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.
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:
Children aged between 6-16 years and travellers with Swiss Travel half-fare cards can enjoy reduced Harder Kulm ticket pricing.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
You can choose from a range of things to do and places to visit around Harder Kulm, such as:
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.
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.
You can cancel your Harder Kulm funicular tickets up to one hour before the schedule for a full refund.
Your Harder Kulm funicular tickets are valid for the date and time selected during checkout.
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.
Children aged 6-16 years and travellers with Swiss Travel half-fare cards can enjoy discounted Harder Kulm tickets.
Yes, Harder Kulm is wheelchair accessible.
The closest Harder Kulm parking space is the Interlaken Ost train station.
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.
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.
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.
Harder Kulm tickets start at CHF 34.
You can hike to Harder Kulm. Depending on your fitness level, the hike can take 2-2.5 hours.