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Experience soft adventures high on the fun factor

Soft adventure in the Holiday Region Interlaken

In search of adventure and unique experiences? If you are a fan of "soft adventure" activities that combine adventure with the fun factor, Interlaken is the perfect place to start. The imposing mountains, valleys and waters of the holiday region were made for unforgettable adventures of the "soft" variety. The broad range of outdoor options leaves nothing to be desired: paragliding, jetboat rides, winter sports, water sports, visits to a rope park... all of this and much more is possible. Adventures big and small await at any time of year.

  • Interlaken is Europe’s number one adventure sport destination

  • Scores of accessible soft adventure experiences in the vicinity

  • Adventure options year-round

  • Wide choice: activities in the air, the water and on solid ground

  • Professional guides to ensure your safety

     

  • Good value accommodation: Interlaken is Switzerland’s leading backpacker destination

Get excited about adventures big and small

Deep blue skies, the sparkling lakes of Thun and Brienz, green forests and meadows and impressive mountain slopes leading to snowy peaks are the elements making up the majestic scenery of the Holiday Region Interlaken. Golden sunrays bathe this vast adventure playground in an atmospheric light; as the sun sinks slowly over the mountain peaks, shades of orange, red and pink mingle on the horizon. The colours of the region are rich in variety, and the same goes for the range of soft adventure choices. Between mountains and lakes, moments to remember await. Take to the air with a paraglider, glide a winter kayak over the water, go skiing and snowboarding or treat yourself to a helicopter flight over the mountains. There is a world of possibilities to explore.

What is soft adventure?

In short, adventures that are low on adrenaline but high on fun. Soft adventure is all about activities that have less of the thrill factor, but still offer a good measure of adventure and action – and the sense of excitement and anticipation is sure to make your heart beat faster. Soft adventures are suitable for all; no special skills or experience are needed. Some adventures for groups are accompanied by a professional guide; however, you can try many water sports and winter sports on your own. Discover wonders of nature from a brand new perspective, step out of your comfort zone and have moments of pure enjoyment.

Experience the Holiday Region Interlaken from above

In the Bernese Oberland, you can see the breathtaking landscape of mountain and lakes from above when you let the wind bear you gently through the air on a paraglider or delta wing glider. Guides are on hand to ensure your safety and show you the wonders of nature from a bird’s-eye perspective. Although paragliding can be enjoyed year-round, it is an extra special experience in winter: the views are even more spectacular in the exhilaratingly clear winter air. Above the clouds, the sense of freedom is infinite – and you can savour that feeling on a mountain flight by helicopter or small aircraft. Don’t worry, there’s no need to jump out! Just take off and fly over the Holiday Region Interlaken.

Climb from tree to tree at the Ropes Park Interlaken

If you have a head for heights and fancy a sporting challenge in natural surroundings, the Ropes Park Interlaken offers courses of varying degrees of difficulty as you climb from tree to tree in the fresh woodland air. There are 120 obstacles amid the treetops. The Adventure Park even opens in winter on request (and subject to a certain number of interested persons). Kitted out in sturdy footwear and durable clothing, excitement awaits amid the firs whatever the season.

Full speed ahead – or a gentle paddle – on Lake Brienz

Thrilling jetboat rides are all about adrenaline-charged 360° turns at speed – and great views of the surrounding mountains. Along the way, your experienced captain will tell you about the region. Prefer to paddle across the water under your own steam? A kayak tour lets you proceed at an easy pace and enjoy the sight of nature while improving your own fitness. Winter kayaking on Lake Brienz makes for an unexpectedly special experience. Wrapped in a warm dry suit, you glide easily over the surface of the water in your kayak, with time to admire the snowy mountains that surround you. This is an activity to warm the body and soul – and such experiences create memories that last forever.

Moments of adventure on Lake Thun

The shimmering deep blue of Lake Thun creates the ultimate summer mood. One thing is immediately clear: swimming is a thing of the past. Today people carve through the waves on a wakeboard or glide over the lake by canoe, surfski or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Sport is the best way to enjoy water-based adventures. The mesmerising shimmer of the lake and the many hidden bays are even more beautiful from a watery perspective. Book your adventure on the water with one of the aquatic sports schools by Lake Thun, and discover the new breeds of water sport.

Fun-packed thrills in an inflatable dinghy

Enjoy the feeling of floating? An inflatable dinghy ride down the River Aare from Thun to Bern is an extraordinary experience of fast and slow currents in a varied river landscape that offers views of the Bernese Alps. Another option is family rafting on the Lütschine or the Simme, which combines fun and action with thrills and spills.

Winter action in the Bernese Oberland

The Holiday Region Interlaken also delivers your fair share of action and adventure in winter. Expect wide ski slopes and toboggan runs with superb views; rock the snowpark, carve across the snowy slopes of beautiful skiing areas and enjoy the magic of sledging under the stars. Prefer a more peaceful winter break with a little less adrenaline? Then how about ice-skating, winter hiking or snowshoe trekking through the atmospheric wintry countryside? The Holiday Region Interlaken presents the full range of winter sports, so unforgettable times are assured.

Did you know?

  • More than 18 adventure companies offering 50-plus options

  • Main motivation for adventure travel is to recharge your energies and test your limits

     

  • Interlaken is Switzerland’s "number one hostel city"

  • Everything is nearby: adventures on the water, in the air and on solid ground

  • In 1985, the vision of establishing Interlaken as a pinnacle for adventure tourists and backpackers was first put forward in 1985. Today Interlaken rightly claims to be the "adventure capital of Europe"