HOW TO PLAN THE BEST INTERLAKEN ITINERARY – 1-14 DAYS

1-14 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – EXPLORE SWITZERLAND´S GEM

Are you planning your Interlaken itinerary and are wondering about the best places to add to your trip? Then this post is for you –  as a regular Interlaken visitor, I know about many amazing places and attractions to visit in Interlaken that I like to share with you.

Nestled between the peaks of the Bernese Alps in Central Switzerland, this magical region is home to breathtaking landscapes including crystal-clear lakes. If you’re seeking an adventure-packed getaway – or just a relaxing time in the Swiss Alps, Interlaken is the place to be!

As a certified Swiss addict, I cannot even recall how many months I have spent in the region of Interlaken alone. I am 100% certain, I will never tire of its beauty, and thus, I highly recommend planning your Interlaken trip and staying as long as possible.

This Interlaken itinerary will guide you through an unforgettable exploration of this enchanting paradise – whether you stay 1, 3, 5, 7 days, or even longer in this gorgeous region.

Since Interlaken town itself is small, this itinerary will focus on the whole region of Interlaken and Jungfrau, including some tips for other places to visit close by.

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INTERLAKEN ITINERARY TRAVEL TIPS

Before we talk about all the best places to visit in Interlaken, here are a few tips for your itinerary.

HOW TO GET AROUND

Getting around Interlaken is a breeze, whether you choose to hit the road or opt for the convenience of public transportation. I love both main options and cannot really decide which one is the better one.

Switzerland road trip tips by Arzo Travels, Lake Thun
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ROAD TRIP

Let´s talk about the amazing road trip options in Interlaken and the region. 

Pros of renting a car for your Interlaken itinerary:

  • Impromptu pit stops at stunning viewpoints or charming villages.
  • Flexibility to set your own schedule and go wherever your heart desires.
  • If you travel in a group of 3-4 people, road-tripping might be even more affordable.

Cons of renting a car for your Interlaken itinerary:

  • Driving the narrow streets and roads, especially in the mountains, might be challenging for inexperienced drivers.
  • Finding parking spaces in popular areas can be a challenge. Also, the parking fees can add up and be costly.
  • Keep an eye out for those sneaky Swiss speed cameras. Stick to the limits to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

➡️ CHECK OUT RENTAL CARS IN INTERLAKEN HERE

Check out my tips for driving in Switzerland here.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The region of Interlaken has a fantastic public transportation network – like almost all of Switzerland. 

Pros of using public transportation in Interlaken:

  • Sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving. 
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery without any distractions, as you leave the navigation to the skilled train or bus drivers.
  • Public transportation in Switzerland is efficient, punctual, and clean.
  • The prices for tickets, including a Swiss Travel Pass, might sound high, but it is worth it if you use trains, boats, and buses – also you will get a 50% discount on almost all cable cars/lifts/and gondolas.
  • Interlaken has two train (and boat) stations: Interlaken Ost station and Interlaken West station – which makes it very accessible! In addition, there are many bus stops dotted all around the small town.

Cons of using public transportation in Interlaken

  • Prepare for occasional rush hour crowds, especially during peak travel times.
  • Check schedules and plan ahead, as certain routes may have limited service during off-peak hours or holidays.
  • Using public transportation can be pricier if you are traveling in a group.

➡️ CHECK OUT PRICES FOR A SWISS TRAVEL PASS HERE

SWISS TRAVEL PASS

If we talk about public transportation in Interlaken, we must talk about this golden ticket.

The Swiss Travel Pass is an extraordinary travel companion that opens the door to Switzerland’s unparalleled transportation system. With this pass in hand, you have unlimited access to an extensive network of trains, buses, boats, and even some mountain railways, making it the ultimate ticket to explore this stunning country.

It offers convenience, allowing you to hop on and off various modes of transportation without the hassle of purchasing individual tickets. 

Whether you want to venture to Interlaken’s breathtaking peaks, cruise on Lake Brienz/Lake Thun, or explore the charming streets of Bern, the Swiss Travel Pass has you covered.

