BEST INTERLAKEN DAY TRIPS, SWITZERLAND

EPIC DAY TOURS FROM INTERLAKEN 

If you are wondering about the best Interlaken day trips, this post is for you. Here you will find out about the top places to visit near Interlaken, Switzerland.

Interlaken is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. While Interlaken itself is a cute town, the region of Interlaken is beyond stunning. You would miss out if you don’t do excursions from Interlaken.

Interlaken is located in central Switzerland, the Berner Oberland (Bernese Highlands/Bernese Oberland). This canton offers many beautiful and stunning places that I truly recommend getting out and exploring. They make fantastic day trips from Interlaken (and some take only a few hours).

Each year, I spend days and weeks in the region of Interlaken – and I never get enough. If you cannot stay in Interlaken for weeks or months, you will probably need to plan your trip wisely and choose the best day trip according to your preferences.

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TIPS FOR DAY TRIPS FROM INTERLAKEN

If you want to make Interlaken your base, you will find some tips on where to stay so you can easily get around.

Where to Stay in Interlaken

Interlaken has some great hostels and hostels. Don’t expect any bargain (not even for hostels), but to be honest: Staying in the region of Interlaken is worth the money.

  • The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. Since I have not started there myself, I can repeat what I heard: This hotel is supposed to be amazing, so if you are looking for a fancy place, this is probably the best pick. Find out more about Victoria Jungfrau here.
  • I recently stayed at Hotel du Nord and I actually was very positively surprised. The reviews were not great, but since all rooms were renovated lately, it is a great place to stay. Click here to get the best deals.
  • If you are on a budget, I recommend staying outside of Interlaken. Some cute places close by are offering good value for money. Or you book a bed in one of the numerous hostels in Interlaken, like Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof has been one of my favorite hostels in Europe so far.
  • Check out my Interlaken accommodation guide for more tips on where to stay.

How to Get Around

For the best day trips from Interlaken mentioned in this post, you have several options of getting around. 

Public transportation, car, or guided tours. Road tripping Switzerland is so much fun, but I suggest buying a Swiss Travel Pass and getting around via public transportation. Sometimes, boats will play a big role in getting around, too.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • Public transportation in Switzerland and in the region of Interlaken/Jungfrau is exceptionally great. Reliable, punctual, clean, and perfect. 
  • If you stay overnight at an official accommodation in Interlaken, you will get an Interlaken Visitor Card. With that guest card, you can use some of the public transportation in Interlaken and outside of Interlaken. HOWEVER, to be honest, this guest card is pretty useless as it doesn’t take you to many places. For example, you can’t even visit Thun with it and have to pay 14CHF on top. So, in most cases, you will need an extra bus/train ticket (expensive without a Swiss Travel Pass or a Half Fare ticket or if you travel with more than 2 people). It will get you to places very close by, like the St.Beatus Caves.
  • I suggest getting a Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel Pass gives you unlimited travel by train (on some premium panorama trains you have to pay a reservation fee), bus, and boat. You have free admission to more than 500 museums and 3 mountain excursions included: Rigi, Stanserhorn, and Stoos. None of them is in the region of Interlaken but you get a 50% discount on most other mountain excursions. If you are discovering Interlaken, the Swiss Travel Pass should pay off quickly. Check out prices for a Swiss Travel Pass here.

CAR

  • Driving around the two lakes (Lake Brienz and Lake Thun) is fun. The scenery is stunning. I mean really stunning. If you drive along Lake Thun, you’ll find the scenic roads along the northern shores.
  • But parking in Interlaken and the small villages at the shores of Lake Thun and Lake Brient can be tricky. There sometimes is just not enough parking. 
  • There is parking at many attractions like Oeschinensee, but free parking at popular places is very rare.
  • Check out my post on driving tips for Switzerland.

Best Time For Day Trips

I have visited Interlaken in summer, fall, and winter and these recommendations can be done throughout the year with a few exceptions. If any activity is not available at any season, I will let you know.

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM INTERLAKEN

Here are my favorite places to visit near Interlaken.

From Interlaken to Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is the most popular tourist spot in the region. The Jungfraujoch is a saddle that connects the two impressive mountains, Jungfrau and Mönch. 

