Unterseen, Interlaken - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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About Unterseen

Widely held for its amazing historical significance as well as imposing architectural marvels, Unterseen is a township in the Interlaken district of Switzerland. The city of Unterseen is also home to numerous heritage sites of national significance.

A major part of the Unterseen Township is listed under the part of the inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. Rewarding you with the majestic views of the Alps and deep valley, Unterseen becomes an important tourist center in the Bernese Highlands. 

Also, the town is brimming with the best of the food corners to treat yourself with authentic and fresh Swiss cuisines. This historic place is home to countless impressive churches and antique monuments, archaeological cellars and exhibition halls.

Tourismuseum, Stadtkeller, Tea house, and River Aare also happen to be some of the places that should not be missed out in the course of the trip to Unterseen. Tourists fall in love with the viewpoints of the mountain ranges of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, because of their surreal beauty and magnificent grandeur. 

One more thing that makes this place a great tourist attraction is that it is a proud host for several cultural and social events where the people gather to witness the traditional music and theatrical performances.  This city is certainly a great place where the contemporary meets the antiquity. Come over to Unterseen with your loved ones and enjoy the imposing scenic beauty as well as take a restorative stroll.

How to Reach Unterseen

The distance between Interlaken Airport and Unterseen town is about 3.4 Km, which almost takes 10-15 minutes to reach. One can reach Unterseen from Interlaken Airport via two routes. The first is through Seestrasse and the second route is via Route 6 and Seestrasse.  

By Bus:
You can travel by Line 21 bus from Interlaken Airport to Unterseen. The cost of the trip would be between 130-190 INR. 

By Cab:
You can book cabs on rent from the Airport to reach Unterseen. It would hardly take 10 minutes to cover the distance.

Best Time to Visit Unterseen

The best time to visit Unterseen in Interlaken is from June to August. This is the summer season when the temperature remains in the range of 18 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius. The climatic conditions remain pleasant in these months and make it favourable for tourists to come over to Unterseen and explore its magnetism.

Also, this time of the year is considered the best time for going on aimless walks, mountaineering, trekking and indulging in many other adventure activities. One more reason that entices tourists from all over the world to come over to this place is the celebration of William Tell Festival in July and August. This celebration has been taking place in Unterseen since 1912 and happens to be the most crowded festival.

What Not to Miss at Unterseen

Here are some of the must-do things at Unterseen in the course of your tour to Switzerland:

1. Sweeping Mountains and Viewing Lakes at Harder Kulm
Harder Kulm is a viewpoint that is located at an elevation of about 1321 meters in the Berner Oberland region. The viewpoint overlooks the townships of Interlaken and Unterseen. Being located at the western end, it has a forested ridge of about 30 km dominating the northern shore of the Lake of Brienz.

This viewpoint is very popular for its extensive sights across Interlaken, the valley of river Lütschine, Bodeli, and peaks of Bernese Alps. 

2. Adventure sports at Outdoor Interlaken
This place is known for its wide range of adventure offerings for kids as well as adults. The outdoor Interlaken turns into an adventure paradise with the onset of the winter season. With several training programs to adventure events, this place is a must-visit if you are someone who gets adrenaline rush witnessing the white snow.

Most common winter adventure activities carried out in the Outdoor Interlaken are Skiing, Night sledging, Snowshoe Tour, Hand gliding Tandem flights, Paragliding, skydiving, river rafting, Canoeing, lake tours, bungee jumping, canyon swing, ropeway tours in the adventure park, and much more. 

3. Jungfrau Park Interlaken
Jungfrau Park in Interlaken happens to be an amusement park which was opened for the public in the year 2003. The park was designed by the famous architect Erich von Däniken. The best part of the park was its seven pavilions and each of them took the visitors to explore great mysteries of the world.

This amusement park was established to present the resolution of the mysteries revolving around various extraterrestrial life from Erich von Däniken’s point of view. 

4. Hiking and nature tours at Heimwehfluh
Heimwehfluh is known for its magnificent views of the local region that has a panoramic restaurant and historic tower with views of the Lake Interlaken and Bernese Oberland mountain ranges. This place is also very popular for its wide range of fun options for children like playgrounds and model display. 

5. Harderbahn
Harderbahn happens to be one of the two funiculars that operate from the town of Interlaken. Harderbahm leads to the west end of the Harder in the northern end of across the famous River Aare. Out of the two funiculars, this happens to be longer and it runs in 10 minutes from the Interlaken Harderbahn base station to the viewpoint of Harderkulm at an elevation of about 755 meters. 

