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Alpenwildpark Interlaken: A Free and Fun Wildlife Experience

Last Updated on May 14, 2024 by Darla Uhl

Alpenwildpark Interlaken is a small wildlife park located at the foot of Harder Kulm mountain, in Interlaken, Switzerland. The park is home to ibex and marmots. Visitors can walk through the park for free and observe the animals in their natural habitats, as well as learn about their behaviors and habitats through informative signs and displays.

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The park is dedicated to the conservation of these Alpine animals and is committed to providing a safe and natural environment for them.

Alpenwildpark Interlaken is a popular destination for families, nature enthusiasts, and animal lovers. Visitors can enjoy a short walk through the park while observing the animals and taking in the stunning views of the region.

Alpenwildpark Interlaken: What to Expect

Alpenwildpark Interlaken is home to a colony of marmots and ibex, making it a popular destination for animal lovers. The park is divided into these two habitats and you can easily walk to both of them. A guided tour is unnecessary as the park is small and information is available in English.

Each animal species has its enclosure, designed to provide a comfortable and natural habitat. Visitors can observe the animals up close and learn about their behaviors and habits. Visitors can learn about the near-extinction and subsequent reintroduction of the Alpine ibex into the Swiss Alps.

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The Alpine ibex is a species of wild goat that is native to the Alps. It is one of the most iconic animals of Switzerland and even features in the flag of Canton Graubünden. They have a distinctive appearance with curved horns that can grow up to a meter long, depending on their age.

Alpine ibex are well adapted to living in the rugged mountain terrain of the Swiss Alps. They have sharp hooves that allow them to climb cliffs. Alpine Ibex are also known for their ability to withstand harsh winter conditions and can be found at elevations of up to 4,000 meters above sea level.

The Alpine ibex population in the Swiss Alps was nearly wiped out, but in 1915, two male and one female ibex were brought from Aosta Valley to Interlaken. In 1921, additional ibex from the Alpine Game Park and Peter & Paul Game Park in St. Gallen were reintroduced to the Hardergrat, leading to a thriving colony. Over time, the ibex moved to Mährengrinden on the southern slope of Augstmatthorn.

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Marmots are cute, furry creatures that are native to Switzerland and can be found in the Swiss Alps. These ground squirrels are known for their round bodies, dark brown fur, short legs, and pointy snouts. Marmots are social animals. They typically live in colonies or family groups. You can find them in the summer months when they can be seen playing and sunbathing in the alpine meadows. They are known to hibernate in winter.

You can hear the marmots in the Alps when you hear their distinctive whistling calls. This is used to communicate with one another and to alert their colony of potential danger. In Switzerland, marmots are a beloved part of the local wildlife. You can see them often and they are always fun to discover while hiking. Visitors to the Swiss Alps, especially young kids, often seek out these playful creatures for a memorable wildlife encounter.

How to Get to Alpenwildpark Interlaken

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Alpenwildpark Interlaken is conveniently located near the Valley Station of Harderbahn, which can be reached by crossing the Beaurivage-Brücke bridge over the Aare River from Höheweg. The park is located within easy walking distance from anywhere in Interlaken. Its location makes it easily accessible by car or public transportation from major cities such as Bern and Zurich.

AddressBrienzstrasse 1
3800 Interlaken
TrainInterlaken Ost
BusInterlaken, Drei Tannen

Ticketing and Hours

Alpenwildpark Interlaken is open year-round. Visitors can experience the changing seasons and the different behaviors of the animals throughout the year.

It is also free of charge. However, donations are appreciated (look for small wooden boxes near the enclosures) and go towards maintaining the animal enclosures.

Final Thoughts: Alpenwildpark Interlaken

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I highly recommend a quick stop at Alpenwildpark Interlaken before or after your trip to Harder Kulm to get a closer look at the animals that call the Swiss Alps home. Be sure not to miss the majestic Alpine Ibex and adorable marmots.

If you’re looking to see more Alpine Ibex in their natural surroundings, I strongly suggest visiting the Alpine Ibex Promenade in Pontresina where you can observe them roaming freely without any barriers.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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