Interlaken Journals

1 Week in Interlaken

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A September 2005 trip to Interlaken by Joy S

Hotel Chalet Swiss Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Interlaken, set in the heart of the Bernese Oberland between Lakes Thun and Brienz, is a beautiful place to spend a week. High peaks, sheer valleys, cool lakes: this is the ideal base for touring the mountain ranges and sights of the Alpine heart of Switzerland.

1 Week in Interlaken

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The Bernese Oberland, Interlaken at its heart, is an area of breathtaking scenery and limitless excursion possibilities. Amongst the highlights of our week, there were the fiacre trip around Interlaken, trips up Harder Kulm and Heimweh Fluh, steamer trips around Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, visiting Lauterbrunnen and taking the funicular and train to Murren, and the cogwheel train ride up the breathtaking Schynige Platte.Quick Tips: 1. Find the local tourist television channel on the television in your hotel. It broadcasts tourist information in German, Japanese, and English. There is lots of information on all the attractions but also camera views at the mountain viewpoints. You can see cur...Read More

Hotel Chalet Swiss

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Hotel Chalet Swiss Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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The Chalet Swiss Hotel is located in the pretty Unterseen area of Interlaken, a short and easy 5-minute walk from the West railway station. The hotel is extremely pretty, a typical Swiss chalet building, wooden with window boxes full of bright flowers. There is a lovely little garden to the front and an annex building to the back housing more rooms, a small and informal bar area, and, in the basement, a whirlpool and children's toy room. Our room was in the annex - although not decorated in the latest fashions, it was cosy, comfortable, and spotlessly clean. The room was split-level with a very large, comfortable bed upstairs and another single bed, seating area with a television, and small ...Read More

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Hotel Chalet Swiss
Seestrasse 22
Interlaken, Switzerland 3800

Things to do in Interlaken

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Lake Thun from Heimweh Fluh Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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76 miles southwest of Zurich airport, Interlaken is situated in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region between the two lakes of Thun and Brienz. The River Aare, which links the lakes, runs right through the town. Interlaken itself is flat, but has low mountains on one side and on the other the spectacular panorama of the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch. The best way to see everything in Interlaken is to walk - you can randomly stroll around and enjoy the views in all directions or, if you prefer a more structured walking tour, the Tourist Information Office has a very good selection of maps and guided walks available. Every Monday at 5pm they also organise a free guided walk around the town. We found thi...Read More

Steamer Trips on Lake Thun and Brienz

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Lake Thun, 13 miles long and 2 miles wide, is sometimes called the Riviera of the Bernese Oberland due to its mild climate. It is extremely pretty with its mountain backdrop and castles and chalets dotted along the shore. Any view in any direction is picture-postcard perfect. The steamers leave frequently from Interlaken to cruise along the lake. They depart from behind the West train station. The round trip to Thun and back takes around 4 hours, but you can hop on and off at different points of interest.We had half a day on the lake but would recommend setting aside a full day to enjoy and explore properly. The steamers run on time and do tend to be quite busy. Especially useful for us was th...Read More

Lauterbrunnen Valley and Murren

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The Lauterbrunnen Valley is said to be the world's deepest - there are sheer bluffs either side and 72 waterfalls cascading down the mountains. It is hard to overstate just how stunning it is here. The train journey to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken takes about 20 minutes from East station. The views en route are beautiful. You travel right next to the River Aare; the sight of the green-blue river tumbling and crashing over rocks and stones at the side of the train is mesmerising. Lauterbrunnen is on the valley floor, with Murren to the west and Wengen to the east. These two resorts are car-free, perched on narrow shelves of pasture way above the world below. Lauterbrunnen is lined with...Read More

Schynige Platte

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Schynige Platte Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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The little town of Wilderswil is a 6-minute train ride from Interlaken East railway station and serves as the base for the cogwheel train winding up for almost an hour to Schynige Platte, a steep ascent to 6,454 feet. The railway, which opened in 1893, climbs the 4.5-mile slope in less than an hour, with gradients of up to 25%. The views on the way up are awe-inspiring. The Alpine Gardens at the top are filled with 500 species of local plants - you can even see edelweiss growing. The entrance charge of 4 Swiss francs is very reasonable and, again, the mountain views are spectacular. The gardens are extremely hilly, with many steps, and not for the less mobile. There is also a teddy bear exhibition at ...Read More