Skydiving in Interlaken Review: The Ultimate Bucket List

Thinking about skydiving in Interlaken? In this review, I will walk you through all the ins and outs of this incredible experience.

It doesn’t matter that more and more people are jumping out of a plane every day, skydiving is still a high adrenaline adventure that most would never dream of doing.

Interlaken, Switzerland is known for its outdoor and adrenaline-filled adventures. So when we saw a photo of someone skydiving with the Swiss Alps behind him, we knew it was something we needed to do.

I’m sure skydiving is amazing wherever you do it but doing it over the Swiss Alps has got to be one of the BEST PLACES on Earth.

When you get to Interlaken in Switzerland, you can easily be overwhelmed with the choices of adventure activities. My advice: think about your budget, what you really want to do and then do some research before setting out to find the best deal.

As an adventure junkie, I wasn’t going to miss out on skydiving!

At the very end of this review, I will dish out my Adventure Seeker verdict and if I think this activity is worth doing.

Why Go Skydiving in Interlaken?

If skydiving has been on your bucket list since you can remember, I can assure you that there is no better place to do it from. Having gone skydiving in two other locations before, jumping with the Swiss Alps behind you definitely has a massive WOW factor.

It is one of those things that you will never regret, and was definitely a trip highlight.

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Interlaken Skydiving Options

We personally went with a company called Skydive Switzerland who take you out on planes however, there are a wise variety of other tour providers in Interlaken who you can choose from. Here are some of the most popular skydiving tour packages.

If you want to keep reading our detailed experience with Skydive Switzerland, keep on reading the article.

Side shot of a plane propeller and mountains behind

My Experience: The Interlaken Skydiving Package

I opted to do the Tandem Airplane Skydive from 13,000 feet above sea level (11,000 feet above land). Nowadays, you also have helicopter skydiving options which are also pretty cool.

We decided to go with the company Skydive Switzerland because they were highly recommended to us by our hostel. The full package included pick up/ drop off at our hostel, training, and the skydiving jump itself.

  • Pick up at your hostel/hotel in Interlaken at midday
  • 20-minute drive to the skydive site named Reichenbach
  • Safety briefing and ground training
  • Skydive
  • Return to Interlaken

Duration of the whole trip is 2 to 3.5 hours.

Adventure Seeker Tip #1: If you want to book a Skydiving experience while in Interlaken, my biggest advice is to book ahead of time. It is an extremely popular activity! You can take a look at the rates and make a booking through this link or by clicking the yellow button below.

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Skydiving in Switzerland: What it’s Like

I started the morning feeling nervous as expected. Despite it being my second skydive, I still had those thoughts:

“What happens if the shoot doesn’t open?”

“What if there’s a strong gust of wind?”

There were so many what-ifs creeping in my head. I reminded myself that hundreds of people do this all the time. As soon as I got over this, my excitement started to build up.

It was a perfect day for skydiving, bright blue skies with minimal clouds. We hopped in the van and had a quick 20-minute scenic drive to the drop zone. At the drop zone, we were introduced to one of the skydive instructors and he gave us a welcome brief.

The team at Switzerland Skydive didn’t mess around. They are professionals and know what they were doing. The guy giving the brief went through what we would be doing, the gear we would be wearing, the positions we would need to adapt during the day.

They also dabbled on what not to do and addressed any questions we had. As soon as the brief was done, we got into our jumpsuits and stored all our belongings in the lockers provided.

A group of skydivers next to the reception building

We were then introduced to the skydive instructor whom I would be jumping with, and told what group we were in.

My skydive instructor turned out to be the first guy who greeted us. His name was Tim and as cheesy as it sounds, as soon as he shook my hand, I knew I was in safe hands. It was game time! I was in the first group going up and was the first one jumping… lucky me.

My partner-in-crime Anna was joining me on the flight to film/photograph me but mainly to check out the stunning views of the Swiss Alps from 11,000 feet. Together with three other jumpers and their instructors we boarded the plane and began take off.

Snowy mountains, rolling clouds, green fields, and a blue sky equals something you will never forget. I got a couple of check-ins during the flight from Tim to make sure I was secure and feeling good, then it was goggles on, door open, and show time.

