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Harder Kulm Tours

Harder Kulm
High above the Swiss town of Interlaken stands Harder Kulm, a viewpoint with panoramic views of the mountains and valleys of the Berner Oberland region. Visitors can hike to the spot from town, or take a funicular railway. Once at the top, you can enjoy the views, have a refreshment, and enjoy a variety of attractions.

The Basics
At 4,334 feet (1,321 metres) above sea level, the viewpoint at Harder Kulm is a serious hike from the town of Interlaken. Luckily for visitors, the funicular—which has been taking passengers up the mountain for over 100 years—makes the journey in about 10 minutes. 

When you reach the top, you can opt for coffee or lunch at a historic mountaintop castle-cum-cafe or test your nerve at the vertigo-inducing Two Lakes Bridge, which juts out over the valley in a way that seems to defy gravity. Other activities include a family-friendly wildlife park, a playground, and hiking trails. For an easy day, get tickets for the funicular as part of a guided half-day tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • Visitors must buy a ticket before getting on the funicular.
  • Funicular train carriages have been modernized over the years; the most recent cars were installed in 2008 for the train’s 100th anniversary.  
  • The funicular railway is wheelchair accessible; inquire at the ticket office for more information. 
  • The two lakes visible from the viewpoint are Lakes Brienz and Thun.
How to Get There 
Harder Kulm is accessible on foot from Interlaken, but the hike is very steep and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. The funicular railway is the easiest way to reach the summit; the station is located near the Interlaken Ost train station. The closest airport is in Bern, which is about 45 minutes away by car; Zurich International is about 2 hours away. 

When to Get There 
The funicular railway operates daily at 30 minute intervals but only runs during the summer season, from April to November. 

Enjoy Lake Brienz
It’s hard to find a more picturesque spot than Lake Brienz: Classic steamboats chug across the bright turquoise water; grand, old-fashioned hotels dot the hillsides; and an impressive 500-meter waterfall rushes through the trees into the placid lake at Giessbach. Take a hike or a bike tour through the mountains, or ride the local ferries from town to town to explore the lakeside attractions.
Address: Interlaken, Unterseen 3800, Switzerland
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Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

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Paraglide above the Swiss Alp peaks on a tandem flight with transport from Interlaken. At the launch spot in Beatenberg, listen to a safety talk with a small group of no more than 10 people, and then take off with a guide. Gaze down at Lake Thun and the snowy summits of the Jungfrau as you soar above the alpine landscape; the views are as breathtaking as the flight.
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Interlaken City Tour plus Harder Mountain (Top of Interlaken) Private Tour

Interlaken City Tour plus Harder Mountain (Top of Interlaken) Private Tour

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Discover the best of the Swiss alpine scenery from the city on this private tour of Interlaken. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Aare River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Interlaken’s historic heart in the Höhenmatte, travel by public bus away from the tourist trail, or take the cable car to 4,337 feet (1,322 meters) above sea level for beautiful views over the surrounding peaks to shimmering Lake Thun.
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Tandem Hanggliding Flights

Tandem Hanggliding Flights

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Hanggliding is the closest way to fly like a bird. You fly in a horizontal position, you feel the air and there is no noise of an engine arround you. With a hangglider you can also fly fast. Most of the passengers like stalls, dives and wingovers. Just tell me what you like most. The amazing view, the colour of the two lakes, the ice and snow on the mountains in the background is just an unforgettable experience. What I like most is, if birds are flying next to the glider. In a moment like that I feel really free. Just contact me; Hope to see you soon
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