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How to Spend 3 Days in Interlaken

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How to Spend 3 Days in Interlaken
Interlaken is ideally situated for discovering the Bernese Oberland, and with three days, you can explore the stunning landscapes of the Jungfrau via Europe’s highest railway, learn about Swiss culture, and take in two Alpine lakes. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Interlaken. 

Day 1: Swiss Culture and Alpine Views
A guided walking tour of Interlaken is the best way to get your bearings. Stop at landmarks such as Interlaken Castle and Monastery, admire the seasonal blooms in Höhematte park, and cross the river to stroll around the village of Unterseen. A visit to the Museum of Tourism offers a chance to discover the history of the Jungfrau region and learn more about Swiss culture and traditions. In the afternoon, head up to the mountaintop vista point of Harder Kulm—book tickets for the cable car in advance to save time—from where you can see Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, framed by the distant peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains. Spend the evening enjoying Interlaken’s varied nightlife. Joining a pub crawl is a great way to sample traditional pubs, cocktail bars, and live music venues.

Day 2: Journey to the Top of Europe
The mountains around Interlaken offer plenty of options for day trips, but if you only have time to visit one summit viewpoint, it has to be the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. The landscapes of Jungfrau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are some of the most impressive in Switzerland, and the journey to the 11,332-foot-high (3,454-meter-high) mountain summit includes a ride on the highest railway in Europe. The most convenient way to visit Jungfrau is as part of a tour—the journey includes multiple train rides and changes, and the best tours offer time to explore at each stop. Take in the views along the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass, and hop out to visit the mountain towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen along the way. Leave yourself plenty of time at Jungfrau to ride the elevator up to the Sphinx Observation Deck, visit the Ice Palace, or enjoy lunch at one of the mountaintop restaurants. 

Day 3: Fun by the Lakes 
Interlaken is known as Switzerland’s adventure capital, and most of the outdoor activities center around its two lakes: Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. It’s worth devoting an entire day to exploring the lakeside towns, vista points, and attractions, and there is a variety of tours to choose from, including bus and bike tours and hop-on-hop-off-boat cruises. Perhaps take a walking tour of Thun, visit the St. Beatus Caves, see natural sites such as Giessbach falls and Neuhaus beach, or head out into the surrounding countryside on a Swiss-cheese-and-chocolate-tasting tour. Alternatively, adventurous travelers can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. For a truly unforgettable experience, paragliding, skydiving, and bungee jumping are all possible, while winter visitors can enjoy skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing. End the day with a traditional Swiss fondue dinner at one of the lakeside restaurants.
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3-8 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass

3-8 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass

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Explore the best of the Swiss Alps and discover top attractions with ease with this 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- or 8-day Jungfrau region travel pass. Explore by boat, bus, gondola and railway, and enjoy hassle-free travel around Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Harder Kulm and the Alps beyond. Follow winding hiking trails beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, and marvel at the plunging valleys and rolling hillsides of the beautiful the Bernese Oberland. With your travel pass to hand, customize your itinerary and explore at your own pace.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.49
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$150.49

Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken

Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken

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Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks including the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau, Interlaken is a thrill-seeker’s dream destination. On this tour, take to the skies by helicopter with round-trip travel from your Interlaken hotel included, and experience the buzz of sky-diving in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Soar to 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) above sea level and leap into the clear, blue yonder in tandem with your instructor.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$601.95
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Best of the Bernese Oberland from Luzern

Best of the Bernese Oberland from Luzern

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Enjoy a customized tour of the Bernese Oberland on a full-day tour led by a private guide. By avoiding the limitations of a fixed group itinerary, you'll be free to select one of the region’s spectacular peaks to visit by train or cable car—choose between the Jungfrau, Schlilthorn, or First Mountains—then check out Reichenbach Falls, Giessbach Falls, the Aare Gorge, Brienz, Interlaken, and other top attractions.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$610.94
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Tandem Paragliding Experience with Transport from Interlaken

Tandem Paragliding Experience with Transport from Interlaken

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Enjoy a tandem paragliding experience amid the mountainous scenery of the Swiss Alps. After taking off from Beatenberg, you’ll soar into the air with your pilot behind you. Feeling like a daredevil? Let the pilot try some tricks up in the air. Want to focus on the scenery? Just gaze ahead, and take in sights of Lake Thun and the alpine villages below. A safety briefing is included, along with an Interlaken hotel pickup and drop-off service.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.50
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$189.50
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.05
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Bungee Jumping in Stockhorn

Bungee Jumping in Stockhorn

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Dive out of a cable car and free fall towards a pristine alpine lake with a bungy jumping adventure in the Swiss Alps. With this tour, you’ll be whisked away high up a mountain in a cable car, and then harnessed to take the plunge towards the lake. A boat will collect you and deliver you safely to shore as you catch your breath and gaze back up at one of most spectacular bungy jumping spots in the world.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$240.10
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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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$238.55
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Private Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Tour from Interlaken

Private Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Tour from Interlaken

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If you want to discover the best Swiss chocolate and cheese without straying too far from Interlaken, this hassle-free day trip is the answer. With a guide, you’ll travel to the village of Gruyères for a picnic of traditional Swiss bites, than take a tour of a cheese makers where the village’s namesake cheese is produced. Sample and learn about chocolate at Maison Cailler Chocolaterie, and enjoy free time in the UNESCO-listed Swiss capital of Bern.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$770.30
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$770.30
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Snowshoe and Sled Adventure in the Swiss Alps from Interlaken

Snowshoe and Sled Adventure in the Swiss Alps from Interlaken

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Explore the majesty of the Swiss Alps in style on this 6-hour snowshoe and sled adventure from Interlaken. Travel by gondola to the mountain hamlet of Sulwald with a guide and admire stunning views over the Grindlewald Valley. Stomp through the snow-covered forests beneath the soaring peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, and enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Following a mulled wine and traditional Swiss cheese fondue lunch, climb into your sled and zoom along mountain trails to Isenfluh then return to Interlaken.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.22
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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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$78.03
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