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Interlaken

Between the crystal clear lakes of Thun and Brienz, explorers will find incredible views and adventure here.

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Tandem Paragliding in Interlaken

1. Tandem Paragliding in Interlaken

Feel what it's like to be free as a bird as you float weightlessly through the air - the age-old dream of being able to fly has come true. Without any prior experience, you can accompany a seasoned pilot and discover the Jungfrau Region from a bird’s-eye view. A few simple steps are all it takes to enter a totally new world. Experience the breathtaking sensation of leaving the ground below you and flying freely into the air. The pilots have many years of experience and have taken thousands of flights. They'll teach you how to fly. You will start at Beatenberg in Amisbühl, at a height of 1,350 meters, and fly to Höhematte in Interlaken, a height of 550 meters. Your flight will last around 10-30 minutes, depending on wind conditions.

Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

2. Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

Admire Europe from the Jungfraujoch railway station at 3,454 meters above sea level. Marvel at the Alps from Europe's highest railway station and relax on a scenic ride to and from the station. The view and adventure platform at 3454 meters above sea level unites in a place that fascinates people of the Alps: a majestic backdrop of ice, snow and rock with breathtaking far-sightedness. You can exchange the voucher for a ticket at Interlaken Ost, Jungfraujoch or Lauterbrunnen train stations or travel the other way around. The train departs every 30 minutes and the departure time is freely selectable. Once at the top, simply follow the signs to the tour and you will not miss any highlights. To do the tour it takes you aproximately 1 to 2 hours. There are also restaurants on the Top of Europe and even a Snow Fun Park in summer, so calculate 6 to 8 hours for the whole trip.

Interlaken: Funicular Ticket to Harder Kulm

3. Interlaken: Funicular Ticket to Harder Kulm

If Interlaken had a king, he would reside on the Harder Kulm. Take a short walk from the Interlaken-Ost railway station to the Harder Kulm Railway valley station. From there, hop on the funicular in Interlaken and climb up the mountainside. Enjoy stunning views of the scenic mountain landscape. Once you ride to the top, check out the viewing platform which is 1,322 meters (!) above sea level. Marvel at the snowy peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Enjoy the spectacular view from the “Two-Lakes- Bridge,” where you can see the sapphire-blue lakes Brienz and Thun. Feel the thrill of standing on top of a glass-bottomed viewing platform. If you look down, you’ll really get to see what 1,322 meters look like. Visit the restaurant on top of the Harder Kulm. Although the restaurant looks like a castle, you won’t need to be a king to enjoy royal service. Relax as you admire the magnificent view of the sun setting behind the mountains. Choose when you want to make your descent down the mountain. Trains leave every 30 minutes and the last departure is at 9:40 pm.

From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain

4. From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain

Embark on a full-day guided tour to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride, take in the views of Europe from the Sphinx Observation Terrace, and explore the tunnels of the Ice Palace. Begin your excursion with a coach journey from Interlaken to the mountain resort of Grindelwald. Board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular ride to the Eiger Glacier. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. When you reach the top, marvel at the high-alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow, and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighboring countries, and the Aletsch Glacier. Walk through the tunnels of the Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Restaurants are available for meals and refreshments. During the descent, pass the holiday resort Wengen and stop at Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits for your return trip to Interlaken.

Jungfrau Travel Pass: Unlimited Transportation Ticket

5. Jungfrau Travel Pass: Unlimited Transportation Ticket

Take in the views at Schynige Platte, adventure at Grindelwald First, or if you prefer, watch the sun set over Harder Kulm. The Jungfrau Travel Pass has it all: three to eight days travel to all destinations and a special price for the trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. What top excursions are included? Interlaken - Harder Kulm - Top of Adventure Kleine Scheidegg Schynige Platte - Top of Swiss Tradition Grindelwald - First - Top of Adventure Grütschalp - Top of Family Männlichen Mountain Grosse Scheidegg and Bussalp by bus This pass is an all-in-one and valid for 3 to 8 days. It allows you unlimited travel on all routes that are included.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

