Interlaken with kids might be your favorite vacation ever (it was certainly right at the top of our list!) There are so many places in Europe that are frankly not very toddler friendly. Luckily, Interlaken is not one of them!
The Bernese Oberland region is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland with kids because of the huge array of easy, kid friendly daytrips from Interlaken. There is at enough in and around this Swiss mountain paradise to fill an Interlaken itinerary for a family with for at least a week!
If you are looking for more information about traveling with kids to Switzerland, please explore these when you are done here:
- Where to Stay in Zurich on a TIGHT Budget
- A Complete Two Week Itinerary for Switzerland and Austria with Kids
- Is it Possible to Travel Switzerland on a Budget?
We stayed at an amazing, family friendly hostel in Interlaken. We recommend it wholeheartedly to ANYONE visiting the area. Here are links to reviews of the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhoff on Tripadvisor.com or Booking.com where you can find images, descriptions and reviews.
Interlaken was a perfect base for our family to explore the Bernese Oberland which truly showcases the very best of what Switzerland has to offer.
Suggestions for What To Do in Interlaken With Kids
Canyon Walk Aare Gorge Switzerland:
This easily walk through the beautiful Aare Gorge yield stunning views. There is a playground at one end the kids can make a game out of finding little green worm characters that are hidden in the rock walls. I can’t take credit for this amazing find. Check out the Moms, Tots Zurich Blog’s Aare Gorge Page for detailed instructions.
Cost: 9 CHF adults, 5 CHF children 6-16, children under 6 are free
How to Get Here from Interlaken: It is a 1 hour, 21 minute train ride fro Interlaken to Aare Gorge. There are two train stops, east and west. Neither is a far walk to the gorge. I suggest starting at the east stop and ending at the west as the west end is where the playground is.
Grindelwald First / Lake Bachalpsee / Pfinsted Toboggan Run:
This area is awash with stunning scenery and fun stuff to keep the kiddos amused. The Grindelwald Cable Car will take you up to Grindelwald First where you will find a neat cliff walk and the start to the easy, stroller friendly hike to Lake Bachalpsee.
The Pfingstegg Cable Car takes you up a different way to access a summer toboggan run and a small playground.
Glacier Gorge is also close. It offers an easy hike down a beautiful gorge with a neat “web” feature that you can crawl out on spanning the river below.
Website: https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/grindelwaldfirst/, https://www.pfingstegg.ch/index.php/en/,
How to Get There: Take the train from Interlaken to Grindelwald. It will take about 45 minutes. To get to Grindelwald First, take the First Railway from the upper valley station (it is a 30 minute ride). To get to the Glacier Gorge and the Pfinstegg Cable Car, you will take a bus from the train station. Please check
https://www.sbb.ch/en/ for the latest schedules and routes.
Lauterbrunnen Valley Switzerland / Trummelbach Falls hike:
The Lauterbrunnen Valley Switzerland is an area that we really would have liked to have spent more time exploring. Surrounded by epic mountains, this area has idyllic Swiss villages and lots of beautiful waterfalls to explore. The Trummelbach Falls hike from Lauterbrunnen is an easy pathway that leads to Trummelbach Falls. Trummelbach falls is a series of waterfalls that cuts through the rock to funnel the immense volume of glacial melt off from the surrounding mountains.
Trummelbach falls might not be suitable for small children. It is extremely loud and somewhat dark, wet and slippery.
Cost: Adults 11 CHF, Children 4 CHF
How to Get There: Take the train fro Interlaken to Lauterbrunen (20 minutes). You can catch a bus from Lauterbrunnen up the valley to Trummelbach Falls. You can also walk there (it is supposed to be a beautiful walk along a flat road, about 30 minutes).
Schilthorn / Murren / Allmendhubel Switzerland:
This was truly one of our favorite days in Switzerland. Taking the cable cars to the top of the Schilthorn and exploring the village of Murren and the Allmendhubel Flower Playground at the top of the Allmendhubelbahn (funicular) was something that we all enjoyed.
Cost: Schilthornbahn: Adults 105 CHF, Children (ages 6-15) 62.50 CHF (free with Swiss Travel Pass) / Almendhubel Funnicular: 14 CHF Adults, 7 CHF Children
How to Get There: Take the train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunen. Take the post bus to Stechelberg to reach the cable car station. Take the first cable car up to Murren to access the Allmendhubel Funnicular or continue up the mountain to the top of Schilthorn.
