When it comes to breathtaking natural beauty, only few places in Europe can rival what I saw in the Jungfrau Region. From hidden waterfalls echoing beneath the earth to lakes shimmering in ethereal turquoise, and majestic mountain peaks piercing the sky, the Jungfrau Region almost have everything that you are looking for that one perfect nature trip.
It’s a paradise for any nature enthusiast, offering an array of awe-inspiring sights that could easily fill a week-long trip. If you’re already sure to go for a 7-day Jungfrau region trip, this post will let you:
- Find the best things to do in the Jungfrau Region + their visiting information.
- Get an Interlaken itinerary you can use to visit the different tourist attractions in the Jungfrau Region.
Otherwise, my articles below can help you decide.
- How many days should you spend in Interlaken? (7 days are ideal, but you have to consider these things when deciding how long to visit the Jungfrau Region)
- How many days are enough in Interlaken? (3 days are enough, and I can give you different ways how you can visit the Jungfrau Region within 3 days)
In this post, the Interlaken itinerary in this post:
- Includes the different attractions surrounding Interlaken, Grindelwald, and Lauterbrunnen.
- Applies to any length of a visit to Interlaken or the Jungfrau region for up to 7 days (1 week).
- Has timestamps (approximate) to give you an idea of how long you will spend at the destination in the Jungfrau Region.
Sounds great? Let’s get started!
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Let me further introduce you to the Jungfrau Region.
As someone who has personally experienced a life-changing transformation through the mountains, I cannot emphasize enough the beauty of spending time in nature. The Jungfrau region, home to countless awe-inspiring mountains and stunning lakes, is an unforgettable destination – especially if you seek a vacation that offers more than just relaxation and outdoor fun, but also the chance for self-improvement.
The immeasurable awe and unforgettable moments that await you in this once-in-a-lifetime destination are worth every effort and budget spent. Although only a fraction of the Swiss Alps, the Jungfrau has more than a couple dozen attractions you can visit.
It’s composed of different scenic towns and quaint villages, each of which can be a starting point for different adventures in the region. Among these, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Grindelwald stand out as the top choices for explorers; Interlaken being the most accessible.
Things to do in Interlaken and Jungfrau Region
If you’re looking for things to do in the Jungfrau Region, this section has got you covered. Here you’ll find some great information that will give you an idea of how to spend a few days on an Interlaken trip.
- A brief introduction to each attraction in Interlaken and Jungfrau region
- The exact location of the destinations in the Jungfrau region with links to Google Maps
- Visiting and practical information, tips, and recommendations (prices may change without prior notice)
- How much time do you need for each activity
- A photo/video/360-view of each tourist attraction in Interlaken to give you a glimpse of the experience
If you want to skip to the itineraries, click here.
I discovered over 40 stunning tourist attractions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences located in the Jungfrau region. With so much to see and do, boredom is simply not an option here. However, I have only included what I believe to be the unmissable and most worthwhile destinations.
Some of the options available may offer similar experiences, and as a result, I have omitted them from the list. For further information, I have linked my posts about Interlaken, Grindelwald, and Lauterbrunnen at the beginning of this article.
Let’s kick off the list with Harder Kulm, the tourist attraction always included in every Interlaken itinerary you can find out anywhere!
1. Harder Kulm
Your journey in Interlaken should undoubtedly start with a visit to Harder Kulm.
Perched 1321 meters above sea level, this viewpoint offers a breathtaking panorama of Interlaken and Unterseen. From the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz to the snowy peaks of the Jungfrau massif and the serene Lake Thun, the view from Harder Kulm is a feast for the eyes. It’s like an appetizer that leaves you craving for more of the stunning Jungfrau region.
The viewing platform extends several meters into the air, creating a thrilling sensation of standing in the middle of the sky.
Harder Kulm is conveniently located near Interlaken, making it an easy first stop on your itinerary. You can either hike for 2 to 3 hours to reach the top or take a ride on the century-old funicular, which will whisk you up to the viewing platform from the valley station in just 10 minutes.
However, considering the steep elevation gain over a short hike, I’d advise against hiking to Harder Kulm from Interlaken. Save your energy for exploring other mountains and viewpoints in the area.
Harder Kulm Visiting Information
Book your skip-the-line tickets to Harder Kulm here.
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.6973, 7.8516 – Harder Kulm Viewpoint
46.6910, 7.8653 – Harderbanh (Funicular station)
|Opening Hours||Summer – 9:10 am until 9:10 pm.
Autumn – 9:10 am until 5:10 pm
*Check jungfrau.ch for exact details.
|Entry Fee||Full fare: 34+ CHF (Half discount using Swiss Travel Pass)
Kids (0 to 16 y.o.): 17+ CHF
*Free and unlimited ride using Jungfrau Travel Pass (Recommended for 3 days to 1-week stay)
|Time to Spend||1 to 2 hours|
Since Harder Kulm is very simple to visit and has absolutely stunning views, it is often swarmed by tourists. Come very early to ditch the crowd and own the scenery and moment right there at the tip of the viewing platform!
I strongly suggest checking the cloud cover from the live webcam first before going to Harder Kulm. Harder Kulm is worth visiting only if the views from the top aren’t covered with fog or clouds.
2. Saint Beatus Caves
If you’re visiting during the non-summer season when the weather can be unpredictable, make sure to add the Saint Beatus Caves to your Interlaken itinerary.
This legendary cave, named after Saint Beatus who supposedly drove out a fire-breathing dragon in the 6th century, is sure to captivate you with its stunning stalagmites, stalactites, medieval structures, and waterfalls that are reminiscent of Rivendell.
In addition to exploring the cave and admiring the waterfalls, you can also visit the museum at Saint Beatus Caves. Here, you’ll learn about the history of the cave, past explorations, and the fascinating rock formations inside.
After your visit, why not stop by the Saint Beatus Caves restaurant? Here, you can enjoy authentic Swiss cuisine while taking in the beautiful views of Lake Thun. Getting to Saint Beatus Caves is easy. You can either take a boat or a bus.
