Find out about the best things to do in Interlaken – one of Switzerland’s most beautiful places. Personally, I am obsessed with Switzerland – and in particular with the region of Interlaken.
Gorgeous lakes, perfect mountains, and cute towns all around – this is Interlaken or better Interlaken and Jungfrau as I will actually talk about two different regions: 1) Interlaken and 2) Jungfrau. This post is mostly about activities in both regions but also includes a couple of tips for the whole canton of Bern in general.
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Swiss Travel Pass
Before talking about the best Interlaken activities, I like to introduce you to the Swiss Travel Pass. Have you ever wanted to explore Switzerland without worrying about making sure your transportation is taken care of? Well, worry no more because the Swiss Travel Pass has arrived! I can vouch personally since it’s been my go-to whenever visit the amazing country.
Plus, even if you prefer hitting up a road trip instead of public transport; get yourself one anyway as trust me when say that this pass makes all adventures through beautiful mountains much easier on your wallet!
- It allows you to use trains and buses without any extra costs – so basically, you can use almost all trains and buses for free.
- You can also do boat cruises without additional costs – and you can cruise Lake Brienz and Lake Thun with regular boats to get around.
- It also gives you a 50% discount on most mountain rides which means you can get up via cable car/funicular for half of the price.
It may seem like quite an investment up front – but with all those mountain rides, boat cruises, and train jaunts you get for free (or at massively discounted prices), it’s totally worth it if you’re there more than three or four days. So do the math first – you could be saving big bucks by getting yourself one of these passes. Check out prices for a Swiss Travel Pass here.
GET YOUR SWISS TRAVEL PASS HERE
If you’re looking to explore the Swiss Alps, consider a Jungfrau Pass! Choose from multiple mountain excursions and train rides in Interlaken Ost all the way up to Lauterbrunnen. Plus with some passes, get free boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – your perfect region-specific sightseeing ticket for jaw-dropping views of Switzerland’s highest peaks!
You should decide on which pass you want to get – you should not buy both, because I highly doubt, you would still save money. Check out my review to find out more about the Jungfrau Pass.
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN INTERLAKEN
Okay, now we can talk about the most fun things to do in Interlaken.
Get Up Harder KulmHarder Kulm offers an experience like no other. This distinct peak with its own sweeping views of Lakes Brienz and Thun is at 1,300 meters above sea level – or 4.265 feet for perspective-seekers.
The city center below sparkles almost outlandishly amidst rural serenity as if nestling within two large hands protecting it from adversity; predictably leaving behind lasting impressions on all those who share such experiences here at nature’s rooftop gem – Harder Kulm!
HOW TO GET UP: Either hike up (it is a steep hike but takes less than 2 hours one way) or take a cable car. Harder Kulm is particularly popular for sunsets (so get there early to secure a good seat).
- 40 CHF for a return ticket (adults)
- With a Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 50% discount. When you check out prices for the Harder Kulm cable car, you have to choose the correct ticket
- Free with the Jungfrau Pass
- Open from mid-April to the end of November
Have a Picnic
Interlaken’s stunning natural setting and countless parks offer a tranquil backdrop for an unforgettable picnic experience. From the wildlife-filled Lütschine River to picturesque Höhenmatte Park, there is something here to please even the most discerning palates – all without breaking your budget (unless of course, you do decide on champagne and caviar!).
- Free to visit
Nestled between two train/boat stations (Interlaken Ost or West) amidst Lakes Brienz and Thun, this is an ideal spot for all those looking to escape bustling city life!
Make Your Own Chocolate
- Prices start from around 69 CHF
For any chocolate lover, customizing your own delicious creation in Interlaken at Funky Chocolate is a must-do experience! Known for their world-famous Swiss chocolates, you can now even craft your own chocolate treats – and make them even vegan and healthy!
With spots filling up fast though, make sure to book your spot asap or risk missing out on this sweet adventure!
Try Out High Ropes Adventure Park
- For 3 hours at the park, you have to pay around 42 CHF.