  • Free train/bus ride to Grindelwald or Wengen station with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 25% discount on the ride up to Jungfraujoch with the Swiss Travel Pass
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Getting up Jungfraujoch is a bucket list item for many. Understandably, as there is snow throughout the year. And it holds the record for being the highest train station in Europe – standing at almost 3,500 meters above sea level.

You can do winter sports (we are talking about winter sports in the summer), see the Ice Palace or visit the Lindt Museum (yes, a museum about chocolate at almost 3500 meters).

Hiking up is impossible – getting up is quite expensive, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • CAR: You cannot drive up all the way to Jungfraujoch. Get to Lauterbrunnen or GrindelwaldPark your car there, and then you have to take the train to Kleine Scheidegg (at 2061 meters above sea level). There you take the Jungfraujoch railway. Some fit people hike all the way up to Kleine Scheidegg and then take the Jungfraujoch railway.
  • BUS/TRAIN: Get to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald from Interlaken by train. From Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, you have to take a train to Kleine Scheidegg (at 2061 meters above sea level), change trains, and take the Jungfraujoch railway.
  • TOURS: Tours from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch are quite popular. 

Read more: Fun things to do in Interlaken

From Interlaken to Grindelwald-First & Bachalpsee

Grindelwald is a cute village close to Interlaken. Since it is so small, there is not that much to do and see, but you can also head to Grindelwald First and hike to Bachalpsee.

  • Free train ride to Grindelwald  with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the gondola ride with the Swiss Travel Pass
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If you are looking for something more adventurous, try First Flieger and First Glider and walk on the First Cliff Walk suspension bridge.

Then hike to one of the prettiest lakes in the country: Bachalpsee. It is an easy hike and so worth it!

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Grindelwald First & Bachalpsee make a perfect Interlaken day tour that you will not forget so easily.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: Get to Grindelwald and park your car there. From there, walk to Firstbahn Station (it is a few minutes’ walk) and take the cable car to First. Then you will need to hike from First to Bachalpsee and then get back to the cable car station (about a 6km easy hike in total).
  • BY BUS/TRAIN: Get to Grindelwald station, and walk to Firstbahn Station (it just takes a few minutes to walk). Then take the cable car to First. Then you will need to hike from First to Bachalpsee and then get back to the cable car station (about a 6km easy hike in total).

From Interlaken to Niesen

Day trips in Interlaken are not only about mountainsbut they do plan an important role. One mountain trip to take is a visit to Niesen Mountain. It is one favorite mountain in the region. 

  • 50% discount on the funicular ride with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free train/bus ride to Mühlenen train station with the Swiss Travel Pass

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Why? This is an excellent question, and the answer is easy. The Niesen mountain looks like a pyramid.

Apparently, I have a thing for weirdly shaped mountains. And which mountain can claim to be a pyramid and a mountain as well? Exactly, normally you are either one of them. 

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So, if you look at it, e.g. from Lake Thun, it looks great. Quite late, I found out, that you can actually get on top of Mount Niesen.

Up at Mount Niesen (at 2362 meters), you will not only have amazing views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, but also the Alps. Kids will enjoy their time in the Niesen Village, and the braver adults can do some paragliding up there.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: Get to Mühlenen train station and park at the parking space (highish parking fees). The funicular station is just close to the train station. Get up by funicular all the way. You can also hike up/down and use the funicular for one-way only or for some parts (which also will help you save money).
  • BY BUS/TRAIN: Take the train to Mühlenen. The valley station of the funicular is only a few meters from the train station Mühlenen. Get up by funicular all the way. You can also hike up/down and use the funicular for one-way only or for some parts (which also will save you money).

From Interlaken to Brienz & Brienzer Rothorn & Ballenberg

Interlaken is located in between two lakes. One of the lakes is Lake Brienz. And Lake Brienz is not a regular lake. We are talking about an impressive lake. A stunning lake. A drop-dead gorgeous lake. My favorite lake. Lake Brienz. 

  • Free boat ride on Lake Brienz with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the ride up to Brienzer Rothorn with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free entry to the Ballenberg Museum with a Swiss Travel Pass
  • The Rothorn Funicular does not operate from end of October until April

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Getting up Brienzer Rothorn via a very old steam locomotive – with great views of Lake Brienz .- is an amazing experience. It might be quite busy on sunny days (as are most mountain peaks), but it is worth the time, money, and everything else that comes with it.