However, I’d recommend taking bus #21 from Interlaken Ost. It’s a quick 20-minute trip and much faster than the boat.
Saint Beatus Caves Visiting Information
|Location (Google Maps)||46.6856, 7.7817 – Saint Beatus Caves|
|Opening Hours||Cave: March 13 to October 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Museum: Daily, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Restaurant: Daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please check the official website of Saint Beatus caves to check for announcements & Rules.
|Entry Fee||Full: 19+ CHF
Kids (6 to 16 y.o.): 11+ CHF
Museum-only fee: 6+ CHF
Museum-only fee for kids (6 to 16 y.o.): 3+ CHF
See more rates from the official website of Saint Beatus Caves.
|Time to Spend||2 to 3 hours (+1 hour for the museum)|
Exploring the cave by yourself is allowed. But, if you want an insightful visit to Saint Beatus Caves, I recommend that you join a free guided tour that starts every 45 minutes. It usually lasts for 75 minutes.
Bring jackets and extra clothing during your visit! The temperature inside the cave is typically low, around 10 degrees Celsius, even during summer.
3. Oberhofen Castle
Situated at the northeastern end of Lake Thun, you’ll find the enchanting Oberhofen Castle. This 13th-century marvel is a must-include on your Interlaken itinerary. With its stunning architecture and idyllic location, the castle appears to be straight out of a fairytale, its tower dipping into the shimmering turquoise waters of the lake.
Despite undergoing numerous renovations over the years, Oberhofen Castle has retained its timeless charm. Inside, you’ll find a museum filled with antique furniture, a chapel adorned with centuries-old murals, a tree gallery, and a blossoming garden that offers breathtaking views of Lake Thun.
To truly immerse yourself in the castle’s 800-year history, I recommend joining a one-hour guided tour. You’ll be taken to some of the castle’s most incredible spots, including the dungeon, residential area, and the top of the keep where you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Bernese Alps and Lake Thun.
If you are interested to discover Oberhofen Castle from home or wherever you are, you can check Oberhofen Castle’s website here.
The best view of the Oberhofen Castle is from the dock/restaurant at the side, where you can photograph its tower with the Bernese Alps in the backdrop.
Oberhofen Castle, like Saint Beatus caves, can be reached through a ferry or bus #21 from Interlaken Ost. A ferry trip from Interlaken to Oberhofen Castle often lasts for 2 hours. On the other hand, a bus ride takes about 50 minutes only.
Oberhofen Castle Visiting Information
|Location (Google Maps)||46.7299, 7.6683 – Oberhofen Castle|
Restaurant: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Castle Museum: May 9 to October 31, Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lakeside path: March 1 to April 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lakeside path & Castle Park:
– April 4 to May 22, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
– May 23 to July 31, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
– August 1 to September 18, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
– September 19 to October 23, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
– October 24 to December 19, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
* Check for announcements before going on the official website of Oberhofen Castle.
|Entry Fee||Full: 12+ CHF
Kids (6 to 16 y.o.): 5+ CHF
*Entry to the park is free.
*Check rates for guided tours from the official website of Oberhofen Castle.
|Time to Spend||2 to 3 hours|
I suggest using public transportation to Oberhofen Castle because of the limited parking, which gets filled quickly during the peak season. If you have a lot of time, I think it’s better to arrive at Oberhofen Castle by ferry to see the castle’s perspective from the lake.
4. Mount Niesen
If you’re looking for an extraordinary sunset, make sure to reserve a spot in your Interlaken itinerary for Mount Niesen. Standing at a height of 2362 meters, this peak in the Bernese Oberland offers a breathtaking view of Lake Thun and Interlaken. What makes Mount Niesen unique is its shape, which casts a perfect triangular shadow over Lake Thun on sunny afternoons.
Mount Niesen is also home to the world’s longest stairway, boasting an impressive 11,674 steps! However, it’s only open once a year for the Stair Run event. If you’re lucky, you might even witness the projection of the triangular shadow over a sea of clouds, just like Jackson from Journeyera did. In his blog post, he shares his phenomenal hiking experience on Mount Niesen – it’s truly blissful.
Mount Niesen offers two routes to its summit. If you’re up for a challenge, you can opt for a hike, which typically takes around 5 hours to complete. But if you’re short on time, don’t worry. There’s a funicular that can whisk you straight to the top in just a few minutes.
The starting point for your Mount Niesen adventure is the Neisenbahn valley station in Mulenen, a quaint village west of Interlaken. While it’s a bit of a journey from Interlaken, getting there is straightforward.
You’ll need to catch two trains from Interlaken Ost. First, take the train to Spiez. From there, transfer to another train bound for Mulenen. The whole journey should take you less than an hour, so you’ll be at the foot of Mount Niesen before you know it.
Mount Niesen Visiting Information
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.6393, 7.6902 – Niesenbahn Talstation (Valley station)
46.6462, 7.6523 – Mount Niesen
|Opening Hours||April 17 to November 14, funicular departs every 30 minutes
First/last ascent from Mulenen: 8:00 am / 5:45 pm
Last descent from Niesen Kulm: 5:45 pm
*Check niesen.ch for complete details and the evening trips scheduled
|Entry Fee||Full fare (Mülenen–Niesen Kulm): 38+ CHF (Half discount using Swiss Travel Pass)
Reduced (0 to 16 y.o.): 19+ CHF
|Time to Spend||3 to 4 hours|
Located to the south of Interlaken is a valley that’s so beautiful, it’s often described as heaven on earth. This is Lauterbrunnen, a must-visit for anyone traveling to the Jungfrau region.
With its unique, cinematic beauty, it’s no wonder that Lauterbrunnen has inspired thousands of people. In fact, if you’re a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, you’ll be interested to know that Lauterbrunnen was the inspiration for Rivendell, the haven of the elves.
Visiting Lauterbrunnen is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any trip to the Jungfrau region. But Lauterbrunnen is more than just a picturesque valley. It’s also a charming town and commune, home to several idyllic villages that perfectly capture the essence of the Swiss countryside. These include Wengen, Murren, Gimmelwald, Isenfluh, and Stechelberg.
