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Interlaken is a quintessential Swiss town that sits in the lap of the majestic Alps. The long-fabled mountains surrounding the town have welcomed visitors for over a hundred years, making Interlaken the much-visited destination that it is today. The unparalleled scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps along with its rich culture and a very quaint, small-town vibe make Interlaken a holiday-maker's paradise.

From it's azure lakes to snow-capped mountains, Interlaken has a lot to offer! The old heart of the town, its centre is dotted with buildings that date back centuries. You can walk past old hotels, quirky cafes and chocolate making workshops here. Just like the rest of Switzerland, Interlaken also has an enviable variety of cheese that you must try.

As far as culture is concerned, Interlaken has loads of it, including ancient musical instruments, colourful traditional dresses and local food. If you are lucky, you will be able to have a glimpse into all of these on a walk through the town. 

If you love nature and would love to go on hikes and treks on your trip to Interlaken, then you have landed at the right place. You can catch one of over 45 cable cars that leave from Interlaken and get off at a different destination, allowing you access to hundreds of trails, summits, cliff-fronts, caves, waterfalls and more!

There are trails that would take you through old villages, trails that run along Lakeshores and trails that go up the mountain tops. Whether you are here to enjoy the luxurious holiday destination of the Victorians or want to get your heart pumping with some amazing adventure sports, Interlaken has everything.

You can stand at the highest point of the continent or float down rivers, you can enjoy a private spa by a lake or glide through the air. Its beautiful landscape is steeped in history, myth, and legend and you will find everything from dragons to castles and old convents here.  Interlaken has something for everyone!
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27 November 2019
Excellent
There are some great things about Schilthorn cable car: The view of the mesmerizing mountains is really something one could never get enough of. The tour is designed and managed very professionally by the team. The great dining experience can be enjoyed at the revolving restaurant.
16 January 2020
Excellent
The best experience for me in Switzerland by far. Especially, witnessing the revolving restaurant for the first time really made me think how far ahead we have come. Extremely safe and wonderfully exciting, the cable car ride is a must-try.
19 January 2020
Excellent
. I was traveling solo to Switzerland for a business trip when I discovered I had a day to explore the city. While I have enjoyed a number of attractions in the past in Switzerland, I wanted to indulge in some adventure. So, I booked with Simme River Rafting and boy was it an experience. I got to make new friends and had a ton of fun. The entire activity was conducted professionally and the right kind of safety was in place.
08 December 2019
Excellent
Professional, punctual and all safety in place, my river rating experience with Simme River Rafting was extremely delightful and we had a ton of fun. The fun fact is that kids can also enjoy it quite thoroughly. I really felt pumped after the expectations and it really completed me and my families entire visit to Switzerland.
13 November 2019
Excellent
The perfect adventure for a group of friends, we thoroughly enjoyed the Simme River Rafting Experience. It was really an eye-opener for me especially to know that there is so much adventure hidden in the mesmerizing beauty of Switzerland. A must try especially if you are in a group, visiting Switzerland.
04 November 2019
Excellent
It was great to spend such a great evening enjoying a ton of fun activities. I had a lot fun sledding and I must say that the fondue dinner was delicious. Fun and food, a great way to spend a night indeed.
10 December 2019
Excellent
The dinner was on point, the activities were really fun and I along with my kids had a lot of fun exploring the night night sledding experience. If you are in interlaken you have to take one night out and enjoy this thrilling adventure with your family or your friends. The drinks served were also delicious.
23 January 2020
Superb
The perfect evening to spend with your better half. We were planning on doing something out of the box on one of the nights on our trip to Switzerland and I must say that the night Sledding was the right choice. We indulged in some sledding which was really exciting follows by a grand meal and drinks.
19 September 2019
Excellent
The best fun I had at night in Switzerland was with sulwald Sledding experience at Interlaken. The activities are really organized and the guide gives thorough instruction about the details of the night. I must say that these instructions can get really boring but the guide found a way to make it really fun. I and my partner I was able to get into the action really fast with Sledging which followed dinner. All in all, I must thank Thrillophilia for making our night adventurous.
06 December 2019
Superb
We had a great time here, you should definitely give it a try to schilthorn cable car.

