The Jungfrau Region is home to several once-in-a-lifetime destinations, which is why it’s absolutely worth visiting! Here, you can find the heaven-on-earth valley of Lauterbrunnen, the otherworldly glacial scenery in Jungfraujoch, idyllic villages filled with quaintness and adventures, and many more!
You can trust me; the Jungfrau Region is full of stunning places to visit and fun things to do. However, with all these, deciding where to go or what to do can be challenging. It is the case, especially if you’re only planning a short trip to Switzerland and are coming from halfway around the world.
Don’t worry! In this post, I will help you discover unmissable things to do in the Jungfrau Region – the top experiences and attractions you can quickly visit from Interlaken. I’ll explain why they are unmissable and how you can get to them or try them. Let’s go!
While I believe that the Jungfrau Region offers some fantastic activities and places to visit, I understand that they may not be suitable for everyone.
Some activities are geared towards thrill-seekers who enjoy high-energy experiences, while others are better suited for those who prefer serene and picturesque surroundings.
Although that’s true most of the time, those who are seeking unforgettable natural beauty, fun, memorable outdoor experiences, and unique, fascinating discoveries will not be disappointed by what the region has to offer.
If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
The great thing about the must-see places and activities in the Jungfrau Region is that they are accessible to all budgets. You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy some of them.
Amazingly, some of the attractions are completely free to visit, and all you need is money for transportation.
And if you’re looking to experience multiple must-try activities or must-see places in the Jungfrau Region, you don’t need to stress about spending too much time on the road or switching hotels.
These are only two of the many perks of a trip to the Jungfrau Region.
Another perk of visiting the Jungfrau Region? Interlaken.
The Jungfrau Region has a centrally located town known as Interlaken, which serves as the perfect home base for experiencing all the must-see attractions in the area. You must also see how Interlaken is also surrounded by the most beautiful places in the Jungfrau Region.
Interlaken is also the most accessible town in the Jungfrau Region. It’s approximately a 2-hour direct train ride from Zurich and Basel and a 1-hour direct train ride from Bern.
However, depending on which must-try activities you’d like to have, Mürren, Wengen, and Grindelwald can also be an alternative to Interlaken. You can learn more about these villages from the links below.
- Mürren (Western side of Jungfrau Region). Learn more about the 10 Things to Do in Mürren.
- Wengen (Central part of the Jungfrau Region). Discover the 10 Things to Do in Wengen.
- Grindelwald (Eastern portion of the Jungfrau Region). Read my One Day Budget Grindelwald Itinerary.
If you do not have a hotel for your Jungfrau Region trip yet, you can find the best accommodation deals in the Jungfrau Region (or Bernese Oberland) with this hotel browser. It has a map that helps you locate the most convenient places to stay.
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Alright! Now that you know where to start your Jungfrau Region journey, let’s kick off the list of the unmissable things to do in the Jungfrau Region.
1. See the Gateway to Jungfrau Region from Harder Kulm
Arriving in Interlaken, you are literally minutes away from Harder Kulm — the unmissable tourist attraction you can visit right after arriving in the Jungfrau Region’s transportation hub.
Harder Kulm is a 1321-meter-high mountain in the Emmental Alps north of Interlaken that is also a viewpoint overlooking alluvial land called Bödeli, comprising Interlaken, Unterseen, and Bönigen. It is also known as the Top of Interlaken for having that view of these towns.
I think Harder Kulm is an unmissable place to visit in the Jungfrau Region because it’s one of the best viewpoints of this spectacular destination in Switzerland. In Harder Kulm, you get a sweeping view starting from the turquoise lake Brienz all the way across Interlaken to Lake Thun.
On a clear day with the sun shining, the view from Harder Kulm is breathtaking. You can see the three famous mountains of the Jungfrau Region — Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau — in all their glory. Standing at the tip of the viewing deck that extends from the mountain is an exhilarating experience.
Getting to Harder Kulm from Interlaken is a breeze with a 10-minute funicular train ride. The funicular valley station, situated on the northern banks of River Aare, is just a quick 5- to 7-minute walk from Interlaken OST.
You can learn more about Harder Kulm from my post, Visiting Harder Kulm: Here’s What You Can Expect To See.
2. Explore the Heaven On Earth Lauterbrunnen
Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien found inspiration for Rivendell, the home of the elves in his fantasy novel, in the Jungfrau Region? The place is called Lauterbrunnen, and it’s a must-visit destination in the Jungfrau Region that is free to visit.