While these villages may not have a lot of activities, they offer a wonderful opportunity for exploration and discovery. You can wander around, soak in the details of Swiss rural life, or simply relax and reflect. And let’s not forget about the views – no matter where you look, the scenery is simply stunning.
Lauterbrunnen, a charming town just a short 20-minute train ride away from Interlaken, is your gateway to the idyllic Swiss countryside. Please note that you can only drive as far as Lauterbrunnen, Isenfluh, and Stechelberg. To reach the other villages like Wengen, Murren, and Gimmelwald, you’ll need to take funiculars and cable cars.
Of course, if you’re up for it, hiking is always an option!
But the villages aren’t the only attractions in Lauterbrunnen. The area is also home to stunning waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, and even revolving restaurants. We’ll delve into each of these later.
If you want to learn more about the beauty of Lauterbrunnen, check out my article on 10 Reasons to Visit Lauterbrunnen. I also have another post on how to visit Lauterbrunnen, where I share some itineraries and tips for exploring the Jungfrau region. You can also find my suggested itineraries for visiting Lauterbrunnen here.
6. Trummelbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen, aptly named ‘many springs,’ is home to another must-see waterfall: the Trummelbach Falls. This is a great addition to your Interlaken itinerary, especially if you’re visiting the Jungfrau region during seasons with unpredictable weather.
What sets Trummelbach Falls apart is that it’s Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall, with an astounding 20,000 liters of water flowing per second. Visiting Trummelbach Falls gives you the unique opportunity to trace the water’s spectacular journey to its source. The falls feature 10 levels of viewing platforms, all interconnected by tunnels, elevators, and hiking paths.
It’s a marvel of engineering. And don’t miss the spot where there’s an opening offering views of the Lauterbrunnen valley – breathtaking.
Getting to Trummelbach Falls from Interlaken is a breeze. Simply catch a train to Lauterbrunnen, then board bus #141 heading south to Stechelberg. In just about 10 minutes, you’ll arrive at the Trummelbach Falls bus stop. From there, it’s just a short walk to the entrance of the falls.
Trummelbach Falls Visiting Information
|Location (Google Maps)||46.5694, 7.9144 – Trummelbach Falls|
|Opening Hours||April to November: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July to August: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
*Check for announcements from the Official website of Trummelbach Falls before going.
|Entry Fee||Full: 14+ CHF
Kids (6 to 16 y.o.): 6+ CHF
*Check whether there’s an update from the official website of Trummelbach Falls.
|Time to Spend||1 to 2 hours|
Planning to include Trummelbach falls in your Interlaken itinerary? Be sure to pack warm and waterproof clothing for your visit. The temperature inside is slightly lower, and there are areas where there is spray mist, which can make your clothes wet over a long exposure. Footwear with a good grip is a must.
7. Schilthorn and Birg
Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime in the breathtaking mountains of Lauterbrunnen. Nestled to the west of this charming valley is the famous Schilthorn peak, a location immortalized by a James Bond film. But, there’s so much more to Schilthorn than just its cinematic fame.
It’s a fantastic destination on any Interlaken itinerary for three compelling reasons: the awe-inspiring views, the unique dining experience, and the heart-pounding mini-adventures. The James Bond connection is just the cherry on top!
As one of the tallest peaks in Bernese Oberland, Schilthorn offers you an unparalleled 360-degree panorama of stunning beauty. On a clear, sunny day, you’ll be treated to a majestic view of the snow-capped peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. And if you’re lucky enough to visit when a sea of clouds blankets the valley below, you’ll truly feel like you’re standing on top of the world!
Your adventure to the summit of Schilthorn begins in the quaint village of Murren, the starting point for the cable cars that whisk visitors up to the peak. But don’t rush to the top just yet! You’ll want to make a pit stop at Birg, the cableway’s mid-station and a peak in its own right, albeit slightly lower than Schilthorn.
Remember those mini-adventures I mentioned earlier? This is where you’ll find them. Birg is home to the Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk, both of which offer heart-stopping views of the surrounding landscape. Imagine standing on a platform or walking along a meshed steel path with nothing but thin air beneath you!
And if you’re up for a hike, Birg is also the starting point for trails leading to Grauseeli. This picturesque lake offers a unique spectacle: the mirrored image of the Jungfrau massif reflected on its tranquil surface.
You can also kick off your hike to Grauseeli right from the summit of Schilthorn. But the real star of the show at the peak is the Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant.
This place is a must-visit that should definitely be on your Interlaken itinerary, and for good reason!
You can picture yourself in Piz Gloria like you’re sitting comfortably at your table, enjoying a delicious meal. As you take each bite, the entire Jungfrau region unfolds before your eyes. The restaurant completes a full rotation in less than an hour, so you’ll get to see every stunning angle of the landscape without even having to turn your head.
It’s a dining experience like no other!
If you’re lucky with the weather, you could catch sight of over 200 alpine peaks from Piz Gloria at Schilthorn. It’s hard to believe, but on clear days, you can even see as far as the Black Forest in Germany and Mont Blanc in France!
To make the most of your trip to Schilthorn, don’t miss out on other attractions like the Bond World museum, the Skyline view platform, the 007 Walk of Fame, and the view lounges.
Schilthorn and Birg Visiting Information
You can book your cable car round-trip tickets to Schilthorn here.
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.5582, 7.8912 – Murren
46.5619, 7.8574 – Birg
46.5579, 7.8349 – Schilthorn
|Opening Hours (Cableway)||Stechelberg to Schilthorn First Ascent: 7:55 am
Schilthorn to Stechelberg Last Descent 4:55 pm
*Departure every 30 minutes. See more details from schilthorn.ch
|Cableway fares:||Stechelberg to Schilthorn (return): 108+ CHF
Stechelberg to Schilthorn (return, for Kids 6 to 15 y.o.): 54+ CHF
*Check complete details from schilthorn.ch. (Half discount using Swiss Travel Pass)
|Train + Cable Way||Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn (round trip via Grütschalp): 108+ CHF
Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn (round trip via Grütschalp, for Kids 6 to 15 y.o.): 54+ CHF
*Check complete details from schilthorn.ch. (Half discount using Swiss Travel Pass)
|Time to Spend||Day Trip|
You’ll want to set aside at least six hours to fully experience Schilthorn and Birg. If you find yourself done with Schilthorn in the morning, why not spend the afternoon exploring the charming towns below? Gimmelwald and Murren are perfect for filling up your free time and immersing yourself in the local culture.
