The Best 16 Places To See In Interlaken And The Surrounding Area

Switzerland

Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are ideal starting points to explore one of the most impressive mountain landscapes in Europe. To discover the most exciting hotspots in the Jungfrau region. To keep re-experiencing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

1. Jungfraujoch – The most beautiful panoramic view of the Alps

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It doesn’t get any higher. Nor faster or more convenient. An ultrafast lift takes you to the 108-metre-high observatory of an international research station in just 25 seconds. The lift doors open, you enter the Sphinx viewing terrace and all that’s left to do is enjoy the unique panoramic view. On one side you have a view of the Swiss Mittelland all the way to the Vosges, on the other the UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Aletsch Glacier, bordered by four-thousand metre peaks. You won’t get a better view anywhere else. Take a few pictures for your friends.

2. Jungfraujoch with the Swiss flag

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When you get off the Jungfrau Railway at Europe’s highest railway station, you still won’t know the feeling of being at the Top of Europe. It takes ten minutes on foot to get to the top and experience this feeling of endlessness, this panoramic view in a class of its own. That’s the moment you want to cherish for you and your friends. Get photographed in front of the emblem of Switzerland. Now you have the right to claim on social media that you were at the highest point in Europe, at 3,454 metres above sea level. Simply the Top of Europe.

3. Glacier tour in the Ice Palace on the Jungfraujoch

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You have admired the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch with the largest glacier in the Alps. And now you want to know how this icy splendour feels up close. Welcome to the Ice Palace, another attraction on the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. On a mirror-smooth tour through a frosty world, you will find works of art by local artists. The eagle, penguin and bear look like they have just turned to ice. Charlie Chaplin also makes you melt at minus three degrees Celsius. To warm up after your icy walk, treat yourself to a coffee or grog in one of the restaurants.

4. Eismeer: on the way to the Jungfraujoch

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So far you have only seen the white splendour of the Alps from a distance. When you travel to the Jungfraujoch, you get an impression of what this unique world looks like up close for the first time at Eismeer station. Erratic ice blocks under a blanket of eternal snow, the panorama of the impressive four-thousand metre peaks a little further away – a picture that could be thousands of years old. This is what you get to see during the 5-minute stopover at 3,160 metres above sea level. Use this stop on the way up to take a personal souvenir picture. It will always remind you of how ice and rocks shape the Swiss Alps.

5. Eiger Express: touch the Eiger North Face

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At 1,800 metres, it is by far the highest of the famous north faces in the Alps. And it has fascinated mountaineers as well as other visitors for generations: the mighty Eiger North Face. With the Eiger Express, you can reach this imposing wall of rocks and ice. The most modern tricable gondola in the world, which connects Grindelwald with Eiger Glacier station, will bring you within touching distance of the “wall of walls”. The sight will leave you in awe and admiration of those who dare to climb it. Courageous mountaineers have developed more than 30 routes. The fascination and respect for the Eiger North Face remains unchanged to this day.

6. Eiger Glacier: right in the heart of the High Alps

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The Eiger Express summit station, starting point for the trip to the Jungfraujoch, all around one of the most impressive views of the high Alpine mountain world: that is the Eiger Glacier station. It connects the hiking and skiing area at the foot of the Eiger North Face with the fascinating world of ice and snow of the Jungfraujoch. From here, it continues to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. If you are out and about in winter with skis, snowboard or sledge, there are numerous downhill routes, hiking and sledging trails. In summer, you can choose between alpine hiking trails and gently sloping footpaths. But before you move on, you should treat yourself to a little refreshment in the bistro and simply take in the magnificent view.

7. Enchanting reflections on the Kleine Scheidegg

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Many have found the Eiger North Face a tough nut to crack. At the Fallbodensee lake above the Kleine Scheidegg, an exhibition at the “Chilchli” (small church) shows the rise and fall of famous mountain heroes. Things aren’t so tough for you. You can comfortably walk from Kleine Scheidegg railway station to the former transformer station in 30 minutes. Right next to it, the Fallbodensee lake offers the chance to take a breather. The interesting thing about it is that in its clear, still waters, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau reflect more enchantingly than in any other water – and on a water surface whose turquoise colour is more reminiscent of the South Seas than of the monumental Alpine panorama. From the Fallbodensee lake you can hike on various easy routes to Grindelwald or Wengen.

8. Royal panoramic view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

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The panoramic view from Männlichen is glorious in itself: Kleine Scheidegg, the triumvirate of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the Lauterbrunnen valley with the mountain ranges of the Bernese Oberland. However, the “Royal Walk” is the icing on the cake. The themed trail leads from the Grindelwald-Männlichen Railway summit station via a comfortable 25-minute walk to the summit. At the entrance gate, the path begins through your future Kingdom. On the way, you will meet a court painter, explore a variety of treasures and get to know your court. At the end, a crown-shaped summit platform awaits and offers you nothing less than a royal panoramic view. By the way: The “Royal Walk” is also a highlight in winter.