You can buy a return ticket or a single ticket and then hike up or down. Of course, you can also just hike. But I recommend getting up via the steam loc at least. This is my all-time favorite cable car/funicular/cogwheel etc. ride ever.

Unlike on other mountain peaks, there is not that much to do up on Brienzer Rothorn. Up there, you can hike or enjoy the most stunning view of Lake Brienz.

So I recommend combining it with another activity on that day. After strolling the small village of Brienz, which has many wood statues along the shores of Lake Brienz, you could visit Ballenberg Museum which is the biggest open-air museum in Switzerland and close to Brienz.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

There are several ways to get to and then get up via Brienzer Rothorn.

  • BY CAR: You can get to Brienz by car. Park your car there, and then go to the Brienzer Rothorn station (short walk). From there, you can either hike up or take the steam locomotives.
  • BY BUS/TRAIN: Get to Brienz station and then go to the Brienzer Rothorn station. From there, you can either hike up or take the steam locomotives.
  • BY BOAT: You can also combine your trip with a boat tour on Lake Brienz. Start in Interlaken Ost boat station and then get off at Brienz boat station. Just behind the boat station is the Brienzer Rothorn station. From there, you can either hike up and take the steam locomotives
  • TO BALLENBERG: There is a direct connection to Ballenberg from Brienz. 

From Interlaken to Schilthorn

A trip to Schilthorn is actually a great day trip from Interlaken for anyone appreciating good mountain views, including views of the incredible Swiss Skyline, a bit of (007) action on a mountain peak, and hikes.

  • Free train/gondola ride to Lauterbrunnen and then Grütschalp and Mürren with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the ride up from Mürren to Schilthorn with the Swiss Travel Pass

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Schilthorn was a movie location for one of the 007 movies (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). If you visit now, you will have the chance to see some settings and play with some 007 requisites.

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But also, you have great views of the Swiss Skyline (which is the spectacular panorama and consists of looking at the three mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau) and you can walk the “Thrill Walk” (a pathway along the rock massif).

By the way: To get up Schilthorn you have to change cable cars several times. My tip: Hike from Grütschalp to Mürren. This is a straightforward and easy but spectacular hiking path – on a clear day, you will surely not regret it. Check out my guide on hiking tips for Switzerland.

For a trip to Schilthorn, you will start in Lauterbrunnen. This beautiful Swiss village should also be on your bucket list (more on that later).

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: Get to Lauterbrunnen by car. There are (paid) parking spaces, but on sunny days, get there quite early to secure a spot. The cable car station to Schilthorn is very close to the parking space/train station in Lauterbrunnen. Then you either hike up or get up via cable cars (or do a mix). 
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Get from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen by train. The cable car station to Schilthorn is very close to the train station in Lauterbrunnen. There you either hike up or get up via cable cars (or do a mix).

From Interlaken to Mount Rigi and Lucerne

If you are heading to Lucerne and prefer spending some time in the city itself, I suggest a few hours on Mount Rigi and afterward some time in Lucerne.

  • Free train ride to Lucerne from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free boat ride on Lake Lucerne with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free funicular ride up to Mount Rigi with the Swiss Travel Pass

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Mount Rigi, the Queen of Mountains, is a great trip and worth it especially because the mountain ride is included in the Swiss Travel Pass

You can also include it with spending a few hours in gorgeous Lucerne as well.

I recommend strolling pretty Lake Lucerne, walking Chapel Bridge, discovering Lucerne’s old town, having dinner in one of the numerous restaurants that come with a river view before heading back to Interlaken.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: The drive from Interlaken to Lucerne is scenic (via the Brünig Pass). In Lucerne, parking is…tricky. It is also quite busy. From Lucerne, you will have to get to Vitznau station later (for the Mount Rigi trip). Another gorgeous, and shortish, scenic drive. There is a car park (not free), so you can get the funicular to get up Mount Rigi (or hike up). 
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The train ride from Interlaken to Zurich can be very scenic if you take Luzern-Interlaken Express. It takes longer but takes it for at least one way. The train station in Lucerne is close to the main attractions. Later, either hop on a boat or train to get to Vitznau Station. There, you will find the Mount Rigi funicular station.

