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Mighty peaks and turquoise lakes – hiking in Interlaken in Switzerland

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Mighty peaks and turquoise lakes – hiking in Interlaken in Switzerland

Hiking Collection by Interlaken

18

Tours

62:28 h

115 mi

23,000 ft

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.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Abschnitt 1: Von Thun nach Sigriswil – Panorama-Rundweg Thunersee

    Intermediate
    03:18
    7.07 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,225 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:54
    11.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    12.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    8.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last section of the panoramic circular route around Lake Thun takes you from Spiez to Thun in just over 13 kilometers. Look forward to idyllic sections, great views and a refreshing conclusion.

    

    You leave Spiez and soon immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape of the Rebhalden. On the way you

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    9.99 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    11.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The steep mountain slopes around Lake Brienz are a paradise for waterfall lovers. The signposted "Path of the three waterfalls" leads you along the south bank and to the most beautiful and famous waterfalls. The hiking trail can be divided into two stages. The small village of Iseltwald or the Grand

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  • Difficult
    08:01
    10.8 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Morgenberghorn forms the southern end of a striking summit ridge high above the southern shore of Lake Thun. The impressive summit pyramid offers enduring mountain hikers a breathtaking view and since there is no lift to the summit, it is usually wonderfully lonely here. The way is quite long - you

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    3.16 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Easy
    01:15
    3.08 mi
    2.5 mph
    0 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Unterseener Uferweg leads you from Interlaken first on the Aare and then along the shores of Lake Thun to Neuhaus. On the way you can discover the impressive castle ruins Weissenau and the nature reserve of the same name. Arriving at the destination, you will end up with a lido and several cozy restaurants

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  • Easy
    01:37
    3.29 mi
    2.0 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lombachalp on the outskirts of Habkern is characterized by a mystical moor landscape that is of national importance. Large areas of the raised bog are under nature protection and are a dream destination for smaller and larger hikes. Young and old can explore the unspoilt landscape on the observation

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    9.22 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Spiez circular hiking trail allows you to explore the diverse nature and beautiful landscape around Spiez. The path is excellently developed and also suitable for families with prams. Since the path leads past bus stops again and again, you can shorten the tour as you wish. As befits a circular route

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  • Difficult
    05:36
    6.55 mi
    1.2 mph
    5,625 ft
    50 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The hiking trail from Brienz up to the Brienzer Rothorn is especially suitable for very fit mountain hikers. The varied routes are sometimes steep, but otherwise good to commit - with more than 1,700 meters in altitude ascent yet a real challenge. The Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn offers a shortcut that will take

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  • Easy
    01:40
    3.33 mi
    2.0 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    7.02 mi
    1.7 mph
    625 ft
    3,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Güggisgrat stands for pure mountain enjoyment. At lofty heights and on quite good mountain hiking trails you can hike from the Niederhorn with breathtaking views over the entire ridge and finally descend to Habkern. Only a few places are exposed and therefore require surefootedness. In addition to

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  • Easy
    01:56
    3.87 mi
    2.0 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    3.14 mi
    1.5 mph
    150 ft
    2,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Niesen, also known as the Swiss Pyramid, is a fantastic panoramic mountain on the southern shore of Lake Thun. You can easily reach the striking pyramid-shaped summit with the Niesenbahn. The funicular takes you from Mülenen with a great view up to the mountain. From there you can make beautiful

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  • Easy
    00:23
    0.81 mi
    2.2 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Easy
    00:22
    0.84 mi
    2.3 mph
    75 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    115 mi
  • Duration
    62:28 h
  • Elevation
    23,000 ft

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