9. Train journey with a view like a poem

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The journey that offers you the finest viewing experience takes just 20 minutes. In this time, the train will take you from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, where you transfer to the Wengernalp Railway. Then your journey of discovery begins. And there’s a lot to discover: the Jungfrau in the background, flanked by the mighty panorama of the Bernese Alps, at its feet the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley, opposite the Staubbach Falls glowing in white, plunging over the cliff face into the valley. In the completely car-free Wengen, an unadulterated mountain experience awaits you. Time to relax or continue up to the Männlichen or towards the Jungfraujoch. On foot or by train.

10. Winteregg: family experience with a view

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Dig a fork into the Black Forest gateau, squint into the sunlight and let the panorama work its magic as the children lose track of time at the playground. This is what an afternoon at Winteregg looks like. Located halfway between Grütschalp and Mürren, Winteregg offers you a complete family programme. While the kids at the “Auf der Alp” children’s playground get up close and personal with lovingly carved animals, scramble up the climbing frame and whizz down the slide, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Detective Trail, a top-class mystery trail, also captivates the more discerning youngsters – and also provides insights into the diversity of the Jungfrau Region.

11. Float and fly on Grindelwald First

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Gravity? Never heard of it. If you take a wander around the cliff on the First Cliff Walk on Grindelwald First, you’ll forget about Earth’s gravity. You seem to float. Directly under your feet, the cliff plummets vertically. But fear not, you are safe here and you can let your eyes wander freely over the magnificent Alpine panorama. The journey to this floating experience is really easy: trains run from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald every half hour. The aerial gondola takes you from the valley station in the upper part of the village to First in 25 minutes. And away you go. By the way: if you feel like more flying or floating, you can try out the First Flyer and the First Glider right next to the mountain restaurant. You will fly down an 800-metre-long route at over 80 kilometres per hour.

12. Blue gem near Grindelwald

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Lake Bachalpsee travels around the world as a postcard. However, no picture really does justice to the radiance of the mountain lake in all its stunning beauty. You just have to see the blue gem for yourself. A wide hiking trail leads you from the First Railway summit station in Grindelwald past beautiful flowers to the picturesque mountain lake. Postcard weather, Alpine glow or starry sky – whatever your thing, Lake Bachalpsee is worth the one-hour hike at any time of day or in any weather. Our tip: get up early in the morning, when the reflection of the Schreckhorn is the calmest. Then there’s enough time to explore the hiking paradise of Grindelwald First and fly back down from the summit station with the First Flyer.

13. Alpine entertainment for the whole family

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At Schynige Platte, there is also “Top of Swiss Tradition” especially for young guests. This is embodied by Lily the cow. She is not just any cow, but one of the well-known originals from the children’s dream factory of Trauffer wooden toys. A highlight is waiting for you at the photo point with Lily. Because you have to know one thing: Lily loves being photographed. After the photo session, a wonderful “Lily Ice Cream” awaits those with a sweet tooth in the restaurant. Schynige Platte is real Swiss “alpine-tainment” for the whole family. Just follow the Lily path.

14. Schynige Platte with a sea of flowers and Alpine views

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You won’t find anywhere else in the Alps that compares with the variety of flowers on the Schynige Platte. To immerse yourself in the flowers that change every month, you just need to follow the Swiss Flower & Panorama Trail. It starts right at the railway station. With the panoramic hike, you’ll take an extremely rich and varied short tour (1h 15m) that guides you through colourful flower displays. Including fantastic mountain scenery. We have framed the most impressive views for you there. Huge picture frames set the mountain landscape scene. Come up and create your own image.

15. Harder Kulm: Magical panoramic view with two lakes

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A 5-minute walk will bring you from Interlaken Ost railway station to the Harder Railway valley station, which will take you up to Harder Kulm. With an average gradient of 64 per cent, even the train journey is an experience. As you climb and the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau slowly move into view, you too will join in the chorus of enthusiastic oohs and aahs. It will absolutely take your breath away when you reach the top and lose the ground under your feet on the Two Lakes Bridge. The bridge at a lofty height offers you a unique view of Lake Brienz on the left, Lake Thun on the right, and Interlaken with the Höhematte in between. If you want more, follow the Panorama Trail or take a seat in the oriental-style Panorama restaurant.

16. Largest souvenir shop in Interlaken

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In the middle of Interlaken, a special kind of Alpine wonderland awaits your discovery: the Top of Europe Flagship Store. In the most exclusive souvenir shop in Switzerland, over two floors you will find everything that makes Switzerland famous: chocolate, watches, Swiss army knives, snow globes, key chains and many more gifts. On the ground floor, you can stroll past watches through the Silberwald. On the way up you will climb rocks and glaciers, where 30,000 real Swiss army knives hang from the ceiling. Once upstairs, the largest Instawall in Switzerland will reward you with terrific views of the Jungfrau region. You are guaranteed to take a fantastic selfie here.

Source: jungfrau.ch