By the late 19th-century, Interlaken was already a major tourist attraction. On a fast-flowing river connecting two magnificent Alpine lakes, and focal point of an arc formed by the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain peaks, it drew affluent visitors from as far as Tuscany and the Tyrol. Narrow-gauge, steam-powered railroads would haul them to posh resort hotels in the villages of Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.
Now, Interlaken gets an estimated half-million visitors a year just for the train to Jungfraujoch. In midsummer, the crush of tourists at the two rail stations and along the main street can be maddening. However, if you know where to look, Interlaken can also be a place for tranq...Read More