9 Luxurious Interlaken Activities to Enjoy in the Summer

A view of a plateau with a building atop overlooking a lake and a town

Posted by on 21 Feb 2024

St. Moritz and Zermatt are among the top places to visit in Switzerland for travellers wanting to hit the slopes and witness a winter wonderland. But in the summer, the spotlight shifts to Interlaken, just two hours away from Lucerne.

With its magnificent, sweeping mountain views and stunning azure lakes, Interlaken is easily one of the best regions to explore in Switzerland year-round, especially in the summer. Looking to indulge in a lavish Swiss summer? Here are some luxurious things to do in Interlaken during the season.

9 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Interlaken

See the Town in Style Through the Schynige Platte Railway

Experience the best of Interlaken in just a few hours by hopping on the Schynige Platte Railway. Glide through picturesque landscapes of majestic mountains, verdant meadows and crystal-clear lakes from the comfort of your private cabin.

This railway takes you through the heart of Interlaken, from its deep blue lakes to charming nearby villages. It’s the perfect way to marvel at the town’s scenery in style.

Head to the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Swiss Alps by boarding the Jungfrau Railway from Interlaken towards the awe-inspiring Jungfraujoch, famously hailed as the "Top of Europe."

The station is the highest in all of Europe. It’s undoubtedly the best spot to see Switzerland’s snow-capped mountains and glaciers (yes, even in the summer!). After taking in the ethereal views of the Swiss Alps, we recommend checking out the other sights in the area, such as the Sphinx Observatory or the magnificent Ice Palace.

Cruise the Waters of Lake Thun

While kayaking and paddleboarding are popular ways to experience Lake Thun in the summer, indulge in a more lavish and tranquil adventure by renting a private yacht or luxury boat.

Glide along the lake's azure waters, basking in the beauty of your surroundings. Lounge on the deck, sip champagne and breathe in the fresh air while gazing upon the majestic mountains and lush greenery.

For those seeking a bit more adventure, venture to nearby attractions such as the St. Beatus Caves and Spiez Castle to explore the region's wonders from the comfort of your boat.

Hire a Private Hiking Guide and Discover Pristine Alpine Views

For an elevated summer experience, consider hiring a private hiking guide in Interlaken who would have intimate knowledge of the area. With personalised attention, your guide will lead you to the most spectacular viewpoints, providing insightful commentary about Interlaken's natural wonders along the way.

Ascend to the summit of Harder Kulm for unrivalled panoramas of both Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, with the majestic Swiss Alps as your backdrop. While the steep ascent presents a challenge, the sweeping views make it a rewarding endeavour.

Alternatively, opt for a leisurely ride aboard the funicular for a scenic journey up or

down Harder Kulm, ensuring everyone can relish in the splendour of Interlaken's landscapes.

Indulge in a Gourmet Picnic by Lake Bienz

In addition to exploring the picturesque lakes embraced by Interlaken, take a moment to unwind by their tranquil shores. Elevate your outdoor escapade by luxuriating in the serene ambience of Lake Brienz, framed by majestic mountain vistas, while lounging in the nearby meadows and savouring a gourmet picnic.

Pack up your favourite luxury local foods for the picnic, such as Swiss cheese and chocolates. From rich, creamy gruyere and raclette over potatoes to tantalising Lindt and Sprüngli chocolates, many local delicacies will make your picnic experience much more lavish.

Ride a Hot Air Balloon Over the Alps

Book a hot air balloon ride to see the Swiss Alps from a unique vantage point. You can arrange for flight crews to pick you up directly from your Interlaken hotel.

The ride will typically lift off from Interlaken and pass by its meadows, lakes and whimsical villages. Then, in a couple of hours, you’ll float above the Alps, where you get an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks from above.

After touchdown, enjoy a round of cocktails and champagne to celebrate the ride before heading you back to your hotel.

Go Paragliding Over Stunning Mountains and Lakes

Soaring through the skies above Interlaken's stunning mountain peaks and shimmering lake waters, paragliding stands out as a premier summer activity for thrill-seekers.

Team up with a companion and embark on an exhilarating journey from one of the numerous launch sites dotted across Interlaken, like Beatenberg or Harder Kulm. It's an unparalleled opportunity to marvel at the panoramic vistas of Interlaken while indulging in the adrenaline rush of summer water sports.

Treat Yourself to a Luxury Spa Experience

Indulge in well-deserved pampering after a day of exploration in Interlaken by treating yourself to a luxurious spa experience. With an abundance of spas and saunas scattered throughout the area, you'll find yourself immersed in the utmost relaxation, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Alps or Interlaken's pristine lakes.

For a truly rejuvenating retreat, consider checking into one of the esteemed wellness hotels boasting top-notch spa facilities. Among the highly regarded options are the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa and the SALZANO Hotel, where you can unwind in style amidst the tranquillity of Interlaken's natural surroundings.

Shop at High-End Swiss Boutiques

No luxury holiday is complete without indulging in a bit of shopping, and Interlaken's main street, Höheweg, offers a plethora of high-end shops and boutiques to satisfy your every desire.

From exquisite Swiss watches, dazzling jewellery and delectable chocolates to handcrafted souvenirs such as leather goods and woodwork, there's something to entice every taste and preference.

Enjoy a Luxurious Summer Escape in Interlake

Interlaken, Switzerland is a breathtaking town that is perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities in the summer.

But it’s also a fabulous place to spend the season for a more luxurious holiday. From taking a cruise down Lake Thun or Lake Bienz and unwinding at one of the town’s wellness spas, there are plenty of luxurious things to do in Interlaken to elevate your stay.

Want to experience more of Switzerland this summer? Check out Entire Travel Group’s Swiss Holiday Packages to maximize your holiday!

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