Interlaken is a stunning small town in the heart of Switzerland, surrounded by two lakes and the majestic Alps. It is a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy the natural beauty and the adventure activities that the region offers ranging from paragliding to white water rafting, canyoning and bungee jumping. But Interlaken is also a paradise for photographers, Instagrammers and tiktok fans who can find many stunning spots to capture the essence of Switzerland. Here are some of the best viewpoints and Instagram picture spots in and around Interlaken
Interlaken Top Viewpoints for Photographers & Instagrammers
With unlimited mountains and lakes and limited time you are bound to leave a few point of interest out and the below list will help you make that selection….
Harder Kulm is the closest viewpoint to Interlaken, accessible by a funicular that takes you to an altitude of 1,322 meters. From there, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Interlaken, the lakes of Thun and Brienz, and the famous peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. There is also a restaurant at the top that serves delicious Swiss dishes, such as fondue. The most Instagrammable spot is the platform that extends over the cliff, where you can pose with the breathtaking scenery behind you.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the most spectacular valleys in the world, with 72 waterfalls cascading from the vertical cliffs that surround it. You can walk along the valley floor and admire the views of the waterfalls, the glaciers, and the charming village of Lauterbrunnen, with its small church and wooden houses. One of the most impressive waterfalls is Staubbach Falls, which drops 297 meters from the cliff and creates a misty spray. You can also hike up to Trümmelbach Falls, which are hidden inside the mountain and carry the meltwater of the Jungfrau glaciers.
Wengen is a car-free village perched on a sunny plateau above Lauterbrunnen Valley. You can reach it by train from Lauterbrunnen and enjoy the views of the valley and the mountains along the way. Wengen is a fairy-tale place with chalet-style buildings, flower gardens, and cozy cafes. You can take a stroll along the panorama trail that starts from the church and offers amazing views of the Jungfrau massif and Lauterbrunnen Valley. Wengen is also a good base for hiking to other viewpoints, such as Männlichen and Kleine Scheidegg.
Männlichen is a mountain ridge that connects Wengen and Grindelwald. You can reach it by cable car from either village and enjoy a 360-degree view of the Alps, including Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Breithorn. Männlichen has several attractions for visitors, such as a playground, a restaurant, and a royal walk that leads to a crown-shaped platform. The most Instagrammable spot is the Männlichen Gipfel (peak), where you can stand on a wooden bench and have your picture taken with the majestic mountains behind you.
Grindelwald First is another viewpoint that you can reach by cable car from Grindelwald. It offers a stunning view of the Eiger North Face, as well as other peaks such as Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, and Finsteraarhorn. Grindelwald First is also an adventure park where you can try various activities, such as zip-lining, mountain carting, and trotti biking. The most Instagrammable spot is the First Cliff Walk, which is a suspension bridge and a metal walkway that cling to the cliff edge and give you a thrilling experience.
Lake Brienz and Iseltwald
Lake Brienz is one of the two lakes that flank Interlaken. It has a turquoise color that contrasts with the green hills and the white mountains around it. You can take a boat ride on the lake and admire the scenery from different angles. One of the most picturesque villages on the lake shore is Iseltwald, which has a medieval castle, a small harbor, and a wooden pier. You can take beautiful photos of Iseltwald from the lake or from the pier.
Iseltwald has recently gained worldwide fame for its role in the Netflix hit series ‘Crash Landing on You’ with its cute pier becoming the most popular instagram & tiktok picture taking spot.
Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe, at 3,454 meters above sea level. It is also known as the Top of Europe, as it offers an incredible view of the Aletsch Glacier, which is the longest glacier in Europe, and other peaks such as Mönch, Jungfrau, Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc. You can reach Jungfraujoch by train from Interlaken via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, and enjoy the views along the way. Jungfraujoch has many attractions for visitors, such as an ice palace, a snow park, and a sphinx observatory. The most Instagrammable spot is the Plateau, where you can walk on the snow and feel like you are on top of the world.