When Olympians like Neeraj Chopra holiday, adventure, thrill and the need for speed is the only way they know how to do it- and there is no better place than Switzerland’s mountainous, glacial and snowy playground to take a walk on the wild side.
Known as the adventure capital of Switzerland, the beautiful resort town of Interlaken is nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and offers a host of exciting adventure activities for thrill junkies. From snow sports atop Jungfraujoch to skiing, jet-boating, paragliding and skydiving, Interlaken has it all!
Located at the foot of three famous peaks- Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Interlaken is a gateway to natural beauty, waterfalls, glacial lakes and lush green alpine meadows. “I’ve had a blast experiencing the adventure capital of Europe first-hand. Every activity I’ve undertaken here in Switzerland and especially in Interlaken has exceeded my expectations! While I’ve been to Switzerland many times for my training sessions … I’ve never quite experienced the country like this and enjoyed myself as a tourist! , Sightseeing, Skydiving, Jet boating, the Canyon Swing.. you name it we’ve done it! The views from Jungfraujoch also known as the Top of Europe just took my breath away. There is only one way to describe this vacation… I’m #InLoveWithSwitzerland and boy did #IneedSwitzerland!” said Neeraj.
For the ultimate adrenalin rush, here are the highlights from Neeraj’s adventure escape:
skydiving: Neeraj signed up for the ultimate thrill—skydiving from 14,000 ft in the air with a bird’s eye view of the alpine landscape below. The thrill, combined with the amazing vistas makes it an experience like no other. No visit to Switzerland is complete without giving skydiving or paragliding over the alps a go, and one can choose to take the leap from a plane or helicopter.
jet boat: The group went jet-boating, an incredibly fun activity for the speed junkies with its 360-degree spins and turns on the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. Don’t worry if you get drenched, locals swear that they drink directly from this lake!
Canyon Swing: The 90-metre-high freefall Canyon Swing was the boldest and the most heart-pounding adventure sport Neeraj tried in the Swiss Alps. After the freefall, you swing between towering rock faces in the awe-inspiring chasm of the Grindelwald glacial gorge.
Excursion to Jungfraujoch: Next on the itinerary was the most popular mountain excursion to Jungfraujoch- Top of Europe, which is the highest railway station in Europe that offers a range of attractions and activities all year round. Catch the Bernese Oberland Railway from Interlaken station that takes one directly to the top of the mountain to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks. Standing at 3,454 meters above sea level, Top of Europe affords its visitors breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks of the Alps and Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier — an experience that cannot be missed. Climb aboard the VIP gondola of the Eiger Express which will take you from Grindelwald Terminal to the Jungfraujoch as you sip champagne and journey above the snow capped trees and slopes of the Jungfrau region. Let your inner child free with a visit to the Snow Fun Park for a day of snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding in this snowy wonderland.
Take a break from the peaks and grab a bite at Restaurant Bollywood, where you can choose from an extensive vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet, which features Indian specialties as well as traditional Swiss dishes.
Harder Kulm: For the best views of Interlaken, head to the Harder Kulm—Interlaken’s ‘home’ mountain, which is also the starting point for many popular mountain hikes. The two-lakes look-out point affords visitors unrivaled views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau as well as Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
visit Grindelwald First and take a mountain cart ride, trotti bike ride, scooter bike ride or fly across a seater-style 800-meter zipline with First Flyer or opt for the Golden Eagle with First Glider to glide through the air at speeds of up to 83km/hr!
To unwind and relax after an exhilarating adventure and for panoramic views of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and over 200 other peaks, head over to Schilthorn to dine at the revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant surrounded by mountain views. When in Interlaken, stop by the Funky Chocolate club for a hands-on workshop to create your own souvenirs. Cruise along Lakes Thun and Brienz to unwind in the surrounds and the unforgettable mountain backdrop of the Bernese Oberland.
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