Finally, I made it to Interlaken, took the train from Lausanne to Bern and then to Interlaken Ost. From Lausanne to Bern,
the train goes on top of a hill and you will have on the right side a panoramic view over the whole Leman lake with huge Alps mountains behind. In some part you will see wineries (see the picture on the right). Make sure to have your camera ready for photos;). Finally, you can get a view over Montreux riviera from the top of the hill. Montreux, known as the pearl of the Swiss Riviera, is one the wealthiest places in Switzerland, it is very beautiful and it has Montreux Jazz Festival each year in July.
In the second part of the trip, there were also some nice landscapes with lake and swiss alps to admire. on the left part, you will have a view over lake Thum and it looks pretty good, especially its blue turquoise color with green forest mountains behind. In the right side you will get a view over snowy mountains. Once you arrive to Interlaken Ost, you have severals options or things you can do there:
-You can take a boat cruise in Brienz lake, with one of these steam boat. Actually, we wanted to try out this option in the afternoon, but it was late, we couldn’t make it. I will definitely try the boat cruise next time. I think taking a cruise in this turquoise lake is fun.
-You Can have a tour over the city of Interlaken, we walked a bit in the city and it was pretty neat actually, You will find many souvenirs shops, I was surprised to find a MacDonald and a Hooters restaurant, you will also find some luxurious hotels there. The tourist information center is 20 minutes walking back from SBB Interlaken Ost Station to the downtown direction. In this city you will also have a nice view over Jungfrau snowy mountains (Top of europe).
-Take the funicular railways and head up to the Harder Kulm restaurant which is 1200 meters up in the mountain. The funicular will cost you around 15 chf one way or 27 chf for roundtrip. Once you are in the top, you need to walk for 2~3 minutes to the restaurant. Once you are at Harder Kulm, you will get a breathtaking view over both lakes Thum and Brienz, we didn’t have time to eat there, but it really worth for the view that you get. The three pictures below are taken from Harder Kulm from the left to the right (Left view: Lake Brienz. Front view: Interlaken Downtown and Jungfrau mountains. Right view: Lake Thum )
From there you can start a short hike and then came back to the restaurant (and this what we did), you can get some really nice view over lake Brienz with green and snowy swiss alps mountains behind.
The other option is to walk by the lake, the starting point will be at Brienz lake in front of the Interlaken Ost station. You will only need to follow the path. We did that too and it was really awesome. you should consider at least 45 minutes for one way (and one hour easily if you stop for pictures.). When I was there, it was not windy. I can see clearly the reflection of the houses and the mountains on Lake Brienz (see my pictures). at the end of the path you will see on your right some caravan and on your left and in front of you very nice view over the whole lake and surrounded mountains with its reflection on the Brienz Turquoise Lake.
Other options could be to check other mountains from the other side like Jungfrau or Gimerwald. Interlaken is worth to visit, I will definitely go there again.
Interlaken Harder Kulm HD Photos – Wallpapers
Interlaken Ost Lake Brienz HD Photos – Wallpapers