Speaking of time, you can save time by avoiding falling in lines at the cable car stations if you have a fixed and guaranteed departure time to Schilthorn using Schilthorn Boarding Pass.
Just like Piz Gloria in Schilthorn that we talked about earlier, Jungfraujoch is another must-visit spot in the Jungfrau region that you should definitely include in your Interlaken itinerary.
But what makes Jungfraujoch so special?
Well, it’s the highest railway station in all of Europe, earning it the nickname “Top of Europe.” Situated at a staggering 3,454 meters above sea level, it’s nestled in the saddle between the towering Monch and Jungfrau mountains, both of which soar over 4,000 meters high.
It’s an experience that’s truly one for the books!
Jungfraujoch is home to some truly extraordinary sights, with the Jungfraujoch railway and the Aletsch Glacier being the two most captivating. When you visit Jungfraujoch, you’re not just visiting a place – you’re giving yourself the opportunity to witness the largest glacier in the Alps and marvel at one of the most impressive feats of engineering.
And let’s not forget about the Sphinx Observatory, one of the highest observatories in the world.
It’s from here that you’ll get to take in the breathtaking view of the Aletsch Glacier.
But the experience doesn’t stop there – at Jungfraujoch, you won’t just see a glacier, you’ll actually get to step inside it! It’s an adventure like no other. It is the Ice Palace, a mesmerizing ice tunnel nestled beneath a glacier, adorned with stunning ice sculptures. The ethereal blue glow that permeates the tunnel is a sight to behold – it’s truly a breathtaking spectacle.
The weather can be quite fickle at an elevation of 4,000 meters. But don’t worry, if the clouds decide to play hide and seek with the stunning scenery, the Jungfrau Panorama has got you covered. Inside, you’ll find screen projections that virtually showcase the views outside.
Getting to Jungfraujoch can be done in two ways: either by the scenic Jungfraujoch railway or the Eiger Express tri-cable gondola. If you’re short on time, the quickest route is via the cable car that starts in Grindelwald.
Both options offer breathtaking views, but if you’re looking for a more relaxed and classic experience, the Jungfraujoch rail is the way to go. Whether you choose the train or cable car, you have to do 2 transfers to get to Jungfraujoch coming from Interlaken:
- Interlaken – Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg (start of Jungfraujoch Railway)
- Interlaken – Grindelwald (Eiger Express Cable Car) – Eiger Glacier Station (Jungfraujoch Railway)
Jungfraujoch Visiting Information
You can book your Jungfraujoch round-trip train tickets here.
|Location (Google Maps)||46.5499, 7.9804 – Jungfraujoch|
|Operating Hours (Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch)||First ascent: 9:27 am (daily), 8:27 am (July 2 until August 14)
Last descent: 4:17 pm (daily), 5:17 am (July 2 until August 14)
*Check all departure times from sbb.ch
|Operating Hours (Eiger Express Cable Car)||First ascent: 8:00 am (daily), 7:15 am (July 2 until August 14)
Last descent: 4:50 pm (daily), 6:20 pm (July 2 until August 14)
*Check all departure times and maintenance work schedules from jungfrau.ch
|Fares||Interlaken to Jungfraujoch (one way): 108+ CHF
Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (one way): 97.50+ CHF
*Get discounts using Swiss Travel Pass or Jungfrau Travel Pass
|Time to Spend||From Interlaken: 5 to 6 hours
From Grindelwald: 4 to 5 hours
Indeed, the fares to Jungfraujoch can be a bit steep.
But there are ways to save some money. For instance, if you’re part of a group of 10, you can get a 30% discount. If you’re traveling solo or in a smaller group, consider joining a group tour to take advantage of these group rates.
While the Jungfraujoch Railway is an experience not to be missed, I wouldn’t recommend booking round-trip railway tickets. Instead, consider taking the Eiger Express Cable Car for one leg of your journey to or from Jungfraujoch – it’s a great way to save some cash.
And one last tip – even in the summer, there’s snow in Jungfraujoch. So don’t forget to bundle up in warm clothing for your visit!
If you’re looking for more adventure in the Jungfrau region, you won’t want to miss Grindelwald.
This destination offers a host of thrilling activities set against the backdrop of a stunning alpine environment – it’s like getting two for the price of one! Located in the eastern part of the Jungfrau region, Grindelwald is nestled in its own valley, much like Lauterbrunnen.
It’s just a 30-minute drive from Interlaken, or a 45-minute train ride from Interlaken Ost, making it easily accessible. Grindelwald is brimming with activities to enjoy. Start your adventure at the Heimatmuseum Grindelwald, a treasure trove of stories from alpinists who have conquered the formidable north face of Eiger.
The museum houses not only the tools used by these brave climbers, but also artifacts from the local alpine life. It’s a great place to visit when the weather isn’t cooperating.
But if the sun is shining and the sky is clear, you won’t want to miss Grindelwald-First, Pfingstegg, and the Glacier Canyon. These destinations are absolute must-sees when in Grindelwald.
Once you arrive in Grindelwald from Interlaken, you can head straight to First. The cable car station that takes you there is just a quick 10-minute walk from the Grindelwald train station.
Just so you know, First is a minor summit of Schwarzhorn, standing at a height of 2,184 meters. It’s where most of the fun happens in Grindelwald!
The Grindelwald-First cable car has three other stations apart from the valley station. In ascending order, they are Bort, Schreckfeld, and First. Each station offers a range of fun activities for both kids and adults.
