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From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

1. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

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 coach 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, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

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From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

2. From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

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.

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From Bern: Jungfraujoch Private Day Tour

3. From Bern: Jungfraujoch Private Day Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to the train station in Bern. Board an intercity train for 1 hour to Interlaken, where you will change onto a local train. After 20 minutes, arrive at Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. Ride the cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports and the annual FIS Worldcup downhill race. At Keine Scheidegg, change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the top of the mountain. During the ride, the train will make a scenic stop in the middle of the tunnel, where you will have the opportunity to get off the train for 5 minutes. Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch at 11333 ft above sea level, take a 1-hour walking tour through the tunnel system. If the weather conditions are good, you may be able to see the Black Forest in Germany from the terrace. Continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a lovely outdoor spot covered in snow. Finish the walking tour by passing through a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. Stop for lunch at 1 of the 3 restaurants in Jungfraujoch - your guide will be happy to assist you or join you for lunch. After lunch, take in the views and enjoy the mountain air, before you head back to the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg. Make an optional stop in Grindelwald if desired, before returning back to Bern via the same route where you will be dropped at your hotel. 

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Jungfraujoch Small Group Tour From Interlaken

4. Jungfraujoch Small Group Tour From Interlaken

Begin your tour by meeting your guide at the train station Interlaken Ost. The tour starts with the travel by train to Lauterbrunnen, where you arrive after 20 Minutes.  While you change the train, have a look at the famous "Staubbach" waterfall. The cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg takes 50 minutes, where you get off. Here you will change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you within 30 minutes to the top. During the ride, the train will stop once in the middle of the tunnel for a scenic stop, where you will get off the train for 5 minutes.  Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch, which is 11333 ft above sea level, your tour guide will lead you through the attractions of this destination. The walking tour will take approx. 1 hour inside the tunnel system. The sightseeing tour is protected from the weather outside and easily accessible. At the Sphinx terraces and on good weather conditions, you may see the black forest in Germany! The continuation of the sightseeing will take you through the "Alpine sensation", a tribute to the construction work of the Jungfrau railway. You will continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a lovely place outside in the middle of snow. The walk around will be finished by passing the chocolate heaven from "Lindt", a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. According to your preferences, you may have lunch at one of the 3 restaruants at Jungfraujoch.  Enjoy the view, the feeling of mountains surrounding and the rough weather situations at this altitude, before your tourguide will lead you back to the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg. From here, you will travel on the route to Grindelwald. The local train takes you within 40 minutes back to Interlaken, where the tour will end. 

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Interlaken: Private City Tour and Harder Mountain Visit

5. Interlaken: Private City Tour and Harder Mountain Visit

Begin your tour by meeting a guide at your hotel. Then make your way into central Interlaken. Close to the train station "West", the Aare river flows into the lake "Thun". You will cross the river and visit the market square at "Unterseen", a independant community in Interlaken. On your  walk together with your tour guide, you will continue heading to the "Höhenmatte", the touristic heart of Interlaken. Your tour guide will take you along to various historical and renovated buildings like the Casino and the luxury hotel "Victoria-Jungfrau". If desired, you can stop for a coffee at the meadow, where all the paragliders will be returning from their flight. You will then continue by local bus and take a short ride around the inner city circle to give you the best impression of life in Switzerland. At the train station "East" , you will get off the local bus and change onto the cable car, which will take you within 8 minutes to 1322 meters above sea lever to the local peak. Enjoy the great views to both lakes surrounding Interlaken, and make a stop at the viewing platform, face to face with the alpine mountains. After spending your time at the peak, your guide will lead you back to Interlaken, where the tour ends at your preferred ending point, or, at your hotel.

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Geneva: Day Trip to Interlaken

6. Geneva: Day Trip to Interlaken

Explore Interlaken Interlaken is an ideal starting point for countless excursions. Over 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts lead to 200 kilometers of pistes and a dense network of hiking trails. Excursion ships, including historic paddle steamers, ply the waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.  Take the Schilthorn Cable Car & Mountain View  If you’re a fan of “ James Bond,” then you’ll be a huge fan of Schilthorn in Switzerland. This is where On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed, and is, of course, home to the world’s longest aerial cable-car system. Here, marvel at the most stirring, panoramic views in Switzerland with over 200 mountain peaks and endless glaciers and lakes.  Visit Lake Thun  The small town of Thun at the western end of the lake with the same name is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland. It boasts a medieval Old Town, a mighty castle and an attractive pedestrian zone. Lake boats sail Lake Thun all year round. In summer a magnificently restored historic paddle steamer plies the lake. 