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The swiss alps

When the door first opened, I felt my heart rate rise, I could see the ground beneath me and couldn’t help but think, “Oh sh*t!”.

The wind noise got louder and I could feel the cold air rushing in. Tim told me to swing myself around and now my body was leaning half out of the plane. I got into the position I was told earlier, Tim shouted some words but to be honest, I had no idea what was being said and then I felt it….

Time seemed to slow down for a split second as my body started to tumble forward and leave the plane.

The next few seconds went by quickly. I flipped and turned as my speed increased to match the speed of gravity.

After those few seconds, I reached max velocity and began free falling. Tim tapped me indicating that I could open my arms and that was it, I was flying.

That was when it hit me.

The initial fear I had was gone and now all I felt was pure excitement. The air rushed past me. The ground was getting closer and closer. I started shouting out of excitement and making different faces/ hand gestures for the camera in front of me. I took in the views around me and couldn’t help but smile, then 3, 2, 1…pull.

My body jerked slightly as Tim released the parachute and then when it opened up in the wind, we quickly slowed down.

Overwhelmed with what just happened over the last 40 seconds or so, I realized I was still hundreds of feet in the air. Now I was gliding and had time to take it all in. Tim gave me a high five, and asked if I was okay as he gently pulled his cords around me.

I was still feeling adventurous so I asked Tim if he could pull some fancy spiral turns before we landed.

A few minutes ago the plane door was opening at 13,000 feet above sea level and now I could see the ground rushing closer and closer. I was told to get in the landing position, which in this case was legs raised high. Then before I knew it, I was landing softly on my butt.

Adventure Seeker Tip #2: Skydiving can be a dangerous activity! Don’t scrimp and go with the cheapest company that you find. Instead, find a company that has a good track record. Safety first… always!

A skydiver landing in a field

How Much Does Skydiving in Switzerland Cost?

The cost of the Tandem Airplane Skydive from 13,000 feet above sea level (11,000 feet above land) is from $391-$475. You also get the option of adding professional photos, video or both to your package, which to be honest is SO worth it.

Overall, it was my second skydive and I loved it just as much, if not more than my first!

Nothing can compare to the views you get when falling from the sky. The Swiss Alps, the free fall, the whole experience will blow you away. There are loads of adventure activities around Interlaken and I will most likely join Skydive Switzerland a few more times during the next few years!

Two men skydiving

FAQ on Skydiving in Interlaken

How much is skydiving in Interlaken?

The cost of skydiving in Interlaken varies but it varies from $495-$600 if you get it with video coverage. It is 100% a once-in-a-lifetime experience so the splurge makes it worth it!

Is Skydiving in Interlaken worth it?

While some might hesitate at the steep price tag, it is definitely worth spending money on. Given that there are a lot of moving parts (plane or helicopter, good equipment, and trained guides) you get what you pay for. It is one of those things that you should do if you have the chance to.

Is there skydiving in Switzerland?

The best skydiving in Switzerland is definitely in Interlaken. Where else can you skydive while looking at the stunning Swiss Alps and snow covered peaks? Skydiving in Interlaken is one of the BEST experiences you can do while in Interlaken.

Can you skydive in Switzerland during the winter?

Skydiving in Switzerland, especially in Interlaken is a year-round activity. While the views are stunning all year, the Winter time wins the prize as the snow-covered peaks by the alps are just incredible.

Skydiving in Interlaken Review

Overall, it was an incredible experience that I would 100% do again! The WOW factor of free falling while seeing the incredible Swiss Alps around me was unlike any other. It was honestly one of the most liberating experiences in the world.

As for the challenge level, I would give it a medium rating. Although you physically don’t do anything, the mental challenge of strapping yourself to a complete stranger and letting him guide you as you jump off a plane can be nerve-wracking!

Last but not least, when it comes for Bang for Your Buck, although this activity is pricier than what I would usually spend on for tours and activities, doing it was SO WORTH IT!