People Also Ask About Interlaken

  1. Which are the major tourist attractions in Interlaken?

    1. Bernatone Alphornbau
    If you want to skip the touristy sites and experience the traditional side of Switzerland, then you must visit the workshop run by the master alphorn maker, Heinz Tschiemer. Here, you can watch the alphorns being made, learn about their traditional significance and get yourself one!

    There also are several other bigger and smaller musical instruments to choose from. It is a unique experience, the likes of which are hard to find outside Switzerland. 

    Location: Im Holz, 3804 Habkern, Switzerland
    Timings: Open 24 hours 

    2. Harder Kulm
    Harder Kulm is the nearest mountain to the city of Interlaken and takes only a 10-minute ride on a 100-year-old funicular railway to reach. Standing at a height of 1322 metres above sea level, the mountain affords breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch.

    If you are not afraid of heights, you can enjoy even better views of this masterpiece of nature from the overhanging Two-Lakes-Bridge or Zwei-Seen-Steg. 

    Location: Harder Kulm, 3800 Unterseen, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee: Free
    Timings: The funicular railway runs every day from 9:10 AM to 9:40 PM

    3. St Beatus Caves
    A half an hour-long bus or train ride from Interlaken West would bring you to these millennia-old caves that are seeped into Interlaken's culture and lore. It is believed that in the 6th century, a beastly dragon hid in these very caves to escape the wrath of St. Beatus, a monk, and was eventually beaten on this very site.

    Today, you can enjoy walks through these almost a kilometre long caves which are lit to showcase the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. The walkways are lit by LED lights to offer better views of the natural formations and make for an interesting tour. The place also has a museum where you can learn about the history, geology and tourism-related information of these caves. 

    Location: 3800 Beatenberg, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee:
    - Adult: CHF 18 or Rs. 1,322
    - Child: CHF 10 or Rs. 735
    Timings: 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM

    4. Heimwehfluh
    After getting off at the Interlaken West station, you can literally walk to the cable car station which will take you up to Heimwehfluh. Heimwehfluh is a hill sitting at an altitude of 680 metres above sea level, from the top of which you can enjoy the magnificent scenery.

    There is a restaurant at the top from where you get panoramic views views of the surrounding peaks while sipping on your coffee at the restaurant. It is especially fun for the kids as they can play and run around at the adventure playground situated close to the cafe.

    The highlight, however, is the sledging run which takes people of all ages sledging down the slopes of the hill, passing through forests! You can choose the speed at which you want to sledge down the incline making it a fun activity for all! 

    Location: Heimwehfluh Str. 60, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee: Free
    Timings: Model Railway, Sledge Run: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    5. Tourism Museum
    Tourists have been enjoying the scenic beauty of Interlaken and the entire region known as the Bernese Oberland for more than the last five hundred years. This is the first museum of its kind in Interlaken that talks about the history of tourism in the region.

    The exhibit stretches to all three floors of the museum and covers everything from railways, local culture, mountaineering and local industry! Some of the older displays include curios like everyday objects from a luxury hotel in the 1900s. 

    Location: Obere G. 28, 3800 Unterseen, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee:
    - Adult: CHF - 5 or Rs 366
    - Child: CHF - 2 or Rs 147
    Timings: Wednesday to Sunday- 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

    6. Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe
    Jungfrau is the highest peak in the entire continent and a day trip from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch will afford you the best of Alpine scenery. You can reach Grindelwald from Interlaken by train and then take the historic cogwheel train to the Jungfraujoch pass.

