Interlaken — Pure Switzerland with a shot of adrenalin

Lake steamers carving wakes on blue-green waters, cows grazing in flower-filled Alpine meadows, picturesque villages full of wooden chalets decorated with carvings and eternally white mountain summits reached by rail and cableway — picture-book Switzerland comes to life in Interlaken. But that’s by no means all: both pleasure seekers and adventure addicts will find an impressive palette of activities on offer in this unique natural setting. The jam-packed events calendar will appeal equally to folklore lovers, rock scene and country- music fans.

Paragliding in Interlaken

www.interlaken.ch

A lively town with an Alpine flair between two lakes and at the foot of the world-famous Eiger, Manch & Jungfrau massif: welcome to Interlaken! With excellent rail and road links, the resort in the heart of the Bernese Oberland has for decades been one of the most popular points on every trip to Switzerland. Interlaken, Thun and Brienz offer guests a choice of hotels from simple to simply luxurious. Modern hostels, camping sites, comfortable bed & breakfast establishments and holiday apartments offer overnight accommodation for each and every budget.

As the gateway to the Jungfrau», Interlaken is the ideal starting point for excursions into the Jungfrau Region’s unique mountain world. The white giants can be admired at close quarters and in comfort by rail or cableway. The Jungfraujoch awards views of a fascinating glacier world and is also Europe’s highest- altitude railway station. The Schilthorn offers stunning views and an authentic film set. It gained international fame as the location for the legendary James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service».

 

Interlaken — in the midst of winter!

Winter guests have the choice of three Top Ski areas in the Jungfrau Region – each one easily reached with a free ski bus. The small but superb ski areas of Niederhorn, Beatenberg and Axalp are perfect for families, winter walkers and sledging fans will also be in their element. A rich range of excursions and favourable winter rates round off Interlaken’s attractive winter offers for guests.

Interlaken Tourism

Hoheweg 37

CH — 3800 Interlaken

T 0041 33 826 53 oo

F 0041 33 826 53 01

www.interlaken.ch

mail@interlakentourism.ch

 

Discover new perspectives

In Interlaken, yodelling choirs and national-costume groups are a natural part of any fest. Listening to the perfectly pitched voices and watching the nimble-footed dancers, it’s easy to forget that a lot of work goes on behind the folklore scenes. This work can now be seen: from September to November, singers, dancers, flag throwers and alphorn players invite you to visit their rehearsals and get a glimpse backstage.

Right next to the Panorama Restaurant, a tunnel leads to the new panorama platform in the Stockhon north face. The spectacular new vantage platform with a glass floor provides some thrilling moments. It offers up a magnificent unimpaired view of Thun, Lake Thun, the Aare and Gurbe valley, the Swiss central plateau through to the Jura and, on clear days, right to the southern Black Forest..

How did Thun’s coat of arms get its golden star? The Thun audio guide gives the answer to this and many other questions. Guests can tour the old town with a smartphone or tablet PC and uncover much hidden history.

Secured to a climbing rope, adventure addicts launch themselves into the depths from an 85 metre high metal platform. But there’s no need to fear an abrupt braking effect; further forward the rope is attached to a transverse steel cable that transfers the energy of the fall into a forward pendulum motion. The jumper on the rope swings through the Grindelwald Glacier Gorge at a breathtaking speed.

Turn an ordinary excursion into a genuine experience with a guided hike or sightseeing tour in the company of a local guide. It’s a great opportunity to to peek behind the facades of ancient walls and embrace local traditions. Whether it’s out in the wild, down a side street steeped in history or in a delightful chalet village, the stories, anecdotes and history of the Interlaken holiday region are all waiting to be discovered.

On the first Advent weekend, Aenderdorf — the oldest part of Brienz — is transformed into a romantic Christmas landscape with pretty little wooden houses, the aromatic fragrance of mulled wine and — hopefully — some gentle snowflakes. Artists and craftsmen offer their carefully created wares for sale, local people meet to chat and children enjoy an exciting ride on the carousel.

 

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