It will be an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Our Review: Skydiving in Interlaken
9.8/10

Although a big splurge, skydiving in Interlaken is an activity is 100% worth it and is something I recommend you do at least once. Up to this day, there is nothing I can compare to the feeling of free-falling while looking out at the scenic view around me. If you find yourself in Interlaken and have the budget to do just one activity...this is what we recommend!

Pros
Incredible Experience
Professional team and guides
Bucketlist (one of the best spots to skydive)
Cons
Pricey
Weather dependent
paragliding

Other Adrenaline Activities in Interlaken

As you probably already know, Interlaken is one big adventure playground.

Listed below are a few of the other incredible activities that you can do in the area, from heart-thumping, adrenaline-filled activities like paragliding to beautiful scenic bungy jumps.

Helicopter Skydiving

As mentioned earlier, if you want a completely unique experience, you can also opt to do a tandem skydive out of a helicopter which is also available in Interlaken as well as in nearby Lauterbrunnen.

Paragliding

If skydiving is too big of a leap for you, why not try paragliding? It’s pretty exhilarating (yet not as scary) and offers some pretty insane views! We’ve paraglided in Ecuador and absolutely loved the entire experience. Click here to see all the paragliding options in Interlaken.

Canyon Swing or Bungy Jump

Lastly, no trip to Interlaken would be complete without trying out their famous canyon swing or bungy jump! Imagine the rush, the feeling of free falling, and that split second of exhilaration.


Where to Stay in Interlaken, Switzerland

When it comes to choosing where to stay, there are loads of options from awesome hostels, all the way to luxury hotels and chalets. Read our full review on where to stay in Interlaken to help you find the best rates in the best locations.

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Tom Rogers

Chief of Adventure

Tom is the co-founder of this blog and has been traveling the world for th e last 9 years. Wherever he is around the world, he can be found riding motorbikes, jumping off cliffs, and navigating his way through mountains and jungles keeping his mum perpetually worried with every adventure he goes on.

24 thoughts on “Skydiving in Interlaken Review: The Ultimate Bucket List”

  1. Thank you so much for this article! I happened upon your blog while searching for discounts for Skydive Switzerland! Just used your promo code and booked my jump for October! Been on my ‘life-list’ for 9 years now, so yay! You truly made me feel like I made the best choice – booked the Balmer’s hostel, too! Cheers! 😀

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    • Yaaay! So glad you were able to use the discount. I love the concept of a life list @micahstranger:disqus best of luck in your jump and say hi to the guys over at Balmer’s-they are AWESOME!

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      • Will do! I just booked an AirBNB using your offer, too. 😀 So, I owe y’all about $50 total. Ha! Sweet! Thank you so very much; so glad I mysteriously stumbled upon your page! It’s been heaps of help with planning my next adventure(inme). Best of luck to the traveling partners in crime. 🙂

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  2. I’ve been skydiving and have also been to Switzerland many times, however I never actually went skydiving in Switzerland. I’d love to see the Alps from above though, so thanks for the great suggestion!

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  3. Skydiving in Switzerland is one of the top things on my bucket list! The views look amazing, and it just looks like the perfect spot to go for the first time. Even though I really want to go sky diving, I would be terrified to jump out, but I know I’d love it when it was all over!! Looks like a fantastic experience–glad you enjoyed it!!

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  4. Reading your experience throughout the skydive was just like my experience skydiving in NZ!!! It was such a blast – the scariest part being free falling out of plane. Actually I think going up in the plane was the most scary. Would you do it again???

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  5. I went skydiving in Virginia – no where near as awesome as Switzerland! I bet the view from the jump was fantastic. Something you’ll always remember, for sure!

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  6. Wow – a bit harsh on the Adventure Meter? Reading it made me think incredible from start to finish especially cause of the view over the alps 🙂 Skiing there is one thing, but to see it all from high above must be truly remarkable!

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  7. I have never tried skydiving and had you asked me a few years ago I would have told there was no chance I would EVER in my life try anything like it! But now things are changing and I would love to do it: it would be terrifying but I do imagine here is a moment when the excitement takes over. I do hope to get over my anxiety and do it one day: it really sounds a fantastic experience in a fantastic place!

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