WHAT TO DO IN INTERLAKEN – PLACES TO VISIT AND FUN ACTIVITIES
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN INTERLAKEN – PLACES TO VISIT AND FUN ACTIVITIES
- 2 BEST INTERLAKEN ACTIVITIES
- 2.1 Get Up Harder Kulm
- 2.2 Have a Picnic
- 2.3 Visit Höhenmatte
- 2.4 Make Your Own Chocolate
- 2.5 Try Out High Ropes Adventure Park
- 2.6 Fall in Love With Lake Thun
- 2.7 Cruise Lake Brienz
- 2.8 Do Para – or Hanggliding
- 2.9 Have Coffee with a View
- 2.10 Visit Jungfraujoch
- 2.11 Head To Kleine Scheidegg
- 2.12 Admire Oeschinensee
- 2.13 Explore Blausee
- 2.14 Discover Grindelwald and Grindelwald-First
- 2.15 Hike Around Bachalpsee
- 2.16 Get Up Niederhorn Mountain
- 2.17 Enjoy Views From Niesen Mountain
- 2.18 Hike Up Männlichen Mountain
- 2.19 Get The Steam Lok and Get Up Brienzer Rothorn
- 2.20 Visit Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
- 2.21 Head to Grindelwald Glacier Canyon
- 2.22 Explore Iseltwald
- 2.23 Explore Lauterbrunnen
- 2.24 Visit Trümmelbachfälle
- 2.25 Visit 007 Filming Location – Schilthorn
- 2.26 Hike to Mürren
- 2.27 Get up Stockhorn
- 2.28 Go Swimming
- 2.29 Stroll Thun
- 2.30 Rest at Schloss Schadau
- 2.31 Try out Bungee Jumping
- 2.32 Walk Over the Trift Bridge
- 2.33 Take Ski or Snowboard Lessons
- 2.34 Fall in Love With Spiez
- 2.35 Spend Time at Giessbachwasserfall and Grand Giessbach Hotel
- 2.36 Explore Wengen
- 2.37 Visit St. Beatus Caves
- 2.38 Enjoy Views From Sigriswil
- 2.39 Find A Hidden Gem – Grabenmühle
- 2.40 Get up Schynige Platte
- 2.41 Do a Kayak Day Tour
- 2.42 Go Hiking
- 2.43 Experience Helicopter Skydive
- 2.44 Visit Merlingen and Enjoy the Views
- 2.45 Hop on an E-Bike
- 2.46 Relax at the Lucerne -Interlaken Express
- 2.47 Do a Road Trip
- 2.48 End the Days with these Sunsets
- 2.49 Enjoy Interlaken
- 3 GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS FOR INTERLAKEN
Find out about the best things to do in Interlaken – one of Switzerland’s most beautiful places. I actually say Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Personally, I am obsessed with Switzerland – and in particular with the region of Interlaken/Jungfrau. Gorgeous lakes, perfect mountains, stunning sceneries, and cute towns all around – this is Interlaken.
Though Interlaken is not geographically big, there are tons of fun activities. I should add that there are two different regions actually, Interlaken and Jungfrau.
However, sometimes it is a bit hard to differentiate between the two regions, so this post is mostly about activities in both regions but also include a couple of tips for the Bernese Oberland in general, so whether you ask yourself what to do in Interlaken or Jungfrau – this post is for both regions.
Many people argue that Switzerland is too expensive to travel to. Yes, Switzerland is expensive. Very expensive. That is why I have listed my top tips for saving money in Switzerland. I also know that there are enough things you can do that do not cost much or even free things to do in Interlaken.
Okay, now we can get started and talk about the most fun things to do.
BEST INTERLAKEN ACTIVITIES
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Get Up Harder Kulm
In most countries, towns and cities have their own cinema or their own shopping street. In Switzerland, each city has its own “house mountain.”Interlaken´s house mountain is Harder Kulm which gives you great views of Interlaken and the scenery in more than 1,300 meters above sea level. From the viewing platform, you can see Lake Brienz and Lake Thun (with Interlaken in the middle) at the same time. And a view of these two lakes will never disappoint.
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 and enjoy views like this from Harder Kulm as it surely is one of the top places to see. The cable car does not operate in the winter months (closed in December until the beginning of April). This place is particularly popular for sunsets (so get there early to find a free seat).