From Interlaken to Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte is a small mountain ridge and a viewpoint in the Bernese Highlands and belongs to the Schwarzhorn group. There are at least two reasons why Schynige Platte is so popular. 

  • Free train ride to Wilderwill from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the funicular ride with a Swiss Travel Pass

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First, if you get out of the cable car, you have breathtaking views of Eigner, Jungfrau, and Mönch – also known as the Swiss Skyline, which I have mentioned earlier. For a dramatic change of scenery, hike 15-30 minutes, and you will overlook Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.

To enjoy the north views hiking is essential, but believe me, it is worth it! You can use the path through the Alpine Garden, which is lovely too. Schynige Plalte is a great day trip from Interlaken – no question about that!

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: It is just a very short drive from Interlaken to Wilderswil. There is a car park (paid). In Wilderswil you can either hike up or take the funicular to Schynigge Platte.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: From Interlaken Ost Station, hop on a train and go to Wilderswil. From there, you can get up via a funicular to Schynige Platte. Alternatively, you can hike up. You can use your Interlaken Visitor Pass to get to Wilderswil station. 

From Interlaken to Bern

Bern is probably one of the prettiest capitals in the world and it is really big compared to Interlaken, which makes it an interesting place if you are looking for a change of scenery.

  • Free train ride to Bern from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass

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The Old Town of Bern is quite big and charming – and the whole old town is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site. Plan in two hours or three and get wonderfully lost in the old town.

For the best views of Bern, visit the Rosengarten. Say hi to Albert Einstein’s statue up there (it is just a 5-10 minutes hike). And do not forget to say hi to the bears. Yes, bears live in Bern next to the Aare River but do not worry, the area is fenced off, so you stay at a safe distance. Find out more about Bern here.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: Take the drive up north. Finding parking in Bern is not impossible – and not fun either. In Bern, you can discover most (if not all) places on foot.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: There are direct train connections from Interlaken Ost station to Bern. In Bern, you can discover most (if not all) places on foot.

From Interlaken to Lake Thun / Thun / Spiez

Okay, here is another tip for lake and town lovers. Lake Thun – is amazing. Whether you stroll along it or go on a Lake Thun boat cruise, and thus one of my favorite day trips from Interlaken.

  • Free train ride to Thun from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free boat ride on Lake Thun with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free entry to Thun Castle with a Swiss Travel Pass

From Interlaken, you can do a boat tour to the other side. Thun is located on the southern shores and is probably the prettiest town at Lake Thun. 

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So hop off in Thun and explore different castles (like Schloss Schadau, Thun Castle) and the Old Town. Thun is so lovely I cannot even describe. 
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If you enjoy nice long walks, you could head to Spiez – a very picturesque and pretty village with a Mediterranean feeling (or get there by bus, because 10 km might be a bit too long after all the walking in Thun). 
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Spiez has a pretty castle, a charming promenade – a perfect way to end your day (and take the boat back to Interlaken).

HOW TO GET THERE FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: You can easily drive to Spiez or Thun by car. Drive along the northern shores of Lake Thun for some of the best window views you can have. 
  • BY BUS/TRAIN: From Interlaken, you can take the bus to Thun. The ride is along the shores of Lake Thun and absolutely stunning. From Thun to Spiez you can take a bus or a train. Alternatively, you can also take the boat from Interlaken West to Thun as well as to Spiez. You can easily drive to Spiez or Thun by car. Drive along the northern shores of Lake Thun for some of the best window views you can have. 

From Interlaken to Giessbach Waterfalls and Lake Brienz 

Here is another of my favorite day tours: a trip to the Giessbach Waterfalls. You can get there by car/public transportation, but the most scenic view is to arrive by boat from Brienz. 

  • Free boat ride on Lake Brienz with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • There are no boat cruises on Lake Brienz in the winter months

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If you get out of the boat station (Giessbach), you can either get up to Grand Hotel Giessbach via the funicular or hike for 10 minutes. From there you have great views of the waterfalls. Keep hiking so you can even walk behind the waterfalls. 
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 It is an amazing activity – walking so close along the waterfalls and with views of Lake Brienz – what else can I (you) ask for?
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 In the summer months, the Giessbach Grandhotel is open. I suggest planning some time for some nice walks and a coffee with a view, too.