6. From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

Explore the idyllic Bernese Oberland and magnificent Jungfrau mountain region on a full-day tour from Zurich. The day includes free time to explore the famous mountain resorts of Grindelwald and Interlaken, located between 2 lakes. Journey through the countryside to Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. After orientation, continue to Grindelwald, also known as “Glacier Village.” Lookout points provide stunning views of the impressive mountainscape, including the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Take the cable car to the sunny terrace of Mt. First, where you can rent unique and fun Trottibikes to whizz down to town (optional, not included). In the early afternoon, return by train to Interlaken, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the region’s shopping paradise. Choices on offer include regional produce, precious jewelry, and Swiss watches. If you don’t want to shop, you can visit Interlaken’s Harder Kulm mountain. A funicular will take you to the top for breathtaking views (optional, not included). Breathe in the fresh mountain air before meeting your guide for the return journey to Zurich and the end of the tour.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

7. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

Zurich: Day Trip to Interlaken and Jungfrau

8. Zurich: Day Trip to Interlaken and Jungfrau

Venture to the top of the highest glacier in Europe and behold panoramic views of the terrain that surrounds you. Enjoy an outing in the village of Interlaken, visit the Sphinx observatory, and ride a train that will elevate you 3454 meters to the zenith of Jungfrau. Start your adventure at the Zurich Central bus station and hop aboard your air-conditioned bus. Enjoy a short and scenic drive to your first destination, Interlaken. After a quick stop in Interlaken, board the Jungfrau rack train from Lauterbrunnen. Take in gorgeous views and ascend 3454 meters. Arrive at the top and depart from the highest altitude railway station in Europe. Take in views of the surrounding terrain from the zenith of the highest glacier in Europe. Visit the Sphinx observatory which provides you with some of the best views you can get of the two most famous peaks, Eiger and Mönch. Wander into the heart of the glacier and walk through the ice tunnel to experience the “Alpine Sensation” that traces the history of the Jungfrau. Once you get back from the top of the glacier, enjoy free time in Interlaken before taking a pleasant bus ride back to your starting point.

Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight

9. Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Experience a unique trip that you will remember forever. Enjoy a paragliding flight with an experienced pilot. First you will be driven by bus from Interlaken to Beatenberg. 800 meters above Interlaken, you will then take a few steps with your pilot down a gently inclining slope before suddenly picking up in the air. Enjoy the amazing views and the incredible feeling of gliding high above the Jungfrau region. This unique feeling of gliding should be experienced by everyone. After a 10 to 20-minute flight you will land softly in the center of Interlaken. Beatenberg – Interlaken: 1350 meters The event operator is certified as “Safety in Adventures”

Interlaken: Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

10. Interlaken: Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

This half day tour runs regularly throughout the summer and is suitable for all abilities. Your guide will offer instructions on how to develop your paddling skills and will also capture your experience with lots of photos to show to your friends and family back home.   Your tour starts in Bönigen on Lake Brienz, where you will travel across the River Lütschine, heading towards the north shore, exploring beautiful cliffs, past the 12th-century Ringgenberg Castle overlooking the lake and discover hidden beaches along the way.   Also enjoy an evening trip when the waters are calmer and you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. The evening tour follows the same itinerary as the half-day tour. The session lasts three hours, of which you will spend around two hours on the water. The summer tours run from May until October. When the water temperature gets colder in October and November wetsuits will be provided.  

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What people are saying about Interlaken

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,859 reviews

For those of you reading this, know that I am an introvert who is also scared of new experiences and meeting people. This was my first solo trip ever and I am so proud of myself for doing it. I met really wonderful, kind and helpful people of this trip. Our tour guide Franz Husmann, Pink and driver Josie were amazing. Swiss people are very punctual and organised, no kidding! I had no trouble in the entire trip. Everything was smooth and very well planned. Thank you Team. Hope to plan many more trips with you.

An all-round successful day and trip! We started punctually at 8 a.m. with a minibus in Zurich. Evan, our driver was very personable and knowledgeable. He speaks very good and understandable English and provided us with all the necessary information. It is important to follow the weather forecast before booking your trip, because the trip is only worthwhile when the weather is nice. The weather report on the Jungfraujoch homepage was reliable in our case.

We really enjoyed ourselves. We are experienced paddlers & truly appreciated the use of dry suits on a chilly afternoon. Our guide, Chris, was informative and funny. The boats were terrific. Scenery truly beautiful.

Everything run very smoothly from start to the end of the day

Mr Hussman was a great guide. Very enjoyable trip.