Unleash your inner Tarzan and get ready for a swinging, soaring adventure! High Ropes Adventure Park in Interlaken is the perfect place to take flight with its wooden bridges, Tarzan swings, and zip lines.
For total newbies or experienced fliers – no matter what level of expertise you have – it will be an unforgettable few hours out on this forest playground. You’ll receive everything necessary along with safety instructions so all that’s left to do…is fly!
Fall in Love With Lake Thun
- Day tickets for boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz start from 75 CHF without any discounts.
- Boat cruises on Lake Thun are free with a Swiss Travel Pass.
Cruise Lake Brienz
- Buy day tickets for boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
- Boat cruises on Lake Brienz are free with a Swiss Travel Pass.
Take an invigorating boat cruise around the shoreline or venture into colder depths by swimming – if you’re brave enough! Looking for more unique ways to explore? Discover what else awaits near these brilliant bodies of water; from sunbathing spots along pebble beaches to chic eateries laced with stunning views…
Do Para – or Hanggliding
Soar through the skies of Interlaken, taking in its picturesque surroundings from a birds-eye view! Paragliding and hang gliding are top choices for adrenaline seekers looking to enjoy some breathtaking views. With Lauterbrunnen being another popular destination for paragliders, around Höhenmatte you may be lucky enough to catch many colorful air-dwellers soaring high above!
Have Coffee with a ViewInterlaken is a destination renowned for its spectacular mountain views! Though the tallest building in town – Hotel Metropol – cannot compete with the mountain views, I think we can all agree that the views are nice, are not they?
Despite being an eyesore from ground level, this hotel offers guests something special: breathtaking panoramas of Interlaken and beyond!
Enjoy a slice of tranquil Swiss life with coffee atop the rooftop restaurant; although it won’t be quite as majestic as gazing upon alpine peaks or glistening lakes, you’re still sure to find some peace amid city sights.
- With your Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 25-50% discount.
- Click here to book your trip to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken.
The Jungfraujoch is an iconic destination, known for its record-high train station 11.332 feet above sea level. From here you can take in panoramic views of snowfields that stretch into infinity plus alpine attractions such as Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, hiking trails, and winter sports activities.
Admire a captivating display from one of nature’s greatest works – the mighty Aletsch Glacier (the longest glacier in all Alps). Although it’s impossible to hike directly up this mountain peak there are nearby spots like Kleine Scheidegg or Eigergletscher station where adventurers may catch a ride on cogwheel trains en route towards the storied heights at Mt Jungfrau summit.
Exploring the breathtaking Alps at Jungfraujoch has been an unforgettable experience that I’ve treasured – three times! Even though it’s a beautiful adventure, be warned: the price tag can put quite a dent in your wallet. If you’re looking for more information on this alpine journey, read up on my post about visiting alluring Jungfraujoch without breaking the bank. Check out my more detailed post on the Jungfraujoch.
Head To Kleine Scheidegg
- With your Swiss Travel Pass, the ride up to Wengen is free, and then from there to Kleine Scheidegg, you get a 50% discount.
- With a Jungfrau Pass, you can get up to Kleine Scheidegg without any extra costs.
For an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Europe, be sure not to miss out on a stop at Kleine Scheidegg along your journey. At 2000 meters above sea level and situated between Grindelwald and Interlaken, you can reach this majestic mountain pass by either hiking or taking the train from one of these lovely towns. Enjoy breathtaking views while there before continuing up towards Jungfraujoch with an additional ticket – it’ll all have been worth it in the end!
- The return ticket for the gondola is 30 CHF (a one-way ticket is 22 CHF) without any discounts.
- With a Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 50% discount.
With its crystal clear water and breathtaking surroundings in the Swiss Alps, Lake Oeschinen is a must-visit when you’re planning your trip to Interlaken. You can go for an adventurous hike or take it easy with just a 20-minute stroll once you get off the cable car – either way, this mountain lake will blow you away!