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Interlaken: Cheese and Chocolate Full-Day Food Tour

7. Interlaken: Cheese and Chocolate Full-Day Food Tour

Enjoy a full-day food and sightseeing tour of Gruyères and Bern, with round-trip private transfers from Interlaken. Following a hotel pick-up, drive to the French part of Switzerland and the village of Gruyères in the Fribourg Canton. Visit the famous Gruyère cheese factory to learn the secrets of the tasty semi-firm Swiss cheese. Then, explore the medieval streets of Gruyères Old Town. Enjoy a snack in the futuristic HR Giger Bar, but save some space for dessert. After lunch, go to the Cailler chocolate factory, where you will get to sample as many pralines and chocolate bits as you can manage following a tour of the production facilities. Continue to La Gruyère Lake to take panoramic photos of the slopes of La Berra and Le Gibloux. Drive on to Bern to tour the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town. Surrounded on 3 sides by the Aare River, the picturesque city boasts significant houses, bridges, and public buildings of the 13th to 18th centuries. Admire the Renaissance-style Parliament Building of the 19th century, and the 13th-century Zytglogge clock tower with its 15th-century astronomical clock face. See the old Bärengraben (Bear Pit) and adjacent BärenPark, where the city’s symbolic bears are now kept.

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Switzerland: Digital Swiss Coupon Pass

8. Switzerland: Digital Swiss Coupon Pass

Experience the highlights of Switzerland with the Swiss Coupon Pass and enjoy selected 2-for-1 benefits in 11 cities: Basel, Bern, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne, Lugarno, Montreux, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Zermatt and Zurich.  With the 100 exclusive 50% discount coupons save over 4,500 Swiss Francs and discover many attractions and activities in all of Switzerland. Enjoy countless discounts at restaurants, take a gourmet cruise and use your vouchers for a lavish shopping tour. Visit museums and leisure parks, see the highlights of the city on a guided tour or cruise through the city on a Segway. Discount offers available for: • Tourist attractions, adventure parks, museums • Guided Tours on foot, by coach, mini-Train and Segway • Restaurants (Swiss and international cuisine) • UNESCO Sites and Swiss Castles • Swiss mountain and cruise tours and dining experiences • Entrance fees for pools and thermal baths • Rentals (cars, motorcycles, bicycles and sports equipment) • Chocolate, milk, and cheese experiences • Europcar (discount and additional driver for free)

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From Lausanne: Spectacular Schilthorn with 007 Experience

9. From Lausanne: Spectacular Schilthorn with 007 Experience

Departing from Lausanne by bus, go on an unforgettable journey through the Alps and walk in the footsteps of James Bond at the top of Schilthorn. At an altitude of 2970 meters, enjoy the spectacular views of over 200 summits, including the famous Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger peaks, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the interactive 007 exhibition, you can relive scenes from the famous James Bond movie 'At His Majesty's Secret Service'. Next, test your nerves on the Skyline Walk overlooking a vertical wall and see stunning views right under your feet. Continue your visit with the Thrill Walk and walk along a 200-metre cliff pathway for a spine-tingling sensation in the middle of a unique landscape. Take a break at the restaurant Piz Gloria which turns on itself to offer you a spectacular 360 degree view. Lastly, enjoy some free time in Interlaken before your return to Lausanne by bus.

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From Bern: Private Schilthorn and James Bond World Tour

10. From Bern: Private Schilthorn and James Bond World Tour

After meeting your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel, you will make your way to the train station in Bern. An intercity train will then take you to Interlaken East, and from there the small local train will take you to Lauterbrunnen where you will change to the local bus. With your tour guide, you will travel 15 minutes to the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, passing the "Staubbach" Waterfall, the helicopter base and the steep walls of neighboring mountains. Once at Stechelberg, you will transfer to a cable car.  The first section will take you along the rock to Gimmelwald, where you will change for Mürren. In Mürren, boarding the 3rd section of the cable car, you will be taken to Birg which sits 2,100 meters above sea level. At Birg, your tour guide will lead you to the "thrill walk". From the terrace at Birg, the thrill walk leads down to the vertical drops of the breath-taking rock massif. A steel structure about 200 meters in length and closely hugging the mountain, it passes underneath the observation deck and concludes below the station. Afterwards, you will board the last section of the cable car, which will take you up to 2,970 meters above sea level to a majestic world surrounded by mountains.  You will then tour an exhibition surrounding the James Bond movie, which includes many interesting exhibition objects. Upon returning, you will take a seat in a revolving restaurant where you can enjoy your lunch. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees within 45 minutes, providing fantastic views to "Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau". With good enough weather conditions, you may even be able to see Mont Blanc.  You will conclude your stay on the terrace, before your guide leads you to Mürren. Mürren is a traditional mountain village at an elevation of 1,638 meters above sea level, and is unable to be reached by public roads. It is also one of the most popular tourist spots in Switzerland, with summer and winter the busier seasons with tourists. Your guide will lead you from the cable car station through the village on a 15 minutes walk to the train station, where the narrow gauge train will take you back to Lauterbrunnen. Your guide will travel with you back on the local train to Interlaken, where you will change onto the intercity train to Bern.

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What people are saying about Interlaken

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Jorge was great! He ensured that his instructions were clear and well followed to ensure smooth journey. He not only shared about the tour, he also shared about Switzerland cultures and lifestyles which gave us an overview how the locals live. Very interesting tour indeed!

All arrangements were smooth. The views and experiences were spectacular. Time allocated was sufficient to complete all activities

Angelica was an awesome tour guide. I had a great time, and I highly recommend this trip to everyone

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the whole trip was very organized

Very nice experience. Nice staff and well organized. Highly recommended!