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

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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.

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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.

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