Summer activities

Adventuring in the Alps could not be made easier in such a picture perfect place as Interlaken. Nestled between two large glacier fed lakes, bordered by two different mountain ranges, the adventure potentials are almost limitless. The gateway to the Jungfrau region.

Sky Diving: 395.00 CHF

Flying towards the Swiss Alps at 120mph (200kmh) is sure to get anybody’s heart going! Jumping out of a plane over the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is an experience you will never forget.

The journey starts with some basic training, a short briefing and putting on the equipment. Once on board the ScenicAir Aircraft, you get a breathtaking 12-15 minute flight which takes you over the two lakes of Interlaken, and through the Swiss Alps. As you exit the aircraft attached to an experienced professional tandem jump instructor, you will drop towards the earth for approximately 55 seconds, every second rushing with adrenalin! Finally you get to take in the surroundings as you enjoy a 5 minute canopy ride before you land softly back on earth. To show off to your friends and family, and to remember the experience for ever, make sure to hire a VideoFlyer to get a DVD and photos.

Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
What to bring: jacket, sturdy shoes, camera
Available: all year round
Minimum Age: minimum 18 years (or 16 years with parental permission)
Price: CHF 395
What’s Included: transport, jump Master, equipment
Photo Service: DVD and Photos CHF 190 (or CHF 150 for either)

Canyoning: from 119.00 CHF

Explore hidden gorges, rappel, jump and slide down water falls. Experience the challenges and thrills of Switerland’s best canyons. You are provided with a thick, warm, full length wetsuit, life jacket, canyoning harness, rubber booties and of course, a stylish helmet.

Interlaken

Rappel, slide and jump down rocks and waterfalls into the white water filled Saxeten canyon. This local canyon covers every aspect of the sport and makes a great introduction to canyoning.

Trip Duration: 3.5 hours (including instruction, preparation, travel)
What to bring: a swimsuit and towel, and soap and shampoo for a hot shower afterwards.
Minimum Age: 14 years
Suitable: for everyone
Available: 1st of May – 31st October
Price: CHF 110
What’s Included: transport, equipment, drink
Video Service: CHF 38

Grimsel

Set in a majestic alpine environment on a mountain pass, the Grimsel trip starts with a breath-taking 50m rappel and continues with amazing jumps, zip-lines and slides into crystal clear pools.

Trip Duration: 5.5 hours (including instruction, preparation, travel and break time)
What to bring: a swimsuit and towel, and soap and shampoo for a hot shower afterwards.
Minimum Age: 14 years
Suitable: for everyone
Available: 25th of May – 30th September
Price: CHF 159
What’s Included: transport, equipment, drink and snack
Video Service: CHF 48

Chli Schliere

A canyon of superlatives. This is a demanding and technical canyon. Along the way you will experience high jumps, fast slides and a free rappel through a waterfall. People travel from far and wide just to experience this canyon.

Trip Duration: 6.5 hours (including instruction, preparation, travel and break time)
What to bring: a swimsuit and towel, and soap and shampoo for a hot shower afterwards.
Minimum Age: 14 years
Suitable: for confident athletic people
Available: 25th of May – 30th October
Price: CHF 189
What’s Included: transport, equipment, drink and snack
Video Service: CHF 58

Canyon Jumping: from 129.00 CHF

Ever wanted to jump off a cliff? Well, come and do it safely, and experience the rush of swinging through a glacial canyon. You are attached to an 85metre long rope and then you jump, you free fall and then swing at high speed through the narrow glacial canyon. Scary but awesome...

What to bring: warm clothes, camera, snacks
Trip Duration: around 3 hours
Available: all year round
Minimum/Maximum weight: min. 45kg/100lbs max. 110kg/240lbs
Price: CHF 129
What's included: qualified guide, equipment and transport
Photo service: available

Rafting: from 99.00 CHF

River rafting opens the challenge of whitewater to everybody. Teamwork and professional guides allow novices and veterans alike to enjoy the beauty and excitement of whitewater in the Swiss Alps.

