Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in Interlaken – A Pure Refreshment!

Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in Interlaken – A Pure Refreshment!

Keeping Interlaken as one of the destination for our first ever Europe trip turned out to be the best decision. This nature filled small town comes with so much of natural beauty and pure breath that you actually feel to get settle down there. I actually had a thought if I would ever need to leave my job and to decide on one place to settle down, Interlaken will be the first choice.

On our 1st day when we landed to Interlaken, we didn’t have any specific plan. We decided to just roam around and see the beauty of this nature heaven. Since our hotel was very near to Interlaken West Station and adjacent to that, there was a bus transportation facility, we got a bus towards Lake Thun. I would like to mention here that people from interlaken are very friendly and of helping nature. The bus conductor dropped us exactly to the point of Lake Thun.

we reached to Lake Thun and not to mention here that it was one of the most wonderful view I had ever dreamt of. Cold breeze, snow-capped mountains covered with mild clouds, equally settled carpet with green grass, beautiful trees and then crystal clear stunning Thun lake. What a breathtaking view!

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The best way to explore the lake is to opt out for cruise boat option.There are several boat trip options available and any one could make out your day. The main one is from Interlaken to Thun and it takes about 2 hours. We didn’t have luxury of time so we couldn’t make out of it, but boat option is a must if you really want to explore the beauty of lakes.

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After spending approx. of 1 hour, we were back to Interlaken West station. From here we headed to Interlaken OST station to have a  glimpse of Lake Brienz. We couldn’t find it prettier than Lake Thun, though it is said by the locals and bloggers that cruise boat trip from Lake Brienz is more prettier than Lake Thun. Since I couldn’t experience it personally, I rest it with the bloggers choice. Here are few clicks;img_4205

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After witnessing these beauties, we headed to Harder Kulm, Top of Interlaken. It is at walking distance from Interlaken OST Station and one of the must visit site. Here is my detailed blog on Harder Kulm;

Harder Kulm – Not Just Top of Interlaken, It’s Much More!

 

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Harder Kulm – Not Just Top of Interlaken, It’s Much More!

Harder Kulm – Not Just Top of Interlaken, It’s Much More!

On 25th April’16, we reached around 2 PM to our hotel. After getting refreshed, we were out at 3 PM and started exploring the place on our own. Having no pre-planning where to go, still we were confident that we will make most out of this place. We had a complimentary bus pass given by the hotel staff by using that we could go near-by places and can avail some discounts as well at railway tickets. After spending couple of hours exploring nearby scenic views, Lakes and Mountains, we moved to Interlaken OST railway station. From here we came to know about Harder Kulm, mostly known as Top of Interlaken. We didn’t read about it before travelling to Interlaken though were convinced to be at this place by the ticket operator at OST station. In her words, for me this place is like, “Reach in the morning, had couple of beers, read a book, enjoy the city view surrounded by mountains covered with eternal snow. You guys will definitely like it. Though you are starting late, but still you should go.” And we were convinced. Rest is the story that we would have missed out a big if we missed it. Thanks to the ticket operator who made our day!

How to Reach

The journey from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm (Interlaken’s local mountain), takes ten minutes by cable train. Harder Kulm station is at walking distance from OST station. Tickets can be bought from OST station or from Harder Kulm station itself. Ticket price is around CHF 15 for one.

Train Journey

Before we could witness Interlaken view from altitude of 1322 meter height, we enjoyed 10 minutes cable train journey at fullest. Almost 90′ steep train journey, it is no less than an adventure in itself. Constructed by cutting the mountains, it gives a breathtaking view and thrill while reaching up to the harder Kulm mountain station. It is said that it has been more than 100 years for cable train serving the tourists.

Harder Kulm Mountain station to the Viewing Deck

It is around 5 minutes picturesque view walk from mountain station to the viewing deck. On the way you witness the calmness of mountain which are filled with eternal snow and slow moving clouds. You feel the almighty nature and believes why it is called God’s heaven. Viewing deck just out of the mountain and you can’t beat the view that Harder Kulm offers from here. A wonderful panorama view of the Alps, two lakes and the beautiful city of Interlaken. It is just an amazing view which is a must experience if you are in Interlaken. If luck favors and weather is clear, the view is going to be incredible.