In addition, the pass includes free entry to many Swiss museums and discounts (most of the time up to 50%) on various mountain excursions, making it not only a transportation pass but also a key to cultural experiences and thrilling adventures. 

➡️ CHECK OUT PRICES FOR A SWISS TRAVEL PASS HERE

INTERLAKEN ACCOMMODATIONS

Interlaken is home to some amazing hotels – amazing and expensive. I have a detailed accommodation guide for Interlaken but find some tips below.

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View from Hotel Nord in Interlaken in October

Luxury: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa – The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. I have not stayed there myself, so I can only repeat what I heard: This hotel is amazing. If you are looking for a fancy place in Interlaken, this is probably the best pick.

➡️ Book your stay at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa here.

Mid-Range: Hotel du Nord – For your stay in Interlaken, I recommend this hotel – Hotel du Nord – which is centrally located and is quite nice. It is one of my favorite accommodations for your 5-day Swiss itinerary.

➡️ Book your stay at Hotel du Nord here.

Budget: Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof – If you are on a budget, I recommend staying in Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof next to Höhenmatte Park. It is not the cheapest hostel but definitely worth the money and one of my all-time favorite hostels.

➡️ Book your stay at Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof here.

BEST TIME TO VISIT INTERLAKEN

Of course, there is not one answer because it really depends on your preferences, and I do have a detailed blog post where I talk about the best season and time to visit Interlaken, but if you want to enjoy mountain peaks and spend time at the lakes, I highly suggest visiting in the summer months and in the early fall season because you will have access to basically every attraction.

However, there is also a downside if you visit in the high season (higher accommodation prices and crowds e.g.).

When planning your Interlaken itinerary, keep in mind, that many activities are available year-round, but some may have seasonal availability. Some experiences are exclusive to the summer months, while others can be enjoyed in both summer and winter. 

So, as you dive into the exciting world of Interlaken, be sure to do your research and check the availability of specific activities during your planned visit.

ITINERARY FOR INTERLAKEN – PLACES TO VISIT IN 1-14 DAYS

Without further ado, let the Interlaken adventure begin! Get ready to fall head over heels in love with Interlaken, the most beautiful place in the world (in my humble opinion).

INTERLAKEN 1 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round 

1 DAY IN INTERLAKEN – LAKE BRIENZ AND BRIENZER ROTHORN

Oh, joy awaits you on this splendid day in the heart of Interlaken! Get ready to be swept away by the alluring beauty of Lake Brienz as you embark on a boat cruise departing from Interlaken Ost boat station.

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Lake Brienz boat cruise in the summer

Prepare to be spellbound by the shimmering turquoise waters, leading you toward the picturesque village of Brienz. Breathe in the fresh air, and behold the awe-inspiring panorama of the majestic mountains that cradle the lake. 

Get off in Brienz, on the northern shores of Lake Brienz (while Interlaken lies on the southern shores of the lake), and get ready for an amazing mountain trip.

If you want a relaxing way to enjoy some of the best views in Switzerland, climb aboard the timeless steam locomotive that makes its charming ascent up the formidable Brienzer Rothorn mountain, standing proud at 2,350 meters (7,709 feet) above sea level.

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From your window, the sweeping views of the Bernese Oberland will unravel, a spectacle that left me in awe on both occasions I rode the steam locomotive!

If your adventurous spirit is craving a challenge, why not opt for a hike? Set off on the scenic trail leading to Brienzer Rothorn.

Once you’ve enjoyed the magnificent views from Brienzer Rothorn, you can choose to get back to Brienz – either by foot or locomotive.

Spend the rest of your early afternoon through the charming lanes of Brienz village, admiring the quaint Swiss chalets that decorate its streets. There are a couple of restaurants where you can have your late lunch/early dinner before continuing your trip.

Most beautiful street in Europe, Brunnengasse in Brienz
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If your accommodation is in Interlaken, get to Interlaken by train (faster than by boat) and relax at either the Höhenmatte Park or at one of the many cafes/restaurants.