So, what kind of adventures await you at these stations in Grindelwald-First? Well, you can try Trottibike, soar through the air on the First-Glider, race down the mountain on a Mountain Cart, fly like a bird on the First-Flieger, or test your nerves on the First-Cliff Walk.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Grindelwald-First, why not check out Pfingstegg? It’s situated to the east of Grindelwald and offers a stunning panoramic view of the town. Just like First, you can reach Pfingstegg by cable car – it’s a quick ride from the town that takes less than 5 minutes.
Once you’re there, you’ll find two main attractions: the Toboggan Run and the “Fly Line.” And if you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love the playground at Pfingstegg! Plus, the views are simply idyllic. It’s a great spot to add to your itinerary.
For a change of scenery, why not explore the Grindelwald Glacier Canyon? This 1-kilometer gorge offers a unique perspective, with 300-meter tall rock walls and the powerful Lutschine river. You’ll be in awe of the incredible rock galleries, all naturally carved by the forces of nature.
But the real thrill here is the Canyon Swing. Imagine jumping from a 90-meter high platform, experiencing a moment of weightlessness before your adrenaline kicks in as you swing at a speed of 120 kilometers per second. Now that’s what I call exhilarating!
Learn more about these activities from my article about Grindelwald.
Another beautiful alpine lake that you should add to your Interlaken itinerary is Bachalpsee. You might recognize this lake from the mountain Gmail theme by Google.
But in other seasons, it turns into a photographer’s dream with its mirror-like surface that reflects the surrounding scenery. Of course, this depends on the weather conditions. At an altitude of 2,265 meters, you can capture amazing photos of the Jungfrau massif and its inverted image on the lake.
The lake has two parts, separated by a natural dam. I recommend going to the smaller part for better photos.
Some visitors also enjoy having a picnic at Bachalpsee after having fun at Grindelwald-First.
You can reach Bachalpsee by hiking for an hour from First. It’s also a stop for hikers who are doing the First-Schynige Platte trail or vice versa.
Bachalpsee Visiting Information
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.6699, 8.0233 – Bachalpsee
46.6614, 8.0539 – First
46.6253, 8.0418 – Grindelwald-First valley station
|Operating Hours (Grindelwald-First)||First ascent/descent: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Last ascent: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Last descent: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
*First/last ascent/descent varies per season. See exact details/updates/maintenance schedule from jungfrau.ch.
|Fares||50 to 120+ CHF (depending on the adventure package).
*Get discounts using Swiss Travel Pass or have unlimited rides using Jungfrau Travel Pass
|Time to Spend||3 hours (2 hours hike round trip + 1-hour stay on the lake)|
11. Schynige Platte
Schynige Platte, a mountain ridge in the Schwarzhorn mountain group, is a classic hiking spot in the Jungfrau region. From here, you can look out over Lake Brienz and the Schwarze Lütschine valley – two stunning landscapes that the ridge itself separates.
Schynige Platte is more than just a hiker’s paradise. It’s a gateway to experiencing Swiss tradition, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of over 600 varieties of alpine flowers. Among these blooms, you’ll find the Edelweiss, a symbol of purity, innocence, and rugged individualism.
Anyway, the adventure to Schynige Platte begins even before you reach Schynige Platte. The journey aboard its historic 19th-century railway, which has been in operation for over 125 years, is an experience in itself. So, when you visit Schynige Platte, you’re not just going for a hike; you’re embarking on a journey through time and tradition.
The journey to the top of Schynige Platte is slow yet scenic. It’s only a 7-kilometer route, but it takes nearly an hour to reach Schynige Platte from Wilderswil. 4 times a year, steam locomotives are available for a ride to Schynige Platte – see the schedule from jungfrau.ch.
Planning to visit Schynige Platte during the summer? You definitely should! Because every summer, there’s a free alphorn performance in Schynige Platte. You can watch one in front of the hotel from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. And about the hike… There are several hiking trails you can go for trekking in Schynige Platte.
But according to my favorite Family Travel blog, fullsuitcase.com, there are four best hikes you can try:
- Daube viewpoint hike (2.4 kilometers, “easy” difficulty)
- Oberberghorn panorama trail (3 kilometers, “easy to moderate” difficulty)
- Louchernhorn panorama trail (6.1 kilometers, “moderate” difficulty)
- Schynige Platte-First hike (16 kilometers, “moderate to hard” difficulty)
The hiking trails of Schynige Platte offer unparalleled views of natural wonders such as Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, as well as Lake Thun and Brienz, Rothorn, and Mannlichen. These trails are a feast for the eyes and a balm for the soul.
If you’re planning to trek these paths, Jurga’s detailed descriptions of each hike on fullsuitcase.com can be an invaluable resource. Alternatively, you can use the printable brochure mentioned below as your guide. You can also pick one up from the tourism office in Interlaken.
Schynige Platte Visiting Information
Get your Schynige Platte round-trip train tickets here.
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.6528, 7.9114 – Schynige Platte train station
46.6656, 7.8692 – Wilderswil train station
|Operating Hours (Wilderswill-Schynige Platte)||Summer (June 25 to October 16)
First ascent: 7:24 am
Last ascent: 4:44 pm
First descent: 8:21 am
Last descent: 5:53 pm
*Double check schedule from sbb.ch
|Fares||34+ CHF (one way)|
|Time to Spend||half-day or day trip|
12. Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg
Mannlichen, the mountain peak situated at the heart of the Jungfrau region, offers the most breathtaking views in the area, making it a must-visit destination on your Interlaken itinerary.
Let me explain why I highly recommend including Mannlichen on your list of summits to visit. Briefly, Mannlichen is the mountain peak that stands tall at 2,343 meters, nestled between Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. From its summit, you can marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Jungfrau Region.
And on a clear and sunny day, the panoramic views from Mannlichen are truly unforgettable. You can see everything from Grindelwald to Interlaken, Lake Thun to the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley, and even the majestic peaks of Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger. Everywhere you look, it’s simply heavenly.