Pack some sturdy shoes though because no matter which trail you choose (gondola included), the terrain does get tricky at times. But don’t worry if walking isn’t really your thing; there are even shuttle busses available from the gondola station straight to that stunning blue beauty of a lake. Check out my Lake Oeschinen post for more detailed tips.
- Prices for the Blausee Nature Park depend on the time of your visit and can cost up to CHF 12 (for an adult in the high season).
Blausee isn’t too far from the stunning Lake Oeschinensee. While it’s an incredibly picturesque spot, there won’t be much for you to do besides some short walks around or a boat “cruise”! And here comes the catch – Blauseee has an entrance fee so if you’re looking for free views of Swiss lakeside beauty then this might not be your best bet! Check out my detailed guide on Blausee for more info.
Discover Grindelwald and Grindelwald-First
- Tickets for the gondola ride are around 60 CHF (return trip)
- 50% discount with a Swiss Travel Pass
- Free with a Jungfrau Pass
Journey to Grindelwald, one of the most picturesque villages in Interlaken, for an adventure unlike any other! Perched high atop a mountain at nearly 7200 feet above sea level is “The Top Of Adventure,” also known as Grindelwald First.
Take in the breathtaking views and go on hikes or engage in thrilling activities like paragliding with your friends. Winter brings about its own set of adventures – ski down pristine landscapes that make up some of the best winter sports experiences you can find around this region! The price tag may be hefty but every penny spent here will be well worth it if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience during summer or cold months alike. Check out more about Grindelwald´s top activities.
Hike Around Bachalpsee
- Tickets are around 60 CHF for a return trip (to get up to Grindelwald First by gondola)
- 50% discount with a Swiss Travel Pass
- Free with a Jungfrau Pass
Visiting Bachalpsee lake should be at the top of your list! For an easy and memorable hike to this magnificent freshwater paradise, take Grindelwald’s cable car up to First and then do an easy 1-hour hike to Bacjalpsee. Or if you’re feeling particularly fit – why not go all out by skipping the lift and hiking from Grindelwald instead?!
Get Up Niederhorn Mountain
- Check the prices out here.
- There is a discount with a Swiss Travel Pass
Step out of your daily life and climb to 1.950 meters above sea level (or take the gondola), where you can be the spectator at an incredible mountain show! Soak in stunning views of Switzerland’s Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks while enjoying a refreshing dip in Lake Thun. Get ready for some thrills with scooter bike descents into the valley or adventure through endless natural beauty on one of many hikes. Don’t miss this chance to have front-row seats up in Niederhorn!
Enjoy Views From Niesen Mountain
- Tickets are up to 59 CHF without any discount
- 50% discount with a Swiss Travel Pass
Welcome to Switzerland! Niesen Mountain is one of the country’s most incredible peaks, shaped like a perfect pyramid rising 2,400 meters above sea level. You can take in all its beauty by either taking the cable car up or embarking on an adventurous hike – it’ll be worth your while we promise. Once you arrive at the top there are paragliders for those brave enough and plenty of gorgeous trails for leisurely exploration.
Plus, with family-friendly vibes and tasty restaurants atop this majestic mountain; what more could you ask for?
Hike Up Männlichen Mountain
- Tickets are up to 52 CHF – if you visit after 4 pm, there will be a huge discount
- Free with a Jungfrau Pass
- 50% off with a Swiss Travel Pass
Get ready to take your breath away! If you’re in the mood for an amazing view, then Männlichen Mountain’s gotcha covered. With a majestic Swiss Skyline featuring giants like Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau all visible from its peak of 2,300 meters above sea level – it truly promises 360° panoramic views that will blow your mind.
But don’t worry if hiking up ain’t exactly how you want to spend an afternoon – just hop on board one of those convenient cable cars ’till 7’200 feet and still get treated with great sights when finishing The Royal Walk (lasting around 1 hour) or any other exciting activity such as snowshoeing before finally reaching the top at about 7’700 feet.
All these adventures are suitable even for young kids & noobs so go ahead – let yourself be amazed by nature’s beauty!
Get The Steam Lok and Get Up Brienzer Rothorn
- A return ticket costs about CHF 94. This is not a cheap ride!
