The Woodcarving Trail in Axalp - great family fun with a hint of well-preserved tradition
A family favourite, this hike is as lovely as it is interesting. Meet Brienz, a village of woodcarvers where incomparable artworks are fashioned from wood to this day. Moreover, the craft is actively passed on at the Swiss School of Violin Making and the School of Woodcarving.
Why we love this hike: there's a story behind the 90 wood statues on the trail. All of them are actually made out of tree stumps left behind powerful avalanches and devastating storms in 1998/ 1999. The Woodcarving Trail undulates gently through alpine pastures and high, light-filled forests, zig-zagging down to the tranquil Hinterburgseeli.
Hinterburgseeli, a charming little lake high up in the mountains © Interlaken
Get to the vantage point: the high spots near Interlaken
Admire Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
Jungfraujoch is accessed via Europe’s highest station at 3,454 metres above sea level. Without a doubt, this is the best-known and most popular mountain trip in the region: nowhere else can you find yourself amid majestic alpine peaks and glaciers so quickly and effortlessly. With stunning autumnal views extending in every direction, prepare to be mesmerised by the Top of Europe experience.
Jungfraujoch & Hiking Package: only until 31 October
Explore the stunning Jungfraujoch and surroundings with this complete package which includes the following:
A trip up the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe by railway.
A three-day Top of Europe pass so you can enjoy hiking on clearly signposted trails, complete with unique views of the majestic peaks of the Bernese Oberland.
Accommodation for either two or three nights’ (breakfast included) in either a hotel or hostel - your choice!
Discover the exciting Schilthorn - Piz Gloria
Stunning views and great fun © Schilthornbahn AG
On the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley is the crowning glory of the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria. This peak is famed for the Inferno, the world’s largest and longest amateur downhill race – and, of course, for supplying a location for the James Bond film «On Her Majesty’s Secret Service». To step straight out of a cable car onto the summit and drink in the 360-degree panorama from the terrace is sure to take your breath away.
Smell the mountain flowers on Schynige Platte
The lovely alpine garden at Schynige Platte © Interlaken
If you think flowers only bloom in spring, then you've never been on the Schynige Platte in autumn. If you love colourful plants and flowers as much as we do, autumn is the best time to be here. Some 700 alpine plants now grow in the Alpine Garden on Schynige Platte. The robust plants living on this rugged mountain landscape, blossom well into autumn. Their colours are stunning!
Take in the spectacular mountain views on Oberberghorn
Schynige Platte is a great startig point for numerous mountain hikes. One of the most spectacular is the short hike up the Oberberghorn peak - if you are sure-footed and would like to stand on a rocky peak just once in your life, this hike on a steep mountain trail is a must. You'll be rewarded with one of the most stunning 360-degree panoramas you'll ever see: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau amid the Bernese Alps on one side, with the deep blue Lake Thun and turquoise Lake Brienz on the other. Get your cameras ready - you’ll want this on your Insta!
Have a gourmet hike: the Stockhorn Culinary Trail
One of the cozy restaurants on the Culinary Trail © Interlaken
Stockhorn is a gorgeous hiking spot in the region of Interlaken and with this Culinary Trail you can enjoy the views even more. This trail is basically guilt-free and delicious dining - you'll hike from Chrindi midway station to the Stockhorn Panorama Restaurant and back. Each stop is another meal (plus coffee and a delicious surprise), all made with local ingredients.
Best spots for wildlife watching
Admiring the sunrise on Niederhorn © Interlaken
Early risers and wildlife watchers? You’ve just found your happy place. Autumn is hunting season in Switzerland, when entire herds of clever chamois and ibexes retreat to no-hunting zones. You can spot them year-round on the ridge trail between the Niederhorn and Gemmenalphorn. You can also see marmots and eagles near this fascinating mountain path. The earlier you get up, the greater your chances of spotting a large number of wild animals.
Either way, the views across the landscape and down into the valleys are majestic. When the sun slowly rises behind the Bernese Alps, bathing the world-famous Three Peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in red, the sight is almost indescribable. To the other side, sheer rock faces plunge into the beautiful Justis valley, where dozens of deer gather every autumn. Early each morning, you can hear the roaring of stags for miles around.
See you soon in Interlaken
Whether it's the Woodcarving Trail in Axalp, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn Piz Gloria, Schynige Platte or Stockhorn, you'll surely be rewarded with amazing views and stunning autumn landscapes.