This is one of the most splendid days one could spend in Interlaken. Rest assured, I have a plethora of further suggestions to enrich your Interlaken itinerary.

INTERLAKEN 2 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round

2 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – HARDER KULM 

When in Interlaken for more than one day, make sure to visit one of the main attractions in the region: Harder Kulm.

Now, how does one conquer Harder Kulm, Interlaken’s very own domesticated mountain at 1,322 meters (4,337 feet) above sea level? Well, you’ve got two options. For those loving a very active Interlaken itinerary, take on the “challenge” of a hike.

View from Harder Kulm
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Interlaken from above

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an uphill journey that requires less ‘huff and puff’, there’s the funicular. Just sit back, and enjoy those picture-postcard views of the surrounding mountains.

Once you’ve reached the top, treat your taste buds at the panoramic restaurant. Head to the viewing platform and enjoy the spectacular panorama of two beautiful lakes (Lake Thun and Lake Brienz), and the town of Interlaken snuggled below.

Descend from Harder Kulm via a hike or kick back on the funicular for a more relaxed trip downhill. 

Spend the rest of the day, in Interlaken village – do some souvenir shopping, satisfy your sweet tooth with Swiss chocolates, and perhaps partake in some café-dwelling and discreet people-judging (do not judge me for doing this!).

Interlaken in spring March April
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There you will also find the stunning Höhenmatte Park, where you can sit down and relax and watch the paragliders which are plenty on clear and sunny days.

❗TIP FOR AN ADVENTUROUS INTERLAKEN ITINERARY: Now, if you want to take the term ‘flying high’ to a literal level, why not sign up for a paragliding experience in Interlaken? Strap into your harness, and swoop above the awe-inspiring landscape, taking in a bird’s-eye view of the heart-stopping Swiss Alps.

It’s a thrill ride that will imprint memories on your brain’s hard drive forever. Check out prices for paragliding in Interlaken here.

INTERLAKEN 3 DAY ITINERARY

All year round possible.

3 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – LAUTERBRUNNEN, MUERREN, SCHILTHORN

Plunge headfirst into Day 3, featuring the heart-stopping wonders of Lauterbrunnen and Mürren (and maybe even Schilthorn Mountain)!

Pack your sense of awe for cascading waterfalls, and your vocabulary of superlatives for postcard-perfect villages.

Start this day with a short train ride to Lauterbrunnen, the ‘The Valley of a Ridiculously Large Number of Waterfalls.” Pause to gawk at the impressive Staubbach Falls, which takes the ‘fall’ in ‘waterfall’ very seriously, cascading from a lofty cliff.

Let the spritzing mist tickle your face – in the summer months you can walk behind the waterfall for this amazing experience.

Lauterbrunnen Staubbach waterfall a top activity in Interlaken with Arzo Travels
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Next, hitch a gondola/train ride to Mürren, a car-free alpine utopia clinging to the cliff’s edge like a mountain goat. For those more interested in physical activities, the easy uphill hike from Grütschalp (between Lauterbrunnen and Muerren) and Mürren, is as stunning as the train ride. 

So it is up to you to decide which option is better for you.

Hiking from Grütschalp to Murren
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Train ride Grütschalp to Mürren in summer

For thrill-seekers, Mürren doesn’t disappoint – tackle a via Ferrata for a vertical adventure with a safety tether. 

EXTRA: Make your way to Schilthorn mountain – not only is it panoramic-view famous, but it’s also had a brush with James Bond fame (if you know, you know). Enjoy the ride in the cable car as you inch upwards, eyes drinking in the unfolding vistas.

Swiss Panorama in Schilthorn
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At the summit, indulge in a 360-degree visual feast of the nearby peaks, including the famous trio: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

Head to Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant that lets you dine like 007-Bond while enjoying the spectacular landscape.

This day is one of the best days you can enjoy in Interlaken – though the trip to Schilthorn Mountain is not cheap (discount with a Swiss Travel Pass) it is worth it in my opinion. At least on a clear day (I have been up twice and once it was foggy, so that was not as amazing). The trip to Lauterbrunne and Muerren is free with a Swiss Travel Pass.

