Top Tourist Attractions in Interlaken

Interlaken is a fantastic base for seeing the best of central Switzerland’s magnificent scenery while enjoying the comforts of a chic lakeside resort.

Top Tourist Attractions in Interlaken: Höheweg, Harder, Schynige Platte, Unterseen, Lake Thun.


An area of 14 hectares that belonged to the Augustinian convent was acquired in 1860 by a group of 37 hotel owners and private persons to be left as an open space, a remarkable example of farseeing town planning. Through its length runs the Höheweg, a splendid avenue between the east and west rail stations that affords a magnificent view of the Jungfrau, surrounded by hotels and flower-beds.


Beyond the bridge over the Aare River is the Harder Alpine Wildlife Park where you can see marmots and ibexes. Here, too, is a funicular that climbs up Harder to an altitude of 1,322 meters. From the Art, Nouveau-style Panorama Restaurant at its top is magnificent views of the Jungfrau area, and the lakes.

Schynige Platte

From Wilderswil, a five-minute walk from the Interlaken Ost railway station, you can take a rack-railroad that has been carrying sightseers up to the Schynige Platte since it opened in 1893.


The Marktgasse runs northwest from the Interlaken post office and across the Spielmatten islands and the river to the little hamlet of Unterseen, at the foot of Mt. Harder. This is one of several villages that form Interlaken, and in this old part of town is the 1471 parish church, with a Late Gothic tower.

Lake Thun

On the west side of Interlaken is Lake Thun, a long, narrow lake surrounded by mountains. The best way to explore the lake is on one of the cruise boats that operate from Interlaken year-round or in the summer on the beautifully restored historic paddle steamer.