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1 day in Interlaken - Need Information

Hello Everyone,

We are planning Interlaken around Mid August. We will be staying in Bern & plan to reach Interlaken around 9 am.
Since I have just 1 day,I have 2 options.
Option 1
Head to Jungfraujoch via Lauterbrunnen,Wengen,Kleine Scheidegg & then come back via Kleine Scheidegg,Grindelwald & Interlaken
Option 2
go to Harder Kulm,Schnige Platte,Lake Brienz ,Gimmelwald

Option 1 will take whole day,which means I won't be able to go with option 2 at all.
My question is which option should be good since I have just 1 day at Interlaken,
Jungfrau is world famous,however,places in Option 2 looks lovely from pictures.

Thanks in advance :)

Posted by
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I have not been to every spot on your list, but I highly recommend the top of Mt. Schilthorn, above Gimmelwald, for fabulous, 360-degree mountain views. It's not too hard to visit both the Schilthorn and Kleine Scheidegg in one day, but your extra travel time to and from Bern would make it a long day. You would not want to take the longer, more expensive ride to Jungfraujoch without first confirming the weather, although it probably will be nice in mid-August.

Posted by
10004 posts

Option #2 cannot compare to Option #1 nor to Laura's excellent idea to go to the Schilthorn.

Harder Kulm is not as good of a view and the hike on top is terrible, Schynige Platte is lovely but the train takes forever to get there. It is somewhat long hike on top, if you are into that. If not, it is a crazy long train ride to only come back down again. Lake Brienz is a bore compared to the mountains.

Gimmelwald is close to Muerren and the Schilthorn anyway, so consider Lauterbrunnen to Muerren to Schilthorn to Gimmelwald, then walk back through the valley to Lauterbrunnen.

Posted by
1055 posts

I have done option 1 and enjoyed it at lot. Unfortunately, just as I got to the top of the Jungfrau, the weather changed and it was totally socked it at the top. Ten minutes down from the top, the weather was beautiful. I enjoyed the train ride and didn't have to worry about anything related to transportation. It was, however, an expensive trip, but you do see a lot.