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Mountain excursions near Interlaken

The mountain railway is a fast and comfortable way to reach your destination. Once on the mountain, enjoy the views over a refreshing drink or some fine food. Gazing upon the three mighty peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is enough to make you forget everything else. From this vantage point, the turquoise tones of Lake Brienz and the blue of Lake Thun are even more pronounced. Every trip to the mountains is different. Come and see for yourself!

  • Souvenir photos with a mountain panorama in the background

  • Keep fit in natural surroundings: hiking, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and sledging

  • Explore a world of mountains by fishing, wildlife watching or visiting the Alpine Garden

  • Treat yourself in the mountain restaurant or stay overnight on the summit

  • Experience an ever-white world of snow and glaciers

Explore the Swiss mountains by rail

The mountain railway is a fast and comfortable way to reach your destination. Once on the mountain, enjoy the views over a refreshing drink or some fine food. Gazing upon the three mighty peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is enough to make you forget everything else. From this vantage point, the turquoise tones of Lake Brienz and the blue of Lake Thun are even more pronounced. Every trip to the mountains is different. Come and see for yourself!

Brienz Rothorn by old-world steam train

At full steam ahead, it's just one an hour from Brienz to the Brienzer Rothorn. The old-fashioned steam train passes lush meadows, dark green firs and grey rock faces as it climbs to an elevation of 1680 m. On the Brienzer Rothorn at 2350 m above sea level, you are greeted by the mountains of central Switzerland and the four-thousand-metre peaks of the Bernese Alps. When the weather is clear, you can see no fewer than 693 mountain peaks. Down in the valley, Lake Brienz is also visible: from the vantage point of the Brienzer Rothorn, its turquoise tone is especially vibrant. Treat yourself to something tasty on the terrace of the mountain lodge, or stay overnight in a homely room. The Brienzer Rothorn also makes the perfect starting point for unforgettable hikes in the Rothorn region.

Harder Kulm – Interlaken’s nearest mountain

In 10 minutes, a funicular railway more than a century old transports you from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm. A five minute stroll down a footpath brings you to the Panorama Restaurant for a good meal and a refreshing drink. From a typically Swiss dish to a traditional Harder breakfast, you decide how to treat yourself. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Zwei-Seen-Steg (‘two lakes bridge’) viewing platform, from where you can view Interlaken and the lakes of Brienz and Thun. When the weather is clear, you can see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – making this the perfect vantage point for that unforgettable souvenir photo.

Jungfraujoch – the ever-white world of snow

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, the highest train station in Europe, takes you to a high alpine world dominated by snow and glaciers. The two-hour trip from Interlaken Ost to Jungfraujoch carries you through dreamlike mountain landscapes and past impressive cliff edges. Once at the Jungfraujoch at 3454 m, the Sphinx viewing platform guarantees unbeatable views of the mighty Aletsch glacier, part of the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Be sure to wrap up warm to visit the Ice Palace, where you can admire sculpted artworks in translucent blue ice in below-zero temperatures. One especially wondrous experience is walking through the crispy, white snow – even in summer.

Niederhorn: experiences for every season

Whether blanketed in snow or lush green mountain pastures, the Niederhorn is always worth the climb to 1950 m. From Beatenberg, a circular gondola cableway whisks you to the Niederhorn station in 20 minutes. Once arrived, enjoy spectacular views of Lake Thun and the mountainscape beyond as well as the snow-capped peaks of the Bernese Oberland. You can ride a scooter into the valley, see wild animals on a guided hike or take part in an exciting orienteering session. As the year draws to a close, winter sets in and a great deal of effort and dedication goes into preparing the slopes on the Niederhorn. The Niederhorn reverts to being a family-friendly winter sports region for skiing, snowboarding and sledging – so you can simply choose the experience you want.

Niesen – the pyramid of the Bernese Oberland

As you head towards to the Bernese Oberland, the pyramid of the Niesen can be seen from afar. How about a ride on a funicular that takes you to the summit in 30 minutes? Once at 2336 m above sea level, there are many ways to enjoy the fabulous 360-degree panorama. Enjoy culinary delights on the terrace of the Niesen Kulm lodge. Planning a mountain trip with children? Niesendörfli is an adventure playground for the whole family. The Niesen promises sporting hotshots and casual sportspeople alike magnificent views of the Bernese Alps, lakes Thun and Brienz and the entire Central Plateau as far as the Jura Mountains.

The Schilthorn – on the trail of James Bond

James Bond himself – agent 007 – came to the Schilthorn at 2970 m above sea level. Travel up in the cable car to see the incredible 360-degree panorama with your own eyes: the view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – encompassing the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and 200 other peaks – is simply breathtaking. A meal in the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria allows you to take in the entire mountain panorama from your seat in less than 45 minutes. Like to find out more about the world of James Bond? Visit the interactive exhibition "Bond World". Lower down at 2677 m above sea level, the "Thrill Walk" leads down from the sun terrace and along the sheer cliff face below Birg middle station. Are you a hiker, or do you prefer skiing or snowboarding? In summer, the Schilthorn is a hiking area of great diversity; in the winter it becomes the highest skiing region in the Bernese Oberland.

The Schynige Platte and a thriving Swiss tradition

An old-fashioned rack-and-pinion railway takes you from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte in around one hour. Once at an elevation of 1967 m above sea level, you can enjoy sensationally panoramic views of Interlaken, Lake Brienz, Lake Thun and the peaks all around. Feel like walking in the Swiss mountains? The Schynige Platte is a paradise for hikers. Explore the Botanical Alpine Garden with its 650 flowering plants and ferns. In warm weather, have a cool drink or good meal on the sun terrace of the 100-year-old mountain hotel or a nice fresh cake at Breitlauenen middle station.

Stockhorn – idyllic Alpine landscape with twin mountain lakes

In around 20 minutes, the Stockhornbahn cable car swings you up from Erlenbach base station to Chrindi middle station, and from there to the Stockhorn via the Hinterstockensee lake. Would you rather ascend the Stockhorn under your own steam from the central station? Be our guest! On arrival, sample delicacies at the Stockhorn Panorama Restaurant at a height of 2139 m above sea level. Next to the restaurant, a summit gallery leads to the viewing platform on the Stockhorn’s north face: the glass platform offers breathtaking views across the plateau and down as far as Lake Thun. Take your pick from fishing in mountain lakes, climbing, bungee jumping, snowshoe trekking and full moon fondues, or simply marvel at the panoramic views of the 200-plus peaks of the Stockhorn range at your leisure.

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