What to Do in Interlaken, Switzerland – 50 Ideas for Things to Do
Interlaken is so ridiculously beautiful that you, like me, will probably fall head over heels in love with it.
If you are thinking about visiting Interlaken, one of the most gorgeous regions in the world, and you are not sure what you should do there this post is the perfect post for you – giving you 50 ideas on what to do and see in this place called heaven on earth.
Why Visit Interlaken?
I personally think it is one of the most beautiful regions of the world and one of the best places to visit in Switzerland: gorgeous lakes, perfect mountains, stunning sceneries and cute towns all around. I can truly say, that this part of Switzerland has stolen my heart.
Though Interlaken is not geographically big, there are tons of fun things to do in Interlaken. 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.
Though many people argue that Switzerland is too expensive to travel to I (partly agree and thus have listed my top tips for saving money in Switzerland here) but also argue that there are enough things you can do that does not cost much at all or that are even free.
Apparently, there are also tons of tours and activities that are also made for tourists and travelers that like a bit more exclusivity. Tip: with the Jungfrau Pass you can save loads of money if you plan to use gondolas, buses, visit attractions etc.
So, if you are wondering why visit Interlaken, the best Interlaken attractions, about best places to visit in Interlaken, or what to see in Interlaken Switzerland you are lucky as this post will give you all the answers on the best activities in Interlaken – from free things to do in Interlaken to luxurious adventures in Interlaken
Find a list of 50 great things to do in Interlaken – or more correct in the region of the Bernese Oberland, but before talking about the points of interests in Interlaken here are some general travel tips for Interlaken.
General Travel Tips for Interlaken
Language: 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.
Interlaken is expensive – Switzerland is expensive and Interlaken is one of the most expensive parts in Switzerland. To find out how to save money on your Switzerland trip click here. You can pay in Swiss Franks, but € and $ is also widely accepted – however, you are better off by paying in Swiss Francs.
How to Get Around in 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 extremely easy as buses/trains go often, are punctual and reliable, so I recommend getting around by public transportation.
Security Tips for Interlaken
Interlaken is safe! Seriously, Switzerland feels safe and so does Interlaken. Since Interlaken is extremely popular amongst wealthy tourists from all over the world (and the region is wealthy in general) I never felt I had to take extra precautions – you can wear expensive jewelry, bags, and walk around alone by night without having to worry. Exercise common sense you are fine to go – Interlaken is also great for solo female travelers.
Where to Stay in Interlaken
Interlaken is home to some amazing hotels – amazing and expensive.
$$$ The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is Victoria Jungfrau and since I have not started there myself I can just repeat what I heard: This hotel is supposed to be amazing, so if you are looking for fancy place this is probably the best pick.
$$ 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 very unique. Not a cheap 4* but a very great one since it is located to one of the best Interlaken attractions (the waterfalls).
$$ Hotel Interlaken s another great places to stay in Interlaken. It is actually more than 500 years old and quite simple but a 4* hotel but the location (close to Interlaken Ost station) is just perfect.
$ If you are on a budget I recommend staying outside of Interlaken, some cute towns close by that offer good value for money.
Airbnb is also big in Interlaken and though you will not find a bargain there you might get a better deal if you like to prepare your own meal or if you are in a bigger group. If you are a Airbnb first-time user you can save $$ by using my link.
50 Great Things to Do in the Region of Jungfrau and Interlaken
Okay, now we can get started and talk about the most fun things to do in Interlaken.
1) Grindelwald and Grindelwald-First
Grindelwald is one of the cutest villages, and a must-see place in the region of Interlaken, of Switzerland and should be on your list – and while you are in Grindelwald, visit Grindelwald First as well.
2) White Water Rafting
You cannot leave Interlaken without having done some outdoor activities – try a white water rafting tour from river Lütschine and paddle through the choppy water. P.S. you might be surprised by the water color of the river, it is quite unusual but a great activity to do in Interlaken.
Experience the powerful waterfalls in Interlaken: the Trümmelbachfälle: be prepared for a loud, wet and cool experience. Luckily I did not take my DSL with me (I went after some very heavy rain) but if you have a GoPro or waterproof camera you are good to go and might be able to take good pictures.
How to get there: I got there by car, but, luckily Switzerland has an amazing public transportation system, so you can get there by bus (station is Stechelberg, btw this is also a station to another top place to visit in Interlaken (to find out which Interlaken attraction I mean keep reading). Entry fee about 10€ ($12).
One of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland (and thus in the world) is the Bachalpsee (Bachalp Lake). Hiking or strolling around the Bachalpsee and should be on your list, so another reason to visit Grindelwald and do some hiking.
Castles are probably not the first thing that come to most people´s mind when hearing about Switzerland – but there are some beautiful ones, like Unspunnen Castle or Schloss Schadau which are beautiful things to see in Interlaken.
6) 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 sporty person so I skipped that one 🙂
7) Oeschinensee (Oeschinen Lake)
Talking about gorgeous lakes: Is Lake Oeschinensee not beyond amazing? It is so perfect that Oeschinensee should be on everybody´s Interlaken itinerary and 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.