For me, Lauterbrunnen is the most beautiful village in the Jungfrau region. This picture-perfect village is located in a trough-shaped valley, also called Lauterbrunnen — a name used to describe the valley. In direct English translation, Lauterbrunnen means “many springs.”
Believe it or not, there are 72 waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen valley.
One of the waterfalls plunges beside Lauterbrunnen village. It is called Staubbach Waterfall and appears angelic behind the quaint buildings in the village, with gigantic valley walls surrounding it. This scene makes Lauterbrunnen an unmissable destination in the Jungfrau Region.
Exploring Lauterbrunnen, specifically the outskirts of the village, should feel like a fantasy come to life. The valley floor is covered in lush green meadows, with barns and cows scattered throughout. The area is overflowing with rustic charm, enhanced by the soothing sound of cowbells.
Getting to Lauterbrunnen is as simple as a single 25-minute train ride from Interlaken. Very accessible and ultimately beautiful, Lauterbrunnen is definitely an unmissable place to visit during a trip to the Jungfrau Region.
The awe-inspiring scenery of the village and valley should already be visible after a short walk from the train station or parking lot. But to make the most of your visit to Lauterbrunnen, make sure to see at least a few of my 7 Lauterbrunnen Viewpoints and Photo Spots.
3. Visit Wengen and Behold the View from Wengwald
The Lauterbrunnen valley has a unique appearance, with two spectacular mountain faces that enclose it. Waterfalls cascade down onto the flat valley floor, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
It is a stunning and unforgettable scenery to witness, and its appearance can make you forget all your problems and ignite your creativity!
Can you imagine the awe-struck expression of J.R.R. Tolkien when he laid his eyes on this sublime place? You, too, can experience that awesome feeling! I can picture you marveling with your eyes moistened by awe.
The village of Lauterbrunnen is only one of the places you can go to admire the awe-inspiring Lauterbrunnen Valley.
For breathtaking views, visit Wengen and Wengwald. These places are located northeast of Lauterbrunnen village and are a must-visit as they offer the best views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Elevated and overlooking the valley where it begins, Wengen and Wengwald provide a scenery like no other.
It’s the main reason why I think Everyone Should Visit Wengen even for a quick stop.
Most importantly, Wengwald — it has the perfect elevation and viewing angle to take in the appearance of the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley.
In Wengwald, you can see a straight view of Lauterbrunnen Valley from its mouth to its farthest corner near Tanzbödeli. The valley’s length is visible in parallel, allowing you to witness both dramatic faces of the mountains that form the valley’s walls.
You can check again my post, 7 Best Views of Lauterbrunnen, to see how you can get to Wengwald.
To explain quickly, reaching Wengwald requires taking two train rides from Interlaken with a transfer to Lauterbrunnen. The same applies if you want to go to Wengen; Wengwald is a train stop located between Wengen and Lauterbrunnen.
4. Take in the Jungfrau Region’s 360 Degrees View from Männlichen
When it comes to places with marvelous mountain views, the Jungfrau Region offers plenty of choices. But among them, Männlichen is my favorite, and I think it is also one of the Jungfrau Region’s unmissable places to visit.
So, what is Männlichen all about?
Männlichen is a 2343-meter-high peak on a mountain ridge that separates the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. It is also located above Wengen and provides a stunning view of the valley where the black and white Lütchine Rivers merge before flowing out of the Jungfrau Region.
For me, Männlichen is a must-see place in the Jungfrau Region because it gives the most panoramic views of the Jungfrau Region.
It’s only in Männlichen where you can see a 360 degrees view of the whole region from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald. On a clear day at Männlichen, you can also see the famous peaks of the Jungfrau Region from Wetterhorn to Schilthorn and, of course, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. The view extends as far as Lake Thun and the Swiss Plateau region.
Can you imagine yourself taking in such panoramic views? It’s phenomenal.
In Männlichen, you are very close to the Jungfrau Massif, and Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau look like sleeping giants. The north face of Eiger, which is notoriously challenging for alpinists, is facing you in Männlichen.
Getting to Männlichen from Interlaken is easy although it takes a few steps:
- Grindelwald Route = Ride the train to Grindelwald from Interlaken, then hop on Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cable Car.
