Canyoning in Switzerland: Like White Water Rafting Without the Raft

What’s better than hang gliding through the Swiss Alps?? Well nothing, but canyoning in Switzerland down some crazy rapids is definitely a close second. I think it gets your adrenaline going more than hang gliding, which is more relaxed. In a nutshell, canyoning is like white water rafting with the raft. It’s a combination of riding the rapids, jumping over waterfalls, and rappelling down cliffs. It’s tough to explain, so I’ll just show you pictures instead. Here’s how we began.

canyoning in switzerland


Hang Gliding

What’s a good way to spend a ridiculous amount of money in a 3-day span? Hang gliding and canyoning, of course. Hang gliding and paragliding are the 2 biggest sports in Interlaken. Hang gliding costs about $50 more than paragliding, but I think it was definitely worth the extra money. When you’re hang gliding, you’re positioned like Superman and it feels like you’re flying. It’s a pretty amazing feeling and I’m really glad I did it. I was a little scared at first, but I quickly got over it.

hang gliding


Exploring the Mountains in Interlaken

Interlaken is a small town in southern Switzerland situated in a valley surrounded by the Swiss Alps. The scenery is beautiful and it’s also known as the adventure sports capital of Europe, making it a very popular spot for backpackers.

The first day, with my friends Karen and Lindsey, we hiked about 2/3 of the way up what we were told was one of the easiest mountain trails in the area. I didn’t think it was so easy. It was a super hot day as well, so I  guess that made it a bit tougher.