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Interlaken
Travel Guide

Interlaken featuring heritage architecture, a castle and a lake or waterhole

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

VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Höheweg 41, Interlaken, BE
The price is NT$14,206 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located near the slopes, this Central Interlaken hotel is in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Hoeheweg and Mystery Rooms, and close to winter sports ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (285 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel with great location, breakfast and spa facilities."

Reviewed on 2021/4/25

VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
Boutique Hotel Bellevue
Boutique Hotel Bellevue
4 out of 5
Marktgasse 59, Interlaken, BE
The price is NT$5,807 per night from May 17 to May 17
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! (372 reviews)
"The property is very well located in the city center. Our room was very clean and confortable with a nice view."

Reviewed on 2021/3/8

Boutique Hotel Bellevue
Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage
Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage
5 out of 5
Hoeheweg 211, Interlaken, BE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$8,527 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Central Interlaken, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystery Rooms and Lake Brienz. Harder Kulm and Giessbach Falls are also within 9 mi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (503 reviews)
Nice hotel with good service
"Very nice hotel. Not modern but extremely comfortable. Very good service Hygiene at a very high standard - very good breakfast We really enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on 2020/10/26

Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hapimag Resort Interlaken
Hapimag Resort Interlaken
3.5 out of 5
Höheweg 95, Interlaken
The price is NT$7,535 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Central Interlaken, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Interlaken Casino and Mystery Rooms. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also within 3 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (97 reviews)
Not for families
"Hotel is not very family friendly. Most of the patrons are in the 65+ age group and are intolerant of families. My children were just talking in the hotel restaurant and a couple were giving us horrible looks. My daughter was scared of the "nasty old lady staring at her". They also did not like our ..."

Reviewed on 2020/7/7

Hapimag Resort Interlaken
24/7 Concierge Apartments Interlaken
24/7 Concierge Apartments Interlaken
5 out of 5
Untere Bönigstrasse 8, Interlaken
The price is NT$5,025 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Central Interlaken, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Interlaken Casino, Lake Brienz, and Mystery Rooms. Lake Thun is 2.5 mi ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Best apartment Hotel in Interlaken
"This apartment Hotel is a one of a kind.Starting from the location to the service it was phenomenal! I would definitely recommend it to everyone.Fatima went out of her ways to help us and guide us in every aspect! We as a family will definitely come back. Thanks Fatima for your wonderful service ..."

Reviewed on 2019/12/27

24/7 Concierge Apartments Interlaken
Interlaken Downtown Happiness Apartment
Interlaken Downtown Happiness Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Jungfraustrasse 25, Interlaken
The price is NT$4,169 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Central Interlaken, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kletterhalle Interlaken and Mystery Rooms. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Sehr freundliches Personal👍 Schlechte Heizung, dank hilfsbereitem Personal mussten wir nicht frieren! Zu wenig Druck beim Wasser😬 sonst okay"

Reviewed on 2020/10/21

Interlaken Downtown Happiness Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Interlaken

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GVC

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

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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.

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