If you’re looking to get to Mannlichen, you’ll first need to make your way to either Grindelwald or Wengen in Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken. Once you arrive in either town, you can easily find cable cars that will take you straight to Mannlichen.
While it is possible to hike to Mannlichen from Wengen, I wouldn’t recommend it as the hiking trails are quite steep.
After visiting Mannlichen, most travelers opt to hike down to Kleine Scheidegg on a panoramic trail boasting idyllic alpine views with Eiger’s north face in the backdrop. Some hikers can complete the Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg panoramic trail in just an hour, but I suggest taking your time to stop and appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
With breaks and moments to take in the scenery, it could take you closer to an hour and a half to finish the hike.
Once you arrive in Kleine Scheidegg, you’ll find small alpine lakes and more hiking trails to explore. If you’re up for more hiking, you can easily reach Lauberhorn or Fallbodensee within an hour from Kleine Scheidegg.
Are you aware that Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg is the biggest ski resort in both the Jungfrau region and the Bernese Oberland? It’s definitely a must-visit spot to include in your Interlaken itinerary during the winter
Kleine Scheidegg has a train station that can take you back to Wengen or Grindelwald after visiting Mannlichen. Keep in mind that Kleine Scheidegg is also where the Jungfraujoch railway starts. If you have ample time, you can even continue on to Jungfraujoch!
Visiting Information Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg
|Location (Google Maps)||
46.6528, 7.9114 – Schynige Platte train station
46.6656, 7.8692 – Wilderswil train station
|Operating Hours (Wengen-Mannlichen Cable Car)||Operation: May 26 to October 23
Departs every: 20 minutes
First ascent: 8:10 am (July 2 to August 14), 8:50 am (the rest of the operational schedule)
Last descent: 5:30 pm (July 2 to September 18), 5:10 pm (the rest of the working schedule)
*Double check schedule from maennlichen.ch
|Operating Hours (Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg Railway)||Operation: May 26 to October 23
First ascent: 8:15 am (July 2 to August 14), 8:45 am (the rest of the operational schedule)
Last descent: 5:30 pm (July 2 to September 18), 5:00 pm (the rest of the working schedule)
*Double check schedule from maennlichen.ch
|Round trip Fare (Wengen-Mannlichen + Kleine Scheidegg-Wengen)||52+ CHF|
|Fare (Wengen-Mannlichen-Grindelwald)||58+ CHF|
|Time to Spend||half-day or day trip|
13. Lake Brienz
Last but certainly not least on your list of must-visit destinations in Interlaken is Lake Brienz and its neighboring towns. The water of Lake Brienz, with its breathtaking turquoise hue and mirror-like reflection of the picturesque mountains and villages, is truly a paradise that cannot be missed during your visit to Interlaken.
There are many ways you can enjoy Lake Brienz. The list starts with simple boat tours, then the charming towns and natural attractions on the lake. You can also take a nostalgic train ride on the Brienz-Rothorn Bahn, although I wouldn’t recommend it as the experience is similar to the train ride to Schynige-Platte.
If you plan to visit a village in Brienz, the most picturesque options are Iseltwald and Brienz. While you can reach these villages by land public transportation, I suggest taking a boat ride to enjoy panoramic views of the lake.
While the towns around Lake Brienz may seem quiet, there’s a certain charm in their simplicity. Take a leisurely stroll and discover the beauty in the little things. Reflect on the serene surroundings, or capture idyllic spots with your camera.
If photography is your passion, then Iseltwald is a must-visit. Nestled on a peninsula in the heart of Lake Brienz, Iseltwald offers a unique blend of magic and tranquility. The real gem here is the Seeburg Palace, located at the far end of the peninsula.
Rent a boat and get up close to this majestic structure, capturing its reflection in the milky-blue waters of Lake Brienz.
On the other hand, Brienz is the quintessential alpine town, where every house you encounter is a charming Swiss chalet. It’s like stepping into a theme park, but this one’s authentic. A simple leisurely stroll here can be delightful, with flower-decked windows and shops offering local products and souvenirs at every turn.
You’ll likely find yourself snapping photos at every corner!
And don’t forget to stop by the cozy cafes and shops overlooking Lake Brienz – they’re the perfect spots to indulge your senses and satisfy your cravings. Just a short boat ride away from these towns, you’ll find the majestic Giessbach Falls. This waterfall is truly unique, much like Trummelbach Falls.
What sets Giessbach apart is its 14 stages and impressive 500-meter height. From Lake Brienz, the falls present a stunning sight, carving white lines through the lush green forest as they cascade down to the lake.
You can explore the hiking trails and bridges around Giessbach Falls to experience the raw power of nature up close. The waterfall’s length and multiple stages create a soothing rush of water that can be heard downstream. In some parts, you can even walk underneath the cascade – these spots offer a unique vantage point of Lake Brienz through the veil of the falls.
Interlaken Itinerary: How to Spend 7 Days in Jungfrau Region
The Jungfrau Region has so much to offer that a week-long visit is recommended for a full experience. If you’re wondering how to fill seven days in Interlaken, don’t worry!
This section has everything planned out for you. However, if you’re only planning a shorter stay, my Interlaken itinerary is still perfect for you. It’s designed to be flexible and can be adapted to any length of visit. Each day’s itinerary is independent of the others, so the itineraries for each day are not in sequence (don’t be confused with the numbers).
- Day 1 is not necessarily the first you should do.
- You can swap the position of Day 1 with Day 2 or Day 3 on the list. Same as Day 6 or Day 7 – you can switch their positions.
- Also, instead of doing Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and so on, you can try Day 4, Day 2, and Day 1…
Day 1: Harder Kulm, Saint Beatus Caves, & Oberhofen Castle
On this Interlaken itinerary, you’ll visit the Lake Thun destinations of Saint Beatus Caves and Oberhofen Castle after exploring Harder Kulm. Getting to these places is a breeze as they’re connected by just one bus route.