- To save money, you could either hike one way or get a Swiss Travel Pass which gives you a 50% discount
Looking for an unforgettable adventure? Then check out the Brienzer Rothorn — a majestic mountain soaring up at 2,350 meters above sea level. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and fancy tackling it on foot then hike away! But if your legs are craving some TLC (not to mention avoiding any sweat) just hop aboard their charming steam rack railway instead — making sure to take in those stunning views of the course. Trust us – this will be one ride that’ll go down in history!
Check out my full guide on getting up Brienzer Rothorn.
Visit Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
- The entrance fee is 10 CHF
Get ready for an unforgettable Interlaken experience! Take a hike through the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch. This is THE place to be on hot days or after heavy rainfalls – you’ll pass waterfalls and natural whirlpools along your gradual ascent up this stunning Swiss gorge.
Trust me, it’s worth all that effort: Rosenlaui has been voted Switzerland’s most impressive canyon by me :).
The gorge is not open in the winter months, check out when it opens/close before you arrive there.
Explore Rosenlaui Valley
Are you ready for an adventure? Pack your hiking boots and head to the stunning Rosenlaui Valley! Take a bus, or brave some of Switzerland’s breathtaking mountain roads – whichever strikes your fancy.
Once there, take in all that this gorgeous valley has to offer: explore on foot, visit glaciers galore, sip coffee with spectacular views from a restaurant balcony…or just sit back by the riverbank and soak up Mother Nature at her finest!
Head to Grindelwald Glacier Canyon
- Prices are quite high – around 17 CHF
Get ready to explore the awe-inspiring Grindelwald Glacier Canyon in Interlaken! Here, you’ll find a grand spectacle of nature – deep blue waters cascading through majestic mountains and into the Lütschine River. And don’t forget about an enlightening stroll as well: take advantage of educational exhibits along your path towards this stunning glacier.
When planning your trip, though–remember that it’s only open from May until October – so make sure you check out their website for more info before showing up!
Looking for an awesome place to check out near Interlaken? Look no further than Iseltwald! This teeny-tiny village situated on the beautiful Lake Brienz offers plenty of traditional Swiss houses that are just begging for photo opportunities.
Why take a selfie when you can snap some shots of chalet-style buildings with charming decorations?! In addition, water sports fans rejoice – there are lots to do here too, though be warned…that lake is cold all year round so bring along your wetsuit! A boat tour from this spot might also not be a bad idea either – it was actually featured in the Korean movie “Crash Landing On You“. Plus, if you’re into walking and taking in added scenery (like cascading Giessbach Waterfalls) then don’t miss out on starting your journey off at scenic Iseltwald.
Lauterbrunnen is truly a paradise! It’s the perfect destination for outdoor lovers, who can conquer extreme activities and take in stunning views of the 72 surrounding waterfalls. Plus, don’t miss out on getting that insta-worthy shot at Staubach Waterfall – just make sure to bring your crowd protection gear if you visit after some rainy days, And if you visit in the summer months, be prepared for the crowds that flock to stunning Lauterbrunnen. Check out my Lauterbrunnen post for more information.
- The entry fee is about 14 CHF
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience near Lauterbrunnen, then the Trümmelbachfälle are a must-see! These ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain will give your ears (and eyes!) a loud, wet, and cool treat. And if awesome selfies or pics of cascading waters are what you want – make sure to bring along your waterproof camera or GoPro so that all can enjoy these spectacular falls online afterwards!
The waterfalls are just open in the winter months!
Visit 007 Filming Location – Schilthorn
- A return ticket to Schilthorn is CHF 108!
- You can save money by hiking some parts (the hike from Grütschalp to Mürren, and is quite easy and stunning).
- With a Swiss Travel Pass, you can use the cable car and train up to Mürren for free and then pay only about 44 CHF for a return ticket.
- Check out ticket prices here.
