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Harder Kulm - The Crown of Interlaken

At 1,300m, Harder Kulm near Interlaken, Switzerland, offers stunning views of Interlaken, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau peaks, and Lakes Thun & Brienz. Experience Alpine beauty up close at this lesser-known gem in the Bernese Oberland. Get your Harder Kulm tickets and take a funicular ride to the top while enjoying gorgeous views of the Bernese Oberland.

Why visit Harder Kulm?

  • Spectacular views: Harder Kulm's winning card is its breathtaking, wide-ranging views of Interlaken, Lakes Thun and Brienz, and the majestic Bernese Alps.
  • Convenient visit: Easily accessible via a quick funicular ride from Interlaken, making it an ideal addition to your itinerary without lengthy travel times.
  • Sunset dining experience: Enjoy an unforgettable sunset dinner amidst stunning mountain views, a rare treat without the need for an overnight stay.
  • Affordable excursion: Relatively affordable compared to other Swiss mountain experiences, offering exceptional value for its panoramic splendor.
  • Unique perspective: While not as high as some peaks, Harder Kulm provides a different perspective, showcasing the Bernese Oberland's beauty from a distance.
  • Adventure-for-all: Accessible for various age groups and abilities, making it an inclusive destination for families and adventurers alike.

Things to do at Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm hiking with Funicular station train

Harder Kulm hiking

Experience various hiking trails of different difficulties, boasting breathtaking views of Interlaken and the surrounding Alpine landscape. Accessible without extra tickets, these trails offer a serene connection with nature. Trails are well-marked and easily accessible from the funicular station.

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Funicular ride

Enjoy a ride on the Harder Kulm funicular. The 100-year-old railway takes passengers from the Interlaken Harderbahn station to Harder Kulm. This 100-year-old railway spans 735 meters in 10 minutes, operating every 30 minutes. Open from 29th March, 2024 - 1st December, 2024.

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Visit Panorama Restaurant

The pagoda-style building, just a 5-minute walk from the funicular stop, it offers exceptional Swiss specialties for breakfast, lunch, or a sunset meal. Enjoy Swiss cuisine amid stunning views of the natural landscape. Pre-book a Sunday breakfast buffet from June to October for an added treat.

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Two Lakes Bridge

Challenge your head for heights, and venture onto the Two Lakes Bridge for incomparable views of mountain peaks, and turquoise Thun Lake on one side, deep blue Brienz Lake on the other. Take a look at what’s below Harder Kulm through the glass-bottom embedded in the overhanging Zwei-Seen-Steg!

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Swiss Folklore Show

The Swiss Folklore Show at Harder Kulm offers traditional performances against the backdrop of the stunning Alps. Acquaint yourselves with several Swiss traditions, music, and arts celebrated from June to September, while enjoying the panoramic views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.

Visit Alpine Wild Animal Park

Visit Alpine Wild Animal Park

The Alpine Wild Animal Park near Harder Kulm's station is a free-entry park showcasing indigenous Alpine fauna. This small park offers a close-up experience to families and visitors to observe and learn about local animals such as marmots and mountain goats in their natural habitat.

Plan your visit to Harder Kulm

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Harder Kulm will be open from March 29th to December 1st, 2024. It is closed in winters.

Tentative opening hours for funicular: 9:10 AM - 9:10 PM

*Precise opening hours for 2024 are not yet updated, please stay tuned for more information.

Duration: You can expect to spend 2-6 hours at Harder Kulm, based on the activities you choose to do.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Harder Kulm is typically during the spring, summer, and early fall months, from April to October. These months offer clearer weather and better visibility, providing optimal conditions to admire the stunning panoramic views of Interlaken, Lakes Thun and Brienz, and the Bernese Alps.

Location: 3800 Unterseen, Switzerland. It's situated in Interlaken, Bern Canton region , Parent range : Emmental Alps
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  • By funicular: Cross the Aare bridge at Interlaken Ost train station to get to the Harderbahn valley station, a short 5-minute walk. A funicular ride is approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • By car: Harder Kulm is not accessible by car. If arriving by car, park at the P+R parking near the railway station.
  • By bus: Take Bus (line 103) to reach Interlaken then take a funicular ride to the summit. Direct Bus Line (104) is also open.
  • Hike: If you are an experienced hiker, you can hike it up to Harder Kulm. Depending on your fitness level, the steep hike can take 2 to 2.5 hours.
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The weather at Harder Kulm can vary based on the season and altitude. Generally:

  • Spring (April to June): Mild temperatures, blossoming landscapes, occasional rain.
  • Summer (July to August): Warmer temperatures, clear skies, ideal for outdoor activities.
  • Fall (September to November): Cooling temperatures, vibrant foliage, occasional rain or early snow.
  • Winter (December to March): Cold temperatures, snow-covered landscapes, limited accessibility due to weather conditions.

Weather conditions can change quickly, so it's essential to check forecasts before visiting. Due to its elevation, Harder Kulm may experience cooler temperatures and wind, even in summer. Dressing in layers and being prepared for varying conditions is advisable for a comfortable visit.