But for a truly memorable journey back to Interlaken, I highly recommend taking the ferry, which will give you a chance to enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Thun.
|9:00 am||Harder Kulm|
|11:30 am||Saint Beatus Caves (+ lunch in the panoramic restaurant)|
|3:00 pm||Oberhofen Castle (+ afternoon meal at the cafe beside the castle)|
You may need:
Day 2: Schilthorn and Birg (Murren & Gimmelwald)
On this day, you’re going to explore the western part of the Lauterbrunnen valley from Interlaken. Start your journey by taking the Lauterbrunnen-Grutschalp-Murren route. This will get you to the cable car station for Schilthorn much faster.
Don’t forget to get your Schilthorn boarding pass to skip the lines at the cable car station.
You’ll be spending your whole day in Schilthorn and Birg, surrounded by stunning mountain views. Have lunch at Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss! If you still have some time left after your mountain adventure, consider visiting the idyllic villages of Murren and Gimmelwald, located just below Schilthorn.
To wrap up your day, take the Gimmelwald-Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen route for a quick sightseeing tour along the Lauterbrunnen valley in a bus.
|7:30 am||Interlaken Ost (Departure)|
Day 3: Lauterbrunnen, Trummelbach falls, & Mount Niesen
On this day, you’re setting your sights on the world’s most beautiful valley, Lauterbrunnen. Start by exploring the village and make sure to snap a selfie with the stunning Staubbach falls as your backdrop. Next up is Trummelbach, conveniently located near Lauterbrunnen.
In the afternoon, brace yourself for a spectacular sunset over Lake Thun from the summit of Mount Niesen. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss! From Lauterbrunnen, you’ll head back to Interlaken and then proceed to Mulenen to reach the peak of Mount Niesen.
|7:30 am||Interlaken Ost|
|10:00 am||Trummelbach falls|
|1:00 pm||Interlaken (Lunch)|
|3:30 pm||Mount Niesen (peak)|
Note: The sunset depends on the season. Adjust the hours accordingly.
Day 4: Jungfraujoch
You’re dedicating an entire day to the ultimate destination in the Jungfrau region – the Jungfraujoch. With so many things to do and see, you’ll be busy for more than half the day. Plus, keep in mind that the journey from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch and back takes over three hours.
That’s why it’s a great idea to set aside a full day for this adventure. For your round trip, I recommend taking the cable car and Jungfraujoch railway. It’s not only convenient but also gives you a chance to take in the stunning scenery along the way.
|8:00 am||Interlaken Ost|
Book your tickets to Jungfraujoch here:
Day 5: Mannlichen & Grindelwald
On this day, you’re going to journey through the heart of the Jungfrau region, from Wengen to Grindelwald via Mannlichen. You’ll spend your morning exploring Wengen, Mannlichen, and Kleine Scheidegg.
Then, get ready for an afternoon of adventure in Grindelwald-First. There are restaurants and beer gardens in Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg. Consider having lunch there before heading off to Grindelwald.
|8:30 am||Interlaken Ost|
|11:30 am||Kleine Scheidegg|
|1:30 am||Grindelwald (spend the entire afternoon doing adventures)|
You may need: Jungfrau Travel Pass
Day 6: Schynige Platte-First
Don’t miss out on one of the best classic hikes in the Jungfrau region.
On this day, you’re going to tackle the challenging but incredibly scenic Schynige Platte-First hike. This trail includes a visit to the otherworldly-looking Bachalpsee.
The Schynige Platte-First trail usually takes about 7 to 8 hours to complete, and that includes time for taking pictures and taking short breaks. So, make sure to pack your camera and some snacks!
If you’re starting in Wilderswil, just remember one thing: make sure you catch the last cable car descent from First to Grindelwald.
|6:45 am||Interlaken Ost|
|7:00 am||Wilderswil Train station|
|8:30 am||Schynige Platte (jump off)|
You may need:
Day 7: Lake Brienz, Iseltwald, & Brienz
I’d recommend saving a tour of Lake Brienz for the last day of your Interlaken itinerary. It’s the perfect way to unwind after all your adventures in the Jungfrau region.
With its serene views and leisurely activities, a day by the lake is just what you need to recover from all that hiking. Book a cruise and relax in the cozy cafes with views of the lake!
|9:00 am||Join the cruise across Lake Brienz|
|11:00 am||Iseltwald (lunch here)|
|4:00 pm||Cruise back to Interlaken|
Helpful Links For Your Trip to Interlaken/Jungfrau Region
Make your visit to Interlaken and Jungfrau region convenient and easy, and save money using the following:
- Swiss Travel Pass – Get unlimited bus, train, and boat rides within the Jungfrau region. Save to 50% discounts on cable cars and funiculars. 25% discount on Jungfraujoch railway. See the discounted routes from swisstravelpass.com. (Not recommended for a 3-day trip to Switzerland or shorter)
- Jungfrau Travel Pass – Get unlimited bus, train, boat, funicular, and cable cars in Jungfrau Region. Get a special price for trips going to Jungfraujoch. (DEFINITELY WORTH IT if you plan to visit the Jungfrau region for 3 days or 1 week!)
- Harder Kulm – Book a funicular ticket in advance and avoid queueing. This is really helpful in saving time, especially during peak season (Half the price using the Swiss Travel Pass. No need to buy if you have Jungfrau Travel Pass)
- Schynige Platte – Book a round-trip ticket to the nostalgic funicular ride from Wilderswill to Schynige Platte with a free entrance to the botanical garden. Recommended if you’re on a day trip to Interlaken. (No need if you have Jungfrau Travel Pass)
- Schilthorn and Birg – Round trip booking for a “skip the ticket line” to Schilthorn and have free access to Birg, Thrill Walk, and more. Recommended if you’re on a day trip to Interlaken. (Half the price using the Swiss Travel Pass. No need to buy if you have Jungfrau Travel Pass)
- Jungfraujoch Day Trip from Interlaken – All in one pass to Jungfraujoch’s attractions (Alpine Sensation, Sphinx Observation Terrace, Plateau, and the Ice Palace), including all kinds of transportation to and from Jungfraujoch (Train + Cable Car). Recommended if you’re on a day trip to the Jungfrau region.