Ever wanted to hang with 007? How about getting your Bond on and taking a trip up one of Switzerland’s most iconic attractions, Schilthorn! This James Bond-approved spot was the backdrop for ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, so take some time out from all that spy stuff to explore what else this stunning place has to offer. From breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountain ranges known as “The Swiss Skyline” – you’ll know why it makes such an awesome movie setting – not just any old camera can capture its beauty.
You can also treat yourself at Piz Gloria’s revolving restaurant while having a sneaky Spy Museum moment… Q would be proud. This is actually a fun thing to do in winter as well. Check out my Schilthorn guide for more information.
- The gondola and train from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and then to Mürren are free with a Swiss Travel Pass
On your way to 007-Schilthorn mountain, don’t forget about Mürren or Muerren — an adorable car-free village situated en route. You’ll find lots of scenic views and plenty of things to do in this cute little alpine town that is worth experiencing before continuing onwards with 007!
Take your pick: hike or ride! Trekking from Grütschalp to Mürren is perfect for kids, because it’s easy and the views are simply stunning. Or if you’re feeling extra lazy (hey – we get it!), hop on board Lauterbrunnen Stechelberg straight to Schilthorn with one stop at Mürren. Either way, there will be gorgeous scenery along the way that’ll make this an unforgettable trip. Check out my guide on all things magical about Mürren–you won’t regret it!
Get up Stockhorn
- A return ticket costs 60 CHF
- You can save money by hiking (some parts) or with a Swiss Travel Pass (50%)
Whether you want adventure or tranquility, there’s something for everyone at Stockhorn Mountain – so don’t forget your hiking boots because those paragliders won’t wait forever!
Try out Bungee Jumping
- Prices start from 220 CHF for a bungee jump from Stockhorn.
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of bungee jumping with an Insta-worthy view? The Stockhorn Cable Car in Interlaken is your destination! Feel like you’re on top of the world as you take that leap – and don’t forget to snap a pic for friends back home.
- There are entrance fees for a couple of attractions, including Thun Castle where you have a wonderful view of the town. The entrance fee is around 10 CHF – free with a Swiss Travel Pass.
If you’re looking for a picturesque place to visit in Interlaken, Thun is it! Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets of its charming old town. Check out the multiple grand castles that dot its landscape and let your taste buds explore some delicious cafes and restaurants along beautiful riverbanks. Don’t forget to save time for taking in sights at the vibrant market square – trust me, Thun won’t disappoint! Check out my Thun guide for more tips.
Rest at Schloss Schadau & Schadau Park
- The garden area of Schloss Schadau is free to visit
Switzerland is full of hidden gems, including Schloss Schadau – a magnificent castle that you won’t want to miss on your next Swiss adventure!
If you want to experience some of the beautiful landscaping that Switzerland has on offer, Schloss Schadau and its surrounding park is a great place to start! You’ll be mesmerized by unforgettable views of Lake Thun plus an amazing backdrop featuring Swiss sky-high wonders. Trust us – it’s like no other spot in Europe!
Make a splash at one of the many lakes in this region! Just remember to bring your life jacket – most are TOO COLD for humans. But don’t worry, if that’s not quite up your alley then you could always visit one of the free lidos (outdoor pools), set right on the waterfront and offering showers so you can make like an Olympic swimmer whatever time it is. If fancy swimming isn’t really your thing – no problemo! You won’t have any trouble finding an equally inviting pool sans entrance fee either; just follow those waves!
- There are also some lidos along the shores of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – e.g. in Iseltwald.
- TIP: Lake Thun is warmer than Lake Brienz and probably the best choice on a hot day.
Walk Over the Trift Bridge
- The prices for the cable car are around 13 CHF (26 CHF return), and there is free parking. No discount with a Swiss Travel Pass.
- Open from 3 June – 22 October 2023
Your journey starts with an invigorating 90-minute hike (or 3 hours – if you’re me), followed by stunning views of Switzerland from 170 meters up. Get ready: It’s time to conquer that bridge and soak in some breathtaking sights! Check out my detailed post on how to see the Trift Bridge.