  • BY CAR: You can drive to Giessbach and leave your car at the paid car park. However, it is located on a mountain, and driving the narrow roads might stress some people. 
  • BY BUS/BOAT: You can also take a train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz and then take the PostBus (yellow bus) in the direction of Axalp. Get off at “Abzweigung Giessbach” and then it is another 15-minute walk to the waterfall. However, it just operates in the warmer months. The most scenic way to get to the hotel is via boat. Take the boat from Interlaken Ost boat station and disembark at Giessbach Wasserfall. Then either hike up (10 minutes) or take the funicular (a couple of CHF).

From Interlaken to Zermatt 

Zermatt is one of the most picturesque towns in Switzerland. The only thing is that getting there is time-consuming and thus is not one of the most perfect day trips from Interlaken, but if you do not mind train travel, consider visiting Zermatt from Interlaken.

  • Free train ride to Zermatt from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on mountain excursions like Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free entry to the Matterhorn Museum with the Swiss Travel Pass
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You should plan a full day to spend there. But once you arrive at the car-free town (car-free means, you have to a) leave your car in Taesch and then get to Zermatt by train or b) get to Zermatt from Interlaken by train. 

Once you are in this beautiful town, you can stroll the pretty old town center, visit the Matterhorn Museum and then I definitely suggest getting up Klein Matterhorn (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) or Gornergrat for some fantastic views of the Matterhorn Mountain. Include some hiking in your Zermatt itinerary and visit the Gorger Gorge.

HOW TO GET TO ZERMATT FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: Since Zermatt is car-free, I suggest getting to Zermatt by train because after the village of Taesch you have to leave your car in the car park and hop on a train for the last part. So why not skip it altogether?
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: From Interlaken Ost take a train to Spiez. There change to a train to Vips. In Visp, you have to change trains one more train before you arrive in Zermatt. This train ride will take about 2-2,5 hours one way.

From Interlaken to Montreux

Another gorgeous lake in Switzerland is Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Leman). Montreux is a gorgeous town on the lake’s northern shores, and it makes one of the best day trips from Interlaken.

  • Free train ride to Montreux from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free boat ride on Lake Geneva with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Free entry to the Chateau de Chillion with the Swiss Travel Pass

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 Montreux is small but one of Switzerland’s prettiest places, and walking along the promenade from the town center to Château de Chillon is a little treat for your eyes and legs.

 The castle is one of the most stunning ones in all of Switzerland – and a boat ride on Lake Geneva is a fun way to end your day in Geneva.

HOW TO GET TO MONTREUX FROM INTERLAKEN

  • BY CAR: You can also get to Montreux by car. It takes about 2-2,5 hours.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the train from Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen. From there, take the Golden Pass Line to Montreux – it is one of the most scenic train rides in Switzerland. The train ride takes about 2,5 hours.

From Interlaken to Oeschinensee and Blausee

These two beautiful lakes are located in Kandersteg, close to Lake Thun. I suggest starting with Blausee first, which is inside a natural park. 

  • Free train ride to Kandersteg/bus ride to Blausee from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the gondola ride for Oeschinensee Swiss Travel Pass

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To see this tiny yet stunning lake, you have to pay an entry fee

There is not that much to do, honestly, but you can walk around the lake or enjoy a short boat tour (without an extra fee, have lunch in the restaurant or walk around the lake). Check out my Blausee post.

A trip should not take more than one hour, though – afterward, head to the famous Oeschinensee. 

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Oeschinensee is honestly more stunning than Blausee – here, you have a little bit of Canada in Switzerland.

You can just walk to the lake and relax – but there are many activities you can do in and around Lake Oeschinen. If you are a hiker, you can go on a hike (3-4 hours) to enjoy the best views of Lake Oeschinen. It is worth it as you can see.

HOW TO GET TO OESCHINENSEE

  • BY CAR: You have to get to Kandersteg and can leave your car at the paid car park. Then you have to take a gondola to get up – once at the mountain top, you have to walk to the lake which should take about 20 minutes.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: You have to get to Kandersteg and then walk a few minutes to the gondola station.  Take a gondola to get up – once at the mountain top, you have to walk to the lake which should take about 20 minutes.

