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.
- 1 Why Go Skydiving in Interlaken?
- 2 My Experience: The Interlaken Skydiving Package
- 3 Skydiving in Switzerland: What it’s Like
- 4 How Much Does Skydiving in Switzerland Cost
- 5 Skydiving in Interlaken Review
- 6 Booking Other Adrenaline Activities in Interlaken
- 7 Where to Stay in Interlaken, Switzerland
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 its WOW factor.
It is one of those things that you will never regret and was definitely a trip highlight.
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 is 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
- Return to Interlaken
Duration of the whole trip 2-3.5 hours.
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 were professionals and knew 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. Soon as the brief was done, we were getting into our jumpsuits and storing all our belongings in the lockers provided.
We were then introduced to the Skydive Instructor who 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 at Balmer’s. 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 3 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 checks in the flight with Tim to make sure I was secure and feeling good, then it was goggles on, door open and show time.
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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 you, 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 I was landing softly on my butt.
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!
Skydiving in Interlaken Review
Overall, it was an incredible experience that I would 100% do again! The WOW factor of freefalling while seeing the incredible Swiss Alps around you 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.
Booking 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.
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
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.