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  • Weather-appropriate clothing: Dress in layers suitable for varying temperatures and potentially windy conditions. Include a waterproof jacket or poncho for unexpected rain.
  • Comfortable footwear: Wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if planning to explore hiking trails.
  • Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield against the sun's UV rays, especially during sunny days at higher altitudes.
  • Water and Snacks: Carry water to stay hydrated during your visit. Additionally, pack snacks or energy bars for sustenance during hikes or extended exploration.
  • Power bank & camera: Carry extra batteries or a power bank for your devices. The stunning views can drain your camera or phone, and you wouldn't want to miss capturing those beautiful moments.
  • Map: Consider bringing a map or guidebook to help navigate trails and attractions, especially if you're planning to hike.
  • Personal medications: If needed, bring any necessary medications or first aid items for emergencies.
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  • Harder Kulm gets visitors mainly for its impressive views. So check the weather forecast before planning a visit. The sight can be a bummer if it’s cloudy or rainy at Harder Kulm.
  • Since the funicular that connects to Harder Kulm operates until late into the evening, you can plan a sunset dinner with a loved one!
  • You can even take your dog to Harder Kulm. Dogs can be transported free of charge on the Interlaken - Harder Kulm route.
  • Take advantage of nearby attractions. Explore Unterseen, the Alpine Wildlife Park, or consider extending your visit to Schynige Platte for a more comprehensive Alpine experience.
  • Ensure to verify the details of potential discount offered on Harder Kulm tickets with your Swiss travel pass.
Panorama Restaurant at Harder Kulm

The Panorama Restaurant at Harder Kulm

  • Address: Harderkulm, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
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  • Timings: 9 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Specialties: Offers warm cuisine featuring Swiss and Italian dishes, including a notable 650g cordon bleu. Burger and children's menus are also available.
  • Seating capacity: 80 seats on the first floor, 55 seats in hall 1st floor, and 130 seats in the modern new building.
  • Highlights: A charming design with a red tiled roof and a pointed turret. A large sun terrace offering similar panoramic views as the viewing platform. The modern new building is available for exclusive rentals and is equipped with presentation technology.

Note: Groups of 15 or more can pre-order meals, with separate menus for group options like group menus and group delight menus.

Beyond Harder Kulm

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Harder Kulm Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte is a small mountain ridge located 1967 meters above sea level. It offers dream views of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and the surrounding peaks. You can hike up or enjoy a train ride through the mountain meadows filled with alpine flora to enjoy the tranquil natural landscape.

Frequently asked questions about Harder Kulm tickets

How can I buy tickets to Harder Kulm?

You can book your Harder Kulm tickets online or over the counter at the valley station of the Harder Kulm funicular. If you do not pre-book, you might not find a seat on the funicular for the desired departure time. Expect longer waiting times in such a case.

What are the ticket cancellation and refund policies for the Harder Kulm tickets?

You can cancel your Harder Kulm funicular tickets up to one hour before the schedule for a full refund.

How long are my Harder Kulm tickets valid for?

Your Harder Kulm funicular tickets are valid for the date and time selected during checkout. Check particular ticket details for specific information.

Why should I book Harder Kulm tickets online?

Booking Harder Kulm tickets online offers convenience, time savings, and often discounts. By securing your tickets through official platforms, you can bypass potential lines at the station, ensuring a seamless experience. Online reservations also provide the flexibility to plan your visit, secure specific time slots, and take advantage of any available discounts for a smoother and more cost-effective journey to this stunning Swiss Alpine destination.

Is the funicular ride included in the ticket price?

Yes, the funicular ride is typically included in the ticket price for Harder Kulm. Visitors purchasing tickets for the attraction generally enjoy both the ascent and descent on the charming funicular, which adds to the overall experience of reaching the summit and taking in the breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.

What are the timings for Harder Kulm?

You can plan a trip to Harder Kulm anytime between April 17 to November 28, 2021. It is closed in winters. The funicular usually starts at 9:10 AM.

How can I get discounted tickets to Harder Kulm?

Children aged 6-16 years and travellers with Swiss Travel half-fare cards can enjoy discounted Harder Kulm tickets.

Is Harder Kulm wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Harder Kulm is wheelchair accessible. The funicular ride, restaurant, and viewing platform are designed to accommodate wheelchair users. The station provides a wheelchair-accessible platform, and online ticket purchase is recommended to avoid stairs at the station. While there might be some uphill pushing for manual-wheelchair users, overall accessibility is facilitated for a rewarding experience.

Is parking available at Harder Kulm?

The closest Harder Kulm parking space is the Interlaken Ost train station.

How can I reach the funicular to Harder Kulm?

Cross the Aare bridge at Interlaken Ost train station to get to the Harderbahn valley station. A funicular will take you to the Harder Kulm from there.

What can I do at the Harder Kulm summit?

Harder Kulm offers views of the snowy peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From a floating platform, you can see the Lakes Brienz and Thun. There is also a playground for children. The hiking trails around Harder Kulm have information panels to inform hikers about the history and geology of the area. You can also grab a meal at Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant.

Does the Swiss pass cover Harder Kulm?

Swiss Pass holders can take the train to Interlaken Ost free of cost. Holders will get a discounted ticket (50% off) on the Funicular train ticket from Interlaken to Harder Kulm.

What is the price for Harder Kulm tickets?

Harder Kulm tickets start at CHF 34.

Can you walk up to Harder Kulm?

Yes, it is possible to walk up to Harder Kulm. There are hiking trails leading to the summit, offering a more active and nature-immersive experience. The ascent involves a steep uphill climb, and the trails vary in difficulty. Hiking to Harder Kulm allows visitors to enjoy the surrounding landscapes at a more leisurely pace.