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Mountain, Trail, View Point, Hiking Trail

They call this mountain ‘Intelaken’s Local Mountain’. Of all the huge massifs rising all around the Bern Canton, this one is probably the easiest to get to the top. It is only 1322 metres tall, and you climb it by taking the funicular from the Interlaken Harderbahn. The 10 minute journey will stagger your eyes with breathtaking views. And the views only get better at the restaurant on top, which looks like a small Art-Noveau castle. From its terrace there are likely no better views of the massif of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau or the Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. There is a playground for children there too.

You can get married in the restaurant’s wedding hall!

There are four main hiking trails on the mountain, lasting between three to five hours, from Interlaken Ost to Harder Kulm. There is a mountain loop trail too.

Harder Kulm

Entertainment, Workshop

People don’t immediately associate Interlaken with chocolates but this delightful and friendly workshop and chocolate making will soon fix that for you. Tatiana and Michaela offer hour long workshops. They don’t just help you make your own chocolate – melting, tempering, moulding – to take back, but also serve up the full story of chocolate. All you have to bring are a willing spiritedness and a camera. They will provide the chef’s aprons and hats. It’s one of the most fun thing you’ll do indoors in Interlaken.

Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland

Tour, Food And Drinks, Brewery

This historic brewery, formed in 1892, is now a winery and distillery too. With seven home brews, wines from all over Europe (including their own Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and six different whiskeys, you’re unlikely find a better source of alcohol in the region. Now, you could just buy the drink to go, but you should certainly check out the factory tour. Tours are by appointment only, from Tuesday to Sunday, and are ended with a tasting session.

Rugenbrau

Outdoors, Castle, Historical Site

Continuing the castle trail of Interlaken is this 12th century ruin. It changed hands multiple times during its history and played a prominent role in local conflicts. Abandoned in the 18th century the castle eventually fell to disrepair. But it is not entirely forgotten. Once every dozen or so years, the Unspunnen fest festival, which is a series of Swiss traditional sporting events, is held in the fields right below the castle. This festival has happened regularly since at least the 12th century. The castle’s location is rather dramatic.

Unspunnen Castle

Trail, Hiking Trail, Ancient Ruin, Castle

The second and more remote of the ruins of Wilderswil, this 13th century castle was abandoned in the 16th century, after which it fell into ruins. The ruins are not easy to get to, but there are two paths. One starts from the old mill in Wilderswil, goes through a forest, over a fragile looking suspension bridge, a narrow path without handrails, and a final steep climb. The other path, which begins from the valley floor, is even steeper; you will be exhausted at the end of the 30 meter ascent. There is barely anything left of the original castle, but the views are totally worth the climb. Not suitable for small children.

Rothenfluh Ruins

Ancient Ruin, Castle, Historical Site

Cross the River Aare into Unterseen from Interlaken. Follow the boat canal to the mouth of the river. There, you’ll find the ruins of an ancient castle from the 13th century. Its origins are unclear, but its history is full of stories of market towns, wars against Bern, and rebellions. The castle was even a prison at one point. Today, the only remnants of the castle still standing are the curtain wall, the residence and the tower. The location, with its backdrop of lakes and mountains, makes for some haunting pictures.

Ruine Weissenau

Trail, View Point, Hiking Trail, Adventure

Of all the trails in the Grindelwald region, none come closer to the north face of the Eiger than this one. Barely a short walk from the station later you’ll find yourself right under the incredible mountain. The trail runs under the rock for an hour, taking you past lovely views of Wetterhorn, a waterfall and the Grosse Scheidegg. Sometimes, if you look up, and you have binoculars, you may be able to see climbers attempting to ascend the Eiger. Though the start of the trail is a landscape of scree slopes as bleak looking as the wall itself, the road eventually descends into a lovely meadows. The trail ends at Alpiglen.

The Eiger Trail

Mountain, Waterfront, Hiking Trail, Lake

In a region known for its hiking trails this one has become famous for being perhaps the most postcard-perfect. At the end of the hike is a mirror lake, popular for the crystal clear reflection the mountains and hill and sky cast on the still waters. Around it, the gently sloping meadows make for unbeatable picnic spots. The path is a leisurely one, easy to walk. Your route will see the occasional cow with a bell on its neck and majestic mountains to the south.

Tip: To get off the mountain again from first, use the high speed First Flyer cable contraption from First.

Bachalpsee

Food And Drinks, Restaurant

So there are several ways to get to this restaurant hamlet 1800 metres above sea level.