6. Seilpark Interlaken / Adventure Park Interlaken
Located in Matten bei Interlaken, Switzerland, Seilpark is a theme park that is a summer paradise in Interlaken. The park has about nine different courses of varying difficulties and exciting day out ventures for beginners as well as adventure seekers. This place is perfect for individuals as well as group tours.

There are almost 120 different types of challenges for you to take part in. You will find most of the adventures at a height of about 20 meters above the ground. Before starting with the adventure events, you will be provided with proper training, practice sessions, and safety instructions. If you wish to allow your body to challenge some of the activities then you should at least spend 2.5 – 3 hours. 

7. Schynige Platte
Schynige Platte happens to be a small mountain ridge that is very popular among the tourists and nature enthusiasts for its viewpoint in the Bernese Highlands. The mountain ranges belong to the Schwarzhorn group and contain three peaks known as Gumihorn, Tuba, and Geiss.

The viewpoint is located at a height of about 2000 meters at the west end of the prominent ridge and separates the valley of Schwarze Lütschine from Lake Brienz. It is also widely held for its hotel and mountain railway. The mountain railways are considered to be one of the highest in Switzerland.

If the weather is clear, tourists can see several views of the surrounding mountains, the township of Interlaken, lake Thun and Brienz and other giants of the Bernese Alps. You can reach this place by means of the Schynige Platte railway at a height of almost 1967 meters. 

8. Touristik Museum
If you are a history buff, then there is no better place for you in Unterseen. It is considered to be one of the best places where you can spend your afternoon times going deep into the history of tourism in the whole region.

You can learn a lot about the times gone by and the factors which make Unterseen one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Switzerland. The museum also takes you through several tours to choose from Winter sports to Discovery of the Alps and tours about the flourishing souvenir industry.

Places to Visit around Unterseen

1. Niederhorn
Niederhorn happens to be the southernmost peak of the Güggisgrats. This place is mostly visited by tourists to see the amazing picturesque scenic beauty of the Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps. Most tourists make use of this place to cross the entire Güggisgrats.

2. Augstmatthorn
It is one such place around Unterseen that is very popular among the hiking enthusiasts. Known for its narrow treks, this place is surely great for trekking expeditions. The best time to be at this place would be early morning and late evening when you can sight the sun rising and setting as well as the many other mountainous animals. 

3. St. Beatus-Höhlen
St. Beatus-Höhlen is yet another hiking delight around Unterseen. Appearing to be magical because of its caves, a tour to this place will take you through several huge stalactite formations, canyons and wide halls. At the entrance of the cave, you can visit the tomb of the great Saint Beatus and find a replica of one of his cells. 

4. Hängebrücke über die Gummischlucht
The Hängebrücke über die Gummischlucht is widely held for its amazing suspension bridge over the Gummi Schlucht. It happens to be one of the seven planned bridges that have been constructed atop Lake Thun. The lush greenery in the backdrop makes it an example of great scenic beauty. 

5. Schnierenhireli
Schnierenhireli is surely a great place for avid trekkers as it is long, exposed and difficult to conquer. It is an impressive place to go on trekking expeditions relishing the amazing panorama all around. The only thing that tourists visiting this trek need to keep in mind is that they should carry enough drinking water with them.

Other Essential Information About Unterseen

Unterseen is located in the district of Interlaken in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. 

Entry fee:
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Opening hours:
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Distance from  Unterseen Airport:
The distance of Unterseen from Interlaken Airport is about 3.4 Km.

History and Culture of Unterseen

Unterseen is known all over the world as one of the historic townships in Interlaken with the oldest traces of the Neolithic period. In the second century, a Roman graveyard was constructed here and the cemetery is the testimony to the settlement in the area.

The area was earlier known as Interlacus in the year 1133 as when on the opposite side of Aare, the Interlaken Monastery was founded. The settlement started to flourish across the Monastery in the subsequent years. It was known as Villa Inderlappen in the year 1239 whereas Civitas Inderlappen in the year 1280.

The township of Unterseen was founded on the 13th of July in the year 1279 at the time when Baron Berchtold III of Eschenbach-Oberhofen got permission from the King Rudolf I von Habsburg to construct a stronghold in the middle of the two lakes.

The name is significant for its foundation. Unter means “between” and seen means “lake.” Founded by the secular nobles of the area, the purpose of the town was to limit the growing power of the Monastery and to have a control bridge over the Aare.

Tips on visiting Unterseen

Here are some of the tips that you should keep in mind when visiting Unterseen:

- You must sample all the local delicacies of Unterseen. 

You must carry your travel insurance and some spare photocopies of the one in the passport.

Always make sure that you have enough cash while visiting the various places of tourist attraction.

Find out some time from your travel schedule and go souvenir shopping.

When travelling in the daytime, you should not forget applying sunscreen on your body as well as carrying your water bottles
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