Tip: With a Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 50% discount, and it is free with the Jungfrau Pass. So, when you check out prices for the Harder Kulm cable car, you have to choose the correct ticket. Check out ticket prices here.
Have a Picnic
One of the best free things to do in Interlaken is enjoying a picnic at one of the great lakes (okay, you have to buy your own food), but why not enjoy lunch with a view of Interlaken? So take some snacks and a blanket and admire the great scenery. Whether you picnic by one of the lakes, or the beautiful Aare River, or even the wild Lütschine River, you have many choices of places to picnic. A picnic at Höhenmatte is also a good choice.
The Höhenmatte is located right in the heart of Interlaken. This lush and lovely park, with a view of Jungfraujoch, is a must when strolling Interlaken.From there, you can also watch all the paragliders which are numerous on clear days. It is free to visit and great to relax. From Höhenmatte, you get to the main street of Interlaken (which is, however, not very big) or you can get to Interlaken Ost or Interlaken West station as it is located in between the two train stations, It is also located between the Lake Brienz and Lake Thun which you, however, will not see from Höhenmatte.
Make Your Own Chocolate
While Interlaken is best known as the adventure capital, you can also do some unique things that are not about crazy outdoor sports. I had not expected to do a chocolate workshop in Interlaken, and yet I did one – right in the center of Interlaken.Making your own chocolate – at Funky Chocolate, e.g., is not only a good thing to do in Interlaken on a rainy day. While it is a perfect activity for a rainy day, it is also good to do a very hot day and escape the heat for a bit.
As a chocolate addict, I can say, that Swiss chocolate is the best in the world. You can even do your own vegan (and healthier) dark chocolate, too.
Spots can fill up quickly, so I would not wait for the last-minute with booking. Prices start from around 65€ for a workshop.
Try Out High Ropes Adventure Park
There are more fun things to do in Interlaken. What about jumping from platforms and soar through the air High Ropes Adventure Park in Interlaken? It is basically a forest playground with wooden bridges, Tarzan swings, and zip lines.
Whether you are a beginner or more exciting – it will be a few hours of fun here. Of course, you will be provided with everything you need and also get safety instructions before you set off into the trees.
You could even walk from Interlaken West Station (a 15-minute walk). For 3 hours at the park, you have to pay around 42CHF.
Fall in Love With Lake Thun
If you are in Interlaken, you will be surrounded by some of the prettiest, most stunning lakes in Switzerland. One of them is Lake Thun.This magnificent lake is impressive – you can do a boat cruise, do water activities or walk along the beautiful lake. Click here to find my tips on what to do around and on Lake Thun.
Cruise Lake Brienz
Interlaken is located between two lakes: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. I admit that there is much more to do around Lake Thun than around Lake Brienz. However, Lake Brienz is probably my favorite lake. Its unique turquoise color is one of a kind, and it is one of the most beautiful and unique lakes out there (especially on a sunny day).Lake Brienz is one of the bigger lakes in the country and there are quite a few attractions close by. Hop on a boat and enjoy a boat cruise on this pretty lake – brave people also swim in the lake, but the water is quite cold, so it is not for everyone. Here are more tips on why to visit Lake Brienz and what to do around the lake.
Do Para – or Hanggliding
Same same but different: Paragliding and hang gliding are fun – both in such fantastic scenery are amazing, and if you have ever wanted to do it: Interlaken is the place to paraglide or for hang gliding, and a great opportunity to see Interlaken from a birds-eye perspective.
Anyone volunteers to watch my dog when I am in Interlaken so I can do that this popular Interlaken activity as well, please? Click here for your para- and hang gliding experience.
There are also many other places in the region where you can do paragliding (e.g., Lauterbrunnen), but Interlaken is some of the most popular places to do so. So, if you are around Höhenmatte, do not be surprised to see all the many paragliders in the air.
Have Coffee with a View
If you stroll Interlaken, you will probably observe an ugly high building – Hotel Metropol is a hotel with a rooftop restaurant. A good start to see Interlaken from above. The staff is not the fastest and friendliest, but the view is so worth it!However, in a region with so many mountains, it surely is not the best view of the town (and you won’t see much of the lakes). But it is easy to get there, and you can have a coffee with a view and kill two birds with one stone (this quote sounds a bit inappropriate for a veganish person like me but you get it).
