How to spend a morning in Interlaken

by Kelly

Have a morning in Interlaken before your train leaves? Check this out!

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Interlaken is such a dynamic destination! It is the perfect place to base yourself to visit not only Interlaken but Lauterbrunnen Valley, Lake Brienz and Lake Thun as well as all the small towns around them. You can see a lot of Switzerland from here. We had a few hours before our train in the morning, here’s how we spent the time. Check out these sights close to your accommodation that you might have missed. Make sure to be all packed up the night before, we get our bags ready so we can just take the morning slow and relax before the bustle of getting to the train.

We stayed at No8 Boutique Hotel, it was in the perfect location and was really cute! I highly recommend it.

Breakfast first

We LOVE finding an excellent breakfast and sitting enjoying the morning together. Especially when we are travelling as at home things can get a little busy. We had breakfast at Spatz café, it was close to our accommodation No 8. Boutique Hotel and the food and coffee is excellent! The staff are really lovely and it has an overall cool vibe, definitely check it out. Great for a croissant and coffee on the go or to sit in the sun and enjoy a meal. Honestly I could sit here all day!

Walk along the Aare River to the Grosse Staatsschleuse / Obere Schleuse lock

We walked along the Aare River which was really charming. The beautiful colour of the water slowly drifting past was mesmerising. We came across the Grosse Staatsschleuse / Obere Schleuse which is a lock built in 1854/1855. It regulates the water flowing from Lake Brienz. It is also on the border between Interlaken and Unterseen, has five gates and you can walk on it.

The fischpass (fish ladder)

Right near the lock is a beautifully designed fish ladder which is aiding to reintroduce and encourage fish back into Lake Brienz. In the past the nearby monastery had control of the fish in the lake. They dedicated themselves to catching fish building weirs to regulate the water. This meant dwindling fish numbers in Lake Thun and caused friction between the town and monastery. Nowadays the weirs are remotely operated and the rate of flow through it is regulated constantly. The fish ladder supports the easy circulation of fish from Lake Brienz to Lake Thun. It is a pretty place to visit and relax a while.

Stadt Unterseen

We walked back along to Stadt Unterseen, Unterseen is the uppermost city on the Aare river. We found a cute little square here with a fountain and church. Walking up to the church we heard organ music and stopped in to listen for a moment.

Head to the Höhematte to watch the paragliders

-Best way to spend a morning in Interlaken

Head over the bridge to the Höhematte. It is a huge park, grassed area right in Interlaken. With incredible mountains as the backdrop you can sit along the park and watch the para gliders landing in the park. We loved it here, all of a sudden you will see the bright colours of the parachutes and they will gradually come in to land right in front of you.

Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm is a mountain right in Interlaken standing at 1322m high. It has beautiful views over the towns of Interlaken and Unterseen. You will have views out over Lake Brienz, Lake Thun as well as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.

The ride up the mountain on the Harderbahn is only about 10 minutes and a return trip costs 40 CHF. You can also choose to hike up or down but it is a bit challenging and good shoes are recommended.

At the top there is a restaurant and more hiking options. You could easily spend an hour or the whole morning here if you like hiking or just enjoying the views. Harder Kulm is one of the best ways to spend a morning in Interlaken. You can purchase your Harder Kulm tickets online here so you can skip the line, this is a great way to save time lining up and spend more time at the top!

Times up!

Head back to your accommodation and grab your bags, more than likely it is time for your train. We hope this has helped you plan the best way to spend a morning in Interlaken. If you have any questions please leave a comment and we will be happy to help!

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