Between two lakes
Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland stands for hassle-free holidays in a place of outstanding natural charm – inclusive of stunning views of the breathtaking Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau mountains. As the Latin name (“interlakus”) suggests, the town is in a picturesque location between two lakes: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Those who love sports and relaxation or want to spend a family vacation will find all the facilities and infrastructure to make a holiday worthwhile. Enjoy walking and hiking, rafting, paragliding and swimming in summer, and explore the region’s fantastic ski areas and cleared winter walking trails in winter. The traditional “Harder-Potschete” carnival parade is an absolute must-see taking place in January every year.
Exploring the fabulous world of mountains
In summer Interlaken has a lot to offer for mountain enthusiasts of all ages and ambitions. Thanks to its privileged location it is an ideal base for both leisurely walks and high Alpine hikes in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. For a first impression of the breathtaking mountain scenery visitors are recommended to climb Harder Kulm (1,322 m) in Interlaken. Thanks to the funicular even families with children can get there effortlessly and within no time at all to enjoy views of Eiger, Moench, Jungfrau and charming mountain lakes glistening in the sun. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are just perfect for a refreshing soak on a hot summer’s day.
Having spent the day out walking and hiking on Harder Kulm, there is nothing to beat a hearty meal of Roesti or cheese fondue at the fantastic Art Nouveau-style Panorama Restaurant. The St. Beatus stalactite caves high above Lake Thun make a prime destination for families. Legend has it that a dragon was expelled from the area by Saint Beatus back in the sixth century. Today, the Dragon Slide set up on the playground is the children’s favorite.
Winter tale & permanent ice
Interlaken is indeed a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. It offers easy access to more than 45 means of mountain transport, 200 kilometers of slopes, several cross-country skiing routes, winter walking trails and sledge tracks. Depending on your interest and ambition, you may go for the Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg, First or Schilthorn ski areas in the Jungfrau area, or rather for the family-friendly slopes at Beatenberg or Axalp Brienz.
For a most impressive glacier experience take a ride to Europe’s highest railway station: Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, accessible from Interlaken within a 2.5-hour ride on the Jungfraubahn. The marvelous Sphinx viewing platform (3,571 m) grants stunning views as far as France, Germany and Italy. The Ice Palace is the gateway to a mysterious winter wonderland and a special attraction for the old and young. Those who prefer a winter experience far from the madding crowds will enjoy winter walking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Lombachalp, for instance, is the perfect place to relax, let one’s thoughts drift away and try authentic Swiss specialties.