The Interlaken Walking Tours were established in 2014 and are part of Outdoor Interlaken. We continue the interview series with Manuel!
So, what is your name and where are you right now?
My name is Manuel Fahrni and I’m in front of my computer hopefully doing a good job answering all these questions.
What is so special about Interlaken?
The fact that it offers everything you need for an exciting time. Wanna go hiking? We got some beautiful mountains! Oh, you’d rather take a swim? Well, we also got two lakes! Do you want to fly like a bird? Sign up for some paragliding!
If you would have to pick an adventure sport which one would you do?
Probably canyoning. So much fun!
How did you become a guide at Interlaken Walking Tours?
When my friend Viktor came up with the idea of a Free Walking Tour he asked me for some support when he wouldn’t be around. I said «sure» and have been a part of the Interlaken Walking Tour ever since. So, you could say I’m kind of a veteran guide!
What is the worst job you ever had and why?
Had to clean up porta potties (TOI TOI’s) at a local festival which was mostly not that bad but there were a few nasty surprises.
Apart from working for Interlaken Walking Tours, what is your favorite thing to do in Switzerland?
Have a barbecue by the lake with good friends, some music and an occasional beach volleyball match.
What are you known for?
That I’m probably a bit crazy in the head, that I don’t take myself too seriously and that I sometimes do a backflip in the club when the beat drops.
If you would take a girl on a date and want to show her your favorite spot, where would you go to?
Probably to the Harder Kulm. You can get there pretty easily and the view is gorgeous!
What languages do you speak?
Swiss-German, German, English, (decent) French and I can order Pizza in Italian, which is all I will ever need.
What is the scariest situation you got yourself into?
One time I was sitting on the toilet and browsing Facebook. When I was done I wanted to reach for the toilet paper… but there wasn’t any! *dun dun DUUUUUUN!!*
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
Some time ago a friend of mine and I spontaneously decided to go on a day trip to Italy where we did whatever was possible in that short time. This also included trying out golfing; with the emphasis on «trying out» because neither one of us had golfed before and we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. This resulted in shooting about a dozen golf balls into nowhere and having to get lectured by old, snobbish (and somehow slightly angry) golfers about God knows what. As I mentioned, my Italian vocabulary is pretty limited.
How lucky are you and why?
Extremely! I sometimes still can’t believe that get to live in such a beautiful place and that I’m surrounded with so many awesome friends and an amazing family!
Is there still something you want to achieve?
Releasing my own music. I’ve started producing some, but have hesitated to put it out there.
Thank you for the interview, what are you up to this summer?
Just like Sara, I will also be working at the Interlaken Tourism organization as a TOI Angel. That means I’ll be helping tourists and adventurers find their way around the city. And on top of that, I’ll, of course, be doing my favorite job – guiding more Walking Tours.