The easiest would be to take the yellow bus from Grindelwald up to here, a 40 minute ride. But you should also know that Bussalp is a very popular middle point on various hiking routes. For example, it is the end of the hike from Bort (7 kilometers) or Weidli (4.5 kilometers). It is the midway point of the hike between Grindelwald and Faulhorn. In wintertime, it’s where you start the 12km long sledging to Grindelwald.

But the main reason people come here isn’t for the food. It’s for the views of Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch. The brilliant interplay of Alpine light and color – sweeping green lands, forbidding white mountains, vast blue skies – is at its most splendorous at Bussalp.

Bergrestaurant Bussalp

Mountain, View Point, Hiking Trail, Adventure

Rising 2,681 metre high between Lake Brienz and Grindelwald, this featureless summit is the popular end point of several hiking trails. The mountain’s location gives it an unparalleled dominant view of the seven lakes, Interlaken to the north, and the majestic Alps to the south. The views to the east and west aren’t bad either. The hike over from Grindelwald will usually take about 4 hours, passing Bachalpsee. Other trailheads to the summit begin from Bussalp, First and the Schynige Platte. The best month for hiking is August.

There is a hotel on the summit, and it has been there since 1830. People usually stay over for three reasons – the sunset, the stargazing and the sunrise.

Faulhorn

Trail, View Point, Hiking Trail, Adventure

The Romantic trail is well named. Consider your scenery. To the south, you always in sight of Eiger’s forbidding north wall. A gentle breeze brushes through beautiful meadows of cotton grass and flowers – anemones, buttercups, gentian, and alpine roses. The trail begins at Maennlichen and ends at Alpiglen, passing by Bustiglen, Arvengarten, and Mettla. Altogether the hike is about 7 kilometers long, and takes 2-3 hours to complete. It is one of the easiest and most fulfilling hikes in the region.

Maennlichen Romantikweg

View Point, Walking Area

You read that right. This is a walk, not a hike. It’s a stroll of about 700 metres from the cableway station Wengen Männlichen to Mannlichen peak. The walk itself does not look like anything special – a plain gravel pathway, coursing in a silver line through bright green meadows. But it’s when you reach the end, to the summit at 2,343 meters above sea level, that you fall in love. Spread out below you like the villages of Grindelwald and the Valley of Lauterbrunnen. To the south is the mighty Jungfrau massif. And to the north you can just about make out Lake Thun.

Mannlichen Royal Walk

Mountain, Hiking Trail, Nature

This is a popular mid-point stop for various hikes leading down to Grindelwald, notably hikes starting from Bort or Oberhaus. Most hikes are best when sunny. This one is best when it’s lightly raining or at least, when there is an overcast sky. The trail itself is nice and shady, especially the part that goes through the Dürrenberg woods. As for the rest of the place’s appeal – it is the same as the rest of Grindelwald – incredible panorama. The restaurant itself is a historic place. It was opened in 1911. All the food served here is locally sourced.

Aellfluh

Outdoors, Adventure, Sky Diving

Ever dreamt of flying? Why not go paragliding?! Paragliding Interlaken Ltd. is one of Switzerland’s leading experts in tandem paragliding flights. Having highly qualified and professional pilots, a reliable ground team along with trusted partners for outdoor adventures, head over to this place to have an experience of a lifetime. Activities include:

Summer/ Winter Paragliding
Paragliding Sunset
Sky Diving
River Rafting
Canyoning and a lot more.
Explore Interlaken’s natural playground with Paragliding Interlaken Ltd.

Paragliding Interlaken

View Point, Restaurant

This 1906 funicular, the Heimwehfluhbahn, climbs a short way up the hill to Heimwehfluh, where a restaurant terrace and a historic lookout tower await you. There is more to do here than to just eat and take in the lovely views of Interlaken though. Kids will enjoy the all-weather 400 metre toboggan run and the large playground. There is also a small exhibition on model-railways, and a small wildlife park. Almost everything here looks like it still belongs to a time and place from a century ago.

Heimwehfluhbann

Waterfront, View Point

Between the Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West trains stations runs this charming city’s main street, an absolute treasure trove of cute little souvenir shops and eateries. If that overload of cuteness wasn’t enough, from this street, you can view right up a valley to the south to see Jungfrau Mountain looming high over the city (the spot to do this from is the Hohematte). It is also the meeting place for guests from all over the world as they stroll or pass by in horse-drawn carriages.

Hoheweg Promenade

Outdoors, Lake, Nature

Between Ringgenberg and Goldswil, nestled into a little hollow between the Brienzersee lake and the mountains, is this little natural lido, with water lilies and ducks. It’s a favourite hang out of Interlaken families, as the water is wonderfully warm in the summer months. There is a kid’s playground, a pool for non-swimmers, a meadow to sunbathe in and barbeque spot. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque picnic spot.