    Here, you will arrive at the Jungfrau railway station, the highest railway station in the entire Europe. At the top, you will be able to view the stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks of Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau. Here, you can immerse in the magnificence of Europe's longest glacier and walk through it to the ice palace. You can also visit the Sphinx Observatory, which is one of the highest in Europe! 

    Location: Jungfraujoch3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee: CHF 20 or Rs. 1,468
    Timings: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM 

    7. Höhematte Park
    This is a 14-acre park situated right in the heart of the town and is a popular leisure spot for both locals and tourists. The land which once belonged to the Augustinian convent was acquired by a group of hoteliers back in 1860 to retain the scenic beauty around their hotels.

    The 150-year-old Victoria Jungfrau Hotel still sits at the site and is a major tourist landmark. The beautifully manicured park has blooms of various colours with the backdrop of the Jungfrau peak, making it a scenic destination. When here, you can choose to grab a coffee from the Kursaal and watch the paragliders descend in the park! 

    Location: 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee: Free
    Timings: Open 24-hours 

    8. Schynige Platte
    If you are in the mood to get out of the town and stretch some muscles, then there is no better place than Schynige Platte. A five-minute walk from the Central railway station at Interlaken will take you to the rack railroad. This particular railroad has been in operation since 1893, taking visitors through some impressive scenery.

    The ride lasts for about an hour and passes through the alps, offering you changing vistas of the peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau and also the Lake Thun. Once at the top, you can go on a 45-minute long easy walking trail which will take you through picturesque Alpine gardens with over 600 types of flowers and high-altitude plants! 

    Location: 3812 Gündlischwand, Switzerland
    Entrance Fee: Rs 4,834 for a guided tour
    Timings:
    - Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    - Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM & 2:15 PM to 7:00 PM
  2. Which are the best things to do in Interlaken?

    1. Tandem Paragliding 
    Tandem Paragliding is a sure-shot thing to do for all the adventure enthusiasts when in Interlaken. When you book a tour, you can meet up with your guide in Interlaken and travel to the small town of Beatenberg. This small town sits at a height of 3,704 feet above the sea level and is most commonly used as the take-off point when paragliding in Interlaken.

    The place is said to have some of the best paragliding conditions in the entire country. Here, your guide will strap you and himself to the paraglider and take off! The ride lasts for over 20 minutes, allowing you to take in the spectacular Alpine scenery before you land in a park in the heart of the city of Interlaken. 

    Location: Interlaken
    Price: From CHF 168 or Rs. 12,334

    2. Cruise Lake Thun
    If you are after more leisurely activities and want to explore Interlaken and its surroundings at your own pace, then cruising along Lake Thun might be just the thing! Cruising the lake will offer you some spectacular views of not just the shimmering water but also of the surrounding mountains.

    You can cruise for hours on end and also choose to enjoy meals on the deck! The options for cruises are endless and there is something to fit every budget! Some of them also come with guides who will tell you about the history of the place and along with the lore of the Alpine mountains. 

    Location: Lake Thun
    Price: CHF 68 pp or Rs. 4,990

    3. Chocolate-making at Chocolate Club
    Interlaken is not only about its outdoors! There are tonnes of activities to enjoy when the weather turns bad or when you are tired, like chocolate making. Opened in the year 2014, the Chocolate Club allows a unique glimpse into the cultural experience of Swiss Chocolate making.

    In their quirky workshop, you can not only learn more about the world-famous Swiss chocolates but also learn how to make them! You can choose your own flavours and decide the cocoa content of your own chocolate to create the perfect memento of your trip. 

    Location: Jungfraustrasse 35, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland  
    Timings:
    - Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM 
    - Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    - Monday to Tuesday: Closed

    4. Walk around the Town Centre
    Like any other major European town, Interlaken's town centre is also a bustling and lively place at all times of the day! It is an eclectic mix of new and old buildings with everything from Swiss cafes, souvenir shops, old hotels and ancient churches.