- Wengen Route = Ride the trains to Wengen from Interlaken (with a transfer in Lauterbrunnen). Then, ride the Wengen-Männlichen Aerial Cableway.
You can read my post, How to Reach Männlichen and Make the Most of Your Trip, for more information.
5. Marvel at the Otherworldly Scenery in Jungfraujoch
In my opinion, Jungfraujoch is an unmissable place because it’s the ultimate destination in the Jungfrau Region. It offers several experiences, and a few of the most remarkable things in the Jungfrau Region are found here.
In summary, Jungfraujoch is the highest destination in the Jungfrau Region. It sits at the saddle between Mönch and Jungfrau, at an impressive altitude of 3466 meters above sea level. Its name comes from its location, as “Joch” translates to “saddle” in English.
Jungfraujoch is also called the Top of Europe because it is also the highest place in Europe reached by railway.
The wonderful experience of visiting Jungfraujoch begins even before arriving there. It all starts with the Jungfrau Railway, which is one of the most picturesque railways in Switzerland.
As an engineer, I believe that the Jungfrau Railway is a remarkable feat of engineering, especially considering the technology available during the early 20th century when it was constructed.
Usually, visitors take about 4 to 6 hours to fully experience what Jungfraujoch offers.
But among the attractions and activities in Jungfraujoch, the highlights are undoubtedly the Ice Palace and Sphinx Observatory. These two attractions in Jungfraujoch give an extraordinary experience with glaciers.
Sphinx Observatory is one of the highest observatories in Europe, and it’s here where you can see the tip of the Aletsch Glacier — the longest glacier in Europe. An otherworldly icy realm awaits you there.
On the other hand, Ice Palace is a man-made cave inside a glacier below the Jungfrau Observation deck. It’s a whole new-looking world inside, where you can see artworks and sculptures made of ice.
There are two ways you can get to Jungfraujoch, either by Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg or by cable car from Eiger. Learn more and check the ticket prices below.
- From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
- Jungfraujoch: Round Trip to the Top of Europe by Train
- Jungfraujoch: Round Trip by Train & Eiger Express Gondola
6. Once-in-a-Lifetime Lunch at Piz Gloria in Schilthorn
Jungfraujoch isn’t the only unique mountaintop attraction you can visit in the Jungfrau Region.
Another is Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant perched at the summit of Schilthorn. The mountain where Piz Gloria is the 2970-meter-tall mountain overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the western portion of the Jungfrau Region.
It’s not hard to understand why Piz Gloria is an unmissable tourist attraction in the Jungfrau Region. Dining in a revolving restaurant on a mountaintop is an absolutely unique experience, don’t you agree?
The best thing about Piz Gloria is the large, transparent windows that create a breathtaking atmosphere in the restaurant. As the restaurant rotates slowly, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of over 200 peaks while they dine.
Located west of the Jungfrau massif, you can expect unique views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau from Piz Gloria. Sometimes, you can even witness a sea of clouds from Piz Gloria when the air condenses in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Can you imagine yourself taking in that beauty while savoring the food and the moment in a revolving restaurant? If you are looking for a fancy date in the Alps, Piz Gloria is definitely the place to be.
Piz Gloria is only one of the attractions near Mürren. If you want to learn more about Piz Gloria and the tourist attractions that you can visit after dining here, check my post, 10 Things to Do in Mürren.
Getting to Piz Gloria from Interlaken involves several steps.
- From Interlaken, take the train to Lauterbrunnen.
- In Lauterbrunnen, you can find buses (#141) going to Stechtelberg. Ride that bus and alight at Schilthornbahn in Stechelberg.
- In Schilthornbahn, hop on a cable car to Schilthorn, passing Gimmelwald, Mürren, and Birg. Piz Gloria is the last station.
Here’s where you can check the prices of the tickets and tours to Piz Gloria or Schilthorn.
7. Discover Jungfrau Region’s Most Idyllic Village: Gimmelwald
If we are alike — the type of traveler who loves to wander, introspect, and find beautiful little gems of a destination — Gimmelwald is undoubtedly the destination for you.
Gimmelwald is the smallest yet the most idyllic village in the Jungfrau Region, located on the farthest corner of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
What are the reasons why I think Gimmelwald is a must-see destination? Simply, it’s a perfect place to discover authentic Swiss countryside in the Jungfrau Region.
