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How to Spend 1 Day in Interlaken

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How to Spend 1 Day in Interlaken
Encircled by alpine valleys and snow-capped peaks,, it’s easy to see why Interlaken is one of the most-visited destinations in Switzerland. One day is just enough time to take in the highlights, but planning ahead is essential if you want to fit everything in. Here are some ideas for how to spend one day in Interlaken.

Morning: City Sights and Mountain Views 
Spend the morning enjoying views of Jungfrau from the top of Harder Kulm, which lies just north of town. Ride the cable car to the 4,337-foot (1,322-meter) mountain summit, from which you can see Lake Brienz, and Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains to name a few—book your admission tickets in advance to avoid lengthy ticket lines. 

Interlaken is best explored on foot so opt for a walking tour in order to maximize your time. Tours tend to cover Höhematte Park, which blooms with colorful flowers in the spring and summer; Interlaken Castle and Monastery; and neighboring Unterseen, home to the Museum of Tourism.

Afternoon: Explore the Lakes
Exploring the lakes of Thun and Brienz is a must for visitors in Interlaken. With limited time, it’s best to choose a tour over taking public transport to make the most of the day. A boat cruise or kayaking excursion around Lake Brienz affords views of the lakeside villages and landmarks such as Giessbach falls, while hop-on hop-off boat cruises come with the flexibility to create your own itinerary. 

It’s possible to explore by land too; bus and bike tours typically cover lakefront attractions such as Neuhaus Beach; the traditional Swiss villages of Matten and Bönigen; Shadau Castle; and the St Beatus Caves. 

Night: Party by the Lakeside
Interlaken has a lively nightlife scene, especially during the summer months; bars, nightclubs,  and live music venues are dotted around the lakes and town center. Join a pub crawl to benefit from local recommendations and spend the evening among like-minded travelers.

For something a little more traditional, head to one of Interlaken’s many restaurants, where you can tuck into Swiss dishes such as cheese fondue or raclette. Winter visitors can also work up an appetite during a night sled ride, followed by a fondue dinner a restaurant in the mountains. 
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Night Sled Ride with Optional Fondue from Interlaken

Night Sled Ride with Optional Fondue from Interlaken

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Enjoy thrills and spills in the Alpine wilderness on this on this 4-hour night sled adventure with optional fondue from Interlaken. As darkness falls over the Swiss Alps, travel to the mountain base with a guide and enjoy fine views over the soaring peaks and starry skies. Hop onto your sled, then zoom through snow-covered forests and over rolling Alpine meadows, and admire natural features such as frozen waterfalls. Stop your thrilling sled-ride near a local Alpine restaurant, and upgrade your adventure to finish with a traditional Swiss cheese fondue.
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  • 4 hours
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Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz

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Surrounded by dense pine forests, soaring Alpine peaks, and spectacular countryside scenery, Lake Brienz offers a world of outdoor adventure on Interlaken’s doorstep. On this tour, take to the calm waters by kayak with your guide, and see the best of Lake Brienz in style. Paddle through the clear mountain waters to the 12th-century citadel of Ringgenberg Castle and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to six people.
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  • 3 hours
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Jetboat Scenic Ride in Interlaken

Jetboat Scenic Ride in Interlaken

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Surrounded by picturesque fishing villages and mountain peaks, Lake Brienz is a beautiful natural attraction—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, hit Lake Brienz by powerful jet-boat and cross the water swiftly. Hit top attractions including Iseltwald and the Giessbach falls as your guide sheds light on the region’s history, and enjoy panoramic views over the peak of Mt. Niesen.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waterfalls, Lake Thun, and Lake Brienz Private Tour from Interlaken

Waterfalls, Lake Thun, and Lake Brienz Private Tour from Interlaken

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Explore with a private guide and discover the lakes and waterfalls around Interlaken. The half-day tour kicks off with a visit to Neuhaus on the banks of Lake Thun. Soak up the views with a hot drink or ice cream, then travel on to Lauterbrunnen, stopping to see a cow farm along the way. Home to more than 70 waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen is loved for its scenery that's complete with verdant alpine meadows and snowy peaks. Stop to see three of the area’s most impressive falls, then return to Interlaken via a last stop at Lake Brienz.
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  • 4 hours
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Interlaken Private Tour: Mountains Cows, Thun Lake, and Brienz Lake

Interlaken Private Tour: Mountains Cows, Thun Lake, and Brienz Lake

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Take a private tour that explores the lakes of Interlaken, including Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Stop at a panoramic viewpoint high above the town and capture scenic snapshots of Interlaken's beautiful location. Then stop by the beaches of LakeThun and visit a traditional Swiss cow farm near the village of Wilderswil.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Lake Thun and Lake Brienz Express Tour from Interlaken

Private Lake Thun and Lake Brienz Express Tour from Interlaken

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Visit Lake Thun and Lake Brienz on an express tour from Interlaken. Perfect if you’re short on time, this private tour takes you to the most camera-worthy spots in the area. Stop at Neuhaus beach on the banks of Lake Thun to stroll and grab a drink or ice cream, then take the scenic route past the villages of Matten and Bönigen with their traditional Swiss chalets and cows. Finally, you’ll have time to admire the sights of Lake Brienz before your return to Interlaken.
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  • 1 hour
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Interlaken Cruise Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, 2nd class

Interlaken Cruise Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, 2nd class

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Visit Lake Thun and Lake Brienz on this hop-on hop-off day cruise from Interlaken. Simply choose your preferred date, then take a cruise to discover the lake’s sights at your own pace. Perhaps check out the castles around the lake or simply sit back and soak in the views of the Bernese Oberland mountains. How you spend your day is up to you.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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