Interlaken is the centre of tourism in the heart of the Swiss Alps and has a huge range of activities and sights on offer. From spectacular mountain views via jaw-dropping gondola rides to getting a little wet while you experience what role water plays in this country.
There are also plenty of things to do in Interlaken with kids that they will absolutely love. And in this post, we are going to share with you all the possibilities, both in and around Interlaken.
THINGS TO DO IN INTERLAKEN WITH KIDS
If you have just arrived in Interlaken, or it’s your first day here, then heading out on foot to explore the town is a great idea. Of course, most kids won’t walk for long without a little entertainment, so here are the highlights of things to see within town.
Starting off at the park in the center of town called Hohematt, it’s a great place to stretch your legs. However, the best part is the paragliders that drop from the skies throughout the day on their way back from Beatenberg. There is no guaranteed time to see them, however later in the day is usually a good bet.
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The Old Town (Unterseen)
Heading to the old town of Interlaken is always a fun way to see some history, and there are a few things for children here too. There are often ducks and swans swimming along the river, which you can feed or just watch for a distance.
There is also a historic covered bridge at the very end of town which is not something you will see in most towns.
You can also pop into the Tourist Museum while you are in the area. It shows how tourism for pleasure has developed in the region over the last century or so, which is quite interesting given the infrastructure the Swiss have invested in like the Jungfrau train line.
Harder Kulm & The Alpenwildpark
The last port of call on a day out in Interlaken is the cogwheel train that steeply climbs up to an epic view from Harder Kulm. This is a great way to get your bearings and see the stunning mountains in the distance. It is also a fun experience in and of itself, because the train climbs up at quite an angle!
On your way to or from the train you can also stop with the kids to see some of the unique Alpine wildlife that inhabits the mountain regions in Switzerland. Most of these animals you will rarely see in the wild, so this is a great opportunity to catch a peek of them.
If you children are hankering for something a little more active, then here are a few more activities just outside town you can partake in.
Seilpark Interlaken (Rope Park)
Seilpark is the German word for a Rope Park and this is great for those who are not afraid of heights. There are lots of different routes through the trees over a variety of obstacles with a range of difficulties. There is even a course dedicated to younger children too.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of caves. However, if your children have never been in one, this might be a great option for a half day out in the area. It is a little outside of town, but you can easily get a bus from downtown.
This is definitely one for the kids and a great way to keep them busy, and laughing for most of the day. With a huge range of activities, displays and experiences, it is the Swiss version of a fun park. Although Jungfaur Park is perhaps more sedate than most are used to.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
Now, we are getting to the big guns. These are the attractions in the Interlaken area that most people come to see.
The Jungfraujoch is probably the most impressive (and expensive) attraction in the Bernese Alps, and for good reason. It is the highest train station in Europe at over 11,000 feet and is located between two of the highest and most stunning mountains in the area – Jungfrau and Eiger.
On top of that, the longest glacier in Europe, the Aletsch, rolls off the back of the Jungfraujoch, so coming here on a clear day will give you views you will never forget. On top of that, the train ride itself is impressive, not only showing you the whole area as you climb, but when you plunge into the side of the Eiger, you will wonder how it was built.
First Ski Resort
This is a ski resort located directly above Grindelwald and is reached from the heart of the town. It provides a great opportunity to see the three most impressive mountains, Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch, from a magnificent view point opposite.
Once you reach the top of the resort by gondola, you have a few options. Start with a walk along the cliffs below the lift station, and test your fear of heights.
If you are up for a few hours walk, you can take an easy hike to the Bachalpsee to see the mountains reflected in the still water.
The finale of a visit here is either to throw yourself down the cable on the First Flyer, or take a Trotti (scooter) or low-riding four-wheeler down to the town. The kids will love it!
If you still have time after all these fun-filled activities, then Lauterbrunnen will be the cream on the cake. Just the view of over 72 waterfalls tumbling off the cliffs above the valley is reason enough to come here.
However, activities are what you are after, so here are a couple of things your children will enjoy, even during the Interlaken winter.
Trummelbach falls is quite an experience as you wind through the tunnels carved by the force of the water that comes down from the mountains above. The shapes, colours, and sounds of the water are something you will not quickly forget!
At the end of the valley is another great option for taking a gondola ride right up to some more amazing views on the Schilthorn.
This time the gondola has some action movie history! It was used in the old James Bond movie: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In fact, the gondola was just being built and the film helped finance it. There are also some James Bond specific experiences you can check out while you are up there.
INTERLAKEN – THE PLACE TO BE
So, as you can see, there is more than enough to do and see with kids while you are in Interlaken. And, the great thing is, many of the activities are also fun for adults. Your only challenge now is deciding what not to do! It will all come down to whether you have one day in Interlaken or many. However these ideas are sure to help you plan the perfect Interlaken itinerary for all ages!
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WHERE TO STAY IN INTERLAKEN
If you are spending more than one day in Interlaken, there are plenty of accommodation options to suit different budgets and styles. Here are some recommended options:
- Alphenrose Hotel and Gardens – Family friendly accommodation with view of Jungfrau mountain range
- Hotel Du Nord – Located in central Interlaken just a short walk from the Harderbahn cable car and other Interlaken attractions
- Hotel Interlaken – Located in central Interlaken within walking distance to Eastern Train Station and popular for visiting Interlaken with kids.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel and spends every waking minute thinking about it. He now lives in the heart of the Alps in Switzerland and spends his spare time blogging about his experiences on his blog Expert World Travel or via Twitter.
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