Although it is just minutes from Interlaken, this sleepy resort town is worth a separate visit. Enjoy close proximity to Bern’s famous mountains and lakes.
Visit Wilderswil, the quintessential Swiss resort town. Located south of Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, it offers fantastic scenery, outdoor recreation and convenient access to many of central Switzerland’s top attractions. Find plenty to see and do in this town sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, with the Alps beckoning to the south.
Learn about Wilderswil’s history at the Old Mill Village Museum. For centuries, the mill was a meeting place for village residents. Now it offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s past.
The ruins of Unspunnen Castle are a dramatic sight. From its 12th-century battlements, enjoy spectacular views across the valley to Interlaken. Every 12 years, the castle hosts Unspunnenfest. This festival honors traditional Swiss activities like yodeling concerts and stone-throwing competitions.
Walk along the Castle Trail, which connects Upspunnen to the nearby ruins of Rothenfluh. Built into a rocky shelf, this unique cave castle dates back to the early 13th century.
Schynige Platte lies just beyond Wilderswil. From the comfort of an open-air railcar, ascend the 25 percent incline up to the top. From the viewing terrace, enjoy spectacular vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks to the south and Lake Brienz to the north. Take the circular ridge hike to see views of Lake Brienz. Explore the alpine gardens, which are home to over 600 plant species.
Wilderswil’s charming sister village, Gsteigwiler, sits at the foot of Schynige Platte. Look for its sleepy village and 12th-century church.
In winter, ski at nearby mountains. In the Jungfrau Ski Region, snow is guaranteed at Grindelwald-First, Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen and Mürren-Schilthorn. Farther north, Beatenberg-Niederhorn offers trails that appeal to skiers and hikers alike.
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are both about 5 minutes away by car. Explore the charming towns, historic sites and beautiful parks that dot their shores.
Part of Wilderswil’s main appeal is its proximity to Interlaken. Within a few minutes, access the city’s lively cultural scene and amenities.