One of the best places to see impressive views over Interlaken is by taking a funicular up to the Harder Kulm.
We decided it would be an interesting trip for the kids early on in our holiday to Switzerland.
They’d never been on a funicular before as far as I can remember and I wasn’t sure how they’d react.
I thought it would be an indication of how they might react on the cable cars.
It was a relief when we got to the top without any fuss.
Looking down over Interlaken from the Harder Kulm, you get a sense of how big the surrounding mountains are.
You can see the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch in the distance as well as the Schynige Platte directly behind Interlaken.
The valley leading to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald is in the middle of the picture above.
Looking left from the Harder Kulm you can see Lake Brienz.
At the other end of the lake lies Meiringen, famous for the nearby Reichenbach Falls where Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty had their final showdown.
The top station for the funicular back down to Interlaken is on the left of the image above.
You can also see the village of Bönigen at the head of the lake.
Looking right from the Harder Kulm you can see Lake Thun and the Niesen mountain in the distance.
At the other end of lake lies the city of Thun, with it’s impressive castle.
Perched on the mountainside on the right of the above image is Beatenberg.
It’s a tranquil place high above the lake and well worth a visit if you want to get away from the usual tourist traps.
You can see why the Harder Kulm is called Top of Interlaken when you see the view over the town.
You get a bird’s eye view of it between the two lakes and of the large park called the Höhematte in the centre of the town.
Is The Harder Kulm Worth A Visit?
Like many places in Switzerland, it’s pretty expensive to make the journey to the Harder Kulm.
If you have one of the various travel passes for the region though the journey may already be included in your ticket.
Taking the funicular journey up is well worth it for the views alone.
If you’re a keen walker there are plenty of hiking trails that lead off from the top.
It’ll take two to three hours to walk back down to Interlaken if you’re that way inclined.
Unfortunately, there’s not really anything for kids to do when you get up there.
You might find that after a quick snack and a drink and they’re ready to go back down.
I think the experience of riding on the funicular and seeing the views from the top are still worth the trip though.
Have you ever been to the Harder Kulm?
If you have, what did you think?