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Winter activities in the Holiday Region Interlaken

Amid the snow-capped peaks and sparkling lakes of the Bernese Oberland, an enchanting natural idyll awaits. Experience moments of action and fun. Discover Interlaken’s most charming small ski resorts. The magical atmosphere of lakes Thun and Brienz can be best appreciated during a lakeside walk. Take a leisurely winter hike, take a boat trip onto Lake Thun, carve down pristine pistes on your skis or go cross-country skiing through a winter wonderland.

  • Stunning panoramas and vistas, whatever the winter activity

  • Large selection of winter experiences within easy-to-reach distance

  • Winter kayaking on the placid waters of Lake Brienz

  • Adventure and action in the air – experience the thrill of paragliding or skydiving in winter

  • A variety of winter sports for beginners, advanced and ambitious winter sports enthusiasts

  • Snowshoe hikes and sledging experiences by night—and sometimes even by full moon

  • Plenty of charming hotels, hostels and holiday apartments in central location

Discover a wealth of active, fun winter activities in the Bernese Oberland

On cold winter days, you can snuggle up indoors in front of a roaring fire or get outside to enjoy the atmospheric winter landscape. Both have their appeal. If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed on a holiday to Interlaken, its variety. Whether action and adventure or something a little more down tempo, there’s a wide range of winter activities to choose from. And after an exciting day out in the snow, there’s still plenty of time left in the evening for some well-earned rest and relaxation. Whatever you choose, every activity is a treat for the senses—and the taste buds. Discover the beauty of the Bernese Oberland in winter. Take a winter hike or snowshoe tour through idyllic nature, enjoy a soaring paragliding flight, take a boat trip onto Lake Thun, carve down pristine pistes on your skis or over snow-covered slopes on your snowboard, go ice fishing or cross-country skiing through a winter wonderland. A particularly unforgettable experience is a winter kayaking tour on the placid Lake Brienz. In the Holiday Region Interlaken, the perfect winter adventure for you, your friends or family is just around the corner.

Charming winter sports resorts in the Holiday Region Interlaken

The Holiday Region Interlaken is home to five diverse ski resorts that simply ooze charm: Beatenberg-Niederhorn, Brienz-Axalp, Diemtigtal, and in snowier winters the small but beautiful resorts of Aeschi-Aeschiried and Habkern. The ski resorts wow with their superb views, pristine pistes and family-friendly prices. Rock the Schilthorn’s challenging Skyline Snowpark, carve across expansive pistes on your skis or snowboard and experience the exhilaration of sledging in front of an imposing cliff face. More ambitious winter sports enthusiasts can even take a guided ski tour along the snow-covered summit slopes. Go on a day trip through the region’s magnificent natural landscape. Prefer to take things a little slower? Then why not catch some rays and enjoy the view from a stylish snow bar or the terrace of the mountain lodge?

Learning how to ski or snowboard? Try a ski taster

Is this your first skiing or snowboarding holiday? Then you’ll be in safe hands at one of Interlaken’s winter sports schools. Professional guides will give you a fun introduction to the world of winter sports and will share some valuable tips. Discover the different ski taster and winter sports packages available. If you don't have your own equipment or prefer to leave it at home, then all the latest gear can be easily hired on site. From clothing to skis, snowboards and sledges, here you’ll find everything you need. The staff in the local hire shop are also happy to offer their advice.

Sledging fun with friends

Race down a panoramic sledging track on a sunny winter day or experience a night-time sledging adventure by moonlight, under an enchanting starry sky. Sledging in Interlaken is full of surprises and lots of fun. Over an area of 70 kilometres, you can enjoy curvy descents and gentle sledging runs through the fairytale winter landscape, accompanied by a superb view of the breathtaking peaks. Discover the varied sledging activities on offer on the Niederhorn, the Axalp, in the Diemtigtal Nature Park and in Saxeten.

Tip: Enjoy Swiss cuisine on the mountain together

When you go on holiday, is sharing an experience just as important as fun? If so, the Holiday Region Interlaken offers a host of fondue experiences. For instance, you can combine sledging on the Niederhorn by starlight with a delicious fondue before being guided down into the valley by the stars. Alternatively, as a little pick-me-up before continuing your sledging run, you can enjoy some grilled cheese on crusty bread (“Chäsbrätel” in Swiss German) in the mulled wine bar in Saxeten.