    You can go on a shopping spree and get everything from watches, musical instruments to stuffed toys. Alternatively, you can simply strut around the streets and soak in the sites and the smells! The place also has parks and squares where you can sit down to enjoy the thoroughfare!

    Location: Interlaken

    5. Stay at Victoria Jungfrau Hotel
    Interlaken has been entertaining tourists for the last many centuries and a standing proof of this is the 150-year-old Victoria Jungfrau Hotel. This luxurious heritage hotel sits in the middle of a 14-acre park and enjoys a central location along with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

    You can choose to stay at the Victorian-style lodging and enjoy the hospitality of the olden times. There is no better way to travel in time than by sitting in these old rooms, enjoying age-old delicacies and lapping up on true luxury! 

    Location: Höheweg 41, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
    Price: Rs. 28,400 per night 

    6. Canyoning 
    If you are an adrenaline junkie and like testing your body's endurance in natural surroundings, then canyoning in Interlaken might be the best thing you can do! There are numerous tour operators which organise tours to the surrounding waterfalls and streams where you can climb the slippery rocks, swim along the water currents and torrents and make your way through the dense forests.

    The narrow intertwined gorges and mountainous terrain here offer some world-class canyoning experiences.

    Location: Interlaken
    Price: CHF 107 or Rs. 7,852

    7. Skiing
    Although Interlaken itself is known as a summer sports capital, its excellent connectivity to some of the major national and international ski destinations makes it the perfect place for winter sports lovers as well! Not only can you have an easy day trip to Swiss ski destinations like Gstaad and Zermatt but can also visit some international ski destinations in even less time!

    You can make a day trip to ski resort towns like Adelboden, Kandersteg and Andermatt. The cherry on the top, however, is the entire Jungfrau region with over 45 ski lifts starting from Interlaken itself that would take you around Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren. 

    Location: Interlaken  

    8. Kayaking on Lake Brienz
    ‘Interlaken’ literally translates into ‘between two lakes’. The city gets its name from the fact that it sits between the two lakes of Thun and Brienz. When it Interlaken, you can choose to kayak on the blue waters of Lake Brienz. Be it summer or winter, Lake Brienz is open to kayaking tours that are organized by several local tour operators.

    People of every proficiency and prior experience can get in the kayak and with little training, spend hours amidst shimmering waters with the beautiful mountains spreading ahead of you. It is a truly tranquil experience and since you are covered in special winter suits that keep you warm, there is no risk of the cold weather being an inconvenience.

    Location: Lake Brienz
    Price: CHF 130 or Rs. 9,559

    9. Visit the Oberhofen Castle 
    The Oberhofen Castle sits on the banks of Lake Thun and you can reach the picturesque, old complex by getting on a short boat ride from the city of Interlaken. At this 13th century castle, you can spend your day walking through the well-kept grounds or admiring the excellent architecture.

    The place also gives you an insight into the daily life of the region between the 16th and the 19th century through various exhibits. This is one truly romantic destination as you can enjoy the views from its magnificent tower, walk on an English-styled garden, stroll along the riverbank, and visit the chapel with 15th-century frescos. 

    Location: Oberhofen Castle, 3653 Oberhofen, Switzerland
    Price: CHF 10 or Rs. 735
  3. What is Interlaken known for?

    Interlaken has been a favourite amongst tourists for centuries. The spectacular scenery comprising of snow-capped mountains and blue lakes is second to none! It is a quintessential Swiss city where you can buy Swiss speciality items from chocolates, watches to cheese. It also offers the perfect approach to the world-famous Jungfrau region with over 45 ski lifts taking you to different parts of the Alpine scenery.
  4. What is the best time to visit Interlaken?

    Interlaken is a year-round travel destination and each season has its own perks. You can decide upon the best time to travel based on what you want to do when you get to Interlaken. For all winter sports enthusiasts, the months between December to March are the best to visit Interlaken. 