Burgseeli

Cave, Specialty Museum

About 19 km from Interlaken, on the North Bank of Lake Thun, in the massif of Niederhorrn, is the cave where the legendary St. Beatus is said to have lived as a hermit. And apparently fought a dragon. And that was apparently four centuries after his death. A sprightly old zombie he must have been. But his home, these limestone caves, are actually as awesome as he deserves. With gorges, great halls and waterfalls to impress the most experienced spelunker, only about 1 km of these caves are open to the public. The remaining 14 km remain closed or open only to scientific exploration.

Now, they’ve even built an interactive museum with its own audio-guide into the Saint Beatus Caves. The museum discusses the cave’s origins, evolution, animals and plants and legend. The museum is an excellent option for any visitor who’s not currently healthy enough to tour the actual caves.

There is also a splendid restaurant called the St. Beatus Panoramic Restaurant where visitors can head to grab some delicious Swiss cuisine after a hard day of touring. How to get to St. Beatus Caves should not be an issue as the cave is easily accessible by road.

St. Beatus Caves

War Memorial, Lake, Nature

Created after the last glacial period, Lake Thun lies to the western side of Lake Brienz- separated by Bodeli. Lying at the base of the alpine catchment area, Lake Thun is known for its periodic floods when the glacial ice melts. A treat for geology lovers and a rare vision for nature admirers.

Did you know that the lake was a dumping ground for unused munitions post World War II? A site of interest indeed!

Lake Thun

Outdoors, Mountain, River

The Aargletschers are a group of mountains which have the glacier system that culminates into the river Aare. The Aare rises in the great Aargletschers (Aare Glaciers) of the Bernese Alps, in the canton of Bern and west of the Grimsel Pass. A rare treat to see the mountains forming a glacier pathway to its extremities, the river is purity redefined! Hiking through the mountains is the apt way of seeing the river breathes life into the barren land- a treat for hikers and joy for nature lovers.

Aare

River, Adventure Sport, Lake

Lutschine River is located in the Bernese Oberland, 12 kilometers from Interlaken. The mighty Lutschine offers some of the best white-water rafting in the Swiss Alps. The river joins Lake Breize and is mainly known for its moderately rough water- making the river a hotspot for river rafting. Unleash the adventure junkie in you and get an adrenaline rush as you make it through rapids. A must if you love to add a little bit excitement to your travels.

River Rafting Through Lutschine

View Point, Adventure

20 minutes of sheer magnificence, BOHAG arranges helicopter rides to cover the divine alpines. A treat for people who love flying, the view is sure to instill a new found appreciation for the planet.

A must if you are travelling with family and friends! Give it a miss if you suffer from Vertigo.

Bohag Helikopterrundflug

Garden, Train Ride

The Alpine Garden is located on the Schynige Platte, almost a 90 minutes train journey from Interlaken. The garden is known for its luscious flora thriving all over the Platte. The beautiful covers of Edelweiss are a signature flora here.

Highlights Include:

Cog wheel train ride from Wilderswil
Teddyland (Collection of Teddy bears)
Even though the journey is half the fun when you visit the garden, the destination itself is the icing on the cake! Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the mind-blowing view that awaits you.

Alpine Garden

Adventure Sport

Paragliding is one of the most thrilling and adventurous experiences you can take on in your entire lifetime and the Skywings Paragliding Interlaken is one such place that makes sure this experience is one-of-a-kind. Located in the traditional resort town of Interlaken in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland, this paragliding organization offers tandem flights for your need of the adrenaline rush. An ideal experience to enjoy with your family, friends or even solo, the skydiving experience is open from 0700 hours until 2200 hours, all around year. The organization also offers other activities such as river rafting, canyoning, bungy jumping, jet boat ride, hand gliding and ice climbing.

Skywings Paragliding Interlaken

Hiking Trail, Nature, Skiing

You and your tour companions will be awestruck by witnessing the magnificent beauty of the location of First. In the picturesque location of Schwarzhorn, it is a summit that is widely known for its charming beauty and scopes for recreational activities that it offers. It is also an eminent hiking area. Especially in the season of summer, the place gets crowded by hiking enthusiasts. Mountain biking can also be enjoyed in these trails suitably. During winter, the place turns into a snow-clad beauty where you can indulge in activities like sledding, zip lining and skiing. First is an ideal spot for photography too.

Grindelwald, Firstbahn

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