Unlimited Outdoor Adventures at Interlaken

Unlimited Outdoor Adventures at Interlaken

The Gold List 2021: The Best Country To Travel — Switzerland

Text: Sweezy Tan Photos: Courtesy of Interlaken Tourism - 01 December 2021


Nestled between the two lakes of Brienz and Thun, Interlaken sets amid the breathtaking backdrop of the three mighty mountains —  Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the ideal starting point for numerous outdoor adventures.

Renowned as Adventure Capital of Europe, visitor can enjoy various action-packed adventures amid natural surroundings with plenty of sunshine, fresh air and spectacular views guaranteed.

Paragliding is an amazing experience in Interlaken. Fly like a bird through the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alphs and soaring high above Interlaken will indeed put a satisfactory smile on aerial sports enthusiasts’ face. And for the “Crash Landing On You” fans, it’s an opportunity to relive the moment from the series.

For water sports lovers, feel the power of water in this holiday region. Skim over Lake Brienz on jetboat, passing thunderous waterfalls; go river rafting and paddle through foaming rapids or for a change of pace, take a leisurely cruise of Lake Thun.  
 

Jungfrau Region

Breathtaking views guaranteed in the Jungfrau Region

For more than 100 years, the Jungfrau railway has been making its journey to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level, which has been considered one of the most spectacular destinations in Europe.

On top of the Jungfraujoch, visitors are greeted by a high-Alpine wonder world made of ice, snow and rocks. The Ice Palace with its sculptures, the Sphinx Terrace with view of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site, the Snow Fun Park where snow lovers can try winter sports and the Alpine Sensation that brings life to the story of Jungfrau railway are the many experiences waiting to be discover at the summit.

With the opening of the "Eiger Express" on 5 December 2020, the most modern tricable aerial cableway, has been taking guests from the state-of-the art terminal, Grindelwald terminal to the Eiger Glacier station within 15 minutes. With the direct transfer options visitors can now reach the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe 47 minutes faster than before.

Once in the Jungfrau Region, do not forget a ride on a Velogemel, a single-track, steerable snow bike that the people of Grindelwald have been using to get around since 1911. In the past, the Velogemel served the postman well on his tours and the doctor used it when visiting the sick. Nowadays, the Velogemel is mainly used as a sports and recreational device, some locals still use it to go shopping in the village and children use it to get to school. Nowhere else in Switzerland are velogemel used.

Sledging is too much fun to do it only in winter. Grindelwald-First Mountain Cart is a cross between go-kart and sled. It travels down the mountain on almost any terrain and is safe, comfortable and also suitable for children from 135 cm in height. The centre of gravity is low, the wheels are wide apart, and hydraulic brakes ensure that user can keep the speed under control over long distances. The same applies to the three-kilometre long natural road from Schreckfeld to Bort: sledging on wheels, all summer long.

Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen hiking trail offers visitors the spectacular view of the Eiger North Face on arrival on the Kleine Scheidegg. This hiking trail will past the Hundschopf to the Wengernalp, continues to meander gently downhill, passing through some wooded areas, until reach the Allmend.  The magnificent sunny terrace of the Allmend mountain restaurant is the perfect place to sit and take a well-deserved break. After re-energised, visitors may continue their descent towards Wengen. The charming village of Wengen is situated far above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at 1,274 m above sea level and is virtually free of cars.

For a leisurely experience, take a short walk from Interlaken-Ost railway station to the Harder Railway valley station where visitors can take a modern funicular to Harder Kulm. At Harder Kulm 1,322 metres above sea level viewing platform, visitor can enjoy the magnificent view of Interlaken, the mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. 

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