Overview Interlaken

Visiting Interlaken

Interlaken is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most popular tourist resorts, and it’s not hard to see why. Nestled in the Swiss Alps and bordered by Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west, this idyllic hamlet is packed with outdoor activities, from hiking its mountains to touring its lakes to spelunking its caves, any visitor is sure to find their share of fun and adventure in Interlaken. Once the site of a monastery, and home to thriving printing, textile and watchmaking industries, Interlaken’s primary focus now is tourism, which it does wonderfully. The city serves as a base of exploration for the surrounding mountains, where visitors can take in the sights from the high top of the popular Jungfraujoch, known as the “Top of Europe”, or hike to the top of Harder Kulm. The mountains are also dotted with caves which visitors can explore – the St. Beatus-Hohlen Caves are a popular choice. Adventure sports have become wildly popular in Interlaken among tourists and locals... Read More Interlaken is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most popular tourist resorts, and it’s not hard to see why. Nestled in the Swiss Alps and bordered by Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west, this idyllic hamlet is packed with outdoor activities, from hiking its mountains to touring its lakes to spelunking its caves, any visitor is sure to find their share of fun and adventure in Interlaken. Once the site of a monastery, and home to thriving printing, textile and watchmaking industries, Interlaken’s primary focus now is tourism, which it does wonderfully. The city serves as a base of exploration for the surrounding mountains, where visitors can take in the sights from the high top of the popular Jungfraujoch, known as the “Top of Europe”, or hike to the top of Harder Kulm. The mountains are also dotted with caves which visitors can explore – the St. Beatus-Hohlen Caves are a popular choice. Adventure sports have become wildly popular in Interlaken among tourists and locals alike, and businesses like the Alpin Center Interlaken provide guided services in skydiving, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding and skiing. Interlaken’s lakes are just as much a part of its geography as the surrounding mountains, and day cruises through the city-bordering Lake Thun and Lake Brienz let visitors take in the views while floating over green-blue glacial waters. Lake Thun is particularly popular for its picnic grounds and charming cobblestone streets. So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve tramped to the Top of Europe.    Close

Stories and Tips Interlaken

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Things to do in Interlaken

Written by Joy S on 25 Oct, 2005

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…Read More


Lauterbrunnen Valley and Murren

Written by Joy S on 25 Oct, 2005

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…Read More


Steamer Trips on Lake Thun and Brienz

Written by Joy S on 25 Oct, 2005

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…Read More


Interlaken Hodgepodge

Written by dfrb on 25 May, 2004

Interlaken is a fairly small town (population not much over 15,000). It is very easy to tour on foot. It lies in a valley between the mountains and between two lakes -- Thun and Brienz. If you arrive via Berne in the…Read More


Perfect Day

Written by Calypso on 31 May, 2002

I just thought I would let you all know about what has been possibly the best day of my life. I woke up this morning to yet another gorgeous sunny day in the Swiss Alps, had breakfast in the sun whilst looking at the mountains with my roommates…Read More


Something to see

Written by belindastinson on 11 Jul, 2002

Interlaken means between lakes and it sits beautifully between two glacier lakes at the base of some of the most gorgeous mountains and some of the tallest in the world. Because it sits in the moutain valley, almost everything you do from there is up!…Read More


Interlaken Shopping

Written by nitatravels on 03 Jun, 2004

Don't be put off by the commercial look and feel of downtown Interlaken. Yes, Interlaken is tourism at its finest and its worst. Fine shopping options include gorgeous gold jewelry, expensive, but well made Swiss watches and cuckoo clocks, and fine Swiss linens and lace.…Read More


Dining Options in Interlaken

Written by nitatravels on 13 May, 2004

Since Interlaken is rather large and definitely a tourist center, you'll find many dining options to suit any budgets. Besides traditional Swiss cuisine, you'll find everything from McDonald’s (yes, they are everywhere these days!!) to Italian to Chinese to Mexican. Be sure, though, to experience…Read More


Nestled between the mountains

Written by nitatravels on 13 May, 2004

Interlaken is nestled between the mountains, with a lake on each side: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Either makes a wonderful, relaxing day trip. Both Swiss Passes (highly recommended for value on mountain excursions) and Eurail passes are valid on the steamers. You can simply…Read More


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Interlude in Interlaken

Written by jemery on 18 Aug, 2003

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…Read More


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