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A September 2000 trip to Interlaken by Linda Kaye

Thun Lake Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Sitting at the base of the Jungfrau and squarely between two massive lakes is the quaint German-style town of Interlaken, Switzerland. What make this place so special? The people? The mountain views? The wonderful food? The beautiful parks? ALL OF THE ABOVE !

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Overview

Interlaken, Switzerland Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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A boat ride on Thun Lake on a warm sunny day, watching sailboats in the distance dash across mildly choppy waters was a great way to spend an afternoon. A night at the Casino was fun and cheap and sitting in the park looking at the landmark mountain, the Jungfrau, while hang-gliders and para-gliders land nearby was an awe inspiring site. Interlaken is located in the heart of Switzerland where the majority of people speak German. Alpine-style buildings line the main street along with colorful gardens. Everywhere we looked were people sitting at outdoor cafes leisurely enjoying the day. We reached this quaint wonderland by train from Zurich and it was our “home base” for the next th...Read More

Fankhauser B&B￿

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Hotel | "Fankhauser B&B"

Fankhauser B&B Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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We found a Bed and Breakfast that was listed on www.homestay.ch It was a 30-minute easy walk from the train station. The B&B is owned and operated by Elizabeth & Fritz Fankhauser. Although neither spoke much English, it was easy to communicate by way of hand gestures and an English/German dictionary. The house had two rooms that they rented out. One room had a magnificent view of the Jungfrau from its window. Can you imagine yourself waking in the morning and the first thing you see as you peer out the window is that magnificent sight? Elizabeth served breakfast in her kitchen with fresh breads, butter and several kinds of homemade jellies and jams. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa...Read More

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Fankhauser B&B￿
Rugenstrasse 51
Interlaken, Switzerland
033 822 51 76

Local Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Local Cusine"

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You don’t have to go far in Interlaken to find a wide variety of restaurants. In addition to the local cuisine, we also found Chinese and (of all things) Mexican Food. A short walk from the Train Station, we found the Lowen Restaurant. It was a warm sunny day and all the locals were sitting outside enjoying themselves. In Thun, we were introduced to a traditional Swiss dish called Toast. 'TOAST ???' I asked, thinking of breakfast toast with butter and jelly. The waitress tried to explain what it was and then just said 'trust me- it’s good.' And it was. The 'Toast' consisted of a piece of toasted bread, topped with chicken in a delicious spicy cream sauce, covered with...Read More

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Local Cuisine
At various locations
Interlaken, Switzerland

Thun Lake

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Attraction | "A Ride on Thun Lake"

Thun Lake Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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Directly behind the train station at Interlaken was a canal that led into the Thun Lake (pronounced "Tune"). Twice daily, a boat starts at Interlaken and crisscrosses the lake stopping at small towns and resorts on each side with its final destination being the Town of Thun. Tickets for the boat were sold at the train station. The English-speaking ticket clerk suggested that we take 2 ½ hour ride by boat to Thun, a town on the far west end of this massive lake, see the sites at Thun and take the train back to Interlaken. That worked out perfectly. We could have save 25% with our Eurail Pass but didn’t know to ask for the discount until later. We found what we thought was the p...Read More

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Thun Lake
Near Train Station
Interlaken, Switzerland

Small World Example Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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After we were settled in at our bed-and-breakfast, our hosts told us that there was another American couple expected. We met them at breakfast the next morning and had the usual opening conversation. They asked where we were from, and believe it or not, the four of us were from the same city and had several friends in common. SMALL WORLD. We talked all through breakfast and then made plans to meet for dinner that evening. We ate at the Restaurant Tell, one of the restaurants our hosts had recommended and had a wonderful time. We promised ourselves that we would meet again when we all got home to compare stories and pictures. About two weeks after we returned home, we met with ou...Read More