Enjoy views from the highest train station in Europe – “At the top of Europe – Jungfraujoch” – and see snow throughout the year. The top of the Jungfraujoch has become one of the most popular attractions in the region, and after I visited myself, I see why it is so popular.It is not only about snow, but there is also an Ice Palace and more to see and do, and it is a fun day trip from Interlaken.
It is not in the region of Interlaken but the region of Jungfraujoch. For us visitors, it does not really matter, though. You cannot hike up there, so it is about using transportation to get to the top.
I enjoyed my trip there, but I think it is quite pricy, and it was not my absolute highlight. So if you are on a budget, I would not make it a priority (honestly). With your Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 25% discount. Click here to book your trip to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken.
Head To Kleine Scheidegg
Before heading to the top of Europe (Jungfraujoch), do not forget to soak in the views at Kleine Scheidegg along the way.
The Kleine Scheidegg is a mountain pass at about 2000 meters in height, and it makes a great stop when getting up the Jungfraujoch. Get out of the funicular and do some hikes around the area.
Is not Lake Oeschinensee beyond amazing? It is so perfect that Oeschinensee should be on everybody´s bucket list. Though it is not officially in the region of Interlaken or Jungfrau, it is close by and thus a perfect place to visit in Interlaken.I visited twice. Once it started hailing, so I left quickly, and now, in summer 2020, I revisited and did the Heuberg hike. This hike is challenging, but with proper footwear (no trainers, real hiking boots, or very good runners), most people can do it for sure. Once you get up with the cable car, the hike starts, and after a 3-4hour hike, you arrive at the shores of this beautiful, cold mountain lake. But do not worry, there are easier hikes, and you can also just get up via cable car and then do a 20-minute hike to the lake directly.
How to get to Oeschinensee: Take a train to Kandersteg station, walk for about 10 minutes before arriving at the gondola station, which takes you up (return ticket about 28€, discount with a Swiss Travel Pass) and then another 20-30 minute walk needed. The ones that do not wanna hike at all take the little shuttle bus, which brings you directly to the lake for 8€ one way.
Okay, this is probably not really in the region of Interlaken or Jungfrau. Still, pretty close to Interlaken and actually close to Lake Oeschinensee and too pretty to be ignored – is Blausee tiny but gorgeous lake.Do a trip to Blausee Nature Park and admire the color of the Blausee (though the lake looks green to me, the name translated means Blue Lake”).
While I did love it on my first trip, I was surprised to see prices have gone up and now a ticket is about 9€ + parking (3€ for 4 hours) which – in my opinion – is not really worth it but decide for yourself. Check out my full guide on Blausee to find out more.
Discover Grindelwald and Grindelwald-First
Grindelwald is one of the cutest villages and a must-see place in the region of Interlaken and should be on your list.
Many people assume that Grindelwald is car-free (like some other villages), but it actually isn’t. However, it is pretty small, so I would combine it with another activity like Grindelwald First (see image) and actually do a hike in that area (more on that later).
Hike Around Bachalpsee
One of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland is the Bachalpsee (Bachalp Lake). Hiking or strolling around the Bachalpsee should be on your list, so another reason to visit Grindelwald and do some hiking.
However, the hike takes a couple of hours and is not super easy but doable for anyone fit. You need to get up to Grindelwald First and then start your hike from there. You can – of course, skip the cable car and do the hike only, but it really is tiring, so it depends if you are fit but how super fit you are.
Ticket prices are quite high (around 60€ return trip), but since Grindelwald First is also considered a top attraction, it might be worth it to you.
Get Up Niederhorn Mountain
When I visited Niederhorn Mountain, it was quite cloudy, but once the cloud disappeared, the view was amazing. That view confirmed what I had known before: Lake Thun is just amazing, and the only thing better than being on it (boat), being in it (swim), or being next to it (drive, stroll) is to look at it from above.
Another cool thing about is: You do not even have to hike up – a cable car takes you up. But of course, you could also hike up if you REALLY want to or just buy a one-way ticket and then get down (or up).
