Don’t Miss These Essential Interlaken Activities

This post about Interlaken activities is courtesy of Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof. Create a local itinerary with their Interlaken trip planner, and book your stay in their cozy abode.

This is your bucket list for Interlaken, in the heart of Switzerland. Don’t miss any of these essential Interlaken activities!

Make the most of your time here by following some of our ideas:

Paragliding

Paragliding Switzerland by: Rennett Stowe (CC)
Paragliding Switzerland by: Rennett Stowe (CC)

Enjoy the feeling of floating free in the air. It’s a human dream to fly and you can experience it here. Plus, you take in the most beautiful views of the area: two blue-green-turquoise glittering lakes linked by the river Aare, the snow-capped Alpine tops with their harsh and rocky abysses together with green, wooded flowing hills.

Canyoning

Photo by alpinraft.ch
Photo by alpinraft.ch

Rappel and slide down washed out rocks and jump into pools – all in a river canyon that you have never experienced so close before. Your perspective is changed entirely when you climb or rappel down into the canyon, closely watched and helped by the fun guides that lead the small groups. (April til October)

Skydiving

View of interlaken area by: Jonathan (CC)
View of interlaken area by: Jonathan (CC)

Haven’t got your adrenaline fix yet? Try skydiving Interlaken. Treat yourself to the sensational experience of a helicopter flight, topped with a skydive jump from 4,000 m (13,300 ft) altitude. Take in the snow-capped magnificent stone walls and tops of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau from the helicopter. Then jump together with your experienced jumpmaster and free fall for up to 40 seconds at a speed of around 200 km/h (120 mph). You won’t ever forget that feeling!

Hiking

Photo by villa.ch
Photo by villa.ch

Okay, enough adrenaline for one visit. How about a beautiful hike that shows you the beauties of Switzerland and allows you to live any kind of Swiss cliché that you might think of?

Only, this is for real. People do actually live in the tiny mountain village of Gimmelwald. It’s surrounded by green meadows, where cows graze and sound their bells all along the valley. This way, the cows can be easily found in case they try to hide somewhere in the woods or along a mountain edge.

In winter you can combine this mountain walk with a sledding trip.

Train trip to Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch by: Patrick Nouhailler (CC)
Jungfraujoch by: Patrick Nouhailler (CC)

It’s an impressive trip of a lifetime to the glacier on Jungfraujoch

The train trip up the mountain deserves a tick on your bucket list by itself. Built over 100 years ago, three different trains carry you up the mountain and through a tunnel below the snow-covered rocks to the highest train station in Europe – 3,454 m (11,383 ft). Take in the impressive mountain range, most of it covered in snow all year round.

Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch by: Patrick Nouhailler (CC)
Jungfraujoch by: Patrick Nouhailler (CC)

After 2.5 hours on the train, be amazed by the world of ice and snow at the top!

Move across crevasses, see how the glacier “flows”, be as close as possible to the nature of a glacier. Visit the sphinx to get the best overall view. Enjoy the snow and play with snow tube or tyrolean in the fun park (May til mid-October – in the winter a snow fun park is provided at Kleine Scheidegg).

Want to experience what hiking in the snow at such an altitude means for your system? Wander across the glacier to the Monchsjochhut, a mountain hut in the everlasting snow.

You will learn how much harder every step becomes, just because of the altitude. It’s a feeling to remember.

Stroll, slide and move across the ice in the ice palace. The sculptures you see are cut out of the glacier ice itself.

Schilthorn

Photo by schilthorn.ch
Photo by schilthorn.ch

See for yourself! This is the best view of “the Swiss Skyline” – Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. You see about 40 different Alpine peaks from here, many of them covered in glacier snow. The cable car ride will have you pass close by a beautiful, impressive waterfall, rocky mountain edges, and alpine meadows.

In winter, you will take in this impressive view from above the clouds. While  you might start in the fog in the morning, you will make your way through the clouds, ending up at the top in the most beautiful sunshine and blue sky. It’s most incredible.

Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm by: lin Judy (CC)
Harder Kulm by: lin Judy (CC)

Make the most of your guest card that you should receive at check-in at any hostel or hotel in Interlaken. It gives you discounts on entrance fees and is your free bus pass in Interlaken. One of the benefits is a reduced trip to Harder Kulm. Locals call it their “home mountain”. It’s a lovely start to get you used to the heights around you. Take the tiny funicular up, and within an eight-minute ride and a few minutes’ walk, you find yourself on a unique viewing platform, reaching out far and leaving you standing above open space.

Take in the two lakes (after all, Interlaken is the town “between lakes”. Right in front of you there are also 2,000 m (6,650 ft) “regular” mountains. Behind them sits the main alpine mountain chain at 4,000 m (13,300 ft), splitting the watersheds to the North Sea on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.


Enjoy!

Interlaken has so much to offer. However long you give yourself, you’ll probably think that you have to return in order to complete all the Interlaken activities that you would like to do. That’s perfectly fine, Interlaken locals are looking forward to welcoming you back anytime 😇

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