A visit to Harder Kulm during a rainy day is a special day out. That’s exactly how the weather was during our visit to Interlaken. During a day trip from Lucerne, visiting Harder Kulm was the highlight to the peak of 1,322 meters above the city. With fantastic panoramic views, a delicious restaurant and some great hiking starting points – Harder Kulm should be on your list in Interlaken to visit too.
Read on to see some details, our Autumn photos from the visit and our tips for Harder Kulm!
About Harder Kulm
Where Is Harder Kulm, Switzerland?
Located at in Interlaken, Harder Kulm is part of the Bern canton of Switzerland. It is at 1,322 meters above sea level.
If you are visiting Interlaken for a day trip from Lucerne or other locations in Switzerland, we think it’s a great addition to your itinerary and well worth it. The views alone are amazing, even on a rainy day. But combining also a break at the restaurant and a little hike is really nice for your day.
How to get to Harder Kulm
So if you are wondering how to get to Harder Kulm? It’s pretty easy with the following options:
Harder Kulm Funicular
At an elevation of 1,322 meters above sea level, Harder Kulm is easily accessible by the local funicular railway that takes you to the top in just 10 minutes. From Interlaken city center, where the shops and restaurants are, the funicular is just a short flat walk away depending on your location exactly. It’s doable for all ages!
The journey itself in the funicular is part of the experience as you ascend through the local forest up to the point. It’s steep but straight climb up is very special to experience based also on the views you get as you go up. With the pretty lake and mountains in the distance!
Harder Kulm Tickets
To reach the top of Harder Kulm, the funicular tickets as of writing this post in February 2024 is:
- 38 CHF – Adult (from 16 years) return ticket / 19.00 CHF one way
- 19 CHF – Children (age 6 to 15 years) return ticket / 9.50 CHF one way
The funicular is closed for the Winter period every year, and you can expect the funicular to open mid March to end of November each year.
Can you hike to Harder Kulm? Yes you can!
If you are looking for a hiking challenge, you can make the 750 meter ascent of the Harder on foot from Interlaken. This is quite demanding and takes one to two hours on average, this of course depending on your fitness level. Locals like this challenge and use it as their training venue.
We visited the viewpoint and restaurant of Harder Kulm during an Autumn rainy day, however you can see from our photos that it was still very beautiful. The oranges and yellow trees, with green fields below, grey mountains opposite and the stunning blue turquoise coloured lakes!
Things To do At the top of Harder Kulm
So once you have your tickets and your in the funicular to the top, what can you actually do once you reach the peak? Well, read on to see:
Located at 1322 meter elevation, the Harder Kulm restaurant is a great place for your visit to the top of Interlaken.
Even though it was Autumn when we visited, we had the most delicious hot wine (ghluwijn) here. We visited in the morning, so it was not busy at all and plenty of space inside or out to sit. During the Summer, we can expect it to be packed with up to 80 people!
We didn’t eat here due to our timing of visit, but something also smelt deliciously being prepared for the day. If you want to eat with a view, Harder Kulm the place to do it in Interlaken! On their menu you can find the typical Swiss cheese fondue, soups, pastas, salads, raclette, meats and fish dishes, and even some asian dishes. Something for everyone!
They also organize events throughout the year, such as a whiskey and rum nights!
Tours In Interlaken
Hiking routes down/arounD
From the top of the funicular, you can choose many hiking routes for the day. There are numerous routes that you can check via the local apps like Swissmobility and Kamoot for hiking. However there are also signs to help you enjoy a nature walk too.
One beautiful route we suggest is from the Harder Kulm, across the ridge and on to the spectacular Augstmatthorn via the “Suggiture”.
If you would rather take things easy, there is a short circular path with 12-stages that is not far from the Panorama Restaurant. It covers part of the Hardergrat ridge and good for when visiting in a day. Along the way, you can also learn more about the funicular too.
Check this plus more routes here!
Fun Fact: On July 8th, 2023, a man named Hans Salvisberg ran the Harder Kulm for the 1000th time!
The views from the top are of course one of the best in the area, where you can look right down to Interlaken, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. You can also see the surrounding mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Our photo below shows how pretty it was during our visit in Autumn. The lake was super blue, almost turquoise closer up and the grass was perfectly green in Interlaken. The trees as you can see were a range of greens, oranges and browns.
Our photo does however no justice to how amazing the view is in person. Definitely something you have to see for your own eyes!
Wild Park – Animal park INterlaken
Near the base of the funicular is a small animal park. I’ve included it in this post since it’s easy to combine with a visit to Harder Kulm, especially for those with children. Here you can discover mountain ibex and marmots living in some of the areas. The park was established in the 19th century to help with the ibex’s reintroduction, which were almost extinct.
Entry to the Animal Park is free of charge, however donations are always welcome!
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We visited Harder Kulm and Interlaken on just a day trip from Lucerne. It was really easy to do, with multiple trains to choose from to make our itinerary complete. The journey was really beautiful past the lakes and into the mountains.
Our highlight at the panoramic viewpoint of Harder Kulm was really amazing, such a beautiful spot that we stayed for ages enjoying. Even with the bit of rain, it was lovely. If you have time, we can highly suggest to visit and enjoy the day like we did.