Enjoy Views From Niesen Mountain
One of the most distinctive mountains at the shores of Lake Thun is the Niesen Mountain.The pyramid-shaped mountain is actually one of my favorites. However, it took me a while to realize that you can get on top of the mountain (without doing a challenging hike). Well, there is tons to do and see from above (I even hiked down to some extent). So, my tip – don’t just look at it, get up via cable car or hike up all the way.
You will see the many paragliders from there, but it is also very family-friendly and has a restaurant on top, making it a great place to spend a few hours.
Hike Up Männlichen Mountain
If you are into hiking, then get up to Männlichen Mountain. Though I have not hiked up myself, it is a popular hike in Interlaken. On a clear day, the Swiss Skyline (the Swiss mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau) is visible from many places, but Männlichen Mountain’s view is quite amazing (according to hear-say).
You could start your hike e.g. from Wengen or Kleine Scheidegg.
Get The Steam Lok and Get Up Brienzer Rothorn
Probably one of my favorite mountain rides – ever.If you are a hiker, you´ll enjoy the hike. But I definitely recommend– even just for a stop – hopping in the old steam rack railway is such a unique experience and one thing you should do in Interlaken.
Visiting the Brienzer Rothorn (on a clear) day has been one of the most amazing experiences I have had in Switzerland. And it is my favorite mountain ride, and it is one of the most beautiful places in Interlaken – or probably in the world!
Since it is one of my favorite Interlaken sightseeing attractions (find out more about the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland), it is on this list of the best things to do in Interlaken.
Visit Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
The Galcier Gorge Rosenlaui is part of the Unesco World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch. Okay, Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge is not in Interlaken but close and should be on your bucket list as well.
Especially on hot days, walking through the gorge is amazing – but also after heavy rainfalls as the waterfalls are stronger – you have to do a bit of hiking. Still, it is a gradual ascent where you will pass waterfalls, natural whirlpools, and more.
There is an entrance fee – about 7,5€ – (but free parking), and it is open daily. Find more information here.
Head to Grindelwald Glacier Canyon
The Grindelwald Glacier Canyon is in the region of Jungfrau – walk towards the glacier while getting information about the canyon along the way.
The canyon was formed by the lower Grindelwald glacier, which then, over time, carved its way through the rock in this area. However, while the lower glacier no longer exists, the canyon can be visited, and the water cascades freely from the mountains into the Lütschine River below.
The gorge is only open from May to October, so check out their website for more info.
Prices are quite high (around 17€), something that you should be really interested in to enjoy fully.
Iseltwald is a beautiful little village on the shores of Lake Brienz. It has many traditional Swiss wooden houses with charming decorations and makes a great walk from Giessbach Waterfalls or even Interlaken.
But you can do more than just looking at the cute houses – do some water sports at Lake Brienz (though it is cold) or start your boat tour from here and make sure to take pictures from the quite famous little pier that you will find here. Though it is small, Iseltwald is one of the cutes places to visit in Interlaken.
You can get here by car, boat, or walk from Interlaken or Giessbach waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen is THE place, according to outdoor lovers who are into extreme activities. Even if you are not into outdoor sports, you´ll love Lauterbrunnen as it is such a pretty village with the most beautiful scenery.The word famous Staubach Waterfall makes it picture perfect and is one of the highlights in Interlaken. Still, Lauterbrunnen is full of waterfalls, so it is definitely a great place for nice walks or longer hikes.
However, it is one of the busiest places in the region, so be prepared for many people.
Talking about Lauterbrunnen…Experience the powerful waterfalls in Interlaken and very close to Lauterbrunnen: the Trümmelbachfälle: be prepared for a loud, wet and cool experience.
Luckily I did not take my DSL with me (I went after some hefty rain), but if you have a GoPro or waterproof camera, you are good to go and might take good pictures.
How to get there: I got there by car, but, luckily Switzerland has an amazing public transportation system (the station is Stechelberg), so you can get there by bus or have an easy walk from Lauterbrunnen to the Trümmelbachfälle (about 45 minutes one way)
Entry fee about 10€ ($12).
Visit 007 Filming Location – Schilthorn
Close to the Trümmelbachfälle, you will find this attraction: Schilthorn. Visit Schilthorn mountain and see the Swiss Skyline from there (the Swiss Skyline is just really stunning). Most of you will probably know Schilthorn from James Bond as one of the movies was filmed here.
