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Hikes in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Satisfy your wanderlust and take in the impressive mountain panorama. Experience unforgettable hiking holidays, breathtaking panorama trails or peak treks in the idyllic natural landscape of the Bernese Oberland. Go on exciting circular tours to unspoiled mountain lakes, cross spectacular ridges, scale peaks or explore unique moorland. The hikers’ paradise of Interlaken awaits. Discover a wide selection of hikes, from the challenging to more leisurely.

  • Extensive network of well-maintained hiking trails of all degrees of difficulty

  • Striking panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks, as well as lakes Thun and Brienz

  • Beautiful, rustic mountain cabins and restaurants serving Swiss specialities

  • Adventure map with suggested hiking routes

  • Various recommended tours available online with GPS data

  • Exciting themed paths for kids and grown-ups

  • Imposing ridgeways and panorama trails for every level of fitness

Blissful days hiking in the Bernese Oberland

The moss-covered soil forms a soft cushion beneath your hiking boots. The warming sun shines on your face and the soothing scent of the forest brings a smile to your lips. The meadows are still damp with morning dew. Behind every curve in the trail lies a new surprise: jaw-dropping mountain panoramas, crystal-clear mountain lakes, picturesque streams, thundering waterfalls, idyllic picnic spots, luscious, verdant meadows and a breathtaking array of views. Interlaken’s diverse natural landscape is stunning whatever the season. A day hiking in the heart of Switzerland will fill your soul with joy. Be inspired and embark on one of the most beautiful hiking tours in the Bernese Oberland.

Walking and hiking in spring

Spring awakens in the Holiday Region Interlaken with blossoming gardens, forests and alpine meadows, splendid spectacles of flowers. The warming springtime sun in the steel-blue sky melts away the remaining snow. Love re-energising in nature as it awakens from its winter slumber? After winter, the paths and trails of the mountains are once again ready for the hiking season. Below the tree line, amid the idyllic alpine landscape and deep-green forests, scores of leisurely rambling routes are waiting to be explored. Many attractive lakeside paths take you around lakes Thun and Brienz. Gaze at the stunning mountain panoramas reflected in the shimmering waters as the invigorating lake breeze ruffles your hair. In spring, you can also discover the secluded nature reserves and moors of the Bernese Oberland. Hike to secluded places, where the real wonder of nature awaits.

Three touring tips for spring

Pilgrims’ paths, adventure trails and family hikes

In addition to beautiful pilgrims’ paths, the Holiday Region Interlaken is also home to fascinating themed and adventure trails for explorers, families and the curious. Expand your own horizons by experiencing nature against a unique mountain backdrop. Planning a holiday with your family? The kids can explore the countryside in a fun way on paper chases and treasure hunts while you and your companion savour the panoramic views. There is a wide choice of adventure trails and family-friendly rambling routes that leave nothing to be desired.

Expand your hiking horizons

A summer cool-down in the mountains and by the water

On hot summer days, hiking over impressive peaks and spectacular ridges offers a welcome opportunity to cool down. Explore the mountainous terrain above the tree line on a well-signposted hiking trail. The countryside of the Holiday Region Interlaken puts on its summer clothes: stunning peaks and luscious, verdant alpine meadows are illuminated with bright rays of sun; the air is clear and the views go on forever. At height, the deep-blue depths of Lake Thun and the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz sparkle with even greater intensity. Whether easy tours for beginners or more demanding routes for ambitious climbers, the Holiday Region Interlaken offers you whatever your heart desires. Equipped with sturdy hiking boots and rucksack, you are ready for your hike to the peak.

Challenging hikes with exhilarating peaks

Hikes along lakes Thun and Brienz

Below the tree line of the Bernese Oberland, invigorating footpaths and walks along lakes Thun and Brienz are waiting to be explored. The incomparable panorama and multifaceted natural scenery will accompany you at every turn. Stunning paths wind through idyllic alpine landscapes, along rivers and streams. Sparkling waterfalls, the foaming spray from white water streams or the refreshing breeze from the lake all offer opportunities to cool down during your tour.

Three refreshing hike tips

Colourful hikes in autumn

Autumn is hiking season: spend an unforgettable hiking holiday in the Bernese Oberland. In autumn the dark green forests slowly change colour and take on vivid hues of yellow, orange and red as the autumn foliage crackles underfoot. A refreshing wind makes the colourful autumn leaves dance in the air. In autumn, when the air is especially clear and the contours of the landscape are razor sharp, the views are overwhelming. An exciting hike above the tree line is therefore an absolute must. Choose between panorama trails, circular tours and fascinating ridgeways where you can marvel from afar at the celebrated peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. As the golden sunrays of morning break through the fine layers of mist clinging to the mountain slopes, another perfect autumn day begins. Discover the variety of the Bernese Oberland’s most beautiful autumn trails.

Tips for an enjoyable autumn hike in the Bernese Oberland

Winter hikes through inspiring nature

Snow-covered countryside, frozen streams and glistening snow crystals hanging from ice-encrusted pine branches set the scene. You breathe in the soothing winter air and watch how your breath turns to mist in the cold. All around, the natural world is silent: all you can hear is the crunch of the snow beneath your shoes or snowshoes. Well maintained winter trails, signposted snowshoe trails and romantic paths lead you through an unspoilt natural paradise. The Holiday Region Interlaken has 220 km of hiking trails to explore. Many of the winter trails and paths are also free from snow, which makes walking them a pleasure. Discover the prettiest winter trails of the Bernese Oberland.

Equipment and safety when hiking: a checklist

Prepare for your tour carefully before setting off and pay attention to any safety guidelines.

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes with good grip

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    Use walking poles for more challenging mountain tours

  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather

  • Don't forget a raincoat

  • Make sure to take a picnic with you and sufficient water

  • Protect yourself with sunglasses, hat and sun cream

  • A small first aid kit for injuries and blisters is recommended

  • Take your phone in case of emergencies (and selfies)

  • Pack as little as possible and as much as necessary

Tailored advice from the tourist information office

For useful information and more hike tips, please contact your nearest tourist information office. The staff will be pleased to help you plan your excursion and provide you with a copy of summer and winter adventure maps to help you plan your hikes. Alternatively you can purchase an official hiking map for detailed tour information. You can also download GPS information for the region’s most beautiful hikes to the Outdooractive app.

What is the perfect view?

Of course, the weather doesn't need to be perfect to ensure a great day’s hiking. A walk on an overcast day can be every bit as enjoyable as a mountain hike under a steely blue sky. Just imagine the uniquely entrancing display of the golden sunrays as they break through the layers of cloud. Whatever the weather, enjoy nature in the Holiday Region Interlaken – in all its colour and diversity. Check the weather before your hike, and look at current webcam images of your destination.

Charm and hospitality on your hiking holiday

Experience memorable hiking breaks full of natural beauty, relaxation and culinary delight. There are numerous charming hotels, hostels, holiday apartments and camping sites around lakes Thun and Brienz. All accommodation is ideally located on the lakeside or the high plateau, so great views and Swiss hospitality are guaranteed. Any base in the Holiday Region Interlaken makes an ideal starting point for your hiking trip. Book your stay now.

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