Summer in the Bernese Oberland region is an experience like no other. Here you can explore majestic mountains, such as Jungfraujoch or Niederhorn and enjoy stunning views of valleys, rivers and lakes.
It's a perfect spot for both adventure enthusiasts and chill travellers: you can take on river rafting or a kayaking excursion or you could simply relax under the tranquil sound of glacier water at Aare Gorge.
The Bernese Oberland is also home to Interlaken with its stunning natural beauty. Scroll down to explore all your options in the region and discover an amazing hotel recommendation to complete your perfect holiday.
See the World from Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe ⛰️
Jungfraujoch, also known as "The Top of Europe", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits at 3454 m elevation.
This is Europe's highest railway station, a place that unveils a wonderland of snow-capped mountains. For 365 days a year, you can enjoy ice on display or relax in refreshing summer air at this unique destination.
The majestic view from one of the top peaks in Europe © Jungfraubahnen
Come explore the pathways, aisles, and halls throughout the spectacular Ice Palace. They were created almost 90 years ago by expert mountain guides and currently display unique ice sculptures of eagles, penguins or bears.
The immersive experience of the Ice Palace © Jungfraubahnen
Pro tip: take the new Eiger Express tri-cable car to get from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes. With a direct transfer option, you will be on the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and on the slopes.Explore Jungfrau
Take a Kayak Tour on Lake Brienz 🛶
Among all the lakes in Switzerland, Lake Brienz stands out with its unique character. Located in the foothills of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Lake Brienz is surrounded by breathtaking mountain panoramas. The perfect place where you can take a kayaking tour and discover the lake's turquoise waters.
Cruising on the deep blue waters of Lake Brienz © Hightide Kayak School GmbH
The tour begins at The Beach and Hightide Kayak School base in Bönigen, where you will set off to the North shore to discover the picturesque cliffs, the historic 12th century Ringgenberg castle, and secluded beaches along the lake, all while enjoying the freedom that kayaking offers.
Join the Summer Tour from May to October or the Winter Tour from November to April.Book your tour
💡 OUR TIP: Book your stay at Jungfrau Hotel Wilderswil
How would you like to sip your coffee while you admire the famous Jungfrau Panorama?
This kind of moment awaits you at the three-star hotel in the quiet village of Wilderswil which is the ideal starting point to discover the popular hiking areas of Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren.
The hiking package includes an overnight stay with half board, free travel on all mountain railways, parking and all taxes. Enjoy a 3-night stay starting at CHF 550.Book now
Enjoy Niederhorn, Mountain of Discovery
With its majestic views, Niederhorn is a mountain peak worthy of exploration. Its sweeping views over Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains are matched only by the beautiful Lake Thun right below.
See Lake Thun in its full splendour from the Niederhorn © Niederhornbahn AG
Niederhorn hides many hiking trails along its beautiful alpine meadows, through dense forests but also along steep cliffs. On these hikes, you might even have a true Swiss experience: meeting and getting really close to ibexes and chamois.
Ibexes and chamois are a regular sight on the Niederhorn © Niederhornbahn AG
Pro tip: Look for the comfort-ticket until 9 am and from 4 pm to enjoy a special fare. During summer this ticket can also be used on Friday and Saturday evenings until 10 pm.Show me more
Half-Day Trip at the Stunning Aare Gorge 🌊
Craving some cool air during hot summer days? Take a 45-minute stroll through the Aare Gorge. Nestled between Meiringen and Innertkirchen, the Aare Gorge is a natural wonder carved by erosion 200 metres deep.
Part of the Aare Gorge's secured walkways © Aareschlucht/David Birri
The Gorge's consistently cool temperatures make it an ideal hiking spot, whether you're soaking up the sun or enjoying its mystical atmosphere on a rainy day. A series of secured walkways and tunnels have allowed visitors to walk the full length of the gorge since 1888.
Our tip: On Fridays and Saturdays between 30 June and 26 August 2023, enjoy the spectacular evening lighting from 18:30 to 22:00.
Admire spectacular lights at Aare Gorge during nighttime © Aareschlucht/David Birri
This lovely natural formation is an ideal day trip for people who want to explore Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland by tour bus or as independent travellers. The Aare Gorge makes an easy stop for anyone travelling between Lucerne and Interlaken or over Grimsel or Susten Pass.
From 17 June to 17 September, you can enjoy extended opening hours, between 8:30 to 18:30. Before your visit, make sure you check the Aare Gorge website for updated fares, deals, and combination tickets.Get more info
Try River Rafting
Interlaken is renowned for its variety of rivers and whitewater rafting tours. Let yourself be guided on a thrilling rafting tour on the Simme river, by a team of internationally accredited guides.
Share the thrill © Outdoor Switzerland AG
Iconic peaks from the Jungfrau region including the dramatic Eiger north face provide the backdrop for the uniquely spectacular raft trips and guarantee a memorable experience. This trip is available from May to September with departures from Interlaken and Därstetten.Explore more
Need more summer inspo?
We gathered plenty of uniquely Swiss experiences for this summer. From typical Swiss hikes to gourmet experiences, open-air swimming, urban sightseeing, and many more.Take a look