    If you would like more moderate weather, then the months between June and September are the best for visiting. You can go on numerous hikes and treks in the surrounding mountains, visit the waterfalls and take leisurely strolls around the town. Lake cruises are also more enjoyable around this time and visiting the Jungfrau region is much more comfortable.
  5. Is it safe to travel to Interlaken?

    Yes, it is very safe to travel to Interlaken.
  6. How is the weather in Interlaken?

    The overall climate in Interlaken is a cold and dry one. The months between June and August are the most pleasant ones with the temperatures peaking in July. The temperatures during these months stay, more or less, around 20 degrees to 25 degrees.

    The coldest month, on the other hand, is January and the driest month is February. Temperatures can drop below freezing during the winter months. If you do not like travelling during the rains, avoid visiting during July as it is the wettest month in the year.
  7. How to reach Interlaken?

    Interlaken has excellent connectivity not only to the other major towns in Switzerland but also to other major cities in Europe. You can choose to take a train or bus or drive to Interlaken. 

    By Air
    The nearest airport is in Bern, the national capital, and can be reached by a 45-minute long car ride. If you are flying in from an international destination, you will land at the Zurich International Airport which is a 2-hour long train ride away. 

    By Road
    Interlaken has excellent connectivity by road and you can always choose to drive or take a bus to Geneva. If money is not a concern, then taking a cab is also a good option. 

    By Train
    If you are travelling from Bern, you can catch a direct train to Interlaken which will take a little over 45 minutes. Other major cities like Zurich, Zermatt and Geneva don't have direct trains to Interlaken, but you can always take a train to Bern and then change for Interlaken.
  8. Do I need a visa for Interlaken?

    Only citizens belonging to the EU, EEA and the Schengen area are exempt from visas when arriving in Interlaken and that too for a stay of up to 90 days. Rest, every other country's citizens require a visa to enter Interlaken and Switzerland in general.
  9. Is Interlaken worth visiting?

    Interlaken is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire continent and is dotted with remnants from its rich history and culture. If you are planning to visit the Jungfrau region or spend time at Lake Thun or Lake Brienz, you might want to stop over at Interlaken. It is a quintessential European town and has cobbled streets, churches, forts and castles.
  10. Does it snow in Interlaken?

    Yes. If you are in Interlaken in the winter months, i.e. between November and April, you can expect to experience snowy days.
  11. Is Interlaken better or Lucerne?

    Choosing between Interlaken and Lucerne is not a simple task. In terms of size, Lucerne is much bigger than Interlaken and offers the feel of a city whereas Interlaken feels like a large town. Lucerne has a lot of things to do in the city and a lot more restaurants, hotels and indoor entertainment. Interlaken, on the other hand, is the place people visit when you are looking for outdoor activities like skiing, kayaking, cannoning, etc.
  12. How do I get from Jungfrau to Interlaken?

    Regular cable cars run between Jungfrau and Interlaken and take around two hours with two changes. The first one is at Lauterbrunnen and the other one is at Kleine Scheidegg, with stopping times of about ten minutes each.
  13. How do I get from Geneva to Interlaken?

    You can choose to take a train from Geneva to Interlaken or drive the distance. The train takes around two hours and forty-five minutes on average. Driving between the two cities takes around two hours and twenty minutes.
  14. What is there to do in Interlaken for a day?

    Take a Funicular to Harder Kulm:
    When in Interlaken, you can enjoy a scenic funicular ride to the top of the Harder Kulm mountain. The ten-minute long ride takes you to the top of Interlaken, standing at a height of 1,322 metres above the sea level. You can enjoy spectacular views of the lakes and neighbouring peaks from the cable car. 

    Go Kayaking in Lake Brienz:
    There is no better way to enjoy the calm, blue waters and majestic mountain scenery surrounding Lake Brienz than by taking a kayak. You can choose to kayak with a partner or go out on your own and soak in the peace and quiet of the place. 

