Mighty peaks and turquoise lakes – hiking in Interlaken in Switzerland
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Two deep blue lakes nestled beneath steep mountain slopes and jagged peaks – welcome to Interlaken. This beautiful region in Central Switzerland offers incredible hiking opportunities. Here, you’ll find countless trails around the glistening Brienz and Thun lakes and towering peaks, which are within easy reach of the rest of Europe. In this Collection, we’ve selected 18 of our favourite routes ranging from leisurely hikes for the whole family to tough challenges for experienced mountaineers so that you can discover the stunning landscapes for yourself. No matter which trail you choose, the mountains and lakes are never far away.
To experience the picturesque Lake Thun to the fullest, you can follow the panoramic circular route. This trail offers sweeping views, taking you across bridges suspended high above the lake. In this Collection, the 40-mile (60-km) route is divided into four sections. You can also easily complete the route in a single day with a little help from the pleasure boats. Otherwise, the stages make for a great four-day adventure.
Exciting trails and panoramic views await you on every stage in this Collection. One of the most exhilarating sections follows a ridge above Interlaken to the Augstmatthorn summit. You will hike to roaring waterfalls around Lake Brienz and explore the sprawling Lombachalp moors, an important bird habitat. On each route, you’ll encounter mountain huts and inns where you can boost your energy with regional delicacies.
Interlaken is the perfect starting point for your hikes if you are planning to hike in the region for several days. The town has a wide range of accommodation, ranging from hostels to luxury hotels. Situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the town offers a peaceful end to a long day hiking on the lakeshores, backdropped by mighty peaks.
Are your legs keen to get going? Get ready for your next hiking holiday around Interlaken.
The first section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you a good eleven kilometers from Thun to Sigriswil. You hike the first piece along the lake shore before you climb higher and higher and the panorama gets better and better.The tour starts at the train station in Thun. You cross the Aare and then walk directly along the bank of the river. You will soon have reached the end of the canal and will be standing directly on the shimmering lake. All around you can already see the high mountains that surround Lake Thun.At the pier in Hünibach you leave the bank and turn left. The path gradually leads you to higher realms. On the way you always enjoy fantastic views of the lake, for example from the lookout at the walnut tree. You can take a break on the benches along the route.
The second section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you a good 17 kilometers from Sigriswil to Interlaken. From the starting point you hike downhill to Merligen to the lake shore. You can take a first break in the small town.Then you hike at the foot of the Niederhorn and past the St. Beatus caves. It is a network of stalactite caves below Beatenberg. During a tour you can explore the branched cave network. Who knows, maybe you will actually see the fire-breathing dragon that is supposed to live here. A visit to the cave is definitely exciting.Back in the daylight, you hike on a beautiful riverside path through the Weissenau nature reserve, where the Aare flows into Lake Thun. At the Weissenau ruin you leave the lake and turn to Interlaken. There you can find accommodation for the night.
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On section 3 on the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun you hike in a beautiful up and down from Interlaken to Spiez. It starts at the train station in Interlaken West. At the beginning, the path leads you along the Aare Canal to the lake shore.Via Därligen you hike uphill to the Meielisalp above Leissigen. Then you can look forward to a special section: the suspension bridge over the Spissibach. The bridge is 144 meters long and up to 60 meters high and offers a fantastic panorama on the way.You will soon have reached the highest point of the tour and from now on you will only hike downhill, past Krattigen and Faulensee to Spiez, your destination today. At the end of the day you can enjoy the picturesque bay - "the most beautiful bay in Europe" - with its castle and vineyards to the fullest.
This 16-kilometer mountain hike takes you across magnificent alpine meadows to one of the most beautiful viewpoints over Lake Brienz and to the largest ibex colony in the Bernese Oberland. You can also look forward to an exciting stretch of path over a narrow ridge. The circular hike starts at the Post in Habkern.Right from the start, the path climbs crisply. You continue to hike up and after five kilometers you will pass the Jägerstübli and the Lombachalp. Time for a break on the sun terrace. With fresh energy you tackle the next part of the climb.The path zigzags up to the ridge height and then runs as a clearly visible path to the Augstmatthorn lookout point. The view from up here is one of the most spectacular in the region. The lake lies deep below you, behind it are the giants of the Bernese Alps. Just beautiful!
This hike is a mountain tour for real connoisseurs and also for families. The funicular and the gondola lift take you comfortably up to the promising summit of the Niederhorn and then downhill along beautiful hiking trails to the Beatenberg cable car station. On the way, a stop in the Bärgrestaurant Vorsass is worthwhile, where you can take a break with a wonderful view.The tour starts at the Niederhornbahn mountain station. To do this, take the funicular from Beatenbucht station to the middle station and change here to the gondola. At the summit you can first enjoy the wonderful panorama and then set off. First across wide mountain meadows and then through dense forests, the hiking trail leads you to the view at Restaurant Vorsass. Now it goes parallel to the cable car down to the middle station Beatenberg.
The avalanche winter 1998/1999 and the hurricane Lothar left a lot of devastation in the mountain forests of the Bernese Oberland. At the Axalp, regional wood sculptors came up with something very special. They carved innumerable wooden sculptures from the stumps that remained, which you can discover today on the Schnitzlerweg. At the end of the tour, the romantically located Hinterburgseeli awaits you.The starting point of the hike is the mountain village of Axalp, which you can reach by post bus or your own car. The signposted Schnitzlerweg begins here - but even without signs you can hardly miss the wooden figures. The hiking path leads you through the mountain forest and on the edge of open alpine meadows to the Hinterburgseeli, where you can jump into the clear water on hot summer days. Freshly cooled, the way back to the starting point is the same.
The bird walk takes you on a leisurely stroll through the romantic cultural landscape of the Diemtigtal nature park. You will cross the habitats of many native species of birds in a variety of ways. Attentive observers can spot circling red kites, curious chaffinches, swift-swifts, chirping wrens, and the rare dipper. In addition, there are several stations where you can inform yourself about the bird life.The signposted bird walk starts at Oey-Diemtigen station and leads you first through the village of Oey up to wide alpine meadows. On a barely traveled road you walk along pastures and individual farms, until the bird path branches off shortly after Bächlen into Chireltal. Now it goes through the natural river valley gently downhill to the starting point of the hike.
A relaxed walk awaits you on the “Spiezer Rebberg Adventure Path”, which is possible all year round. Along the route you will discover twelve information boards that tell you a lot of interesting facts about the Spiezer winegrowing year. If you don't want to read all the texts, you can easily scan the QR codes on the signs with your smartphone and watch the short explanatory film. You can also become active yourself at six experience stations and, for example, test your sense of smell.If you want to extend the tour a bit, you can, for example, make a detour up to the viewpoint on Spiezberg or enjoy the view from Katzenstein to Lake Thun. And since the short hike is so short, you still have enough time to explore the area or to cool off in the outdoor and lake pool by the lake.
On this walk you will experience art and culture on a unique sun and viewing terrace over Lake Thun. Thanks to the creative commitment of the residents of Krattigen and regional artists, you will experience a lot of art along the short route between the Eyeried and the Schützenhaus.On your walk you will encounter a wide variety of art objects: some to smile at, others to think about. At the same time, the works of art show you which scenic features you can experience in Interlaken.After the art, you can then devote yourself to culinary delights in one of the restaurants in the village or find a cozy spot on the lake shore. By the way, you can easily reach Krattigen with the Postbus from Spiez.