Believe it or not, Gimmelwald only has approximately one hundred residents, and they still have livestock as their livelihood. Strolling in the village will make you think that there are probably more animals in the village than the people staying in it.
The lush green meadows dotted with quaint chalets, barns, and cheese huts you’ll see while exploring Gimmelwald will satisfy your wanderlust, absolutely!
It’s a fantastical experience, especially with the sound of the waterfalls down the valley, chiming cowbells, and the chirping birds dominating the ambiance in the village.
There are more beautiful things I want to share about Gimmelwald. If you want, you can check my post, 5 Things to Do in Gimmelwald. It’s also where I explain further the reasons why Gimmelwald is worth visiting.
Getting to Gimmelwald from Interlaken is pretty much the same as going to Schilthorn. The first cable car station of Schilthornbahn from Stechelberg is Gimmelwald.
8. Experience Adrenaline Rush Adventures In Grindelwald
A trip to the Jungfrau Region is a worth-it package deal.
As you might have noticed from the previous must-visit places, Jungfrau Region gives a wholesome travel experience which, of course, includes exhilarating, fear-crushing outdoor activities.
What’s the unmissable place in the Jungfrau Region for some crazy fun outdoor activities?
Well, it’s no other than Grindelwald — a famous mountain resort village in Switzerland, north of the Jungfrau massif. It is known for outdoor activities in all seasons, which make it a must-visit destination in the Jungfrau Region.
In Grindelwald, a wide range of outdoor fun awaits, from themed zip lines to thrilling jumps down the canyon’s abyss. The most adrenaline-pumping activity I can recommend: Grindelwald Canyon Swing.
Grindelwald even has a mountain dedicated to fun! It’s called First, and it’s very accessible from the village using cable cars.
Grindelwald-First cable car has three stations (Bort, Schreckfeld, and First) where you can try the adventures offered in the mountain. These adventures are First Flyer, First Glider, First Mountain Cart, First Trottibike, and First Cliff Walk. You can learn more about these activities from the official website of the Jungfrau region, linked at the end of this post.
If you are expecting that these activities cost something, you are definitely correct. You can expect to pay from 70+ to 120+ CHF (unlimited use of cable cars included), depending on how many activities you want to try.
Outdoor activities aren’t the only reason why you’d like to visit Grindelwald-First.
It also has free tourist attractions, which is worth it if you simply want to see breathtaking scenery. They are First Cliff Walk and Bachalpsee, which we’ll discuss next.
If you want to get an idea how you can spend a day in Grindelwald with no travel expenses aside from transportation, check my post, Free Things to Do in Grindelwald (one day budget itinerary).
9. Photograph a Famous Lake, Bachalpsee
Do you have wallpaper-downloading apps on your smartphone too?
I used to have them on my phone and would often come across a breathtaking picture of a lake that perfectly reflected the mountains above it. Every time I saw it, I was amazed and wondered where the photographer had found such a beautiful spot.
Years passed, and I developed a passion for mountains. And it was only during that time I discovered that Bachalpsee was one of those places where the photographers create those masterpieces.
And yes, Bachalpsee is an unmissable destination in the Jungfrau Region simply because it’s one of the most picturesque lakes in Switzerland.
So, where exactly is Bachalpsee?
As you may have read in my discussion, Bachalpsee is within Grindelwald, and it’s a hiking distance (approximately 1 hour) from Grindelwald First.
Situated on a slope of the mountains (2,265 meters above sea level), Bachalpsee is the perfect location for incredible photo opportunities with the 3000-to-4000-meter peaks on the other side of the Grindelwald Valley.
When the wind is barely blowing, and no low-lying clouds cover the view, you can photograph Bachalpsee like a mirror. Find an angle, and you can photograph the mountains south of Grindelwald, like Wetterhorn inverted on Bachalpsee’s surface.
Do you want to see Bachalpsee? Getting to Bachalpsee from Interlaken is simple although it requires an hour of a hike.
- Take the train to Grindelwald (40 minutes)
- Hop on the cable car to First (25 minutes)
- Hike to Bachalpsee (60 minutes)
But before you go to Bachalpsee, don’t forget to check my One Day Grindelwald Budget Itinerary for more details about visiting Bachalpsee.
10. Spend A Day In A Beautiful Lake
Jungfrau Region and Bernese Oberland have several beautiful lakes which you can reach from Interlaken within a day, like Bachalpsee, Grauseeli, Blausee, and Oeschinensee.
