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From skiing and tubing to hiking, climbing and sailing, the wild mountainous scenery of this alpine resort town offers a variety of summer and winter pursuits.

Interlaken is an alpine resort sandwiched between two lakes and surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Ski, hike, sail and bike through the Swiss wilderness. Thrill-seekers come to try canyon jumping, paragliding, whitewater rafting and skydiving. In the town, find bars, restaurants, museums and shops.

Ski and snowboard down the pistes of Interlaken’s multiple ski areas. There are four winter resorts within easy reach of the town. Jungfrau Skiing Region is one of the most popular in Switzerland and has more than 125 miles (200 kilometers) of runs. Children and beginners can enjoy the 9 miles (15 kilometers) of slopes at the Brienz-Axalp Family-Friendly Ski Resort. Go cross-country skiing, glacier trekking and snow tubing. Try night sledding on Niederhorn’s peak.

Interlaken is a year-round resort and so there are also plenty of outdoor adventures during the summer. Hike along mountain trails that pass by waterfalls, lakes and through alpine villages. Enjoy a walk along the shores of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Cruise across either body of water on a half-day or full-day steamer excursion. Go for a swim and then picnic by the water’s edge. Rent a mountain bike or electric bike for a ride through the mountainous scenery. There are paved footpaths suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Head into town to try fondue in a gourmet restaurant, shop for souvenirs and visit the 12th-century monastery. For evening entertainment, watch a live band, go to the cinema or see if your luck’s in at the Interlaken Casino.

Reach Interlaken by flying into Bern-Belp Airport, about 33 miles (54 kilometers) away. From there you can travel by bus, rental car or taxi into Interlaken. The town is small enough to be navigated on foot. Local bus services connect to nearby towns and villages.

Interlaken is about an hour’s drive away from Bern, the Swiss capital, and within easy reach of Jungfrau Park, a theme park that opens during the summer.

Where to stay in Interlaken

Thun featuring a lake or waterhole, street scenes and outdoor eating

Central Interlaken

4.5/5Wonderful!(185 area reviews)

Central Interlaken is known for its picture-perfect mountain views, and you can plan a trip to Mystery Rooms and Interlaken Casino while you're in town.

Central Interlaken

Top Hotels in Interlaken

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Du Nord
Hotel Du Nord
4 out of 5
Hoheweg 70, Interlaken, BE
The price is NT$4,866 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Interlaken Casino and Mystery Rooms. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.1/5Very Good! (177 reviews)

"The front desk staff were very helpful and knowledgable"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/19

Hotel Du Nord
The Hey Hotel
The Hey Hotel
3 out of 5
Höheweg 7, Interlaken
The price is NT$4,643 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoeheweg and Mystery Rooms. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also within 2 mi (3 km). Interlaken ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"The hotel was modern and clean and had an adorable marketing scheme including the word ‘hey’ in everything. The staff were friendly and helpful, and we really enjoyed the location."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/10

The Hey Hotel
Boutique Hotel Bellevue
Boutique Hotel Bellevue
4 out of 5
Marktgasse 59, Interlaken, BE
The price is NT$4,867 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Interlaken Casino and Mystery Rooms. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (343 reviews)

"Excellent location! This is an ideal hotel for travelers who want everything close by (attractions, transportation, restaurants, shopping). The hotel is next to the river with rooms offering views of the river. The staff are awesome providing excellent services. Hotel has a good selection of breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/12

Boutique Hotel Bellevue

Popular places to visit in Interlaken

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5/5(188 reviews)

Go to the highest railway station in Europe, visit an ice palace and view a colossal glacier when you take a picturesque train ride to this mountain pass.

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5/5(154 reviews)

Whether you hike along it, take the railway to its villages or just enjoy the view from Grindelwald below, this famous peak in the Bernese Alps is not to be missed.

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4.5/5(36 reviews)

Explore First, a favorite green space in Grindelwald, and also enjoy the area's ski slopes. Discover the area's mountain views, or seek out its local tours.

Reviews of Interlaken


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5/5 - Excellent


Feb 24, 2020

Wonderful town and a must visit for anyone visiting Switzerland. It’s a great base for nearby attractions like Grindelwald, Jungfrau, etc.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Jungfrau eegion and first mountain were fantastic if you get a sunny day. Watch the cams because the activities are above the low cloud level.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2019

Very cool town with alot of different things to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 22, 2019

We love it!! We will be back.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 17, 2019

Next trip, I would probably stay in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Grindelwald. More convenient for the sites to visit in the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

Nice town. Lots of dining and hiking options. We didn't have good weather, but I'm sure it's even better when the mountains are in view.

Cities near Interlaken

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