When visiting Schilthorn, date James Bond and visit the “007 “museum – you can also eat at the revolving restaurant of Piz Gloria, which the movie location of the James Bond movie where everything is about James Bond. They even have a (vegetarian) 007 burger.
This is actually a fun thing to do in winter as well.
How to get to Schilthorn: You can take a cable car from Lauterbrunnen or get up via Stechelberg (you can also decide to hike some stations). On the way up to Schilthorn, do the Thrill Walk and stop at Allmendhubel.
Hike to Mürren
Before you get to Schilthorn (to see Piz Gloria and follow James Bond), make sure to plan some time for exploring the cute car-free village of Mürren, which will be on your way up. There is not that much to do, but this mountain village is quite popular.
If you buy your tickets to Schilthorn, the cable car ride is included, and there would not be a real need to hike this part – but it is an easy hike that kids can do, and the views are breathtaking (on a clear day).
Get up Stockhorn
Stockhorn is another great mountain that you can visit. The ride up in the cable car is lovely (you pass several lakes along the way), and the view from there is great.Ah, and of course you will find them again…the paragliders that are like everywhere in the area of Interlaken. Upon the mountain (whether you hike up or take the cable car), you can do a few more hikes or just relax and enjoy the views.
Dip in one of the lakes – many are very clean, and swimming is allowed in many lakes in that region (few exceptions, e.g., Blausee). Most lakes, however, are very cold and too cold for me personally.
Tip: Lake Thun is warmer than Lake Brienz and probably the best choice on a hot day.
Located at Lake Thun, Thun is one of the bigger towns in that area. Don’t forget to stop by at the Oberhofen Castle in Thun, but this is not the only great place to see in Thun.I was stunned to see how pretty the town center actually is and was smitten by the beautiful Thun Castle. Thun is definitely a place in Interlaken to add to your itinerary.
Rest at Schloss Schadau
Castles are probably not the first thing that comes to most people´s minds when hearing about Switzerland – but there are some beautiful ones, like Schloss Schadau.
You can walk around Schloss Schadau for free, and if you walk behind it, you have stunning views of Lake Thun and the Swiss Skyline.The interior often is not as stunning as you might know from countries like Austria or Germany, but they are beautiful to look at and are often located in a beautiful area. Sometimes, you have to pay an entrance fee to get to the garden – I did it a few times, often it was not worth it, but I still love looking at them.
Some more castles to visit in Switzerland: Schloss Thun, Schloss Interlaken, Unspunnen Castle or Oberhofen Castle.
Try out Bungee Jumping
Okay, I would not do that (not for a million dollars): But if you want to have a more exciting experience, you could bungee jump. You can do that from Stockhorn Cable Car in Interlaken. The view is probably one of the best you will ever have – when bungee jumping.
Walk Over the Trift Bridge
Also not directly located in Interlaken but in Grimselwelt, you will find the impressive Trift Bridge that has become a popular place to visit.And if you are into suspension bridges and hikes, then this place is for you. The suspension bridge is 170 meters long and offers great views (if you dare to look around). Unlike many other attractions in the country, the cable car will not drop you off at the bridge, but you have to do a 90-minute hike (or, in my case, a 120-minute hike) to get there.
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. I also hiked back from the cable car station in the mountain to the valley. I should not have done that as it was probably a bit too much for me. If you are fit, you could probably skip the cable car completely.
Prices for the cable car are around 11€ (22€ return), and there is free parking. Check out my detailed post on how to see the Trift Bridge.
Take Ski or Snowboard Lessons
I have never been skiing or snowboarding (update, I did have my first ski lessons in Verbier), but Switzerland would be the first choice if I did one day.
There is a reason why Switzerland is one of the most popular places for winter sports – and the region of Interlaken and Jungfrau are some of the best spots to hit the slopes. Though there are some places you can do winter sport throughout the year (like a few activities on Jungfraujoch), the best time to visit is…in the winter.
Fall in Love With Spiez
Oh, Spiez… One of my most favorite places in Interlaken is this place.
I loved the village and the castle at the water – and my little Puppygak was also so in love. It is one of the most beautiful places in Interlaken.It has a Mediterranean flair, and its waterfront is lovely though small (and it comes with great views of the Niesen Mountain). So, if you are looking for some French Riviera vibes, this is the place to be.
