InterlakenSwitzerland

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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!(181 area reviews)

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

Central Interlaken

Top Hotels in Interlaken

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Blume
Hotel Blume
2 out of 5
Jungfraustrasse 30, Interlaken, BE
NT$2,953
per night
Mar 21 - Mar 22

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kletterhalle Interlaken, Lake Brienz, and Lake Thun. Kunsthaus Interlaken and Hoeheweg are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (376 reviews)

"Great attention from the owners and a close walk from Interlaken West Station"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/3

Hotel Blume
Hotel Crystal
Hotel Crystal
3 out of 5
Rugenparkstrasse 13, Interlaken, BE
NT$4,430
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mystery Rooms and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Hoeheweg and Seilpark Interlaken ...

4.2/5Very Good! (288 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, close to train station and an awesome breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/14

Hotel Crystal
VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Höheweg 41, Interlaken, BE
NT$10,287
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

This family-friendly Interlaken hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Hoeheweg and Kunsthaus Interlaken. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (210 reviews)

"High service, super clean, spa amenities are amazing"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/10

VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Interlaken

Lake Brienz
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Lake Brienz

4.5/5(153 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Brienz, a popular spot to commune with nature in Brienz. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Lake Thun
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Lake Thun

4.5/5(142 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Thun, a popular spot to commune with nature in Sigriswil. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Eiger
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Eiger

5/5(150 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.

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch

5/5(187 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.

Adelboden Ski Resort
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Adelboden Ski Resort

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Adelboden Ski Resort, a top ski area in Adelboden. Discover the area's mountain views and spas.

Oeschinen Lake
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Oeschinen Lake

5/5(28 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Oeschinen Lake, a well-known green space in Kandersteg. While in this relaxing area, find time to visit its spas.

Reviews of Interlaken

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Sep 22, 2019

We love it!! We will be back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 10, 2019

Close to everything you want to be close to, with overnight accommodations, transportation, a variety of restaurants, and shopping at your fingertips.