Nicklaus Hotz knows where to find some air-conditioning provided by Mother Nature on hot Swiss summer days.
Hotz, with BLS Navigation Company, told a recent Switzerland Tourism webinar that his company offers Bernese Oberland cruises on Lakes Thun and Brienz, with the sailings providing “two lakes – endless experiences.”
And among those experiences is a hike to St. Beatus Cave, which, Hotz said can serve as a welcome summer retreat.
“Personally, I really like this excursion on hot summer days because it’s refreshing inside the cave,” Hotz told viewers.
Brienz is 14 kms long and 2.9 kms wide, with glacial particles giving it a distinctive turquoise hue. Thun is 18.5 kms long and 3.5 kms wide. Year-round sailings are offered on Thun, while Brienz’s season is April-October.
BLS Navigation Company has two steamboats for its sailings and 12 motorboats. Hotz said both cruises showcase points of interest, with Thun home to five castles. Vineyards also await company clients. The Alps also serve as a backdrop.
Hotz said those who opt for a steamboat cruise will be using a transportation mode that will enable them to “travel back in time.”
Lake Brienz sailings also offer passengers a chance to ride on the Mt. Brienzer Rothorn “Steam Chain,” a steam-driven train, which Hotz said is an unforgettable experience.
Culinary and romantic sunset sailings are available, and catering is offered to clients.
Hotz noted the lakes’ proximity to each other means the two cruises can easily be combined.
He added BLS Navigation Company has “very strict safety protocols,” among other things disinfecting boats daily.
More information can be found at bls.ch/boat.
Top photo courtesy of BLS Navigation. Paddle Steamer “Blümlisalp” on Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland.