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Things to do in Interlaken

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

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From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

1. 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 Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain

2. 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.

From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

3. 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. Learn more about the history of the Jungfrau Railways on the "Alpine Sensation” discovery tour, 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.

Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight with Pilot

4. 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.

Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Interlaken: Tandem Paragliding Flight

7. 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 Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

8. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. Get immersed in the stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and Aletsch Glacier from the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau. Your 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, 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. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of 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 views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

Interlaken: Winter Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz

9. 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.

From Interlaken: Skiing in Grindelwald for Beginner's

10. From Interlaken: Skiing in Grindelwald for Beginner's

Embark on a trip to Grindelwald from Interlaken and enjoy this beginner's skiing adventure in the Swiss Alps. Marvel at the epic views of the Eiger mountain as your guide teaches you how to ski on the Bodmi beginner's slope. Meet your guide and fellow adrenaline junkies at the Outdoor Interlaken Base to begin your activity. Get a quick safety induction and collect all your equipment before you head to the Bodmi slope. Feel the snow beneath your feet as you enjoy the thrill of skiing in the Swiss alps. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the glaciers over the north face of the Eiger mountain. Make sure you use the drag lifts and the magic carpets to give your feet a rest in between skiing. End your day on a high as you leave the slopes with skiing skills that you can reuse and long-lasting memories.

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based on 3,319 reviews

A-MA-ZING!!! Honestly the best experience I’ve ever had. Definitely worth the money and have no regrets booking it. Coming from the UK, staying in Geneva and having to travel into Interlarken we didn’t know what to expect, but we were welcomed by a group of helpful staff that helped us get geared up and ready for the day ahead. The meeting point is clearly displayed outside the store so you should have no problem identifying it. Clothing is very easy to rent and they also provide lockers to store bags while you go up to the mountains. We were taught by Kim who was soooo warm, welcoming and kind. He took his time teaching us, didn’t rush us and allowed us to get comfortable and gain enough confidence to continue snowboarding throughout the whole session. The staff members attitude towards you can have a big impact on the experience and Kim made sure we had a great and unforgettable time so once again THANK YOU KIM! I would 100% recommend these sessions, such a great experience.

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!! Words cannot describe how insane this trip was. Minu was our guide and she was simply the best. So knowledgeable and helpful. We were lucky to have a clear day where we could see all the mountains so clearly! The view up was breathtakingly beautiful! The whole day was planned out well and we throroughly loved this excursion so much. It is definitely worth the money as you see and do so much during the day. The highlight was definitely riding a Swiss train through the mountains with the most stunningly breathtaking views. 100% recommend to anyone wanting to see the amazing beauty of Switzerland !!!

The tour to the top of Europe was amazing! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, making the trip even more enjoyable. His passion for his job was evident and he kept the group entertained. It was an unforgettable adventure!

Worth it!! Skywings Paragliding have professional and experienced pilots (really grateful to my tandem pilot Jonas!). It was truly an amazing experience!

Pedro and Weili were very knowledgeable of the different stages of the journey which made for a informative day out!