INTERLAKEN 4 DAY ITINERARY

Possible all-year-round

4 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – JUNGFRAUJOCH

Welcome to Day 4 of your Interlaken itinerary- discover the fabled Jungfraujoch, or as it’s commonly known, the “Top of Europe.” 

Kickstart your day with a scenic train ride from Interlaken, serving you postcard-worthy snapshots of the Swiss countryside. Choo-choo through snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and adorable alpine hamlets as you chug towards Kleine Scheidegg, perched comfortably at a cool 2,061 meters (6761 feet) above sea level.

Jungfraujoch station view of Aletsch Glacier in April
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Jungfraujoch – view of the Aletsch Glacier in March

There you will board the Jungfrau Railway, a wonder of engineering, bound for the highest railway station in Europe. Carving a path through the Eiger and Mönch mountains, the anticipation ramps up as you inch closer to the legendary Jungfraujoch.

Arriving at a dizzying 3,454 meters (11,332 feet!) above sea level, let your gaze drink in the panorama!

Wander through the otherworldly Ice Palace, and soak up the jaw-dropping vistas from the Sphinx Observation Terrace. Amidst this snowy wonderland, indulge in a meal at one of the restaurants.

Ice sculpure at Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch
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This train ride is quite pricy, even with the discount with a Swiss Travel Pass, it is a rather expensive activity in the Interlaken/Jungfrau region, but a highlight for many. Check out prices for a trip to Jungfraujoch here.

TIP: If you enjoy being more active, you can hike down/up to Kleine Scheidegg. However, from there, it is impossible to get up/down Jungfraujoch without the train.

READ MORE: A day trip to Jungfraujoch

INTERLAKEN 5 DAY ITINERARY

Possible all year round (with a few exceptions for the Lake Thun boat cruise)

5 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – THUN AND LAKE THUN

Welcome to your Interlaken 5 itinerary.

Today is about Lake Thun before stepping ashore to explore the postcard-perfect town of Thun. Prepare to be charmed by scenic landscapes, historic landmarks, and Swiss culture served in a delightful package.

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Lake Thun near Interlaken

Set sail on a picturesque boat cruise across Lake Thun – from Interlaken West boat station – a tranquil oasis encircled by majestic peaks. 

The cruise ends in Thun, where the shores greet you with the mighty Thun Castle, standing tall against the skyline. 

Thun, most beautiful town in Interlaken
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View from Thun Castle, free with a Swiss Travel Pass

Get lost in Thun’s delightful Old Town, where cobblestone lanes are adorned with quaint shops and cafés. Take in medieval architecture and be mesmerized by the Rathaus, the town’s splendid Town Hall, a beacon of Thun’s rich heritage.

Next, step into a bygone era at Thun Castle, a formidable fortress from the 12th century. Wander through its museum, a treasure trove of intriguing artifacts and exhibits.

Reflect on a day spent basking in tranquility, cultural exploration, and scenic beauty.

Thun and Lake Thun have certainly made Day 5 a gem in your Interlaken adventure. 

INTERLAKEN 6 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round – limited opening hours in the winter months

6 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – LAKE THUN, SIGRISWIL, ST.BEATUS CAVES

Day 6 of your Interlaken itinerary promises sparkling lake views, outdoor thrills, and subterranean wonders

Start your day with a serene boat cruise on Lake Thun, one of the jewels of the Swiss Alps. If you have done the Lake Thun boat cruise the day before, you can also use the bus to get around.

Get off at Gunten boat station and take a scenic bus ride up to Sigriswill a small village in the mountains. 

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Hold your breath for the Sigriswil Panorama Bridge, an architectural marvel that delicately stretches across the sky, offering gorgeous vistas of the lake and towering mountains. The entrance fee of about 8 CHF is payable via credit card or in cash.

If you enjoy hidden Swiss gems, add a visit to Grabesmühle to your Interlaken itinerary – a very weird, yet gorgeous place. It is close to Sigriswil Bridge and you could combine the trip if it takes your fancy (read more about Grabenmühle here).