You get there easily by public transportation from Interlaken, but there are also options to get there by boat or car (of course, with parking fees).
Spend Time at Giessbachwasserfall and Grand Giessbach Hotel
While doing a boat tour on Lake Brienz, get out at the Giessbachwasserfall boat station and explore the region. You can take a funicular to get up to the amazing Grand Giessbach Hotel (a full hotel review is here) or do the easy 10-minute hike u and then hike even further and see more of this really stunning waterfall with great views of Lake Brienz.The hotel has a unique atmosphere and the best views of my favorite Lake Brienz.
You can also get to the area by car (the drive up in via a mountain street, so you should enjoy driving narrow mountain streets).
Parking there costs around 9€ these days – if you plan to spend more time, it is probably worth it. But you can also get there by bus (the yellow Postautos will get you here) if you do not want to walk here from Iseltwald, nor take the boat or drive yourself.
Wengen is another beautiful and car-free village that should be on your list when visiting this region. It is small and tiny so you might not spend a lot of time there, but it is a popular place to visit in Interlaken.
Personally, it wasn’t my favorite place, but if you are looking for typical small Swiss villages, it is a great place to see.
Visit St. Beatus Caves
St. Beatus Caves is known for the caves, but also, I was blown away by the views from up there. Definitely worth a visit and something you should experience and one of the top things to see in Interlaken (seriously).There is an entrance fee for a guided tour (which you have to take) and where you will learn about the caves and their history. It is actually quite interesting and was perfect for visiting on a hot day.
So, by visiting the caves, you can – again – kill several birds with one stone.
Updated after my second trip to St. Beatus Caves: If you are at beautiful St. Beatus Caves, walk down the other way for 10-15 minutes to enjoy the view from the famous Instagram spot (see picture).
Enjoy Views From Sigriswil
Sigriswil is a hidden gem, and getting up to Sigriswil (by car) was not always easy as the streets became quite tight on some parts, but it was worth it. It is a less busy place, and the Sigriswil Suspension Bridge view was stunning (you can also take a bus to get up there).The bridge does cost money (so bring some cash with you), but the suspension bridge is not as scary as some other bridges in the region.
Find A Hidden Gem – Grabenmühle
The ticket for passing the above mentioned-bridge is about $8, but with that ticket, you also have entry to the most stunning Grabenmühle. Grabenmühle is probably the cutest place I have seen in Switzerland and totally unknown amongst tourists.Grabenmühle is just a few meters behind Sigriswil Suspension Bridge, and I do not want to say too much – just go there during the day and feel amazed as you have a cuteness overdose. You can also do “gold rinsing” or see alpacas and other animals. It is a weird place, but I loved it!
Check out opening hours here (unfortunately, it is only in German), but on Mondays, it is closed.
Get up Schynige Platte
One of the best views in Interlaken is from Schynige Platte. So it doesn’t surprise it is one of the best places to visit in Interlaken (yes, another bucket list item for your Interlaken itinerary).The great things about Schynige Platte are the fact that you have amazing views of the Swiss Skyline (seeing the three top mountains, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau) on the one side (if you take the funicular you do not even have to hike up). After a 20-minute hike from the funicular station, you get to see Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, two of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland, at the same time.
Do a Kayak Day Tour
The best Interlaken activities include a lot of outdoor activities: With all the beautiful lakes, a kayak tour seems to be a perfect choice for the sporty ones among you. Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a very sporty person, so I skipped that one.
Lake Brienz is a popular place to do kayaking – either bring your own kayak or book a kayak trip in Interlaken.
It took me a while, but I have finally gotten what the fuss is about hiking. Hiking from Grütschalp to Mürren was one of the most rewarding and amazing things I have done – on a clear day, the scenery is just one of a kind. After that, I started hiking each day, and if you are in Interlaken, you might never get enough of it.The region of Interlaken and Jungfrau is one of the best areas in the country for hikers. So whether you are a hiking novice, a more experienced hiker, or a super hiker – you will find spectacular hikes everywhere!
