From Interlaken, I went up to Jungfraujoch, also known as the 'top of Europe.' After buying the tickets, I was led into a panoramic cable car that whisked magically from the Pillon pass right up to the awe-inspiring glacial scenery 3,000 meters above sea level. There were two giant windows on the train providing staggering views of the stunning glaciers and deep valleys. Here, I got some out-of-the-world views of the most spectacular Alpine peaks—Jungfrau, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. It felt like being between heaven and earth! Some people went a step further and were even paragliding, skydiving, and taking hot air balloon rides.
The most visited place of the Alps, Jungfrau holds the title for being the top of Europe at 4150 m , is a world heritage site from 2001. The idea to construct a cogwheel railway to the Jungfrau summit was from Swiss industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller and in 1912, Europe had the highest altitude railway station opened. From Lauterbrunnen railway station(796m) to Jungfrau, en-route there are a few stopovers at Kleine scheidegg(2061m), Eigerwand(2865m) and Eismeer(3160m) where the trains halt for the visitors to have a panoramic view of the Bernese Alps.On top Jungfrau, there is a tour through the Alpine sensation, Ice palace and Sphinx observatory. There is an outlet of Lindt Swiss chocolate and few restaurants with interesting menus. Not to miss the immense fun you can have in the snow with skiing.
Trummelbach is the place in Switzerland where you can watch a waterfall inside a mountain! 20 km from Interlaken, Switzerland, is 'Trummelbach' where you can watch the glacier waterfalls finding their way through the mountains before jumping out of the mountain heights as a waterfall. The Swiss have built a tunnel lift inside the mountain which carries you to the top where the glacier melts of Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau enter the mountain crevices. The well illuminated stairways with landings constructed at vantage points, enable the tourist to watch the path of the waterfall inside the mountain. The roar of 20,000 litres of water per second carrying boulder debris takes one close to raw nature.
Despite the severely blinding snow, Schilthorn, situated 2970 meters above sea level attracts tourists from all over owing to the fact that one of the Bond films (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) was shot here. Another attraction is a revolving restaurant along with panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and even the Mont Blanc and Black Forest on clearer days. Remember to carry warm clothing, sunglasses and check the weather before visiting. All cable cars that take you to Schilthorn depart from the tiny town of Murren and trains connect Interlaken to the aforementioned village. Do check the SBB website (www.sbb.ch/en/timetable.html) for tickets and additional information. A Swiss Pass is recommended for unlimited rail travel and huge discounts. The official website of Schilthorn, www.schilthorn.ch/en/Welcome is also a storehouse of information.
Although I was very amused by the name for some inexplicable reason, Harder Kulm is a paradise for hikers and those looking to have a grand view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau as well as the town of Interlaken flanked by the lakes Thun and Brienz. 1322 meters above sea level, a 10 minute long funicular on the Harder Railway from the Interlaken Ost station gets you to Harder Kulm. There is a playground in order to keep children and even adults occupied and a restaurant that serves delicious local fare. 30 CHF should be enough to get you to and back from Interlaken's home mountain.
Also full of touristy shopping, I bought a whole bunch of souvenirs here. There are other interesting attractions in Interlaken, like the Mystery Park, a paranormal-based theme park, and a daily chocolate show performed by the famous Schuh chocolatier, in which one can see first-hand how truffles, pralines and other delicious chocolates are created. A 'sweet' experience indeed, as one can ask for unlimited free tastings! Before leaving, I bought myself a pack of some famous Lindt chocolates.