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Then head to St.Beautus Caves, also on the shores of Lake Thun and quite near Sigriswil. Traverse the labyrinth of these ancient limestone caves, as they reveal to you Mother Nature’s underground art gallery, replete with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

St. Beatus Höhle in Interlaken
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For lunch/dinner with a view, enjoy a meal at the restaurant at St. Beatus Caves

As twilight paints the sky, let the memories of crystal lake views, an exhilarating suspension bridge, and the mystical caves echo in your mind. 

INTERLAKEN 7 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round – open in the summer and winter but closed in between for a few weeks/months

7 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – GRINDELWALD

Day 7 of your Interlaken escapade welcomes you to the mountainous marvels of Grindelwald First and the gorgeous village of Grindelwald. Gear up for a day studded with stellar mountain vistas, thrilling outdoor escapades, and quintessential alpine delights.

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Grindelwald First in summer @shutterstock

Kickstart your ascent to Grindelwald First either via a picturesque gondola ride, gifting you panoramic views of the majestic peaks and verdant valleys, or if you have a sprinkle of the daredevil dust, tread on a hike to this alpine wonderland.

At Grindelwald First, brace yourself for the natural splendor that awaits you. Embark on a 1-hour hike to Lake Bachalpsee, a mirror-like mountain lake reflecting the majestic beauty of its surroundings, an alpine postcard coming alive with each step.

Bachalpsee near Grindelwald one of the most photogenic spost in Interlaken
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Revitalized by the tranquility of Bachalpsee, head back to Grindelwald First, the hub of adrenaline-inducing activities.

In winter, Grindelwald First turns into a snowy playground with skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. In summer, it morphs into a hiker’s heaven, boasting trails framed by blooming meadows, shimmering glaciers, and snowy peaks.

Craving an extra thrill? Try the exhilarating experiences at Grindelwald First – read more here.

Then head back to Grindelwald village, treat your palate to the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the alpine ambiance. 

INTERLAKEN 8 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round (normally, only during the main season in the summer)

8 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – ROSENLAUI

Ready to kick off Day 8 of your Interlaken itinerary? Buckle up for a scenic trip to Grosse Scheidegg and a gorgeous hike to Rosenlaui Glacier and Rosenlaui Valley. Prepare to be dazzled by Mother Nature’s artistry, her finest brush strokes, and a “raw and rugged” Swiss Alps experience.

Grosse Scheidegg hike down to Rosenlaui Valley
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Grosse Scheidegg hike down to Rosenlaui Valley – Summer

First up, hop onto a bus that’s heading to Grosse Scheidegg. As you swerve up the mountain, try not to drool over the window at the mesmerizing montage of towering peaks, and valleys.

INFO: There is an additional charge for the bus ride – even with the Swiss Travel Pass, you have to pay an additional fee.

Upon reaching Grosse Scheidegg, get ready for a jaw-dropping panorama that’s more captivating than the latest blockbuster. 

Next, lace up your boots for a scenic hike down to the Rosenlaui Glacier and Rosenlaui Valley. Prepare to be awe-struck by the might of the Rosenlaui Glacier – this gorge is my favorite in all of Switzerland! 

Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge close to Interlaken
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Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge

Your adventure continues into the heart of Rosenlaui Valley. Stroll through the valley, soaking in the peace of this pristine alpine Eden.

Keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna. With colorful wildflowers playing hide and seek, and marmots or chamois making guest appearances, it’s a nature lover’s delight.

INTERLAKEN 9 DAY ITINERARY

Possible all year round.

9 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – MONTREUX

On Day 9 of your Interlaken itinerary, jump on the train to Montreux. Board the famous GoldenPass Line, a scenic train that makes the Swiss countryside look like a blockbuster movie set. Grab a seat and let the panoramas of Montreux hypnotize you.

Stroll along Lake Geneva and feast your eyes on the majestic Alps – nature’s skyscrapers, basking in their glory.

