Where : Harder Kulm, Interlaken, Switzerland
Harder Kulm was our first discovery in Interlaken. We arrived in Interlaken with lots of daylight left. So, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and chatted with the reception staff. We asked about places to visit and the man suggested Harder Kulm. Interlaken felt a little disorienting, but he gave us directions by bus and it was quite easy from there.
We could see the Harder Kulm mountains and lots of paragliders from the bus stop. Luckily, it was a nice sunny afternoon ! Check out the pics below.
Arriving at Harder Kulm, we needed to get Funicular tickets to go up, which cost us around $60 Canadian. For starters, Switzerland is not a cheap place to visit and Interlaken is no different. Although the ride felt expensive, it was well equipped with huge glass windows all the way around. This gave us the opportunity to have an amazing view all the way up the mountain.
Arriving at the top, there is a trail which leads to a panoramic restaurant. It's really cool because you can have a drink or food, hot chocolate for example on the balcony overlooking the mountains and lakes of the region. At the top of the mountain, it's one stunning view after another !
If you don't care about the restaurant and your idea is only to get a nice view of Interlaken, you should head to the V shaped viewpoint. You'll know that you're on the right deck if you see a random statue of a cow near the edge. This is the ultimate viewpoint and it offers amazing views of Interlaken, the valley, mountains and rivers around.
According to Wikipedia, Harder Kulm is a viewpoint at 1,321 metres (4,334 ft) in altitude. Located in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland, overlooking the towns of Interlaken and Unterseen. In case you didn't already know, Interlaken stands for between lakes. Because the town is right in the middle of two lakes.
Serge: 5 Eli: 5
Recommend: Yes, really beautiful views across Interlaken and a great way to explore the city.
- We visited Harder Kulm during spring, and even though it was a nice afternoon (around 16oC) in Interlaken city, it felt much colder at the top of the mountain. Make sure to bring a warm jacket.
- We felt the restaurant was on the expensive side. But if you the budget for at least a hot chocolate it’s worth to sit down, relax and get an amazing panoramic view.
- The funicular accepts Credit cards, just check the opening and closing times on their website. When we left at the end of the afternoon they were almost closing. This way you leave yourself ample time.