When I finally visit it was terrible weather and I could not hike around the lake but if you get the chance definitely take your time for some hiking.
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 me up (return ticket about 25€, discount with a Swiss Travel Pass) and then another 20-30 minute walk needed. For the ones that do not wanna hike at all, take the little shuttle bus which brings you directly to the lake for a few €.
8) Paragliding and Hanggliding
Same same but different: Paragliding and hang gliding are fun – both in such a 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?
9) Boat Tour on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
Interlaken sightseeing is not complete without having done a boat tour.
Though Switzerland, and Interlaken in particular, have several beautiful lakes, this one is my favorite. Lake Brienz has the most stunning lake color in Switzerland and I am sure it will amaze everyone. With a day ticket, you can do a boat tour on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
While it is relaxing to just enjoy the view, I recommend hopping off on some stations- get off in Brienz or Giessbach Waterfalls and explore the parts on Interlaken a bit more.
Tip: If you want to do both boat tours start with the boat tour on Lake Brienz, as the one on Lake Thun operate longer and will not cause any stress.
Here are more Interlaken sightseeing places
10) Giessbachwasserfall and Grand Giessbach Hotel
While doing a boat tour on Lake Brienz get out at the Giessbachwasserfall stop 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.
I updated this post now (October 2017) because I really think this gorgeous 4* hotel is worth a visit. It has a unique atmosphere and the best vies of my favorite Lake Brienz. So, take this as my recommendation #51 – visit Grandhotel Giessbach.
11) Jetboat Ride in Interlaken
This is definitely on my own bucket list: A jetboat ride in Interlaken.
12) Natural Park of Blausee
Okay, this is probably not really in the region of Interlaken or Jungfrau, but pretty close to Interlaken and too pretty to be ignored – this lake is tiny but gorgeous. Do a trip to Blausee Nature Park and admire the color of the Blausee.
13) Ice Climbing
This is probably the better version of rock climbing: Ice climbing in Switzerland.
14) Harder Kulm
Normally a cit has a own cinema or an own shopping street – in Switzerland, each city has its own “house mountain”. Interlaken´ house mountain is Harder Kulm which gives you great views of …Interlaken.
Either hike up (compared to other hikes in the region this is considered an easy hike) or take a cable car and enjoy views like this from Harder Kulm.
Tip: With a Swiss Travel Pass you get a 50% discount and you can save money with Jungfrau Pass as well.
Are you looking for more ideas on things to do in Interlaken and asking yourself what to see in Interlaken?
Here are a few more ideas….
15) Helicopter Skydive in Interlaken
I know, 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 the 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).
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.
17) 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 height and it makes a great stop when getting up the Jungfraujoch – it does not surprise this is one of places to visit in Interlaken.
18) Niederhorn Mountain
When I visited Niederhorn Mountain it was quite cloudy but once the cloud disappeared the view was amazing and 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 funicular takes you up.But of course you could also hike up if you REALLY want to.
Visit Schilthorn and see the Swiss Skyline from there. When visiting Shilthorn date James Bond at the 007 Walk of Fame (and visit the “007 “museum) and eat at the revolving restaurant of Piz Gloria – the movie location of the James Bond movie where everything is about James Bond.
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How to get to Schilthorn: You can either take a cable car from Stechelberg (where you also find the Trümmelbachfälle, or you get up via a funicular/cable car from Mirren – a car-free town.
21) Mannlichen Mountain
Visit Männlichen Mountain and see the famous Swiss Skyline (the Swiss mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau) from Männlichen Mountain. On a clear day the Swiss Skyline is visible from many places but this view is quite amazing .
22) High Ropes Adventure Park
There are more fun things to do in Interlaken as e.g. jumping from platforms and soar through the air High Ropes Adventure Park in Interlaken.
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 absolutely surprised to see how pretty the town center actually is and was smitten by the beautiful castle Schadau. Thun is definitely a place in Interlaken to add on your itinerary.
Oh, Spiez <3 One of my most favorite places in Interlaken – 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.
More Places to Visit in Interlaken
I still have a few more Interlaken points of interest so here are another 25 top things to do in Interlaken.
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. It is another great place to see in Interlaken.
Visit Pfingstegg high above Grindelwald valley and try out the unique toboggan run – more than 700 meters long, and up to 40 km fast this is a fun thing to do in Interlaken – though it is only open from May-October.
Beautiful Interlaken is not only a region but also this cute town with two train stations, a main shopping street, as well as an Old Town. I admit that I actually liked Thun a bit better than Interlaken but after all, Interlaken is located between the two main lakes in the region (Lake Thun and Lake Brienz) which is pretty cool. If in Interlaken – visit Interlaken.
You can also join a free walking tour and discover Interlaken by foot.
28) Picnic in Interlaken
Another free thing to do in Interlaken is to enjoy a picnic at one of the great lakes (okay you have to buy your own food) but why not enjoy lunch with a view in Interlaken?