Some of these lakes are picture-perfect and absolutely worth seeing. But again, there’s a caveat: it takes hours and effort to reach them from Interlaken.
However, you don’t have to look far to find beautiful lakes if you’re in Interlaken.
The name of the town suggests that there are lakes beside it. Directly translating ‘Interlaken’ to English, it means ‘between lakes.’ If you visit Harder Kulm and take in the breathtaking panorama of the Jungfrau Region, you’ll see that Interlaken is really sandwiched between two lakes!
What are the lakes that sandwich Interlaken? They are Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and they’re two unmissable places to visit from Interlaken.
The first reason why I think Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are must-see places is that they’re gorgeous lakes and very accessible from Interlaken. You wouldn’t want to miss a beautiful opportunity to see calming and magical scenery that virtually needs no effort to do.
My second reason why these lakes are unmissable is that they offer a mixed and unique experience for your Jungfrau Region trip.
The area surrounding Interlaken is mostly mountains, but they aren’t about the beautiful scenery and epic adventures only. They have been the home of millions for centuries, and there’s fascinating history and culture you can discover. There are many beautiful little things to uncover!
Lake Thun is a must-see for tourists looking for a fairytale-ish experience with the mountains.
Along its shores, 1 charming town and 5 fairytale castles await you. I really like Thun Castle for the view of the Bernese Alps, Oberhofen Castle for its picture-perfect appearance, and Thun Old Town for its charming streets.
Learn more about Lake Thun: 10 Beautiful Places Around Lake Thun.
On the other hand, Lake Brienz is a must-visit for travelers wanting to discover life in the Jungfrau Region and a few hundred years ago. Another fascinating thing about Lake Brienz is its bright turquoise water, which looks so magical and best observed from Iseltwald.
Discover the experiences in Lake Brienz: 7 Things To Do In Lake Brienz
You can use the trains, buses, and boats to travel around Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass or this One-Day Unlimited Boat Pass, you no longer need to worry about buying multiple tickets to use public transportation.
Sources: Unmissable Things To Do In Interlaken And Jungfrau Region
I hope this list helped you find the must-see places in the Jungfrau Region and must-do activities from Interlaken that suit your preferences. Below you can find the links which you can use to plan your day(s) in the Jungfrau Region.
- Grindelwald-First adventures – Here’s where you can learn more about Grindelwald First Flyer, Glider, Trottibike, and Mountain Cart.
- Webcams in Jungfrau Region – Before you come to different unmissable mountaintop destinations in the Jungfrau Region (Harder Kulm, Piz Gloria, Mannlichen, and Jungfraujoch), make sure to check first the live view. It’ll help you decide whether it is currently worth it to visit these tourist attractions or not.
- Jungfrau Region Cable Car and Funicular Operating information & Schilthorn Cable Car Schedule – Not all funiculars and cable cars operate the whole year in the Jungfrau Region. Also, the cable cars’ and funiculars’ first and last ascend and descend vary per season. Before you travel to unmissable places, double-check the public transportation schedule.
- Lake Thun and Lake Brienz Boat Timetable – If you plan to explore Lake Thun or Lake Brienz by boat, here’s where you can check the boat schedule.
- List of Hiking Trails (with status) – In case you will be hiking in the Jungfrau Region, I recommend you check the status of the hiking trails before going. Example: Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee. The website indicates whether the path is open or not. Most importantly, all the details about a hiking trail (elevation profile, turn-by-turn instructions, etc.) are found on this website.
- Train and bus schedule checker (sbb.ch) – Traveling outside Jungfrau Region? Check the timetables here.
Do you need more ideas about what to do or where to go from Interlaken? Check this complete list of things to do in the Jungfrau Region. It has day trips, guided tours, skip-the-line passes, and more outdoor activities to choose from.
If you don’t have a place to stay in the Jungfrau Region yet, here’s where you can find the best hotel deals. It features a map hotel browser to help you find the hotel at the most convenient location for you.
Where to go after visiting Interlaken or Jungfrau Region? I recommend Thun and Bern. They’re the two closest cities to Interlaken, and the links below can introduce you to these cities:
- How to spend 1 day in Bern (beautiful architecture and city views)
- How to spend 1 day in Thun (a charming city with scenic views)
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