Take Ski or Snowboard Lessons
If you are yearning for a winter sports paradise, then look no further than Jungfrau / Interlaken region! These regions will make all your snow-loving dreams come true. With skiing, snowboarding, and even snowshoe hiking available to enjoy – plus lots of other activities throughout the year – this icy wonderland has something special for everyone who loves an adventure on ice or rock.
So if it’s time to hit refresh with some cool (and fun!) mountain action there is only one place that should be top of mind – Switzerland! Check out my guide on the best ski resorts in Switzerland.
Fall in Love With Spiez
Looking for a slice of French Riviera right in the heart of Interlaken? Look no further than Spiez! Not only is it super easy to get there via boat, train, or bus – but it’s filled with Mediterranean vibes that are sure to make you fall in love.
Plus, its waterfront view offers stunning sights of Niesen Mountain and more – meaning my dogPuppygak isn’t the only one who was smitten by this magical place! Check out my Spiez travel guide.
Spend Time at Giessbachwasserfall and Grand Giessbach HotelAre you feeling that frenzied need for a change of scenery? The Giessbach Waterfalls, located in the stunning Swiss Alps, are sure to give you the ultimate relaxation experience. Take in the awe-inspiring views surrounding this romantic and peaceful location – it’s perfect if you’re looking for an escape from everyday life. With its enchanting height of 7.62 feet tranquil flora, majestic water streams, and various activities including boating on Lake Brienz and exploring a 19th-century Grand Hotel, it’s not hard to see why people visit Giessbach year after year!
- You can also get to the area by car (the drive up is via a mountain street, so you should enjoy driving narrow mountain streets), paid parking is available.
- Alternatively, you can also get there by bus (the yellow Postautos will get you here) hike here from Iseltwald, or take the boat.
- The Swiss Travel Pass covers the boat tour and also public transportation.
If you’ve got a few days in Interlaken, don’t miss out on the chance to explore Wengen—the car-free village that’s small and oh-so charming. This picturesque spot is ideal for some breathtaking hikes and knock-your-socks-off views from the train station.
Plus, get ready for an incredible ride along Lauterbrunnen! So pack your bags because it’s time to enjoy nature at its finest with a visit to this Swiss gem.
Visit St. Beatus Caves
Looking for an unforgettable experience? The St. Beatus Caves near Lake Thun have you covered! Journey through spectacular tunnels and chambers, take in the museum filled with artifacts from ancient times, then enjoy some of nature’s most breathtaking views – think bubbling waterfalls and a colorful array of flowers that’ll blow your mind. Check out my detailed post on St. Beatus Caves.
If you are at St. Beatus Caves, walk down the other way for 10-15 minutes to enjoy the view from the famous Instagram spot (see picture).
- There is an entrance fee for the caves (around 19 CHF) and there is paid parking
- Alternatively, you can get here by bus or boat (all included in the Swiss Travel Pass)
Enjoy Views From Sigriswil
- There is an “entrance fee” (yes) to cross the bridge of about 8 CHF.
Head to Sigriswil! At first, it may seem hard to get there – roads may be winding and tight- but the struggle is worth it. Once in this hidden gem of a village, make sure not to miss out on its crown jewel: The 340-meter-long pedestrian suspension bridge over a gorgeous gulf with stunning views of Lake Thun & the majestic Bernese Alps. The suspension bridge is not as scary as some other bridges in the region – making it a very family-friendly activity where you can take even the younger kids.
- You can drive up Sigriswil and just park your car in front of the bridge at a big parking space
- You can also take a bus to get up there.
Find a Hidden Gem – GrabenmühleHave you ever wanted to make your own Swiss fairytale? Well, look no further! Just head on over to the enchanting Grabenmühle – a place so cute it’ll give Snow White’s dwarves serious competition. But be warned: this hidden gem is not for everyone.
If petting alpacas and panning for gold isn’t quite your cup of tea don’t despair- its mysterious charm will still leave an impression that won’t soon be forgotten!
- The ticket for passing the above-mentioned suspension bridge in Sigriswil is about 8 CHF. With that ticket, you also have entry to Grabenmühle. Otherwise, you can consume something at the cafe in Grabenmühle which is considered your entrance fee.
