Interlaken summer vacation
Interlaken lies in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland in between scenic Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and is a very popular year-round Alpine destination. Scenic doesn’t even begin to describe Interlaken. In addition to charming Old World villages, three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, rise above the lakes.
Although a vast area ripe for exploration, Interlaken provides incredible access to all the activities and experiences. More than 45 mountain railways, cable cars and chairlifts lead to a dense network of hiking trails. Additionally, tour boats and ships, including historic paddle steamers, navigate the waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz so visitors can enjoy the waterbound sights, too.
Interlaken summer activities
Biking, hiking and golfing are popular activities, but it’s all about train and cable car rides on an Interlaken trip, especially during the summer. Here are some top recommended experiences:
- The historic Schynige Platte near Wilderswil railway provides a unique view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. At the summit, enjoy an Alpine garden with about 500 plant species and a lot of hiking possibilities.
- Accessing the highest railway station in Europe, Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn railways are don’t-miss experiences. Make time for the cableway to the Piz Glora revolving restaurant.
- The Harder Kulm cableway takes passengers up to Interlaken’s “house mountain“ which affords a view of the health resort and the whole Jungfrau region. An family-friendly Alpine wild animal park is near the valley station.
- The Heimwehfluh funicular provides transport to a gorgeous terrace with a restaurant, all-weather toboggan run, model railway display and large playground.
- Comprised of a half mile of lit limestone caves, the St. Beatus Caves features stalagmites, impressive halls and waterfalls accessible by boat, car, bus or on foot on the historic pilgrims way.
- The Niederhorn area, located just six miles from Interlaken proper, is a prime spot for wildlife viewing of ibexes, chamois and marmots. It’s also a great place to watch paragliders take off.