    Enjoy a picnic at Giessbach Waterfalls:
    You can make your way to the lovely Giessbach Waterfalls and enjoy a picnic spread with the family. It is also an excellent spot for taking insta-worthy pictures! 

    Trek to Iseltwald:
    An easy, leisurely lakeshore trek will take you to the quaint mountain village of Iseltwald. Here you can dive into the local culture and enjoy untouched scenery.

    Visit the St Beatus Caves:
    You can visit this kilometre-long complex of interconnected caves that have existed for millennia. The place also has a museum where you can learn more about the history, legend and geology of the place.
  15. What is there to do in Interlaken in winter?

    Paragliding:
    Paragliding is one of the most popular adventure sports in Interlaken. The place offers both tandem and solo paragliding opportunities where you can enjoy unparalleled bird’s-eye views of the town as you descend! 

    Cruising:
    You can go cruising on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz, even in the winter. You will be provided with warm suits and all the instructions to have an enjoyable trip. 

    Skiing:
    Interlaken is surrounded by beautiful Alpine mountains which lend themselves for some of the most memorable skiing experiences in the entire continent. 

    Jungfraujoch:

    Jungfraujoch is open for tourists even in winters, only exceptions being horrible weather. You can take the cable car and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Europe.
  16. Which are the best resorts in Interlaken?

    Victoria Jungfrau Hotel:
    This is a 150-year-old heritage hotel situated right in the heart of the town. It offers the best in hospitality and also has an on-site spa to elevate your experience. You can choose from an array of suites and rooms to stay and spend your days enjoying splendid views of the park in which it is situated.

    Salzano Hotel & Spa:
    If you are looking for something a little more cozy and downsized, then this family-owned hotel in Interlaken is your best choice. This three-star accommodation offers everything from Swiss chalet-style rooms, an excellent restaurant, and a fully-equipped spa.

    Beatus Wellness & Spa Hotel:
    If you want to truly unwind in the lap of some magnificent scenery in Interlaken, then you must book a stay at this hotel. This oasis of wellness sits directly on Lake Thun and offers luxurious rooms with breathtaking views as well as indoor pools for when it's snowing outside! 

    Deltapark Vital resort:
    If you are travelling in a bigger group or want to have a thoroughly private experience, then you can book yourself villas and suites at this resort. It has everything from sauna, spa to swimming pools to let you unwind and relax in the best way possible! They also have private spa suites if privacy is paramount to you.
  17. Which are the best water sports to try in Interlaken?

    Kayaking:
    Kayaking in the two vast lakes of Interlaken, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, is an activity which can be performed in both summers and winters. You can hire a kayak and other gears if you have some prior experience or join a guided tour. The tour instructor will provide all the gear and give instructions before you get in the water.

    Canyoning:
    Canyoning is an extreme water support which you can try when in Interlaken. The rugged landscape, twisting canyons and numerous waterfalls and streams make for an excellent canyoning experience. You can join a group or choose to rent out necessary gear if you have had prior experience. 

    Rafting:
    For all the adrenaline junkies visiting Interlaken, rafting, be it tandem or independent, is a must thing to try! You can choose to ride the waters of the mighty Lütschine as it flows down the Alps or choose the Simme to try out your skills. 

    Jet-boating:
    Nothing compares to the thrills of riding the waves as you speed through the lakes of Interlaken. Jet-boating in Interlaken encompasses a ride on a powerful jet-boat as you visit far-flung attractions across the town, including Iseltwald, Giessbach falls and more!
  18. What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Interlaken?

    - A pair of walking shoes 
    - A warm jacket for the evenings 
    - A fleece or light jacket for the day 
    - A rain jacket just in case it rains 
    - A bag with water and some snacks 
    - Sunglasses for your eyes 
    - Sunscreen with a good SPF level
    - Moisturizer for your face, body and lips 
    - A knit hat to protect your head and ears
    - Hiking boots if you plan to hike 
    - Extra pairs of socks in case they get wet 
    - A swimsuit if you plan to swim in the lakes