From Interlaken to Gelmersee 

One of my all-time favorite day trips was my trip to Gelmersee – an artificial lake surrounded by stunning scenery.  This lake is a bit lesser-known, yet a hike around the lake is spectacular.

  • Free train/bus ride to Handegg station from Interlaken with the Swiss Travel Pass
  • 50% discount on the Gelmerbahn funicular with the Swiss Travel Pass

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The hike itself is not the easiest, but also not extremely difficult if you are a bit experienced and can keep your balance (yeah, there are some tiny and narrow paths), but it is worth it.

While the Gelmer Funicular might be very busy, the lake isn’t because most people actually don’t hike around the lake.

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Tip: If you enjoy the thrilling funicular hike, try to get a seat at the very front (especially if you take the ride down). Also, for more thrills, cross the Handeck Bridge (free of entry). The suspension bridge is 70 meters above the Handeck Gorge and offers a fantastic view of the Handeck Waterfall.

HOW TO GET TO GELMERSEE

  • BY CAR: Get to Bus stop Handegg/Gelmerbahn by car (limited free parking lots available), and then take the Gelmer Funicular – one of the steepest in Europe – to get to the stunning Gelmersee
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the bus (yellow Postautos that are perfect for getting you around in the Swiss mountains) and get off at the bus stop Handegg/Gelmerbahn and then take the funicular to get to the stunning Gelmersee.

From Interlaken to Trift Bridge

If you enjoy suspension bridges, head to Trift Bridge.

The suspension bridge is 170 meters long and offers great views (if you dare to look around, I had my eyes closed for most of the time). Unlike many other attractions in the country, the cable car will not drop you off at the bridge. So, you have to do a 90-minute hike (or, in my case, a 120-minute hike) to get there. 

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To get back to the Trift cable car, you have to hike back the same route, so it is a bit of hiking (and ascent and descent) but doable for fit people.

At the bridge, you have views of the Trift Glacier and the lake – and surrounded by the Swiss Alps.  The hike itself is beautiful! It is an open hike, so you have amazing views of the Swiss Alps all the way. 

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You can skip the cable car completely and hike up and down. Also, there are several options to hike once you are at the Trift Bridge. You can hike to one of the mountain huts (only for experienced hikers). 

The prices for the cable car are around 11€ (22€ return). If you want to use the cable car, you need – ideally – book in advance because slots do really fill up quickly on a sunny day. Check out times and book tickets here.

HOW TO GET THERE

  • BY CAR: Get to Nessental Station(Triftbahn) – there is free parking in the area. To make sure to get a good parking spot, try to be here before midday.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: You can also take a bus (Postauto) to get to Nessental Station (Triftbahn), which stops just at the cable car station.

From Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen

Last but not least, I have to mention Lauterbrunnen. Without question, Lauterbrunnen is one of the most popular places to visit near Interlaken, and there are many reasons for it. 

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If you visit Schilthorn, you will be in Lauterbrunnen already. However, spending one full day in Lauterbrunnen itself is also a great idea and often considered one of the most beautiful – if not the – village in the country.

You have many, many waterfalls – including the famous Staubbach Waterfall, which you can see in the image above, but also the Trümmerbach Waterfalls and many more.

But Lauterbrunnen is also known as one of the best places to visit for any adrenaline junkie. Don’t try base jump (though it is popular) because it is a deadly sport but do other outdoor sports like hiking, or paragliding.

Visiting Lauterbrunnen is surely a great idea, and you won’t regret visiting for a full day!

HOW TO GET THERE

  • BY CAR: It is just a 20-minute drive from Interlaken. The drive is scenic and there are (paid) parking in Lauterbrunnen.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the train from Interlaken Ost train station – it is just a 20-minute ride from there.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON FUN DAY TOURS FROM INTERLAKEN

This tiny region of Interlaken has so much to offer that I stuck to only my favorite places and day tours from Interlaken, but if you want to get even more inspiration check out my Interlaken post.

There is so much to do and see that you could spend weeks or months doing fun Interlaken day trips – hope, you have gotten inspired to explore the area.

  • Find out more about hidden gems in Switzerland here.

Safe Travels, Arzo
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