Winter hikes – walks on foot through inspiring nature

Snow-covered countryside, frozen streams and glistening snow crystals hanging from ice-encrusted pine branches set the scene. You breathe in the soothing winter air and watch how your breath turns to mist in the cold. All around, the natural world is silent: you hear the snow crunching beneath your shoes. Well-maintained, romantic winter trails and paths lead you through an unspoilt natural idyll. Whether with family, friends, your dog or significant other, the Holiday Region Interlaken has 220 km of hiking trails to explore. Get active and discover the winter landscape on foot, and be sure to factor in a restful break or two as well! The paths offer quiet benches that invite you to partake in a winter picnic. Alternatively, you can visit a rustic mountain restaurant with attractive sun terrace and fine menu of Swiss specialities. Many of the winter trails and paths are free from snow, so walking them is a pleasure.

Snowshoeing tours through a winter wonderland

Looking to experience real nature? With snowshoes, you can negotiate the idyllic winter landscape with ease. Marked snowshoeing trails guide you along the white-covered pines and through the fairytale winter landscape. And don’t worry: you don’t need any special skills or training to use them. In one of the Holiday Region Interlaken’s many sports shops, you can hire all the equipment you need. For an even more unforgettable experience, why not go on a guided snowshoeing tour by day or night, under the stars and moonlight?

Glide through nature on cross-country skis

Immerse yourself in a winter fairytale as you glide effortlessly over a freshly-prepared cross-country ski track. Classic or skate technique? The Holiday Region Interlaken has plenty to offer cross-country skiers of all persuasions. Attractive, diverse cross-country ski tracks guide you through the idyllic snow. The Holiday Region Interlaken offers a wide variety of cross-country ski tracks with phenomenal views of the lakes and mountains. A special highlight is the night-time trail near Aeschiried. At night, under the lights and stars, the glistening snow crystals compete for centre stage. Whatever your preferred skiing technique, you’ll find all the right equipment on site or in a local sports shop.

Magical skating experiences in the Holiday Region Interlaken

After an eventful winter’s day, the ICE MAGIC − a unique skating experience in the centre of Interlaken − beckons. From mid-December to the end of February, part of the famous Höhematte park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Skate along winding ice paths and explore the different outdoor ice rinks. The rich selection of food and drink and cosy winter lounge invite you to stop and relax a while. In the evening, the enchanting lights throw a medley of colour onto the ice. Skating under the open sky by day or at sunset is a real highlight. In the Holiday Region Interlaken, you will find idyllic natural and artificial ice rinks, as well as two indoor rinks. Discover Interlaken’s ice-skating offer and trace your own circles in the glistening ice.

Winter action

Want to experience the winter landscape from a unique perspective or place? A paragliding flight in winter is in a class all of its own. In the clear winter air, the view over the lakes and mountains becomes even more imposing. Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Go skydiving from a helicopter and experience the indescribable feeling of free falling through a spectacular mountain landscape. A world of adventure and moments of action-packed fun await, right in the heart of Switzerland.

Winter kayaking on Lake Brienz

Kayaking in winter? Yes, that’s right. Lake Brienz offers you an enchanting alternative to skiing and snowboarding. Paddle softly over the glassy surface of the water and experience the imposing mountain panorama from a unique perspective. A high quality dry suit keeps you warm so that you enjoy your time on the lake to the full.

Relaxing moments on lakes Thun and Brienz

Treat your body to some time out in a charming wellness hotel. Relax in a warming salt water bath and re-energise in a stylish range of saunas. Top off your pampering session with a soothing massage. A unique bathing experience waits you on the lakeside promenade in Brienz. In a wood-heated Hotpot you can savour the view of Lake Brienz and the surrounding peaks. Winter wellness means total relaxation!

Did you know?


km of sledging runs


km of winter hiking trails


km prepared pistes in the Jungfrau ski region

By water, land and air – conquer the elements in the wintery Bernese Oberland

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