Journey to Wilderswil
Sublime natural beauty surrounds this traditional village in Switzerland’s mountainous Jungfrau region
Four kilometres south of the busy and popular winter sports resort of Interlaken, the quieter and pretty Alpine village of Wilderswil occupies an idyllic spot beside the Lütschine River at the mountainous heart of central Switzerland's Jungfrau region.
Whilst a burial site dating from the seventh century has been discovered in the area, Wilderswil itself is first mentioned in early twelfth-century writings and may have grown up around Unspunnen Castle, the ruins of which may still be visited today.
It was the arrival of the Bernese Oberland Railway at the end of the nineteenth century which cemented Wilderswil's popularity as a tourist destination. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the head of the Lütschine Valley, Wilderswil obtained another compelling reason to visit when a funicular railway to the spectacular and mountain-surrounded Schynige Platte was constructed in 1892.
Today, Wilderswil is the epitome of a traditional Swiss alpine village and thanks to its history, culture and beauty is listed on the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. A delightful and rewarding village to explore on foot, Wilderswil is also the perfect base from which to experience the beauty of the Jungfrau region via numerous hiking routes, to visit the bustling city of Interlaken and its neighbouring lakes, Thun and Brienz, or simply to relax and be inspired by the village's breath-taking scenery.