Hofstetten bei Brienz is a municipality in the district of Interlaken in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.
Hofstetten (Swiss German "Hostet") comes from the Old High German hovastat, meaning "place where a building will be started."
The famous open-area museum Ballenberg lies within the municipality.
Hofstetten bei Brienz lies in the Bernese Oberland
in the Alps
. The southern edge of the municipality is formed by the Aare
River. Also in the south, but somewhat higher is the small Lake Wyssen.
Although the town in the southern part of the municipality lies at an altitude of 580 m, the municipality inclines smoothly into its northern area, to the peaks Arnihaggen (2207 m) and Höch Gumme (2205 m). The area beneath these peaks is known as Gummenalp.