A trip to Harder Kulm, Interlaken
Climb Interlaken’s ‘local’ mountain by funicular railway for unforgettable Swiss Alpine views
The small city of Interlaken in Bernese Highlands of central Switzerland has long been a playground for winter sports enthusiasts. Standing at a height of 1,322 metres above sea level, Harder Kulm is considered Interlaken's 'local' mountain. This region of Switzerland's Bernese Alps is justifiably renowned for its breathtaking mountain vistas and pure fresh air, and nowhere can these be better enjoyed than at the summit of Harder Kulm.
Luckily, this requires neither climbing expertise nor even physical exertion. The Harderbahn funicular railway was established in 1908 in order to provide easy transportation from downtown Interlaken to the top of the mountain.
The Harderbahn's base station is situated between Interlaken's East and West railway station. From here up to sixty-two passengers at a time ride in a four-compartment carriage on an ascending curve with a maximum gradient of 64%, rising through the forest that clings to the lower mountainside side and onwards to Harder Kulm's summit.
Whilst the eight-minute journey from Interlaken to the top of the 'local' mountain is a unique and unforgettable experience in its own right, on a clear day it is panoramic views from Harder Kulm - which take in the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains and the Thun and Brienz lakes - that render this excursion truly unmissable.