Lütschine (class III-IV)

Trip Duration: 4hrs
What to bring: swimsuit and towel, and soap and shampoo for a hot shower afterwards.
Suitable: to everybody who can swim
Available: 1st of May – 15th of September
Minimum Age: 14 years
Price: CHF 119
What’s Included: transport, equipment, drink
Photo Service: CHF 28

Simme (class II – III)

The Simme is a fun-filled, class II-III river in the scenic Simme valley. It is ideal for school groups, and families wanting a little less action without losing out on the fun.

Trip Duration: 5hrs
What to bring: swimsuit and towel, and soap and shampoo for a hot shower afterwards.
Suitable: everyone
Available: 1st of May – 30th of September
Minimum Age: 12 years
Price: CHF 99
What’s Included: transport, equipment, drink
Photo Service: CHF 28

Paragliding: from 170.00 CHF

From small children to grandparents, every human dreams of flying. Tandem Paragliding flights turn dreams into reality. Enjoy amazing mountain views, and the sensational feeling of flying high above the Jungfrau region. Our experienced pilots ensure smooth take-offs, safe flights and gentle landings. Paragliding flights can be relaxing, exhilarating and awe-inspiring all in the one flight….it depends on you!

Big Blue: Beatenberg – Interlaken 1350m / 4400ft

What to bring: windbreaker, camera and sunscreen.
Trip Duration: 1.5hrs (average flight time 10-20mins)
Suitable: everyone
Available: all year round
Minimum Age: 6 years
Price: CHF 170
What’s Included: transport, equipment, hiking boots
Photo Service: CHF 38

Sunset: Schynigge Platte – Interlaken 1800m / 5905ft

What to bring: windbreaker, camera and sunscreen.
Trip Duration: 2.5hrs (average flight time ~30mins)
Suitable: everyone
Available: summer
Minimum Age: 6 years
Price: CHF 260
What’s Included: transport, equipment, hiking boots
Photo Service: CHF 38

High Ropes Course: 37.00 CHF

Seilpark Interlaken is a high forest adventure of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip-lines, all set high up in the tree tops. Six courses, and two childrens courses provide a fun day out with friends, family or colleagues. You will be fitted with a climbing harness and given instructions before passing from tree to tree high above the forest floor.

The Seil Park offers a unique combination of adventure, team building and personal achievement. Its an ideal spot for your company events, or incentives. It can easily be combined with a variety of other activities and catering options.

What to bring: warm clothes, camera, snacks.
Trip Duration: 2.5-3hrs (to explore everything)
Available: April till October
Minimum Height: 1.4 meters
Price: CHF 37 ADULTS *children, families and group prices available
What’s Included: equipment
Photo Service: not available

Bungy Jumping: from 129.00 CHF

Stockhorn

Experience the thrill of leaping out of a gondola, 150m (450 feet) above the crystal blue waters of the Stockhorn Lake, surrounded by the 200 alpine peaks of the Simmental. This is one of the most beautiful bungy jumps in the world! All the trips are guided by qualified and professional guides.

What to bring: warm clothes, camera, snacks.
Trip Duration: 4-5hrs
Available: Monday, wed Friday and Saturday from end of May to September
Minimum Age: 14 years
Price: CHF 179
What’s Included: transport, equipment
Photo Service: available

Glacier Grindelwald

Jump of a platform headfirst into the Gletscherschlucht (glacial canyon), falling 85m (255 feet) before bouncing back up. The canyon is situated in the beautiful Grindelwald valley, among lofty peaks and scenic forests.

