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Breathtaking views with a 360° panorama

Mountains and panoramas in the Holiday Region Interlaken

If you stand on the shore of the lake, you can look right across its blue waters and see the snow-covered mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland. It’s only a short trip on one of the mountain railways to the peaks, where you can enjoy the panoramic view and take pictures. Switzerland’s famous Three Peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – can be seen from almost everywhere in the Holiday Region Interlaken.

  • Mountain railways take you quickly and easily to the peaks

  • Unique views of Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

  • Well maintained and accessible hiking trails

  • See a chamois, marmot or ibex from your hike

  • Enjoy a delicious meal, culture and music on a variety of mountain peaks in the Bernese Oberland

Explore the fascinating and unique panoramas in the very heart of Switzerland

You can see Switzerland's world-famous Three Peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – from Thun. Whether you're admiring the view on a boat trip across Lake Thun or from the Brienzer Rothorn, the three white mountains characterise the panoramic view in the Bernese Oberland, whether you're in Brienz, Thun or anywhere in between. Its fantastic location makes Interlaken the ideal starting point for any of the mountain peaks in the Bernese Oberland. The GoldenPass Line also runs through the Holiday Region Interlaken. Board the panorama train at Brienz, Interlaken or Spiez and travel to Lucerne or Montreux. The mountain panorama passes by the train's windows as if it were a film. Up in the mountains around Interlaken, you can satisfy your wanderlust or enjoy a meal with a view of the magnificent panorama. A lot has been done over the past decades to make getting up into the mountains easier. Several mountain railways have been built to get you to the peaks quickly and easily.

Mountain excursions around Lake Thun

Every mountain railway possesses its own unique charm and every excursion is different. Once you reach the summit, you can dine in the mountain restaurants or even stay overnight. The Stockhorn inspires both fishermen and connoisseurs. Discover the Stockhorn in a truly indulgent manner – on the culinary trail. Find out more about the Stockhorn’s cultural programme and enjoy a wonderful evening with a magnificent panorama. Its pyramid-like shape makes the Niesen immediately recognisable. In summer, the Berghaus Niesen Kulm offers a cultural programme. This mountain is also suitable for families and sportspeople. Children can have fun in the “Niesendörfli” playground. For those of a particularly athletic disposition, the Niesen Stair Run takes place once a year and involves climbing the longest flight of stairs in the world. On the Niederhorn, on the other side of Lake Thun, is a lot to do in both summer and winter. In summer, you can go on a gamekeeper-led game safari, go Scooter-biking or undertake a hike. In winter, sledging, skiing and snowshoeing are the order of the day. To top it all, the mountain also has wonderful views of the lakes and mountains of the Jungfrau Region.

Mountain railway excursions from Interlaken

It only takes eight minutes to get to Interlaken’s nearest mountain, the Harder Kulm, by mountain railway. The mountain top allows you to enjoy a unique view of Interlaken and, behind it, the Jungfrau Region with its snow-capped peaks surrounding the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Situated on the other side of Interlaken is the Schynige Platte. The Schynige Platte mountain railway has been running on historic rolling stock for 125 years – the youngest steam locomotive is over one hundred years old. Would you like to enjoy a leisurely ride on a steam train? Enquire in advance about the steam-powered trips, which take place four times a year. Once at the top, you can indulge in reminiscences on the Schynige Platte and enjoy the panoramic views of Interlaken, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. You might be lucky enough to hear someone playing an alphorn to accompany the stunning scenery. The Botanical Alpine Garden has over 650 alpine plant and flower species.

Full steam ahead to the summit above Brienz

The Brienz Rothorn Railway has been transporting passengers to the Brienzer Rothorn via Planalp since 1892. The Brienz Rothorn Railway is the only Swiss rack-and-pinion railway that operates steam trains on a daily basis. The nostalgic ascent takes about an hour and traverses meadows and forests, passing imposing rock faces en route. On the way you see grazing cattle and, if you’re lucky, perhaps even a nimble chamois or a majestic ibex. A breathtaking panorama awaits you at the summit. The turquoise waters of Lake Brienz with colourful flowers in the middle of the impressive mountain scenery make a fantastic subject for a photo.

Hiking paradise with a 360° panorama

Wanderererin blickt vom Augstmatthorn über den Brienzersee und geniesst den Sonnenaufgang

Some of the mountains In the Holiday Region Interlaken can be reached under your own steam. Regardless of whether you're holidaying with friends or family, there are hiking trails to meet every need. It is advisable to wear good mountaineering boots and to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. It is best to check out Interlaken Tourism’s tourist information and visit webcams with the latest images from the mountains before you set off on your hike. The hike from Habkern via Augstmatthorn to the Harder mountain has become extremely popular. As you hike along the ridge, you will have a stunning view of the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. The Sigriswiler Rothorn, on the other hand, is more of an insider’s tip. You can enjoy a unique view of Lake Thun and the Morgenberghorn opposite from its summit. The Morgenberghorn can be reached from the Suldtal or from Saxeten via the Rengglipass and is one of the alpine hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken. The Morgenberghorn will reward your efforts with a magnificent 360° panorama of the Bernese Oberland. Would you like more hiking tips? The tourist information office can provide you with a copy of the summer or winter adventure map to help you plan your excursions.

Panoramic view of the lake

Der Sonnenaufgang am Brienzersee reflektiert sich im spiegelglatten Wasser.

A stroll along the shore of the lake is a pleasure at any time of the year. In winter in particular, the unique atmosphere and late sunrises with panoramic views make a fantastic motif for a photo. The shoreside path from Spiez runs between the trees along Lake Thun to Faulensee, which has fantastic views of the mountain panoramas on sunny days. At Lake Brienz, a walk along the lakeside path from Iseltwald to the Giessbach Falls, with its views of the spectacular Brienzergrat on the opposite shore of the lake, is well worth the effort. Discover your own favourite panorama in the Holiday Region Interlaken.

Why not discover your own favourite panorama?

“The Morgenberghorn is my favourite mountain in the Bernese Oberland. Do you know why? Because I enjoy the 360° panorama from its summit. Up here I can see Lake Thun, Lake Brienz and even the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. When I make it to the top of the mountain, I am always proud that I have conquered the mountain under my own steam.”

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