- Check out opening hours here (unfortunately, it is only in German). On Mondays, it is closed.
Get up Schynige Platte
- A return ticket costs around 60 CHF.
- You can save money by hiking down or getting a discount with your Swiss Travel Pass.
- It is free with your Jungfrau Pass.
Are you looking for a truly unique view? Look no further than Schynige Platte, one of the best spots in Interlaken! It stands tall at 2,076 meters – 6811 feet- above sea level and provides two very different panoramas.
First up is the view of the Swiss Skyline – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – with views that don’t even require any hiking. Just hop aboard the funicular from Wilderswil (a short ride away) to get an amazing bird’s eye perspective! But if wanted more adventure on your journey check out what waits after a 20-minute hike: Lake Brienz & Lake Thun together like never before…absolutely breathtaking!! So come explore this spectacular destination full of surprises 😉
- Only open from June to the end of October
Do a Kayak Day Tour
- Prices for kayaking with an experienced guide start from around 100 CHF.
Ready for an incredible outdoor experience in Interlaken? Get your paddle ready and set off on a kayak adventure at Lake Brienz to make the most of its beautiful surroundings! Whether you bring along some friends or book a tour, this is sure to leave you with amazing memories (but if paddling isn’t really your thing – no worries!).
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the hype is all about when it comes to hiking, take a trip out of Interlaken. The Grütschalp-Mürren hike offers an awe-inspiring experience – and this hike is so easy, that almost anyone could do it!
On clear days, this breathtaking route will treat you with some unbeatable views that’ll have your Instagram followers jealous in no time. Once I had my first taste of adventure and success on this journey up peaks – I was officially hooked! Whether you’re totally new or ultra-experienced at hiking – there are awesome trails around each corner here waiting for you 🙂
Experience Helicopter Skydive
If you’re looking to get your blood pumping, Interlaken is the ultimate adrenaline-filled playground! Go on an unforgettable helicopter skydive and witness nature’s beauty like never before – unless jumping out of helicopters isn’t really your thing. For anyone who loves a little adventure but not too much – this might be as daring as it gets for ya!
Visit Merligen and Enjoy the Views
Merligen (568 meters – 1863 feet – above sea level) is located on the northern shores of Lake Thun and one of the cutest places – a hidden gem tucked away in Interlaken. With its stunning views, you’ll want to come here every single year like I do. Get there the easy (or fun!) way: take a bus or car ride and admire the quaint streets, or even hop on a boat! That’s right – journey by lake for an extra special experience of this secret spot too cute to keep under wraps any longer!
Hop on an E-Bike
- You can rent e-bikes at many hotels or even in the town center and discover Interlaken this way.
So you want to explore Interlaken and the Jungfrau region, huh? Well if mountains are your thing then boy do we have something for ya! The best way to tackle these hills is on a trusty e-bike. Get ready for all that freedom as you cycle your heart out around this stunning area of Switzerland.
Relax at the Lucerne – Interlaken Express
- Free with your Swiss Travel Pass
Switzerland’s train system isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill ride. It’s an adventure! And if you’re looking for the best of the best in rail journeys, hop on board from Lucerne to Interlaken—you won’t regret it!
What’s one of the most chill and gorgeous ways to spend your day in Interlaken? Hop on board the “Luzern-Interlaken Express” – trust us, you won’t regret it! Grab a comfy window seat for some truly stunning panoramic views. You’ll pass countless lakes en route…and if that isn’t enough beauty for ya, why not stay overnight at Lucerne – then jump back onto those same scenic rail tracks when you’re ready to roll home again.
Do a Road Trip
Ready for an epic Swiss road trip? Interlaken is the place to be! Take it from someone who loves driving, despite all its challenges – navigating mountain roads and narrow streets can be fun when traversing Switzerland.