What to bring: warm clothes, camera, snacks.
Trip Duration: 3-4hrs
Available: summer
Minimum Age: 14 years
Price: CHF 129
What’s Included: transport, equipment
Photo Service: available

Ice Climbing: 180.00 CHF

Ice Climb in the Swiss Alps! Learn to rappel and ice climb a glacier using ice axes, ropes and crampons. Full instruction will be given by a qualified Swiss UIAGM mountain guide. You do not need to be a body builder to climb ice, only a great sense of adventure and an appreciation of the spectacular alpine scenery!

This is an all day adventure, with a scenic drive up to the Susten Pass through some of the most dramatic scenery in Switzerland! With your warm gear, boots, crampons, gaiters, helmet, backpack, ice aces and technical gear (all provided), you will take a short hike up to the edge of the glacier, where the adventure really begins. Roped together for safety, you will be led out across the glacier to a suitable crevasse, where the ice climbing begins! For those concerned about the ice-climbing component, this trip can also be booked as a glacier hike.

What to bring: Picnic lunch, lots of water, sun protection and a camera
Trip Duration: 8hrs (it is a full day activity)
Suitable: everyone
Available: Summer
Minimum Age: 12 years
Price: CHF 180

Biking

Whether mountain biking or road cycling, you will be busy trying to explore just part of what this area has to offer. Road cyclers can enjoy almost seamless road conditions, minimal traffic and considerate drivers while rolling along through the mountain scenery. Similarly, mountain trails and fire roads are well marked, mapped and maintained. The only thing you really need to worry about is trying to bite off more than you can chew!

If you arrive in Interlaken without a bicycle, check out Balmer’s for hourly or daily bike rental. All bikes are well maintained and regularly serviced.

A few of the popular routes for road cyclists are riding around the Brienz or Thun lakes, climbing the Grindelwald (Grosse Scheidegg) pass or the more extreme three passes ride. For more information just ask Balmer’s reception.

Mountain bikers can explore the track along the Lütschine river to Lauterbrunnen, follow the steep track/road up to Saxeten or try something a bit more intensive take your bike on a gondola ride up into the mountain areas of Kleine Schidegg or Murren.

Hiking

Interlaken and the surrounding Bernese Oberland, is a hiking paradise. Whether you want to hike around lakes, traverse mountain passes, or climb to lofty mountain tops, the options are endless. Just don’t be surprised to find a restaurant when you get to the top of your hike or a train track down the back.

Before you leave on any hike be sure to check with our reception or ticket desk for up to date information regarding track closures, weather forecast and maintenance. Balmer’s provides free hiking maps of the area and expert advice as well as train ticket sales to get you up there!

From the hostel door you can be padding your way along a path through tranquil forest in less than five minutes, or on your way up the nearest peak in fifteen minutes.

All hiking trails are marked with yellow information signs with destination and average hiking times. Higher in the mountains tracks may also be marked with a two white strips with red in the middle, often painted on rocks and trees. If you are still following these then don’t worry, you’re still on the right track.

So what are you waiting for? Get a map, check the track, pack a lunch, camera, sun cream, water and enough warm clothes and hit the open road!

Scenic flights

The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau represent the majesty and power of the Swiss Alps like no other mountains.

Vertical rock faces rising 13 000 ft (4000 m) out of the earth, their stark beauty can only be fully appreciated from above as you fly over their peaks and down into the south basin that forms the birthplace of the largest glacier in Europe…..and this is only the beginning. You can be toured over the best peaks in both the Swiss and French Alps! Which include the Matterhorn (one of the most iconic mountains in the world and Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe!

Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

Price: CHF 210

Jungfrau and Matterhorn

Price: CHF 290

Best of France and Switzerland

Price: CHF 340

Mountain Excursions

Stay at Balmers and receive a 30% Schilthorn voucher, visit the famous James Bond mountain!

You can book your train tickets for the Jungfrau region at Balmer’s Reception and the Ticket Desk. Many popular destinations include Jungfraujoch, Gimmelwald, Mürren, Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald, Schynige Platte and the list goes on.

These tickets need no prior reservation. For enquiries or bookings please contact us via email.

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