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Hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Satisfy your wanderlust and take in the impressive mountain panorama. Experience unforgettable hiking holidays, breathtaking panorama trails or peak treks in the idyllic natural landscape of the Bernese Oberland. Discover exciting circular tours to unspoiled mountain lakes, cross spectacular ridges, scale peaks or explore unique moorland. The hikers’ paradise of Interlaken awaits. Discover a wide selection of hikes, from the challenging to more leisurely.

  • Extensive network of well-maintained hiking trails of all degrees of difficulty

  • Striking views of the surrounding mountain peaks as well as lakes Thun and Brienz

  • Rustic, homely mountain cabins and restaurants serving Swiss specialities

  • Adventure map with suggested hiking routes

  • Various recommended tours available online with GPS data

  • Guided glacier hike across the «UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch»

  • Exciting themed paths for kids and grown-ups

A happy day’s hiking in the heart of Switzerland

The moss-covered soil forms a soft cushion beneath your hiking boots. The warming sun shines on your face and the soothing scent of the forest brings a smile to your lips. The meadows are still damp with morning dew. Behind every curve in the trail lies a new surprise: jaw-dropping mountain panoramas, crystal-clear mountain lakes, picturesque streams, thundering waterfalls, idyllic picnic spots, luscious, verdant meadows and a breathtaking array of views. The Interlaken’s diverse natural landscape is stunning whatever the season. A day hiking in the heart of Switzerland will fill your soul with joy. Be inspired and embark on one of the most beautiful hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland.

Discover the Holiday Region Interlaken on a springtime walk

Spring awakens in the Holiday Region Interlaken: blossoming gardens, forests and alpine meadows, splendid spectacles of flowers, a steely blue sky and the warming spring sun melting away the last traces of snow. The first glimpse of green rouses the urge to explore. Love re-energising in nature as it awakens from its winter slumber? After winter, the paths and trails of the mountains are once again ready for the hiking season. Below the tree line, amid the idyllic alpine landscape and deep-green forests, scores of leisurely rambling routes are waiting to be explored. Many attractive lakeside paths take you around lakes Thun and Brienz. Gaze at the stunning mountain panoramas reflected in the shimmering waters as the invigorating lake breeze ruffles your hair. In spring, you can also discover the secluded nature reserves and moors of the Bernese Oberland. Hike to secluded places, where the real wonder of nature awaits.

3 tips for experiencing the wonder of nature in spring

Pilgrims’ paths, adventure trails and family hikes

In addition to beautiful pilgrims’ paths, the Holiday Region Interlaken is also home to fascinating themed and adventure trails for explorers, families and the curious. Expand your own horizons by experiencing nature against a unique mountain backdrop. Planning a holiday with your family? The kids can explore the countryside in a fun way on paper chases and treasure hunts while you and your companion savour the panoramic views. There is a wide choice of adventure trails and family-friendly rambling routes that leave nothing to be desired.

Expand your hiking horizons

  • The “Grimmimutz” adventure trail: go on a journey of discovery in the company of a cheerful gnome

  • Planetary Path from Ringgenberg to Goldswil

  • Bänkli circular route near Aeschi

A summer cool-down in the mountains and by the water

On hot summer days, hiking over impressive peaks and spectacular ridges offers a welcome opportunity to cool down. Explore the mountainous terrain above the tree line on a well-signposted hiking trail. The countryside of the Holiday Region Interlaken puts on its summer clothes: stunning peaks and luscious, verdant alpine meadows are illuminated with bright rays of sun; the air is clear and the views go on forever. At height, the deep-blue depths of Lake Thun and the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz sparkle with even greater intensity. Whether easy tours for beginners or more demanding routes for ambitious climbers, the Holiday Region Interlaken offers you whatever your heart desires. Equipped with sturdy hiking boots and rucksack, you are ready for your hike to the peak.

Hikes with the greatest cool-down potential

In summer, early morning offers the most pleasant temperatures for your ascent. Breathtaking high peak experiences in the Bernese Oberland await at the Augstmatthorn or Morgenberghorn. Both tours are tough and call for a good level of general fitness. Once at the top, you will be rewarded for your effort with a spectacular 360° panorama. Both peaks can be reached by experienced climbers via signposted hiking trails without the need for climbing equipment.

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Experience the Aletsch Glacier at first hand

Looking for the ultimate mountain cool-down? The adventure of your life is waiting for you on the Aletsch Glacier. Our two-day glacier hike (with overnight stay) traverses the longest glacier in Europe, allowing you to experience this incredible UNESCO natural heritage site. The tour is led by an experienced mountain guide. Find out more about this opportunity. Beautiful, invigorating walks can be taken below the tree line too along rivers, streams and lakes. Sparkling waterfalls, the foaming spray from white water streams or the refreshing breeze from the lake all offer opportunities to cool down during your tour.

