Things to do in Interlaken

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

Our most recommended things to do in Interlaken

Interlaken: Funicular Ticket to Harder Kulm

1. 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 Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

2. 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.

Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight with Pilot

3. Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight with Pilot

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.

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.

Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight

5. Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Experience a unique trip that you will remember forever. Enjoy a paragliding flight with an experienced pilot from Beatenberg to Interlaken. First, be driven by bus from Interlaken to Beatenberg. Receive a safety briefing and instructions before the flight. Then, take a few steps with your pilot down a gently inclining slope before suddenly picking up in the air and soaring 800 meters above Interlaken. Enjoy the amazing views and the incredible feeling of gliding high above the Jungfrau region. Your pilot will take photos during your tandem flight which you can view on a tablet at the landing field and purchase if you wish. After a 10 to 20-minute flight, land softly in the center of Interlaken, within walking distance of all hotels and train stations.

From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

6. From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

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 bus 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, from where the bus takes you back to Zurich.

Jungfrau: Round-Trip Tour by Train & Eiger Express Gondola

7. Jungfrau: Round-Trip Tour by Train & Eiger Express Gondola

Discover Jungfraujoch on a train journey. Admire views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau as you travel by rail to Europe's highest train station and visit the Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, and Sphinx Observatory. Travel to Jungfraujoch either with the traditional train or by the new Eiger Express gondola, which transports you from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes. When you arrive, step off the train or gondola into a magical, snow-covered land with stunning views of the mountains. Your ticket includes entry to the Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, and Spinx Observatory. Explore the area and the attractions before returning down the mountain.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Grindelwald and Interlaken

8. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Grindelwald and Interlaken

Depart Lucerne and journey to the magnificent mountains of the Bernese Oberland by coach. Marvel at the splendid countryside as you drive to the beautiful resort town of Interlaken in the Jungfrau region.  After an orientation stop in Interlaken, continue to the village of Grindelwald, more than 1,000 meters above sea level. Get stunning views of the surroundings, including the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.  Use your leisure time to ride the funicular to the terrace of Grindelwald First (optional, not included). Go for a walk or rent a Trotti bike (a scooter-like bike without a seat) and experience the dramatic scenery from a different perspective. Then, take a scenic - unescorted - train ride back to Interlaken, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Browse the shops or go to the Harder Kulm viewpoint by cable car for stunning views of the surrounding area (optional, not included).  Breathe in the fresh mountain air before meeting your guide again for the return journey to Lucerne and the end of the tour.

Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

9. 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: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

10. Interlaken: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

Don't miss a visit to Lake Brienz during the winter months when it's at its most beautiful and least crowded. Join your guide for a peaceful kayak ride around the lake and glide over the mirror-like water as you take in stunning views of the mountains on all sides.  After a brief introduction to kayaking, put on a top-quality dry suit and boots to keep you extra warm on the water. Then head out for 2 hours of paddling through the winter wonderland of Lake Brienz. Take in stunning views of the historic Ringgenberg Castle and admire the crisp reflections of the snow-capped peaks on the water.

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What people are saying about Interlaken

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,107 reviews

I rarely buy these tours as they are normally overpriced. But if you want to go to the top of Europe, you must book this one. It was. a 4-minute walk to pick up from Zurich HB. The bus was a double-decker. We sat on the bottom which had tables. It was comfortable with a great view. You can drink water but no eating on the bus. There are no restrooms on the bus. You can use the restroom in Interlaken. It cost 1 CHF to use the public restroom. We had 45 min. there then on to Jungfraujoch. Bring plenty of snacks and water as the food prices are pricey. If you forget you will stop in Interlaken and can buy food in the grocery store for a good price. Water is sold on the bus for 2 CHF but at the store, it's .95CHF. The tour guide was nice and explained a lot of history. Had great weather when we arrived. The Cable car ride was exciting and the view was nice. The train ride was through a tunnel. The top of Europe was beautiful and a memorable experience.

From start to finish, every aspect of the tour was of the highest quality. Our tour guide was very informative and could not have been more helpful. Would highly recommend.

A trip worth going for. Such a beautiful and awesome place. The guides was professional!

Best to do without worrying the logistics of going up to the mountain!

Amazing overall! Great people and surreal experience!