So take some snacks and a blanket and admire the great scenery. Interlaken is not only located in between two lakes (Lake Brienz and Lake Thun), you´l also find the beautiful Aare river – so the choice of places to picnic is great.
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 within the most beautiful scenery.
The word famous Staubbachwaterfall makes it picture perfect and one of the highlights in Interlaken
How to het there: After visiting the Trümmelbachfälle you can just walk straight to Lauterbrunnen and see the Staubbachwaterfall which is just around the corner – one of THE Interlaken tourist attractions.
30) Night Sled Ride
Do a night sled ride and enjoy the fondue afterward. This night sled ride, which takes four hours in total, includes an hour sled ride in the Switzerland Alps.
Places to See in Interlaken
31) Brienz Rothorn
If you are a hiker you´ll enjoy the hike. But I definitely recommend using the – even just for a stop -ride up in one of the old is such a unique experience and one of the things you should do in Interlaken.
Visiting the Brienzer Rothorn (on a clear) day has been one of the most amazing experiences I have made in Switzerland and it is my favorite mountain ride and it is one of the most beautiful places in Interlaken.
32) Horse Riding
Okay, as a middle school teacher I know how important the possibility of horse riding is for many (teenagers) – the good thing is that riding in the region of Interlaken is possible.
33) E-Bike Tour
Interlaken and the Jungfrau region are hilly – so an e-bike tour is a great solution to cycle your way around.
Wengen is another beautiful and car-free village that should be on your list when visiting this region.
Best Tours in Interlaken?
Here are some great guided tours in Interlaken but also more free activities for Interlaken,
35) Monster Scooter Tour
Enjoy a 45 minutes downhill ride with a fun monster scooter tour from Interlaken which is one of the most fun Interlaken activities.
36) Bungee Jumping
Okay, I would not do that: but if you wanna have a more exciting experience you could bungee jump you can do that from Stockhorn Cable Car in Interlaken.
37) St. Beatus Caves
St. Beatus Caves is known for the caves but in addition, 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).
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 second picture).
38) Ski or Snowboard Lesson
I have never been skiing or snowboarding 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 wintersports – and the region of Interlaken and Jungfra are one of the best spots to hit the slopes.
39) Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
Okay, Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge is not in Interlaken but close and should be on your bucket list as well.
40) Grindelwald Glacier Canyon
The Grindelwald Glacier Canyon is in the region of Jungfrau – add it to your list and walk towards the glacier while getting information about the canyon along the way as it is another stunning point of interest in Interlaken.
Sigriswill is a hidden gem and getting up there (by car) was not always easy as the streets became quite tight on some parts but it was worth it – the view from the Sigriswill Suspension Bridge was stunning (you can also take a bus to get up there).
The ticket for passing the bridge is about $6 but with that ticket you also have entry to the most stunning Grabenmühle- 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 wanna say too much – just go there during the day and feel amazed as you have an cuteness overdose.
42) Segway Tour
Explore the region with a Segway tour and admire the stunning scenery while having a fun ride.
43) Schlinge Platte
One of the best views in Interlaken is from Schynige Platte, so definitely put that on your list when you visit Interlaken.
The great things about Schynige Platte is 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) and 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.
44) Go Swimming in Interlaken
Dip in one of the lakes – many are very clean and swimming is allowed in many lakes in that region (few examples, e.g. Blausee)
45) Glacier Trekking in Interlaken
Hike through snow and walk on ice – such a tour probably is a unique experience and w great thing to do in Interlaken in winter.
46) 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.
47) Bike Tour in Interlaken
Though I mentioned that an e-bike is a good idea for Interlaken a normal bike tour is also a great way to explore the region. Be prepared to exercise a lot since – after all- it is quite a hilly region but this is also a super way to discover Interlaken.
48) Road Trip in Interlaken
Take your time and plan in many stops – Interlaken is one of the best places in Switzerland for a beautiful road trip (though there are some villages that are car-free). I am not the biggest fan of driving but, despite the mountains and sometimes narrow streets, I probably will never get enough of driving in Switzerland. Just be careful as there are many speed cams but other than that driving in Switzerland is fun.
As many things I have mentioned it is a great thing to do in Interlaken in summer – but probably also in winter. If you drive in the winter just make sure to drive extra carefully.
49) Hotel Interlaken
When in Interlaken you need to sleep in one of the oldest hotels in Switzerland – Hotel Interlaken is more than 500 years old and located in the heart of Interlaken. It is a simple 4* hotel but its history and location make this place pretty special.
50) Snowshoe Tour in Interlaken
Strap into lightweight shoes and discover the peaks and valleys of the region by doing a snowshoe tour – another fun activity to do in Interlaken.
Unfortunately, not every place is as pretty as the region of Interlaken and Jungfrau, so enjoy each second <3
Read more: 25 best things to do in Switzerland
I hope you enjoyed my post “Things to do in Interlaken” and got some inspiration for activities to do Interlaken – in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Safe travels! Arzo
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