Restaurant

At harder Kulm, there is a standalone restaurant just in front of viewing deck. At 2 degree of temperature, when we were freezing outside viewing one of the most incredible view, we had no choice but to get inside the restaurant. A warm feeling sitting inside and watching the view from wall size glass windows, we ordered Swiss homemade beer and red wine. We spend around 1 hour sitting there and ordered few drinks. Its little expensive restaurant but looking at the warmth and feel it gives at the top of Interlaken, it’s worth spending time there. The only drawback here, you just can’t sit idle even for 5 minutes, stewards will keep asking you on frequent interval to order something even if restaurant is empty and there is no customer. We faced such incident there.

Nearby Attractions

The Harder Kulm is a starting point for mountain hikes. It also offers a beautiful view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains as well as Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Folklore evenings are held regularly on the Harder Kulm. There’s fun at the playground for children.

Overall Rating

A must visit place if you are in Interlaken. You need to keep 2-3 hours aside for this place including cable train waiting and travel time. Though it all depends on your schedule and mood. Overall I give 4 out of 5 rating to this place for cable train journey and incredible view from viewing deck.

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Shilthorn Mountain – Weather Dependent, Expensive Yet Recommended!

Shilthorn Mountain – Weather Dependent, Expensive Yet Recommended!

In our 9 days Europe trip plan, we had 2 days or rather 1.5 day for Interlaken (Switzerland). Switzerland, the name itself brings lot of joy inside and all beautiful nature filled mountains with full of greenery comes to your mind. For anyone, any day, I must say Switzerland is a dream place to be. We had the same sort of feelings and were thrilled to be part of this life time experience. Since we had no prior bookings for any adventure, we had two choices to witness the top of Europe; Jungfraujoch (top of Europe) or Schilthorn (007 famed). Jungfraujoch lies at a height of 3,466 meters (11,371 ft) above sea level and Schilthorn is at height of 2,970 metres (9744 ft). Looking at the weather reports, day schedule and ticket price, we went with Schilthorn option and must say it didn’t put us down.

Start of the Day

To reach any of the mountain, we had to board the train for which no prior booking is needed. We reached to Interlaken OST station around 11.45 AM and I must say it was a very late start. Though we were committed to see one of the top mountains.

Weather Conditions

It is most benefited to go to such a top place when weather is sunny. Though most of the time it is not like that and on top of that you can’t predict. One moment it is sunny and another moment, it could be cloudy. We had a moderate weather prediction and coming to such a place I didn’t want to miss the change to go there.

Ticket Price

Jungfraujoch ticket was around 200 Euro and for Schilthorn it was costing around 120 Euro per person. Looking at the weather report, day schedule and price factor, we decided to go ahead with Schilthorn. Our purpose was to be on one of the top mountain and if it comes with 80 Euro less price then why not to go save something.

007 Factor

Schilthorn mountain is more famous for its connection with James Bond 007 fame movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.  

Culinary Aspects

Revolving restaurant with panoramic view, James Bond champagne breakfast, 007-Burger.

Accessibility 
Train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen, Postbus to Stechelberg, cable car in four sections via Gimmelwald, Mürren and Birg to the Schilthorn; or from Lauterbrunnen cable car to the Grütschalp, narrow-gauge train to Mürren, on foot through the village (15 minutes) and cable car to the Schilthorn.

Journey Experience

A life time encounter with majestic mountain peaks on the Swiss skyline with Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau and 200 other summits. A breathtaking view and feeling like being in heaven ensures you the worth of money paid. The journey to reach from Interlaken OST station to Lauterbrunnen and then further connecting cable car is itself enthralling and filled with dream come true feeling. So beautiful, so amazed mountains covered with snow, Christmas trees with snow toppings, what more you could think of nature. You feel just be part of this breathtaking view and never go back.

 

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