Here’s the thing: we get horribly lazy when in Switzerland. Even though we still went for day trips and did the usual sightseeing, we weren’t as active as we used to be just a couple of months ago… and it started bothering us. With so many hiking trails around us, great biking paths and lots of nature, it felt like we were simply missing out on things, getting more and more comfortable and sluggish. It was high time to change it.
Planning our trip to Interlaken, we decided to get out of our comfort zone again (guess who has a fear of heights?), and try something completely new: a ropes course. Naturally, we got hooked… and we’re already searching for similar places in all the new destinations. Looks like we’re going to spend a lot of time high up!
But what is a ropes course?
A ropes course is sort of an adventure playground with different routes and obstacles to go through, most of which consist of stable or moving elements hanging a couple of meters from the ground. There are different heights, different difficulty levels, and, of course, advanced safety systems to make sure that everyone makes it to the ground sound and well. Imagine a huge playground in the treetops – that’s pretty much Seilpark Interlaken!
Even though it was the first ropes course that we’ve ever visited, it already set the bar pretty high. Why? First of all, the park is in a beautiful setting. The platforms, obstacles and zip lines are in the middle of a spectacular, old forest, far away from the noises of the city and in an ocean of greenery, which also shadows you from the strong summer sun. You’re not flying over a concrete floor or a bare ground, but rather glide among the trees, branches and surprisingly high trunks, that grow way above your head, even if you’re already on the highest course.
And that’s another great thing about this place – there’s 9 different courses, with heights from 1.5 up to 20 meters above the ground, meaning that everyone will find something suitable for their fitness level or height anxiety. There’s also something for those who don’t want to work and climb too much, but would rather enjoy the views and fly their way through the park: 2 of the courses consist mostly of zip lines, and you can choose the height of 9.5 or 18 meters.
The park also surprised us with the professionalism of their gear and instructors. Everyone was required to learn how every part of the gear and safety system works and then go through a small training course, supervised by one of the park’s employees. It sounded complicated at the beginning – but turned out to be easy and smooth after all!
If that’s not enough to convince you – a couple of days later, we modified our next trip just so we could revist the park again… and this time we climbed even higher. The two most advanced courses are still a bit out of our reach – but we have a feeling that we’re definitely going to do them next year!
If that’s not adventurous enough for you… check out the video of the Vertical Rush below – base jump simulator, speed line, giant swing and a highline, all in one afternoon! That’s guaranteed to give you a faster heartbeat!