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The Harder Kulm is a viewpoint at 1,321 metres (4,334 ft) in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland, overlooking the towns of Interlaken and Unterseen. It is located at the western end of the Harder, which in itself is the most western, forested ridge of the about 30 kilometres long, prominent mountain range dominating the north shore of the Lake of Brienz. The viewpoint belongs to the municipality of Unterseen in the canton of Bern with the slopes shared between the municipalities of Unterseen and Interlaken. The viewpoint offers extensive views across Interlaken, the alluvial land called Bödeli, and southwards up the valley of the river Lütschine to the high peaks of the Bernese Alps, whilst itself forming part of the Emmental Alps.
- Harder Kulm is occupied by the castle-like Bergrestaurant Harder Kulm and adjoining observation platform, which is a very good photo taking spot. You can even find a cow (fake) standing on the platform looking down the mountain.
- Everything seems great except the most important bit, the view of the sunset. Lying on the west is the peak of Harder Kulm which is not open for access to the public via the viewing platform (unless you decide to climb it yourself). This means the sunset view is blocked by its own peak. You can still see the sunset before it sinks too low but the view isn’t spectacular. But there is eye candy elsewhere, which is the downward view from the viewing platform. As the sunset goes lower, its radiance shines onto the narrow valley of Interlaken, creating a picturesque view that might potentially look even better than the sunset itself.
- There is a funicular that goes directly to the top of Harder Kulm, and it is very close to the Interlaken Ost so it’s very convenient to get there. Once there, only a few minutes walk to reach the viewing platform.
- There can be a crowd especially on the viewing platform, but with a little patience, you should be able to get the spot to take pictures as people generally move on pretty quickly.
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