Autumn hiking

Autumn is hiking season: walking breaks in the Holiday Region Interlaken are unforgettable. In autumn the dark green forests slowly change colour and take on vivid hues of yellow, orange and red as the autumn foliage crackles underfoot. Brisk breezes dislodge bright leaves from the branches, causing them to dance in the air – and the sky radiates a deep blue that almost outshines the sun. In autumn, when the air is especially clear and the contours of the landscape are razor sharp, the views are overwhelming. An exciting hike above the tree line is therefore an absolute must. Choose between panorama trails, circular tours and fascinating ridgeways where you can marvel from afar at the celebrated peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. As the golden sunrays of morning break through the fine layers of mist clinging to the mountain slopes, another perfect autumn day begins.

A riot of colour and breathtaking views in the mountains

On days like this, the panorama trail from the Niederhorn to the Gemmenalphorn is very special. For early risers, this tour promises rich rewards. With luck, you will even spot chamois, ibex and marmots along the way. Throughout the hike, you will enjoy an enchanting panorama of the vast snowy mountains of the Bernese Oberland, as well as Lake Thun. The Diemtigtal Nature Park offers another opportunity to indulge in the rich colours of the idyllic alpine landscape. A hike around the “Wiriehorn” is an absolute treat—perfect for lovers of tranquil mountain landscapes. Want to experience more enchanting autumnal moments on foot? We recommend the circular route that takes you to Lake Hinterburg on the Axalp. On the way to the magical alpine lake, the “woodcarving trail” passes hand-carved wooden sculptures. As you progress, your perspective of the shimmering turquoise tones of Lake Brienz continually alters. Discover the variety of the Bernese Oberland’s most beautiful autumn trails.

Autumn – time to relax and enjoy yourself!

Verliebtes Paar geniesst auf einer Sitzbank inmitten der Weinreben einen feinen Tropfen Spiezer Wein.

It is not only the trees that change colour by Lake Thun, but the vines too. On the Spiez Vineyard Sensory Adventure Trail, you’ll learn a lot about the art of alpine viniculture; grape and vine specialities are available on site, and from the village shop. The view of the glassy Lake Thun and the peak of the Niesen, freshly bedecked in the first snow of the season, is simply incredible.

Fine Swiss rösti and sun-kissed terraces

Alphütte auf der Oberstockenalp mit Frost und Reif auf der Wiese im Herbst

Your walk can include a fine picnic or a cosy stopover at a rustic mountain restaurant. Savour the best Swiss rösti or the finest “Chäsbrätel” (grilled cheese on crusty bread) while admiring mountain views from a sun-drenched terrace. The loveliest trails of the Bernese Oberland are littered with alpine inns and cabins for that well-deserved rest; there are also numerous picnic sites and barbecue stations. As an alternative, take a restful break on a beautifully situated bench. Surrounding by a hypnotic mountainscape, typically Swiss delicacies taste even better.

Winter hikes through inspiring nature

Snow-covered countryside, frozen streams and glistening snow crystals hanging from ice-encrusted pine branches set the scene. You breathe in the soothing winter air and watch how your breath turns to mist in the cold. All around, the natural world is silent: you hear the snow crunching beneath your shoes. Well-maintained, romantic winter trails and paths lead you through an unspoilt natural idyll. the Holiday Region Interlaken has 220 km of hiking trails to explore. Many of the winter trails and paths are free from snow, so walking them is a pleasure. Discover the prettiest winter trails of the Bernese Oberland.

Go equipped for hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Good preparation for any hike is critical. Check the weather in advance, and look at current webcam images of your destination. Be sure to wear the right clothes for the conditions as well as sturdy hiking boots. Remember that in mountain climates, the weather can change fast. For useful information and tips on hiking, please contact your nearest tourist information office. The staff will be pleased to help you plan your excursion, and provide you with a copy of summer and winter adventure maps to help you plan your hikes. In need of detailed information on routes and tours? Buy an official hiking map locally, or use the Outdooractive app to download GPS data for the best hikes in the region to your smartphone.

What is the perfect view?

Of course, the weather doesn't need to be perfect to ensure a great day’s hiking. A walk on an overcast day can be every bit as enjoyable as a mountain hike under a steely blue sky. Just imagine the uniquely entrancing display of shadow and colour when golden sunrays break through the layers of cloud. Whatever the weather, enjoy nature in the Holiday Region Interlaken – in all its colour and diversity.

Charm and hospitality on your hiking holiday

Experience memorable hiking breaks full of natural beauty, relaxation and culinary delight. There are numerous charming hotels, hostels, holiday apartments and camping sites around lakes Thun and Brienz. All accommodation is ideally located on the lakeside or the high plateau, so great views and Swiss hospitality are guaranteed. Any base in the Holiday Region Interlaken makes an ideal starting point for your hiking trip. Book your stay now.

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