Harderkulm - The Crown of Interlaken

About 1300 m above sea level lies Harderkulm, the closest mountain to the vibrant town Interlaken. Interlaken is a small town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. While Harder Kulm Interlaken is not as well known as other mountains in the region, it offers sweeping vistas of Interlaken; the peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau; and Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It also offers a chance to get up close with Alpine beauty. Get your Harder Kulm tickets and take a funicular ride to the top while enjoying gorgeous views of the Bernese Oberland.

Your Harder Kulm Tickets Explained

Best Way to Buy Harder Kulm Tickets

The best way to purchase your Harderbahn tickets is to buy them online. This offers a safe and contactless transaction. Additionally, it offers the following benefits:

  • Convenience: You can skip standing in long queues and purchase your tickets with the click of a button.
  • Advance Booking: When you book your Harder Kulm tickets online, you can choose to book well in advance. As Harder Kulm is  popular attraction during summer, this ensures you are not disappointed when tickets are sold out.
  • Discounts: By booking your tickets to Harder Kulm online, you can avail of discounts offered by many third-party ticketing websites.

Discounted tickets to Harder Kulm funicular

Children aged between 6-16 years and travellers with Swiss Travel half-fare cards can enjoy reduced Harder Kulm ticket pricing.

Why Visit Harderkulm

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Harderkulm Switzerland is a local mountain of Interlaken, located at 1321 meters above sea level. The family-friendly destination suits all ages. Grab a seat on the funicular that connects Interlaken to Harder Kulm, which attracts thousands of visitors each year! The ride is a must for anyone who wants to experience riding on a 100-year-old train. As you ascend to an altitude of 735 meters in just 10 minutes, admire the pristine forests and wildlife parks en route.

Once on top, graciously look down to enjoy views of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Stand at the two-lake footbridge to admire the powdery snow peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Alternatively, you can slow down by taking one of the hiking trails around Harder Kulm. Experience the beauty of the Alpine landscape. Be back in time to savour a sunset meal at the castle-like Harder Kulm panorama restaurant!

Things to do at Harder Kulm

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Funicular

Enjoy a ride on the Harder Kulm funicular. The 100-year-old railway takes passengers from the Interlaken Harderbahn station to Harder Kulm. The Harderbahn covers a distance of 735 meters in 10 minutes. Please note that the funicular operates once every 30-minutes. Harder Kulm Funicular is open only during the summer season, from 17 April to 28 November 2021. You can check the ride timetable of the Harder Kulm funicular here.

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Panorama Restaurant

The pagoda-look-alike building that you see from Interlaken is the Harder Kulm restaurant. Located at a 5-minute walk from the Harder Kulm funicular stop, the Panorama Restaurant serves outstanding Swiss specialities. Savour Swiss dishes over breakfast, lunch, or over a sunset meal. Let your gaze wander across the natural landscape of the region while you satiate your taste buds! You can pre-book a breakfast buffet on Sundays from June to October at the Panorama Restaurant.

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Two Lakes Bridge

Challenge your head for heights, and venture onto the Two Lakes Bridge for incomparable views across Interlaken and panoramic views of mountain peaks. Gaze out to admire the turquoise Thun Lake to the right and the deep blue Brienz Lake to the left. Let’s hope you can decide which one is bluer! Take a look at what’s below Harder Kulm through the glass-bottom embedded in the overhanging Zwei-Seen-Steg!

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Evening Concert

In the early evening, visitors can look forward to a Swiss folklore performance. Acquaint yourselves with several Swiss traditions, music, and arts celebrated from May to October.

Please note that Harder Folklore will not take place in 2021 and will be back in 2022.

Plan Your Visit to Harder Kulm Interlaken

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Harder Kulm will be open from April 17 to November 28, 2021. It is closed in winters. The timings are as follows:

17 Apr 2021 - 30 May 2021: 9:10 AM - 9:10 PM

31 May 2021 - 26 Sep 2021: 9:10 AM - 9:40 PM

27 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021: 9:10 AM - 9:10 PM

25 Oct 2021 - 28 Nov 2021: 9:10 AM - 5:10 PM

*On the last Sunday of the month between June and October, the first ascent is at 8:10 AM based on the Harder Breakfast offers.

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

  • Funicular: 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. Travel time from the valley station is 10 minutes.
  • Car: Harder Kulm is not accessible by car. You can park your car at the Interlaken Ost Train Station and then take the funicular.
  • Hiking: 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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Plan a morning visit to Harder Kulm if you want to go hiking around. Be there at sunset to soak in the nearby landscapes — Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, Interlaken, and the world-famous triumvirate of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau — glowing in the hues of the setting sun. You can also plan to visit around sunset to have a meal at Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant.

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You can choose from a range of things to do and places to visit around Harder Kulm, such as:

  • Interlaken: This quaint town offers stunning vistas and a range of activities such as paragliding and snowboarding.
  • Harderbahn: The funicular is quite arguably one of the most fun experiences when visiting the peak of Harderkulm. It allows you to get up and close with the Alpine beauty and get gorgeous views of the lush greenery.
  • Grindelwald-First: Combining adventure with fun, Grindelwald-First is a must-visit when in Switzerland.
  • Jungfraujoch: Head to the Top of Europe and indulge in experiences and attractions such as hiking, Snow Park, Ice Palace, and the Sphinx Observation Deck.

Around Harder Kulm

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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.

Visitor Tips

  • 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.
  • Sometimes it can get slightly windy on top, so dress accordingly and carry a windcheater.
  • Carry your sunglasses and make sure to apply sunscreen.
  • You can either do the Harder Kulm hike or take one of the trails to hike around Harder Kulm. Remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes and carry your water bottle.
  • 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.

Harder Kulm Interlaken: FAQs

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.

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.

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?

You can hike to Harder Kulm. Depending on your fitness level, the hike can take 2-2.5 hours.