The town of Interlaken is set between the beautiful Lake Thun and Lake Brienz it has long been a favourite holiday destination
for many people; a gateway into the Burnese Oberland region of Switzerland. There are a wide variety of activities with many water and mountain sports on offer including paragliding, white water rafting, swimming in lakes and pools, tennis and golf. Interlaken has an excellent network of trains, boats, steamers and buses making travelling around the areas relatively easy. To get the best out of your holiday break you should take the opportunity to go on some of the many excursions on offer and participate in some of the activities/sports
In the centre of the busy town you get to enjoy a fantastic view of the Jungfrau Mountains. There are cafes, charming small shops and tea-rooms along the promenade and the main street where you can treat yourself to Swiss handicrafts, hand-made chocolates and jewellery.
As you wander around the town through narrow streets you will come across pretty flowered squares and lovely old buildings. Why not hire a bike and go off and explore maps are available from the local Tourist Office located on Hôheweg. You may want to take a horse and carriage ride around the town or enjoy an easy stroll along the lakesides. You can also get details of the many mountain hikes/walks for a variety of areas from the Swiss Travel Office, there are paths marked with estimated walking times which may help when planning your itinerary.
If you are looking to relax you can book a lake cruise and spend some time on the water or a funicular where you will get to see some magnificent views. About 10 miles from Interlaken are the glaciers of the Jungfrau Massif you can visit the Schilthorn by cable car and enjoy exceptional panoramic views from the revolving restaurant.
A very popular tourist excursion is to Jungfraujock, visitors can take the train from Interlaken to visit the highest railway station in Europe and one of Switzerland’s most attractive destinations. It takes around two and a half hours from Interlaken to reach the summit, if the weather is good the journey is well worth doing, it is expensive so you need good visibility to get the most out of your trip. You can visit the impressive Ice Palace at the top and see the ice sculptures etc, well worth seeing, children would enjoy this trip. One of the best parts of a Swiss holiday break is to ride along one of the numerous picturesque routes and admire the great natural beauty of the country.
At the open-air theatre, in a lovely setting, Interlaken stages theSchillers play William Tell during the summer months it is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
From May-October you can take the funicular to the Harderkulm (13100m) and see the views over the lakes and the mountains, alternatively the popular red funicular takes holiday-makers to Heimwehfluh in the South of Interlaken, at the top of the hill is a children’s play ground, a model railway and an all weather toboggan run as well as a restaurant with open-air café.
After all those excursions and activities
you should head for the Café Schuh for tea and cakes, there is some delicious food on offer, maybe more expensive than some other eateries but worth it I think! Interlaken and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer visitors who are looking for a holiday destination in Switzerland.