Seehotel Bönigen

  • Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Interlaken

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The charming chalet-style Seehotel is in the small village of Bönigen, just a ten-minute bus ride from Interlaken. Sitting on the shore of Lake Brienz, it's the perfect location if you're hoping to enjoy time on (or even in) the water on your holiday, and offers a quieter alternative to the bustling streets of Interlaken.

Lakeside hotel close to the town and mountains

There are several lakeside walks and bike tours to enjoy, and to explore the wider Jungfrau region you can take advantage of the excellent regional buses and trains. There's a bus stop just 50 metres from the hotel, and the lake ferry service stops nearby too. Interlaken centre can be reached in ten minutes on the bus, and trains from there will take you to Grindelwald and Wengen for access to the Eiger and Männlichen.

A taste of Switzerland

Enjoy excellent meals here and lake views on the lovely terrace. The kitchen values fresh ingredients, flair, and modern Swiss cuisine.

Added value

Early booking offer available (book by 31 Dec )

Free night offer available (min stay 10 nights, discount automatically applied)

Free daily packed lunch

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Swiss Family Card Included - free travel for children under 16 on mainline trains/buses/boats in Switzerland when accompanied by a parent

Free 'Interlaken Guest Card' with unlimited use of local buses and trains

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and train transfers


Interlaken makes adventure easy and is a great base for a summer holiday. Sprawled out between the turquoise lakes of Thun and Brienz, this town launches you into the great outdoors in an array of memorable ways – from mountain hikes to sunset cruises. But for all the adventure on its doorstep, Interlaken is a relaxed home base. Sip a kafi crème at a sun-trap café or stroll downriver to the timber buildings of the old quarter. Interlaken is also the start of some of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe, all easily voyaged thanks to the expansive and reliable train network.

Choose your adventure

Rafting, canyoning, kayaking, stand-up paddling, zip lines, via Ferrata – you name it, and Interlaken has probably got it. Interlaken is also one of the top places in Switzerland for paragliding; watching adventurous souls land in Hohematte Park is practically a tradition here (popcorn optional). A lake cruise is a must - boats with panoramic picture windows glide between towns, passing vineyards and fairy-tale castles en route.

Explore Interlaken

Interlaken might have an adventurous spirit, but it remains a laid-back base. Picnic by the chilly waters of the River Aare, where only the daring dip their toes, before meandering on to Unterseen. This is the oldest neighbourhood in Interlaken, with a cobbled town square and houses laden with flowers. Restaurants gather here too, including chalet inns with röstis and rieslings on the menu.

For a deeper dive into local cuisine, go for a tour and tasting at the Rugenbräu Brewery, which has been making alpine ales in the Bernese Oberland for decades. Or book a workshop at the Funky Chocolate Club to learn exactly what it takes to become a master chocolatier.

Gateway to the Bernese Oberland

Variety is the order of the day when it comes to hiking Interlaken and the Bernese Highlands. Easy waterside paths circuit Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. There are hill climbs – up Kleiner Rugen, perhaps, or to the hair-raising glass viewing platform at Harder Kulm (take the funicular one or both ways, depending on how lively you’re feeling). Worthwhile day trips include Grindelwald, where you can wander through meadows to the distant chimes of cowbells or the alpine botanical garden of the Schynige Platte near Wilderswil.

Trails by train

Trains sweep through the countryside around Interlaken, journeying up some of the highest mountains in the region. It’s easy to connect to the Jungfrau Railway, which chugs up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. Even in summer, the sure-footed can walk on the vast snowy glacier. Some of the most beautiful walks start from the village stations here – Grindelwald, Wengen, and Mürren included. Elsewhere, the Brienz Rothorn Railway quite literally heats things up, serving passengers sausages cooked in the steam train’s engine.

Half price travel around Switzerland

Why book a summer holiday in Interlaken with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time at your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Bernese Oberland's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Interlaken include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 40
  • Official rating: 3


Standard Mountain View Twin Rooms sleep two people. These rooms have a shower and balcony with mountain view.

Side Lake View Twin Rooms sleep two people. These rooms have a bath or shower, and balcony with side lake view.

Superior Lake View Twin Rooms sleep two to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed suitable for a child). These rooms have a bath, and a balcony with full lake view.

Single Rooms have a shower and balcony with side lake or full lake view.