Experience Helicopter Skydive
I have mentioned it before, but Interlaken is known as the best place for adrenaline junkies. So a helicopter skydive is a great opportunity to experience this on your own – there are not many sceneries that beautiful when you are jumping out of a helicopter.
P.s. you can justify the high price with the fact that you are actually doing two great things, a helicopter ride and a skydive at once.
Visit Merlingen and Enjoy the Views
Merlingen is also a small village located on Lake Thun’s shores. It is one of the cutest places in Interlaken. You could go swimming or enjoy the views from the church.I tend to come here every year but haven’t really spoken about my little obsession – now, I am sharing with you guys this secret. The views are pretty stunning, and you do not need to drive for long – or even do crazy uphill hikes – to get the views.
It is pretty easy to reach via bus, car, or even boat. But though it is just a few hundred meters to drive from the main road, the streets are narrow, and it looks like a one-way street (though it isn’t). So, if you are uncomfortable driving up that short but narrow street, park it and just walk up for 5 minutes.
Hop on an E-Bike
Interlaken and the Jungfrau region are hilly. An e-bike tour is a great solution to cycle your way around. It gives you more freedom when it comes to getting around. Unless you are an experienced mountain biker, this is a fun and great way to get around in Interlaken.
You can rent e-bikes at many hotels or even in the town center and discover Interlaken this way.
Relax at the Lucerne -Interlaken Express
Train riding in Switzerland is not comparable with train riding in many other places – it is an experience in itself and something I sincerely recommend. One of the most beautiful rides in the ride from Lucerne to Interlaken. Check Out Prices for Train Rides in Switzerland
This is one of the best things to do in Interlaken if you just want to sit and relax while watching beautiful surroundings.
Do a Road Trip
Take your time and plan in many stops. Interlaken is one of Switzerland’s best places for a beautiful road trip (though some villages are car-free). I am not the biggest fan of driving, but I probably will never get enough of driving in Switzerland despite the mountains and sometimes narrow streets.
Just be careful as there are many speed cams, but other than that, driving in Switzerland is fun. Here are more tips for driving in Switzerland.
Many things I have mentioned are great things to do in Interlaken in summer – but probably also in winter. If you drive in the winter, just make sure to drive extra carefully.
End the Days with these Sunsets
If you enjoy watching sunsets, plan some time at Lake Thun – it is by far the best way to end the day. There is even a sunset boat cruise on Lake Thun – but I haven’t ever seen a boring sunset around Lake Thun.Harder Kulm is also a popular place to watch the sunset – I still prefer the sunsets at Lake Thun. Check out boat tours for Lake Thun here in the evening.
More good places to enjoy the sunsets are Leissigen or Beatenberg station. I also heard about beautiful sunsets in Wengen, Faulhorn mountain peak (which comes with a hike, though), or Iseltwald at Lake Brienz.
Unfortunately, not every place is as pretty as the region of Interlaken and Jungfrau. So my tip is to enjoy each second – regardless of how long you stay.
GENERAL 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!
Language in Interlaken
Though Germany is the main language, most people speak English. There are many Arabic, Chinese and Indian restaurants as Interlaken is extremely popular amongst tourists from those places. However, you can also find all other kinds of cuisines and fast-food restaurants.
How to Get Around Interlaken
Driving in Interlaken is very safe and easy (the streets are well paved, driving in the mountains might be a bit tricky, though). Public transportation in Interlaken is effortless as buses/trains go often, are punctual and reliable, so I recommend getting around by public transportation.
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.
Where to Stay / Best Hotels 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. 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. Not a cheap 4* but a very great one since it is located at one of the best Interlaken attractions (the waterfalls).
- 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 also better than in the Hotel Interlaken. 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 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.
- Airbnb is also big in Interlaken, and though you will not find a bargain where you might get a better deal if you like to prepare your own meal or if you are in a bigger group. If you are an Airbnb first-time user, you can save $$ by using my link.
Security in Interlaken
Interlaken – and the region – is very safe and secure. With common sense, you should be fine. I have always traveled solo to Interlaken (sometimes accompanied by my little dog) and never felt unsafe. Keep valuables close to you, and you should be fine!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THINGS TO DO IN INTERLAKEN
As a regular visitor to the region of Interlaken, I have had the chance to make some incredible memories.
I am well aware that actually experiencing all the top 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 you have found 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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