In a place as mountainous as the Interlaken region, there’s certainly no shortage of photo spots. I took over 3,000 photos in one week (I’m a little obsessed with photo taking…). I was lucky to have a week to explore the region, though I could have done with much longer, and am sharing my favourite photo spots with you here. I don’t usually edit my photos as I like to keep them as natural as possible so nearly all the photos below are unedited. Most of the places mentioned below seemed hardly touched by tourists. If you love nature and hiking as much as I do, then this could be the perfect place for you to visit.
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Oh Lauterbrunnen, the most fairytale-like and wonderful place I have ever laid my eyes on. Not only were there countless waterfalls to see (it’s actually nicknamed as the valley of 72 waterfalls) but there were so many hikes around and the town was very cute to walk through too. We originally planned to leave half a day to explore Lauterbrunnen but changed our minds last minute and I’m so glad we did because this was one of my favourite days. This photo was taken overlooking Lauterbrunnen on a walk from Wengen.
Walk from Murren to Grutschalp
Of all the walks we completed in our week around Interlaken, this was my favourite. I would actually recommend doing the walk the other way around as the most beautiful mountain ranges were behind us the whole way. I ended up constantly stopping to turn around and admire the view. We hardly saw anyone else on this walk so it felt incredibly peaceful.
This is the only photo spot I’ve mentioned that’s actually in Interlaken. Hohe Matte is a large open park with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Interlarken town is fairly built up with shops compared to other places around Interlaken but this greenery with the mountains in the distance is wonderful to walk through. It’s actually where I landed when paragliding there, I would definitely recommend doing this!
After many days of hiking, we had one day to relax on Lake Thun. We took a the boat around the whole lake getting off at Thun and Spiez The colour of the water was so rich and blue. I loved relaxing with the mountain breeze and it made a change to our other days of hiking, although I still managed to walk over 20,000 steps this day.
Hiking in Schynige Platte
Schynige Platte was such a beautiful place to visit. There were many walking routes; we chose one where we could walk to a point overlooking the lakes. In this photo is Lake Brienz and if I didn’t know this was Switzerland, I might have guessed it was taken in Canada or New Zealand. Just look at the colour of that water!
Schynige Platte Alpine Garden
Mountains and flowers… two of my favourite things to photograph. Schynige Platte Alpine Garden is a botanical garden at the altitude of 2,000 metres. There were over 600 species of plant there and with views to enjoy over various mountain ranged behind the flowers, what’s not to love?
Jungfraujock, on top of Europe
Jungfraujock is the highest point with a rail station in Europe and guess what, it’s snowy! Even in the middle of summer. There was so much to do at the top including walks in the glistening snow, skiing and walking through an ice palace. We spent far longer than we originally expected up there and loved every minute. Top tip: unlike many other places in this post, the Jungfaujock is very touristy so I’d recommend waking up early and catching the first train there. We were up at 5:30am!
Are there any James Bond fans out there? ‘Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was filmed up there so there’s a huge amount of James Bond themed activites. There’s an exhibition and a 360 degree revolving restaurant. Even if you’re not a fan of James Bond, I’d recommend going up just for the incredible views.
Of all the photo spots in this post, the Harder Kulm viewpoint wasn’t my favourite. I missed the endless green landscape with no evidence of humanity. Despite this, there’s no denying that this is a picturesque viewpoint overlooking Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and if you have little time in Interlaken this is the easiest viewpoint to visit. The cable car goes straight from the edge of the town.
Of our week in Switzerland, this was the worst day weather wise but we still managed to get a cable car to the top of Grindelwald First and then walk through the wind and rain to Bachalpsee Lake. The walk took around an hour but by the time we reached the lake, the sun started poking out. This is where we stopped to have our picnic that day, I couldn’t have imagined a better spot.
Sitting along Lake Thun, Spiez is immediately welcoming with the castle popping out from the other traditional buildings. We had a short time in Spiez so we didn’t have time to go inside the castle but we were quite happy appreciating it from the outside. We also stopped for a drink in a gorgeous cafe overlooking the water there.
This waterfall is in Lauterbrunnen and we could see it as soon as we arrived at the station. There’s a fountain at the bottom where you can fill up your bottle with water directly from the waterfall. Mountain water in Switzerland tastes so pure. This is another place that we stopped to eat our lunch one day and once we finished we walked up and inside the waterfall which was unreal.
Grindelwald was a very cute little town to walk through. There wasn’t a huge amount to do there apart from some shops and restaurants. We used it as a base to get the cable car to Grindelwald First. The weather was much sunnier here than at the top though! Grindelwald is also a great base for hiking and if I had more time, I’d have loved to go back and hike around the area rather than just at the top.
So there you have it, my favourite photo spots around Interlaken. Have you ever visited Switzerland? Where are your favourite places to photograph there? I’ll be sharing my itinerary for my week in Interlaken soon so be sure to subscribe to receive notifications each time I add a new post!
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