All rooms have:

  • Balcony
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Kettles are available from reception on request

General Information

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. CHF 2.80 per person per night is payable locally. Children aged 15 years and under are exempt.


  • Steps into property: 3
  • Adapted rooms: 0
  • Lift does not serve reception
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Longitude: 7.8978988
Latitude: 46.6882493

  • Transfer time approx. 2hrs 30 mins by rail from Zurich airport or 3hrs by rail from Geneva airport. Your journey involves one or two changes of train. On arrival/departure a taxi is provided to transfer you from/to Interlaken Ost station.
  • In an idyllic waterside location on Lake Brienz
  • 3.7 kilometres from Interlaken town centre
  • 2.6 kilometres from Interlaken Ost train station
  • 50 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 700 metres to the nearest supermarket
  • 500 metres to the Bönigen ferry port
  • The public outdoor pool and lake swimming area is five minutes’ walk away
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Table Tennis
  • Garden
  • Parking

Family facilities

  • Highchairs
  • Cots & linen (payable locally)
  • Early meals for children (from 6pm)
  • Children's play corner (unsupervised)
  • Outdoor play area with table tennis (unsupervised)

An excellent buffet-style breakfast is served daily, with a range of hot and cold items. In nice weather, you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace.

In the evenings, you'll have a three-course half board evening meal which is a set menu.

You'll also receive a daily free packed lunch.

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Vegetarians

Special diets such as allergen-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan meals are available on request (a supplement applies which is payable locally).

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Swiss Half Fare Card and Guest Card - included

The Swiss transport network is an excellent combination of trains, mountain railways, cable cars, boats, and buses that make it a pleasure to get around and explore at your own pace. 

Swiss Half Fare Card included for all Inghams guests

The Swiss Half Fare Card is included in the price of your holiday and is sent to you as part of your rail transfer tickets. This card can be used around Switzerland for up to 50% discount on various modes of transport - so make sure you keep it with you. It also gives free travel to children from 6 to under 16 years old, when accompanied by a parent with the Family Card.

Free Guest Card

The free 'Interlaken Guest Card' is provided by your hotel on arrival and gives you:

  • Free use of local buses in Wilderswil, Interlaken, and surrounding villages such as Iseltwald and Beatenbucht
  • Free entrance to the casino in Interlaken
  • Free travel on some nearby trains. See the map for valid routes
  • Free entrance to village museum and guided weekly walks in Bönigen

Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable cars, steamboats, and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.

Subject to change.

Pre-bookable Travel Passes

In addition to the Half Fare card you may wish to purchase other travel passes depending on your holiday plans, such as the Jungfrau Travel Pass or the Bernese Oberland Pass - you can add this to your holiday at the time of booking.

Jungfrau Travel Pass

Enjoy three to eight consecutive days of travel on trains, cable cars, gondolas, and boats within the Jungfrau region including:

  • Grindelwald First gondola
  • Männlichen gondola (Grindelwald Terminus to Männlichen and Männlichen to Wengen)
  • Jungfrau Railway (Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher)
  • Wengeneralp Railway (Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen)
  • Lauterbrunnen to Mürren railway (Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and Grütschalp to Winteregg and Mürren)
  • Schynige Platte Railway (Wilderswil to Schynige Platte)
  • Harder Kulm Railway (Interlaken to Harder Kulm)
  • Trains between Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken Ost
  • Passes from 5 days validity onward include boats on Lakes Thun & Lake Brienz and trains between Interlaken Ost, Interlaken West, and Brienz allowing for round trips by boat and train on Lake Brienz.

A supplement applies for going up to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe and the Schilthorn. The Jungfrau Travel Pass will get you a discount on the Jungfraujoch fee.

Please note that Family Cards are not valid with the Jungfrau Travel Pass and children must have the Jungfrau Junior Travel Card. 

Bernese Oberland Pass

The Bernese Oberland Pass is a great option if you're staying longer than seven days and/or you want to travel a bit further afield than the routes on the Jungfrau Travel Pass. It includes:

  • Travel by train, bus, and boat throughout the Bernese Oberland
  • Travel on over 25 mountain cable cars
  • Boat trips on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
  • Discounts at various partner locations

Supplements apply to get to the top of the Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch - the Top of Europe.

Pass inclusions are subject to change. Pre-book prices include a Swiss Half Fare Card discount. Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of travel passes.

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