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Paragliding - Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken?

I was looking at paragliding in Lauterbrunnen and it was recommended that we do it in Interlaken because you start off higher. Interlaken is more expensive. Is there a big difference and is one worth it more than the other? Thanks in advance for your insights!

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That’s incorrect information. The paragliding from Lauterbrunnen starts up at Murren and lands in Lauterbrunnen (Stechelberg) - It’s Must more scenic in my opinion than Interlaken. — AirTime Paragliding

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Your choice of course, but I would also recommend Paragliding from Mürren rather than Interlaken. Be sure to check your travel medical insurance to determine whether "extreme sports" are covered. If not, the Paragliding company may be able to offer a policy to cover the flight.

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Well, something as simple as spraining an ankle may end up rather expensive if your insurance does not cover it...

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Everyone has different risk meters - I’ve done it multiple times and don’t have travel medical insurance and don’t find it personally a super risky activity any more than a mountain hike, but to each their own.

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Anytime we play with gravity it is a risky activity. I knew a former world champion distance hanglider who was a paraplegic. Ironically, he ended up in the wheelchair from cleaning his gutters.

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Any "extreme" activity can be dangerous.

I am married to a nonstop athletic husband--he skis (which is why we mainly go to Switzerland and other cold mountainous places), he scuba dives whenever we go on water vacations, kayaks around here on the rivers, rides a road bike, played ice hockey in high school and college, and climbs up the ladder to our tall roof without even blinking. He has made me go zip-lining multiple times, and I have tried rappelling, but I have not yet done any rock climbing.

One time for his birthday I bought him an air combat fighter jet experience (he went more than 5 Gs), because what could be better for an active person!

We have gone parasailing from a boat (you feel like you are peacefully floating), and we really wanted to try paragliding in Switzerland, but the days are often too windy in the Winter. Since the tourist version is tandem, and not really that complex, I am sure it will be secure and quite enjoyable.

However, I always buy the extra insurance, because it is always better to be safe rather than sorry!

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I was thinking about paragliding also, but someone told me the price of paragliding is around $250 USD..
Is this true??

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Gene,

This will give you an idea of the prices - https://airtime-paragliding.com/ . As of today, CHF190 is about US$207. When I went paragliding from Mürren, I wasn't too concerned with the price as I budgeted for it in the trip. It's such a unique experience and location, I would have taken the flight even if it was more expensive.

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I was looking at paragliding in Lauterbrunnen and it was recommended that we do it in Interlaken because you start off higher. Interlaken is more expensive. Is there a big difference and is one worth it more than the other?

There are various packages that you can purchase, with add ons such as photo/video, etc. Both locations have a starting price of 190 CHF.

Lauterbrunnen is a narrow valley, the mountains are exceedingly close, that is part of what people like about it there. Interlaken gives you more distant views and adds the two lakes in as well, you would be able to see to Thun in one direction and toward Brienz in the other, as well as having Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau in view. It's all a matter of preference.

Which is higher?

Airtime in Lauterbrunnnen/Mürren 850 meters (2,789 feet) above the landing field. From their website:

We take off in Mürren at 1650m, around 850 metres above our landing field in Stechelberg (800m); and we are able to soar much higher, using thermals, if conditions allow!

From the Skywings website (Interlaken), this is just one company of several that you can choose from:

Start: Beatenberg (4450ft or 5000ft)

 Landing: center of Interlaken, Höhematte (1800ft)

https://skywings.ch

Interlaken flights are 2,650 - 3,200 feet, Lauterbrunnen 2,789 feet. You can't just look at the elevation of the take-off location, but also the landing spot. Interlaken at 568 meters is much lower than Stechelberg at 850.

Look at the different websites, watch videos of each, and see which appeals more to you.