Between two lakesInterlaken 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.
Winter tale & permanent iceInterlaken 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.