Get ready for some unforgettable views along Lake Thun – just watch out for those pesky speed cams! And if you’re more of a cautious driver, here are a few tips on how to make sure your journey goes smoothly so that you don’t miss any breathtaking landscapes in this beautiful country. Here are more tips for driving in Switzerland.
Visit Ballenberg Museum
- Free with a Swiss Travel Pass
Come explore the incredible, iconic works of Swiss architecture at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum! Home to over 100 original buildings transported from their various points of origin all around Switzerland, this museum provides a living history lesson.
You can step inside many houses and get an up close look at traditional building styles ranging from chalets to barns plus learn about their unique histories – it’s sure be a fascinating visit for everyone!
- There are two different entrances. If you get there by car (parking available) you probably should start and end your trip at the same entrance. If you get to Ballenberg by bus, you can also start and end your trip at the different entrances.
End the Days With These Sunsets
- Free <3
If you’re an admirer of a good sunset, Lake Thun is the place for you! With its lake-side boat cruises during summer months and incredible sunsets throughout year round, catching the last rays of sunshine has never looked so good.
Not to be missed are Harder Kulm Station or Wengen – but if its views with bragging rights that float your boat then take on Faulhorn Mountain peak or Iseltwald – now THAT’S how to end each day like no other!
- Lake Thun sunset cruises are free with a Swiss Travel Pass
- You can also get a day pass for Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
TRAVEL TIPS FOR INTERLAKEN
After talking about the best activities and attractions, here are some travel tips for Interlaken, so you are well-prepared for your trip!
How to Get Around Interlaken
Exploring Interlaken on four wheels can be a dream! Cruising around the well-paved roads is super safe and easy – it’s like you have free rein to take in all that remarkable scenery. That said, when you actually get into town we won’t sugar coat this: parking isn’t always so simple.
Interlaken’s public transport is the way to go if you’re looking for a stress-free journey. Buses and trains come often, always on time – making sure that there are no surprises along the road! And here comes even better news: Visitors staying in official accommodation get hooked up with Interlaken Guest Cards or Thun Guesstcards (for those of us around Thun) giving free access to busses near these places.
With a Swiss Travel Pass, you will get to use all public transportation + get a discount for many activities.
If you stay in an official accommodation in Interlaken, you will get the Interlaken Guest Card – giving you free bus rides within Interlaken and close places by (like really close villages like Iseltwald). If you stay in the Thun region, you can even use your Thun Guest Card to get to Interlaken. However, they are not really useful if you rely solely on public transportation and do not have a car, because you cannot use trains.
Where to Stay in Interlaken
Interlaken is home to some amazing hotels – amazing and expensive. I have a detailed accommodation guide for Interlaken but find some tips below.
- 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.
- One of my favorite hotels – ever – is the beautiful 4* hotel Grandhotel Giessbach. The hotel has the best location ever (sitting at the foot of the Giessbach Waterfalls) and is unique. It is not a cheap 4* hotel, but a very great one. However, it is closed in the winter months.
- I recently stayed in the newly renovated Hotel du Nord. 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). The breakfast was good, too! Click here to get the best deals.
- If you are on a budget, I recommend staying at this gorgeous hostel that I stayed at when I was not traveling with my dog. This hostel is a bit more expensive than other hostels, but one of the best I have stayed at (even though I relay missed curtains in front of my bed), and they also offer free parking. Check out the hostel here.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST INTERLAKEN ACTIVITIES
From taking in breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps on a Luzern-Interlaken Express or E-Bike to exploring unique works of architecture at Ballenberg Open-Air Museum and catching magnificent sunsets over Lake Thun, Interlaken has something for everyone! This gem tucked away in Switzerland is brimming with activities and experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. So why not plan your trip to Interlaken and discover all it has to offer? You won’t regret it!
I am well aware that experiencing all the “best things to do in Interlaken” as described above would take weeks, and it would also cost a lot of money. While we cannot always do all the “top things,” I hope this has helped you find a few Interlaken activities for your budget and fitness level. Hopefully, you have enjoyed my post. Whether you visit Interlaken in winter or summer, the sport hopefully has helped you get some inspiration.
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