Montreux Switzerland and hotels at Lake Geneva
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Stroll Montreux Promenade, Switzerland’s own red carpet, lined with palm trees and flower beds that could win beauty pageants. It’s not just a walk, it’s a catwalk! In spring, summer, and early fall, this is really one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Next, don’t forget to visit one of the most famous Swiss castlesChateau du Chillon.

Wander over to the vineyards, where the slopes wear a green carpet of vines. Have a sip or two of the world-famous local wines – it’s grape juice for adults! Read more in detail in my Montreux itinerary.

As the curtain falls on Day 8, bid Montreux goodbye with a promise to return.

INTERLAKEN 10 DAY ITINERARY

Possible all year round 

10 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE

On Day 10 of your Interlaken trip, hop on a scenic train ride to Lucerne, the city that’s stolen more hearts than a romance novel hero – after all, it is often named the most beautiful city in Switzerland.

Luzern Interlaken Express window view
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Luzern – Interlaken Express window view

Climb aboard the grand Luzern-Interlaken Express, a two-hour moving panorama with breathtaking views. As the Swiss countryside rolls by, be ready to feast your eyes on landscapes.

Tip: If you opt for a Switzerland road trip, you will pass the scenic Brünig Pass.

Lucerne is a history book that’s come alive. Start your city flirtation with a visit to the Chapel Bridge, a charming wooden structure that’s playing flower shop. Walk on its ancient planks, pause to appreciate the medieval graffiti, and shoot some pictures that’ll make your friends at home sigh with jealousy.

Continue your time travel to Lucerne’s Old Town. Meander through cobbled streets, and admire buildings that refuse to age.

Chapel Bridge 2016 in Lucerne - Can you spot me and Puppygak on th bridge?
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The Museum of Transport is your ticket to discover Swiss genius in locomotives, automobiles, and aviation. 

Spend the afternoon on a boat ride in Lake Lucerne, where tranquility flows like fine Swiss chocolate. Brace yourself, Interlaken still has a few tricks up its sleeve for the final day! And with a Lucerne walking tour in between, you´ll get all the important info about the pretty city!

CHECK OUT MY ONE DAY IN LUCERNE ITINERARY

INTERLAKEN 11 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round

11 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – TRIFT BRIDGE

Get ready for a hike to the spectacular Trift Bridge from Interlaken! A perfect day for those who aren’t scared of earning their views, there’s no easy-peasy funicular to piggyback you up. This, my friend, is real adventure time!

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Start your day with a breakfast of champions, you’re gonna need the power. Lace up those hikers and off you go to the Triftbahn cable car station.

Relax in the cable car, soaking up the beautiful scenery en route. But hold onto your hat, because this is just the teaser trailer. 

The majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, and lush landscapes might just knock your socks off.

Now, you’re off to the races and an uphill hike follows! Follow the marked path through postcard-worthy landscapes. 

As you reach the Trift Bridge, prepare for a jaw-dropping moment. Stretching high over a glacier lake, the bridge is an engineering marvel that’ll have you saying, “How did they even…?”

After you’ve filled up with beauty and courage, time to descend.  So, strap on your boots, embrace the challenge, and let the Trift Bridge adventure begin. Because, let’s face it, views are always better when you’ve earned them!

READ MORE: A DAY TRIP TO TRIFT BRIDGE

INTERLAKEN 12 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round

12 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – LAKE GELMER

On Day 12, you’re off to the drop-dead gorgeous Gelmer Lake in Interlaken. Buckle up for a day of stunning scenery, calf-burning hikes, and “wow” moments that’ll stick with you like a catchy tune. 

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To reach this aquatic wonder, there are two options: a ride on a vertical funicular (not for the faint-hearted), or a hike that promises ‘no pain, no gain.’ Pick your adrenaline potion, depending on how spunky you’re feeling.

Once you land at Gelmer Lake, prepare to be hit by the beauty bomb. Crystal clear turquoise waters, jaw-dropping mountains – it’s a whole lot of ‘oh my.’ 

