Best Interlaken Walking Tours (Culture, Nature & More)

best interlaken walking tours

Interlaken gets its name from its geographical location because it truly is a city in between lakes. With stunning views of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun on either side, the place is a playground for all outdoor enthusiasts.

If you’re never been to Interlaken before, the best way to get acquainted with the city is to book a guided walking tour.

While it is possible to explore the city streets on your own, touring the city with someone who has lived there for years will provide you with insights that would remain out of reach if you didn’t have a guide, not to mention all the tips and recommendations you can get about the best cafes and restaurants in Interlaken.

So, keep reading to see our favorite Interlaken walking tours and find the one that’s best for you!

Explore Interlaken in 1 Hour with a Local

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Victoria Jungfrau Grandhotel

Book this one-hour tour of Interlaken with a local to get acquainted with the top sights in the city. The tourism office in Interlaken is the starting point of the tour, and from there, you go and see the best-known landmarks in the city, including the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel, Höheweg, the Castle, and others.

This is a very quick tour of the city, so don’t expect a deep dive into the history and culture of Interlaken. Your guide should be quite knowledgeable and provide background information on all the attractions that you’re seeing during the tour. You can ask as many questions as you like, and you will probably get answers to all of them since this tour is done in very small groups of no more than six people.

One thing you should know is that the tour is organized by an agency, so there are multiple people who work as the guide.


Interlaken City Private Walking Tour

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Aare River, Interlaken

This private walking tour of Interlaken is what I would personally book if I wanted to explore the city with a local. It’s the best option for travelers who want to discover the city in-depth and see beyond the most famous tourist attractions. This is a three-hour tour, so you have plenty of time to explore Interlaken.

Also, because it’s a private tour, there’s wiggle room to adapt the itinerary to your preferences. You will have the guide’s undivided attention and you can ask as many questions as you want, but also the tour will move at your preferred pace. For me, this is the best way to experience Interlaken, especially if it’s your first time in the city and you don’t know much about its history and tradition.

Some of the attractions covered on this tour include a walk to Unterseen, a stroll down Aarestrasse, a visit to Hohematte Park, Schloss Interlaken, and others.


Interlaken City Private Walking Tour and Cable Car to Local Harder Mountain


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Consider booking this private tour of Interlaken if you want to experience a magnificent view of the city from its home mountain. Interlaken lies at the foot of Harder Kulm, and a trip to the summit is something all visitors should do, even if it’s only for the panoramic vista.

The cable car ride to the top of the mountain is very scenic, and the view from the top absolutely wonderful. You can’t experience this view from anywhere else in Interlaken, and it’s absolutely worth the money, time, and effort it takes to reach the top of Harder Kulm.

The walking tour takes three hours total, and it begins with a quick tour of Unterseen and Kursaal, followed by a stroll through the heart of Interlaken and visits to its best-known landmarks. I will say that the itinerary for this tour is very similar to the previous one, with the exception of the cable car ride, which is special for this tour.

This is also a private city tour, which I think is the best way to discover any city. If you’re going to pay someone to take you around the town, you might as well do it right and ensure that the guide is taking you to spots you genuinely want to see and doing it at your own pace.


Explore the Instaworthy Spots of Interlaken with a Local

Interlaken from above
Interlaken from above

The tour of Instaworty spots in Interlaken is the best option for travelers who are interested in photography, but also for people who are afraid to check their Instagram screen time. Whether you prefer to look at the world through the lens, or you just want to have gorgeous photographs of yourself in Interlaken for the feed, this tour will not disappoint.

The local guide is knowledgeable in photography, and they are able to provide various tips and tricks on how to get the best photographs, whether you’re using a smartphone or a proper camera. Some of the places visited on this tour include Unterseen, Höhematte, and Jungfrau Park in Matten bei Interlaken.

This tour lasts for an hour and a half, so you should have plenty of time to take lots of stunning photographs. Also, it’s recommended to book this tour during the golden hour, for the best-looking photographs. This is not a private tour, but it is done in small groups of a maximum of six people.


Explore Interlaken’s Art and Culture with a Local

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A tour that focuses on the art and culture of Interlaken is a great option if you want to learn more about the specifics of the city. On this tour, you will still pass by the city’s most famous attraction, but the focus will be more on the types of art that are prevalent in Interlaken and its surroundings.

The tour also includes walks along the main streets of the city, where you can see various old buildings and admire how the architecture in the city changed and developed over the years. The tour is only an hour and a half, so you can’t really visit museums or art galleries, but you can get tips from your guides on which ones are best.

If you do this tour in the summer, the guide will gladly take you to a free music festival or concert, if there’s one happening. That’s why I would recommend trying to book this tour during such events if it’s at all possible. This is not a private tour, but it’s done in small groups of up to six people, so it still feels quite intimate and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about history, recommendations, and other tips.


Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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