- Jungfraujoch Rail Roundtrip – Alternative to the previous deal. Much cheaper, discounted with Swiss Travel Pass and Jungfrau Travel Pass.
- Lake Thun and Lake Brienz hop-on-hop-off unlimited boat ride – If you will only visit the destinations in the lakes, disregard all the passes above and get only this! Cheapest deal. Recommended if you’re on a day trip to the Jungfrau region. (No need to buy if you have Jungfrau Travel Pass)
Where to Stay in the Jungfrau Region
Depending on the length of your stay and the areas of the Jungfrau Region you wish to explore, your accommodation needs may vary.
If you’re planning a multi-day hike, you might need to arrange for multiple places to stay. This could include accommodations in one of the towns or villages, as well as mountain huts along your trail.
On the other hand, if your trip involves lake cruises, excursions to mountain villages, day hikes, and visiting places easily accessible by public transportation, you could potentially base yourself in a single location.
If you’re keen on immersing yourself in the diverse landscapes and experiences that the Jungfrau Region has to offer, as the itinerary you’ll find later suggests, then the latter option would be your best bet.
Yes, you read it right: aiming to soak yourself in the multifaceted beauty of the Jungfrau Region over a week, a single accommodation would suffice.
Which location in the Jungfrau Region is the ideal home base? Interlaken.
Among the towns in the Jungfrau Region, Interlaken boasts a prime location and offers the widest range of accommodations to suit different budgets. It’s the most accessible town from major cities and provides quick access to various trains, buses, cable cars, and cruises in the Jungfrau Region. Staying in Interlaken simply allows you to explore different parts of the Jungfrau Region with ease.
You can find the best hotel deals in Interlaken here.
How to Get to the Jungfrau Region
Reaching the Jungfrau Region is quite straightforward, thanks to Switzerland’s immaculate public transportation. From major Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Geneva, which also host Switzerland’s international airports, a simple train ride can take you to Interlaken.
Depending on your departure city and preferred travel time, your train journey may involve a transfer. Like, if you’re traveling from Geneva, you’ll need to make a transfer in Bern to reach Interlaken.
- If you’re starting your journey from Zurich, you’ll be in Interlaken in just under two hours, with the fastest trains taking around 1 hour and 54 minutes.
- From Basel, you can reach Interlaken in approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes on the fastest trains.
- If you’re traveling from Bern, you’ll be in Interlaken in less than an hour, with the fastest trains taking around 44 minutes.
- And if you’re coming from Geneva, the fastest trains will get you to Interlaken in about 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Do keep in mind that these times can vary depending on the specific train service and time of travel.
While renting a car isn’t typically recommended for a trip to the Jungfrau Region, it’s certainly possible to reach Interlaken by car. If you were to hire an airport transfer service, here’s how quickly you could reach Interlaken from Zurich, Geneva, Bern, and Basel:
- Embarking from Zurich, you’ll find yourself in Interlaken in just under two hours, with the quickest routes taking around 1 hour and 46 minutes.
- Setting off from Basel, you can reach Interlaken in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes on the fastest routes.
- If you’re hitting the road from Bern, you’ll be in Interlaken in less than an hour, with the quickest drives taking around 43 minutes.
- And if you’re starting your journey from Geneva, the fastest routes will get you to Interlaken in about 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Do keep in mind that these times can vary depending on traffic and road conditions.
Coming from Milan, Italy? You can skip the plane and head to Interlaken by land. If you’re up for a drive, you can hit the road and be there in around 3 hours and 12 minutes. The route via E35 and 11 is quite scenic.
Alternatively, you can hop on a train from Milano Centrale to Spiez, which takes about 3 hours and 5 minutes. From Spiez, it’s just a short connecting train ride to Interlaken.
Best Time to Visit the Jungfrau Region
If you’re planning a trip to Interlaken and the Jungfrau Region, timing is everything!
Important: During the summer months from May to early October, most facilities and tourist attractions in Interlaken and the Jungfrau Region are open to the public. It’s during this season it is recommended to have 7-day Jungfrau Region trip.
If you’re looking to save some money on your trip to Interlaken, consider visiting during the off-peak seasons. These are typically from January to April and from September to December. During these times, you’ll find that hotel prices are generally lower.
On average, you might spend around 70 CHF per night for a budget hotel room. In comparison, it’s 120 CHF per night during the peak season. Just keep in mind that while you might save some money during the off-peak seasons, some attractions might be closed or have limited access due to the weather.
Let’s break it down by season:
- Spring (March to May): Spring breathes life into the town with blooming flowers and lush greenery. The weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from a chilly -2.3°C in March to a more comfortable 9.2°C in May. However, keep in mind that some cable cars and cog trains may be under maintenance, and the region can be quite cloudy.
- Summer (June to August): Summer is a fantastic time for outdoor activities like hiking, and the lakes around Interlaken are perfect for a swim. Expect temperatures from 14.4°C to 17°C, with July being the warmest month. But remember, it’s also the busiest and rainiest time of the year.
- Autumn (September to November): As the crowds thin out, you can enjoy a more peaceful visit. But pack some warm clothes as temperatures drop from 5°C in September to -2°C in November.
- Winter (December to February): If you’re into winter sports like skiing, this is the time for you! Just be prepared for the cold, as temperatures can plunge to about -10°C.
How to Get Around Jungfrau Region
In general, in Jungfrau Region, you don’t need a car to get around. From Interlaken, a car only gets you to Lauterbrunnen/Stechelberg and Grindelwald. From there, trains and cable cars take you up in the mountains.
There are frequent trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen.
Lauterbrunnen can be accessed by train or car, and the area can be explored by train, cableway, and on foot. It’s worth noting that most of the region is car-free.
Grindelwald is also easily reached by train, and once there, you likely won’t need a car unless you have booked remote accommodation. The town center is compact and can easily be explored on foot, or by bus if you prefer.
If you do have a car, parking can be found at the multi-storey Eiger Center car park in the heart of town.
You can find more information about the parking spaces in the Jungfrau Region here.
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