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Interlaken-Oberhasli

Surrounded by lakes and mountains, Interlaken has a huge amount to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, sports, and nature. Spend the summer by the lake and stroll through the picturesque old town or discover the winter world at the foot of the Jungfrau massif- the choice is yours. If sustainability is particularly important to you when planning your vacation, you might like to know that Interlaken is planning to become the first CO2-neutral destination in Switzerland!

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Bernese Oberland

Erlebe Schweizer Tradition und Geschichte inmitten schönster Naturkulisse

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Historical Site · Bernese Oberland
Kursaal Interlaken
Bernese Oberland

Dein Veranstaltungsort im Herzen der Schweiz – entdecke historische & moderne Räume

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Viewpoint · Bernese Oberland
Jungfrau Ski Region
Bernese Oberland

Ski und Snowboard fahren im Winterparadies

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Bernese Oberland

Bestaune eine Vielfalt an traditionellen und künstlerisch bedeutsamen Holzbildhauereien aus der ...

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Museum · Bernese Oberland
Schweizer Holzbildhauer Museum
Bernese Oberland

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Viewpoint · Brienzersee
Ringold-Trail
Brienzersee

Ringold-Trail: Rätselspass in Ringgenberg

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Waterfall · Bernese Oberland
Trümmelbachfälle
Bernese Oberland

Entdecke die grössten unterirdischen Wasserfälle Europas

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A Unique location between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

In the heart of Switzerland lies Interlaken, nestled between two of the largest lakes in the country. The larger of the two is Lake Thun which has numerous lidos and ferry connections such as the paddle steamer "Blüemlisalp". The lake is also a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts due to its prevailing climate. Worthwhile places to visit around the lake include the namesake town of Thun, Spiez Castle, and the St. Beatus Caves. The Panorama Rundweg Thunersee, which can be started from Interlaken, connects all destinations on a multi-day hike that stretches 63.75 km.

Boat rental Lake Thun

Experience the element of water actively while paddling and pedalling in the most beautiful natural scenery

BLS Lake Thun Navigation

Let yourself be enchanted by waves, wind and magnificent views

Spiez Castle

Surrounded by vines in the bay of Spiez

St. Beatus Caves

Explore the impressive natural spectacle in the Bernese Oberland

Thun Castle

Discover the landmark of the city of Thun

Lake Thun panoramic circular route: A walk around Lake Thun

The panoramic circular route around Lake Thun is an enjoyably colourful hike lasting days through the Bernese Oberland. The trail commands majestic panoramas of the lake and the mountains, passing charming villages and atmospheric caves.

Lake Brienz is no less impressive. The mountains rise imposingly from the shore of its turquoise waters. Nature seems more untouched than on Lake Thun and offers unique opportunities for outdoor lovers and those seeking the tranquility of nature. Lake Brienz can also be navigated on a nostalgic paddle steamer that dates back to 1914.

The Giessbach waterfall on the southern shore of the lake consists of a total of 14 different tiers, from which the water plunges more than 500 meters. Right next to it is the famous Grand Hotel Giessbach, which can be reached by a funicular cable railroad.

The world famous trinity in sight: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

The most famous mountain trio of the Swiss Alps rises spectacularly to the south of Interlaken. The Jungfrau (4,158 m) and the Mönch (4,158 m) are among the 48 four-thousand-meter peaks in Switzerland, the Eiger is only just below them at 3,970 m, but has the most spectacular face of the three mountains. The Eiger's North Face is still considered one of the greatest challenges in alpine mountaineering and radiates almost mystical energy. A masterpiece of architecture is the Jungfrau Railway. It has opened up the Jungfraujoch to public access for more than 100 years. The journey ends at the "Top of Europe", the highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 meters above sea level.

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
Video: Jungfrau Railways

Interlaken's "Hausberg" Harder Kulm

For those who don't want to go quite so high, there is a glass viewing platform on the Harder Kulm with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and the town of Interlaken. It can be reached quickly and easily using the Harderbahn. The attached panorama restaurant offers typical Swiss dishes and themed culinary evenings. The Harder Kulm is also an ideal starting point for hikes to neighboring mountains such as the Augstmatthorn. The route follows the Brienzergrat ridge and offers magnificent views. With a bit of luck, ibexes can be observed at the summit.

Summer or winter. A paradise for outdoor lovers

Numerous water sports, hikes, and cycling routes invite you to discover the region around Interlaken during the summer. Beatenberg-Niederhorn, only about 10 km away from Interlaken, is an Mecca for paragliders. If you prefer to take things steady, the historic old town of Interlaken with its numerous restaurants invites you to take a leisurely stroll. Or you can take a comfortable ride in the horse-drawn carriages that are typical of the town. You can also canoe along the Aare River, which flows directly through the town center or spend the night at the campsite not far from the shore. 

In winter, the region turns is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. With the Grindelwald-Wengen ski area, the Jungfrau region offers countless kilometers of slopes for every age group and level of experience. The ski area is especially known for the annual Lauberhorn downhill race in Wengen. The longest World Cup downhill is one of the classics in the World Cup calendar and attracts thousands of spectators to the piste. Snowboarders will also find excellent conditions in the ski area. Around 70 km of toboggan runs are available around Grindelwald alone and winter hikers can take numerous walks on the prepared winter hiking trails against the imposing backdrop of Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch. 

Interlaken as a pioneer for sustainable tourism

As part of the Oberland-Ost tourism region, the Interlaken tourist region has set itself the goal of becoming Switzerland's first CO2-neutral destination. This goal is being achieved through collaboration with local authorities and the business community to develop a number of different measures:

  • Eco-friendly mobility: guest cards serve as a ticket for the local bus, the ski bus runs directly to the Jungfrau Ski Region
  • Interlaken uses 100% green electricity and has been awarded the Energy City label since 2003.
  • Participation in the Swisstainable Program of Swiss Tourism
  • Support of the annual cultural landscape award
  • Consistent use of reusable and depot systems at big events

If you want to reduce your own carbon footprint travel to Interlaken by train. The two train stations are well connected to the long-distance network. From Bern, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel you can travel to Interlaken every half hour. There are also first-class connections to a number of other European cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt.

The Jungfrau Marathon supports action against climate change

1,953 meters of altitude make the Jungfrau Marathon a special challenge and the 4,000 entries are sold out early every year. The course leads from Interlaken up to the Eiger Glacier. The organizers are aware of their responsibility when it comes to hosting large events in such an environment and have developed a sustainability concept:

  • For each registration CHF 2 goes to sustainability projects. The organization doubles the contribution to CHF 4
  • Free travel to and from the event within Switzerland is available for all participants
  • The runners' packs are made from recycled PET bottles and can be reused as shopping bags
  • All printed materials are produced in a carbon-neutral way
Running · Bernese Oberland
29th Jungfrau Marathon
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Event Organizer: Guidle AG | Source: Guidle AG

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