It’s hiking time, folks! Trails around the lake range from ‘piece of cake’ to ‘break a sweat’ for all fitness enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the surroundings, stroll through alpine meadows, hop over gurgling streams, and gawk at the mind-blowing vistas unfolding before you.

Keep your eyes peeled for the residents – the flora and fauna. Admire the Instagram-worthy wildflowers, enjoy the avian symphony, and maybe even spot some camera-shy critters.

Pack a picnic for a lunch date with nature by the lakeshore. Get ready to be wowed, and thrilled, and create memories that stick like glue.

READ MORE: A day trip to Gelmer Lake

INTERLAKEN 13 DAY ITINERARY

⚠️ Not possible all year round – closed in between summer and winter season for a few weeks

13 DAYS IN INTERLAKEN – LAKE OESCHINEN AND LAKE BLAUSEE

All aboard for Day 13’s exciting adventure to Lake Oeschinen! Nestled near Interlaken, this slice of paradise has everything – chill vibes, scenic splendor, and even a dash of adrenaline for you daredevils.

Stunning Lake Oeschinensee with Arzo Travels
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First off, catch a cable car from Oeschinen Valley Station in Kandersteg to Oeschinen Mountain Station. Take a seat, kick back, and let your eyes feast on the scenery as you float up to this alpine haven.

For the laid-back loungers, find a comfy spot by the lake and let the beauty hypnotize you. Take a leisurely walk around the lake on easy-breezy paths. 

For thrill-seekers, gear up your hiking boots and conquer the trails to gob-smacking viewpoints. Climbing uphill never felt so rewarding with the jaw-dropping vistas at the top.

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Blausee

Take a bonus trip to the enchanting Lake Blausee, another jaw-dropper nearby. Drench yourself in the magical vibes of this hidden treasure with its vibrant turquoise waters and enigmatic depths.

Day 13 at Lake Oeschinen (and Lake Blausee) promises a mesmerizing cocktail of beauty, tranquility, and adventure. 

INTERLAKEN 14 DAY ITINERARY

Possible all year round

2 WEEKS IN INTERLAKEN – CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP + SPIEZ

It’s Day 14 in Interlaken, and today, you’re going on a delightful Swiss chocolate escapade followed by a visit to the picture-postcard town of Spiez

Get ready to drown in a river of Swiss chocolate, as you start the day at Funky Chocolate Factory. Sniff the heavenly aroma and let your taste buds do a jig as you savor the silky, melt-in-your-mouth sweetness. And the best: You can make your own Swiss colocate in Interlaken.

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Once you´ve filled your pockets (and belly!) with chocolate, it’s time to roll down to the stunning town of Spiez. This pretty-as-a-picture town, nestled on the shores of Lake Thun, is a sight for sore eyes (and sore tummies).

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Take a lazy stroll on the gorgeous promenade, admiring the glistening lake on one side and quirky shops and cafes on the other.

Then, it’s off to the surrounding vineyards for some grape-spotting and wine-tasting. Amble through the lush vines, sample the sun-kissed wines and raise a toast to your Swiss adventures.

Your final stop is Spiez Castle, a grand medieval fortress that will transport you back in time. Explore its hidden corners, run around its courtyards, and be spellbound by the panoramic views of the lake and the Alps.

As the sun sets, sit back and soak up the sweetness of the day – the chocolate, the wine, and the unforgettable memories. 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE INTERLAKEN ITINERARY

This Interlaken itinerary is filled with snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, postcard-perfect villages, and more chocolate than a fondue pot could handle, including some of the best places the country has to offer.

From mesmerizing train rides that make your jaws drop and eyes pop to thrilling hikes that make your legs tremble and heart race, this Interlaken itinerary has it all. 

So, as you bid goodbye to beautiful Interlaken, just remember: in Switzerland, the yodels will always echo, the chocolate will always be smooth, and the cuckoo clocks will forever remind us of this time-tasting trip.

So, whether you are in Interlaken for 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, or even 14 days – these tips will help you plan an amazing itinerary for Interlaken.

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