Best Day Trips from Interlaken
Best Day trips from Interlaken
Cheers to the proficiency and ingenuity of Swiss Engineers, the majestic and mystical Bernese Oberlands are now accessible by trains and cable cars to anyone who wishes to unwind the beautiful panoramas of Switzerland. Interlaken, for instance, is a heavenly small town in Central Switzerland, safely nestled amidst soaring mountains and sparkling lakes. Being a treasure trove of holiday delights, Interlaken is a great vantage point for sports activities and chic lakeside resorts. While having so much to boast about, it also lets you take day tours to equally fascinating lands in the vicinity. So as you traverse through the unparalleled vistas of Swiss, consider taking some of the best day trips from Interlaken:
One of the largest Nature Conservation Area of Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen hosts a dramatic setting between gigantic mountain peaks and soaring rock faces. With 72 waterfalls, the village showcases gorgeous secluded valleys and breathtaking alpine meadows abounding with wildflowers. Don’t miss out the Staubbach and Trummelbach Waterfalls on your visit. Lauterbrunnen can be easily accessed by Interlaken Railways on a 20-25 minute ride. You can drive up to the village.
A highlight of the Bernese Highlands, Jungfraujoch is a mandatory day trip when visiting Interlaken. It has been the highest Railway Station in Europe for more than a century now. After splurging a good fortune, you get to see the most incredible vistas that are totally worth the effort and price. Get lifted to the peak called ‘Sphinx’ to explore their Observatory and Platform that showcases breathtaking views of Jungfrau, Eiger, Monch and Aletsch Glacier. Further aboard, you can visit the Ice Palace, the Ski and Snowboard Park and the Glacier Restaurant. To reach Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, book your tickets for Lauterbrunnen and then for Kleine Scheidegg, followed by a Jungfrau Railway that climbs to the Eiger Glacier Station. This takes about 2 hours to reach.
This small mountain village of Gimmelwald is all about scenic beauty and breathtaking views. With a huge sheer cliff called Black Monk guarding the valley, Gimmelwald features the perfect setting for peace seekers and unhurried travelers. Though, one of the very few underdeveloped villages of Switzerland, the village is richly endowed with postcard-perfect vistas. To reach Gimmelwald, take a train to Lauterbrunnen, followed by a bus ride to Stechelberg Gondola Station, all in all taking about an hour to reach. Finally, you ride in a gondola all the way to Gimmelwald. You can even rent a taxi or drive yourself, taking the same time to reach. If you feel too fit, you can hike up to Gimmelwald from Stechelberg, gaining a 1.5 hour tete-a-tete with pure, divine nature.
4. Lake Thun
Stretched over an ancient terminal basin of a glacier, Thunersee (Lake Thun) is eulogized as the Riviera of The Bernese Oberlands for its mild and pleasant climate. An ideal destination for adventurers, it lets you take a thrilling leap into activities like windsurfing, water skiing and yachting. Onshore, you will come across countless indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, windsurfing schools and horse stables and caves. The city of Thun, perched right on the waterfront, has a lot of action going on its right bank. A favored retreat for art and music buffs, wanderlusts and royalty, the town’s natural splendor is awe-inspiring for many. Lake Thun is a 20-25 minute ride from Interlaken.
A mythical chapel set amidst sunny plazas, covered bridges, waterfront promenades and candy-colored houses- Lucerne stands as one of the most stunning Swiss cities you can think of! Set adjacent to a gorgeous cobalt lake that is ringed by the mountain of myth, Lucerne features the cliché, yet scintillating Altstadt (Old Town). Endless music gigs keep the town’s vibe upbeat, thus maintaining the vibrant charm of the ‘City of Lights’. It takes less than 2 hours to reach Lucerne from Interlaken via rails. A taxi ride, on the other hand, would get you in an hour.
6. Brienzer Rothorn
The picturesque lake town of Brienz is the focal point of wood carving in Oberland, the best of which you can locate in countless studios, shops and houses boasting gorgeously carved friezes on the facades. Above this town rises the majestic Brienzer Rothorn, a peak offering excellent views of the Appenzell, Engelberg, Uri, Berne and Valais Alps that extend from Santis to Diablerets. Then there are spectacular views of the Lake Brienz, the Bernese Alps and the Grimsel Area, along with some of the best captured sunrises and sunsets. To reach Rothorn from Interlaken, take a train up to Brienz, followed by a ride on Switzerland’s only surviving steam engine Cogwheel Railway. Skim through wonderful woodlands and rugged rock faces in this sojourn that takes approx 2 hours to reach the top.