Head to Switzerland’s Interlaken, a thrilling Alpine terrain that sits at the foot of the towering Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. It’s the world’s top adventure sports destination for young people.
You’ll find numerous excursions. Travel by railway, regional cogwheel railway or cable car. Journey to the pedestrian-only village of Murren, at 1,650 metres, the highest resort in the Bernese Oberland and a car-free village. Walk the path to Lauterbrunnen and then ride the railway farther up the mountain or head to Stechelberg to take the aerial cableway to Murren.
From Murren, take the aerial cableway to the Schilthorn peak (height 2,970m), where the solar-powered Piz Gloria, one of the world’s oldest revolving restaurants is located (also featured as the villain’s lair in the James Bond classic, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.) The kids loved the ‘no high heels’ sign posted on the snow-dotted trails and throwing snowballs at one another.
Back in Interlaken, which is often called ‘The Adventure Capital of Europe’, you can sign up for adventures on water: rafting on the Simme or Lutschine rivers), on ice (there’s year-round trekking across parts of the 23-km Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest) or in the air (go hang-gliding with an instructor). There’s also summertime dog sledding, extreme mountain biking and Zorbing – something that even Bond probably never tried. More Swiss adventures.
Splurge at: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa offers an old-world atmosphere, an indoor swimming pool and bikes for guests. They’ll even pack you a meal for a picnic on the mountain. Save at: Hotel Beausite for hearty family breakfasts and Alpine views.