If you want to experience Switzerland’s beauty at it’s finest, go to Interlaken! It is one of the most breathtaking and surprising areas in all of Europe.
In German “interlaken” means “between lakes”. Not surprisingly, the Swiss town of Interlaken is situated between two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Interlaken’s location is also ideal if you want to visit nearby places like Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Murren, Wengen, Thun, and Brienz.
The beauty isn’t just the lakes; steep mountains tower over the village. The area offers a natural feel and exquisite views. While planning my first trip to Switzerland I knew to expect amazing natural beauty, but I completely underestimated just how much adventure there was as well!
SO WHAT IS INTERLAKEN KNOWN FOR?
It isn’t just it’s amazing views. This Interlaken Travel Guide will help you choose the best Interlaken activities for your next visit and show you that Interlaken is the the adventure capital of Switzerland.
AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN INTERLAKEN
Finding the most beautiful places in Interlaken isn’t hard, but the destination offers so much more.
Don’t worry if you are the extra adventurous type. There is a ton for you to do in Interlaken as well! There is skydiving, river rafting, canyoneering, bungee jumping, kayaking and so much more. You can even go tandem paragliding in Interlaken!
Below are the best things to do in Interlaken, Switzerland.
TANDEM PARAGLIDING EXPERIENCE FROM INTERLAKEN
Paragliding in Interlaken
One of the most epic things to do in Interlaken is to go tandem paragliding! Flying tandem with an experienced pilot, you will experience the most incredible views as you soar over the beautiful town of Interlaken. New to paragliding? Me too! Don’t worry, you don’t have to have any experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Interlaken is included. If you are interested in learning more you can book this activity in advance you can click one of the links below.
HOUR SCENIC LAKE BRIENZ BOAT TOUR
Brienz lake at summer time in Switzerland.
Need a break from all the adrenaline filled activities? This 1 hour boat cruise on Lake Brienz is it! The scenery is incredible.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
- Lauterbrunnen valley in the Swiss Alps viewed from the alpine village of Wengen
- The church and the Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterburnnen is one of the most popular attractions in Switzerland and must be included on your Switzerland itinerary. This charming village in nestled into one of the most picturesque areas in the Swiss Alps. It offers incredible views that could convert anyone into a romantic.
STAUBBACH FALLS IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen
One of the most stunning aspects of Lauterbrunnen is not only the mountain views, but the local waterfalls. Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen cascades hundreds of feet down a sheer rock cliff just beyond the streets of the town.
Staubbach waterfall is located in the Bernese Alps. It is 967 ft (24 m) tall and almost 100 ft (30 m) wide.
GRIMSEL CANYONING EXPERIENCE FROM INTERLAKEN
Want to repel down sheer cliff face above a rushing river? Zipline through the mountains? Leap off of rock ledges? Take natural slides into swirling pools? All of this is available in this Swiss Alps canyoning tours.
Even reading about this tour is a rush. All safety gear, wetsuits, showers, and lunch are included in this almost 6 hour tour. Read more about Swiss Alps Grimsel Canyoning Experience.
VISIT THE FAIRYTALE VILLAGE OF GRINDELWALD
Grindewald is not just a character in Harry Potter. The character name may have been selected because the town of Grindelwald is absolutely magical. It is worth spending the entire day exploring.
The best things to do in Grindelwald include seeing the St. Beatus Caves, The Oberhofen Castle, and the First Sky Cliff walk!
SKYDIVE OVER INTERLAKEN
Want to go skydiving from a helicopter over the Swiss Alps in Interlaken? Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. It really doesn’t get much better than Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken.
With this tour you will have panoramic views over the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau peaks!
The tour includes free pickup at your Interlaken hotel or train station. You will be skydiving in tandem with the instructor, no experience necessary.
JUNGFRAUJOCH 20 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT FROM INTERLAKEN
Sky diving not your thing? How about a helicopter tour through the Grindelwald valley and over the breathtaking Jungfraujoch (“top of Europe”).
Jungfraujoch is the location of the highest train station in Europe and it is also the location of the highest post office in Europe. The views are unmatched. I promise you it’s worth it.
LÜTSCHINE RIVER WHITE-WATER RAFTING EXPERIENCE FROM INTERLAKEN
Who doesn’t love white water rafting? How can you make it an even more fun experience? By doing it in the middle of the Swiss Alps of course. These category 3 and 4 rapids will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
Hotel pickup and drop off included.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO OBERHOFEN CASTLE
Oberhofen castle is located in the middle of the Swiss Alps. This beautiful castle in Switzerland sits on the shore of lake Thun. It serves as a museum that even offers training on how to be a medieval knight or lady. Lake Thun itself is also one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland you will ever see!
To get to the castle you can drive yourself, take the 21 bus line, or even book a boat ride over.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD TOUR ON LAKE BRIENZ
Lake Brienz seen from Mount Brienzer Rothorn, Switzerland.
One of the best ways to actually enjoy the gorgeous turquoise waters of Lake Brienze is to actually get out on them. Take a paddle board tour to help you explore.
While the water may be cold, you don’t have to get in. Beginners are welcome as they have guides that can train you to paddle board (also called supping).
KAYAK TOUR OF THE TURQUOISE LAKE BRIENZ
Interlaken features numerous water activities on Lake Brienz. There are kayak tours to go along with the paddle board tours. This guided kayaking tour on Lake Brienz includes the kayak rental and all safety equipment needed, a photo package, and a day ticket to the Strandbad Bönigen with heated pools and aqua park on the lake.
RELAX AT LAKE THUN
- Beautiful Lake Thun in the Swiss Alps
Even with all the opportunities for adventure my favorite activity might just be relaxing on the shores of Lake Thun. Take your time relaxing with the stunning skies and deep blue water. It’s a perfect place to relax.
Is Interlaken worth visiting? Yes! Hopefully this helps you plan your Interlaken itinerary.
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