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I, Switzerland is often used as a tourists' base camp for excursions to the Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn, Schynigge Platte, and other scenic places in the Jungfrau Region of the Bernese Oberland. Many of these excursions are expensive, and all require at least half a day's time.
If you're short on time or money--or even if you aren't--don't miss the trip to . Here's how Switzerland Tourism describes this delightful excursion at Interlaken's back door:
What's on top
When you've left the funicular near the summit, you'll see a structure that resembles a pagoda. This is the Panorama Restaurant Harder Kulm, which has a dining room for 100 guests and a sun terrace where another 80 visitors can enjoy meal, snacks, drinks, and occasional events such as cigar and whisky tastings. (If you aren't hungry or thirsty, no problem: Just head for the viewing terrace and enjoy nature's panorama.)
Folklore evenings take place on the Harder Kulm from time to time, and the children's playground is always open.
How to get there
The valley station of the Harder Kulm funicular is just across the river from central Interlaken and the Interlaken Ost railway station. From the Höheweg (Interlaken's main street), head for the Beaurivage-Brücke and cross the bridge to the funicular.
The funicular operates from late April through late October, with departures at 20- to 30-minute intervals from 8 or 9 a.m. until late evening, depending on the day of the week. The trip takes 10 minutes. If you wish, you can buy a one-way ticket and walk back to Interlaken via marked hiking paths.
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