The Interlaken area has been on my Swisslist for a while now. This would be a perfect way to explore 🙂
    Siobhan (Geneva)

  3. Duncan Strathie Friday July 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Reply

    Thanks for opening up this great country and its people in such an accessible and entertaining way.

  4. Alistair Scott Friday July 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Reply

    Brilliant work Diccon! Thanks for setting this up.

    I’ve sailed a lot on Lac Léman, and a bit on Vierwaldstättersee … but never on these two lakes.

    The scenery and sights will be amazing.

    Lucky people who win! (Hoping it’s me of course.)



  5. Karen Friday July 25th, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Reply

    Hi Diccon – keep up your perceptive SwissWatching. Guess I’ll have to buy another copy of your book as I lent it to a friend, who read it and lent it to a friend, who …

  6. Tom Waugh Friday July 25th, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Reply

    What a great idea Diccon. I’ve only ever been for a short cruise on lake Lucerne. I’d love a chance to win a ticket or two for something a bit more involved.

  7. Corinna Kronauer Friday July 25th, 2014 at 12:57 PM · Reply

    I would love to win this prize as I am planning a holiday in the Bernese Oberland next Summer! 🙂

  8. Sunny Chang Friday July 25th, 2014 at 01:26 PM · Reply

    Thanks for all your great writings!
    I was just staying in Leissigen over looking Lake Thun. Such a pretty area!

  9. Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf Friday July 25th, 2014 at 01:52 PM · Reply

    fabulous giveaway ! would love to discover those areas. this would be the perfect excuse. 🙂 such beautiful photos above !!

  10. Jamille Friday July 25th, 2014 at 02:40 PM · Reply

    I want to participate! Thanks!

  11. John H. Waithe Friday July 25th, 2014 at 02:43 PM · Reply

    Damphschiffli am Thunersee,

    Solte sehr gut fur ‘mee’!

  12. Nidhi Friday July 25th, 2014 at 03:06 PM · Reply

    Oh I’d love to spend a day on these lovely lakes!

  13. Ivetta Friday July 25th, 2014 at 08:51 PM · Reply

    That’s exactly where my friend and I are going for the Swiss National Day, the 1st of August! We planned a perfect Swiss weekend: visiting Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg, going to the Reichenbach Falls, hikes & walks, and Wilhelm Tell open-air performance in Matten at night. Will be staying in Brienz. And now this chance to come back again for the boat in style 🙂

  14. Diane Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 12:54 AM · Reply

    Thank you Diccon for all your valuable information and your charming sense of humor! I will not be coming to Switzerland until September 2015…the passes are still valid at this time, so please enter me in the contest. Thank you!!

  15. Greg Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 08:25 AM · Reply

    Did you say FREE!

    In Switzerland!

    Sign me up!

  16. Devesh Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 08:34 AM · Reply

    Thanks a ton Diccon and Interlaken Tourism. We are visiting in September and this would be amazing icing on the cake.

  17. Susanne Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 01:42 PM · Reply

    Would love a day out on the lake!

  18. Katya Atanasova Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 01:58 PM · Reply

    Both lakes are so beautiful. I am sure that the view from the lakes will be amazing too.

  19. Roberto França Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 02:03 PM · Reply

    This just looks immensely lovely.

  20. Laura Hermann Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 09:55 PM · Reply

    What a great promotion! My parents are returning to Switzerland for the first time since they were here for our wedding five years ago. My husband and I (based in Rickenbach) are looking forward to showing them around and this would be a pleasant surprise for them. They’re already travelling with your book!

  21. Christina Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 11:41 PM · Reply

    Hi Diccon what a fabulous giveaway! Would love to win. And those photographs are gorgeous!

    • Diccon Bewes Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 09:35 AM · Reply

      all my own pics 🙂

  22. mayu Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 12:02 AM · Reply

    Wow tht sounds awesome…would love to participate and try my luck to win this passes for this wondetful trip tooo…thxxx a ton.luving it

  23. Yvonne Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Reply

    My mother is visting from Australia soon. Would be a fabulous gift for her (and me). Fingers crossed.

  24. Margaret Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 05:56 PM · Reply

    Your pictures are amazing. I need reasons to explore more of my new home, so I would love to win a pair of tickets. Best of luck to all entrants!

  25. Kristina Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at 08:29 PM · Reply

    Grüezi! from rainy Sargans… sunshine included in this prize package? 🙂

  26. Manu Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Reply

    Hello, I would like to win the tickets as well. I moved to basel and would like to come to interlaken for a visit. Good luck to all other people as well

  27. Ayesha Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 11:43 AM · Reply

    Lovely photos. Definitely interested!

  28. JAMES Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 06:07 PM · Reply

    Hi, I am building a model of a vintage swiss steam launch and a close-up view would be extra helpful. It is many years since our last visit to Switzerland and a prize like this would be just the incentive to visit again.

  29. Sam Hettiarachchi Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at 10:18 PM · Reply

    My wife and I visit Switzerland every year for work and holiday. Interlaken is our favourite getaway. I enjoyed reading your book on the Swiss! Very enjoyable indeed. It is interesting to compare the comments on the Swiss by Bill Bryson in his travel book. I hope we are lucky to win a steamer ride in and around our favourite destination. Our next visit to Swiss is next week!!!
    Happy writing!!! We look forward to your future publications.

  30. Annabelle Dino Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 10:33 PM · Reply

    Hi! Am I too late to join to win? I hope not………would love to hear more and learn more about Switzerland from first hand experience. Will visit before the end of this year……
    All the best to you.

  31. Annabelle Dino Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 10:36 PM · Reply

    Hi! I read further and farther down……am late to try my luck in winning but it is good to know someone who loves to write about their insights on beautiful Switzerland.

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