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Brienz (brēĕntsˈ) [key], town (1990 pop. 2,849), Bern canton, central Switzerland, on the northeast shore of the Lake of Brienz. A center of the Swiss woodcarving industry, it is also a resort. The Lake of Brienz (11 sq mi/28 sq km), traversed by the Aare River, is highly scenic.

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