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8 Things to Do in Interlaken, Switzerland

A complete tourist guide to Interlaken

Lake Thun, Interlaken

Interlaken is a beautiful Swiss city, it has so much to offer that we suggest you spend a few days exploring. Boasting a superior view of the Alps, Interlaken is nestled between lake Thunz and Brienz. Even a walk through Interlaken is a beautiful experience.

Lake Thun, Interlaken
Lake Thun, Interlaken

We have put together the following list of things, to keep you busy in Interlaken:

1. Hikes and Trails

Interlaken’s hikes and trails are probably the easiest and most scenic ones in Switzerland. There are trails like Panoramaweg, a two-hour circuit or Pizol’s Five Lake four to five-hour circuit which are worth exploring. The difficulty and durations vary on these treks and hikes and one can choose what suits them.

2. Highest Railway Station in Europe, Jungfraujoch

The highest railway station in Europe, at 3,454 meters above sea level is an absolute must visit. Especially because it takes you to Jungfrujoch, which is one of the most famous attractions in Switzerland. On a clear day, the station platform is said to have a view as far as Italy, Germany, and France.

The Jungfraujoch station
The Jungfraujoch station Photo Credit: Jonas Lucas

3. Paragliding

Paragliding in Interlaken can offer you beautiful views of the alps as you experience the greatest gifts of nature complementing by a floating sensation. Paragliding in Interlaken is a safe and an extremely memorable experience. Paragliding activities can be booked via companies like Paraglide Interlaken, Swiss Paragliding and Skywing Adventures.

Paragliding in Interlaken
Paragliding in Interlaken

4. Skydiving

If you enjoy Paragliding, then Skydiving will give you a new high. Jumping off a small prop-plane with an experienced instructor and into the beautiful sights that Interlaken has to offer is an experience of a lifetime. The bird’s eye view of the Alps or the lakes Thunz and Brienz are magnificent. If you are hungry for an adventure, a nerve-racking experience coupled with an absolutely incredible view, then Skydiving is your thing to do.

5. St. Beatus Caves

A famous legend says that after driving a fire-breathing dragon into Lake Thun, Saint Beatus chose St. Beatus Cave for his hermitage. The caves feature gorges, incredible limestone structures, and stunning underground waterfalls. Not only do waterfalls flow inside, but they also pour on the exterior of the mountain. A cave museum with guided tours starts every 30 min is a good way to explore the caves.

St. Beatus Caves
St. Beatus Caves

6. The Oberhofen Castle

The enchanting Oberhofen Castle displays beautiful and unique architecture, as well as an insight into the 16th-19th century way of life. The castle offers an incredible view of a lake, a harmonious garden along the riverbank, a historic museum, and a whimsical lakeside turret. The chapel is in use for baptisms and weddings to this day.

Oberhofen Castle
Oberhofen Castle

7. Weissenau Nature Reserve

On the east shore of Lake Thun, just outside Unterseen is the Weissenau Nature Reserve blessed with sumptuous views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. The reserve is a great place to have a family picnic and enjoy some peace. The reserve is also home to the ruins of Weissanau Castle which is a Swiss national heritage site, dating back to the 1200s.

8. Justistal Alpine Dairy

Your cultural experience of Switzerland begins with a tour of this authentic Alpine dairy. The tour involves a calming walk in the pasture to view the herds with a guide, before meeting the “dairyman”. He will show you behind the scenes of how the dairy operates, and the cheese made here will be waiting for you on the table for a communal breakfast at the end of the tour.

Justistal Alpine Dairy
Justistal Alpine Dairy

Nerve racking outdoor experiences, to a harmonious city with periodic insights into its history, Interlaken satisfies all tastes and ages. If you’re planning to visit Switzerland, don’t forget to include Interlaken in your itinerary.

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Written by Lakshya Tyagi

Engineering Student who’s travelled the world, inspired by diversity and empowered by the pen.


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