If your kids love climbing as much as mine do, they will love the Seilpark Interlaken. This climbing ropes park offers courses for the whole family. The minimum height for the smallest course is 3 feet, and there are options for varying levels of adventure from there.
Cost: 39 CHF adults, 29 CHF children (includes instruction and unlimited courses)
How to Get Here: This is located just outside of Interlaken. From Interlaken West Bahnhoff, take the 104 bus 2 stops towards Rugenparkstrasse. Get off at the Heimwehfluhbahn stop. You will have to walk 550 meters fro where the bus drops you off.
Taking the funicular to the top of Harder Kulm in Interlaken was a surprise highlight of our trip. We ended up here on our last day in Interlaken because the weather was bad higher in the mountains. Harder Kulm is considered Interlaken’s “home” mountain. This is one of the best things to do in Interlaken Switzerland and truly one of the easiest! The viewing platform that extends off the side of the cliff giving you incredible views of both lakes is one of the best places to visit in Interlaken.
The bottom of the funicular is an easy walk, right off of the main street in Interlaken. The views from the viewing platform of Lake Thun and Lake Briensz were unforgettable and there were a number of Interlaken hiking trails that are accessible from here.
Cost: 38 CHF adults, 19 CHF child 6-16 (half off with Swiss Train Pass)
How to Get Here: The funicular to Harder Kulm is a short walk from the Interlaken Ost railway station.
Note: The Interlaken Visitor Card that you will get if you are staying any Interlaken accomodations gives you a discount for the Harder Kulm funicular as well as a host of other great discounts!
A Boat Cruise on Lake Thun and Lake Briensz:
If you want a laid back, super easy way to see the area and the beautiful mountains from a different perspective, a boat cruise is a perfect choice! This is a great choice for a boat cruise that allows you to hop on and hop off as you wish, so you can see the various villages and attractions around the lake at your family’s own pace. This is one of the easiest things to do in Interlaken with kids!
Thun Switzerland is a super cute and off the beaten path Swiss village at the opposite end of Lake Thun from Interlaken. You can either take the train or take a boat cruise across the lake (or do the cruise one way and the train the other.) There are some great things to do in Thun Switzerland making it an easy daytrips from Interlaken.
St Beatus Caves:
This is a neat cave complex and series of impressive waterfalls not far from Interlaken. There is a captivating dragon themed playground, making this a good half day option for those looking for Interlaken activities with kids.
Cost: 18 CHF adult, 10 CHF child 6-16, 49 CHF family pass
Lucerne Switzerland and Mount Rigi:
One could easily spend a few days in exploring Lucerne on its own merits. If all you have is a day, it is one of the most pleasant daytrips from Interlaken. You can either DIY this or book a tour for maximum convenience. The city and its iconic bridge against the backdrop of the mountains are a sight to see. Mount Rigi is even more impressive – this was one of our favorite days of our trip!
Cost: 72 CHF adult, 18 CHF child, free with Swiss Travel Pass
How to Get Here: We took the boat from to Lucerne to Mount Rigi and it was a really fun day trip. You then can take the train back down the other side to Goldnau and take the train back to Lucerne from there.
Switzerland can be CRAZY expensive, but it is sooo worth it! This coupon book has 2 for 1 offers for many restaurants and attractions around the country. I wish we had known about this when we visited Switzerland…it would have saved us a TON of money!
Ballenberg Open Air Museum:
The museum features 250 traditional Swiss buildings in an idyllic mountain setting with farm traditional farm crops and gardens. This is a really fun day out for those looking for Interlaken Switzerland activities with kids!
This coupon book has a 50% off coupon good for entry into the Ballenberg Open Museum as well as a host of other discounts.
Cost: 28 CHF adult, 14 CHF child 6-16
How to Get Here: Ballenberg is 30 minutes by train from Interlaken.
This will be a nice treat if your kids are just done with mountains and cutesy little villages. This is an amusement park that has a great indoor and outdoor play area for kids as well as a variety of other shows and amusements. It is also great for those looking for an option for what to do in Interlaken with kids on a rainy day!
Cost: 40 CHF adults, 22 CHF children over six. If you are just looking for an indoor place to play, there are reduced rates into the Mysty Land part of the park, and some good discounts for Mysty Land after 4pm.