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When looking at some of the most beautiful villages or towns in Switzerland, you cannot ignore Interlaken as it is definitely up there with the best of the best.

Where to stay and What to do in Interlaken Switzerland
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This resort town of Interlaken is situated in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland region with its beautiful valleys.

Interlaken is a popular summer holiday resort.  In German Interlaken means “between lakes”, and that is exactly what you’ll find here.  The area is most definitely one of the best Instagram Photo Spots in the World.  If you’re looking for photo opportunities, you will find a great variety in and around Interlaken’s lakes.

Situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, which is in my opinion two of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland with their emerald-colored water and surrounded by majestic mountains and alpine meadows.

Interlaken town
When is the Best time to visit?

June to August (summer) is the best time to visit Interlaken and surrounding beautiful villages like Wengen and Grindelwald.  Summer is ideal for hiking and water sport on the lakes.  Winter time obviously is beautiful with the snow and snow ski opportunities in the surrounding mountains.

The Swiss food, culture and definitely the beautiful surrounding Swiss Alps are all the reason to visit Interlaken.

Is Switzerland Expensive to travel to?

Yes, it is quite a general fact that Switzerland is one of the most expensive places to holiday in the world.  However we do have lots of tips and tricks to visit the beautiful Switzerland on a budget.

Souvenirs and Shopping in Interlaken Switzerland 

3 Things you can keep in mind:

  • You will see a Victorinox shop everywhere in Switzerland and naturally a Swiss knife is something that will hold special memories for life.  So do stop at the Alscher Swiss Shop for your pocket knife or gifts.
  • In my opinion you simply just have to buy Lindt chocolates while you are there, at the local Lindt shop.
  • …and do a Cheese and Chocolate Tour.  (Buy cheese and enjoy the best Swiss cheeses.)
Things to do in and around Interlaken
  • Paragliding is the best way to get awesome views from the top.
  • Visitors can enjoy a boat tour on the picturesque Lake Brienz.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and scenery with a boat trip on Lake Thun.
  • The St. Beatus Caves is a large cave system that features pathways through tunnels in Beatenberg. The cave system is situated near Lake Thun and has over 14 kilometers of tunnels that can be explored.
  • Visit the Seilpark (see above)
  • Go up in the Funicular to the Harderkulm, a viewpoint at 1,321 metres in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland, overlooking the towns of Interlaken and Unterseen.
  • Visit Schloss Oberhofen / Oberhofen Castle with its beautiful gardens and the museum.  If you like the idea to stay in a Castle, you can even book a room here for the night.  Or how about arranging your wedding here.
  • If you are looking for a beautiful restaurant with wonderful views, The restaurant Schloss Oberhofen is just the place.  Just book your table well in advance.
(Photos above:  From their website.)

Where to stay

Well if you are doing a post on a resort town, it is most definitely necessary to mention a few very good resort hotels in the area. 

Here are two we can definitely recommend:

  • The very impressive Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage is located 5 minutes’ walk from the Interlaken Ost train station and is one of the most impressive buildings in Interlaken.
One of the most beautiful hotels in Interlaken Switzerland

Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage

One of the most beautiful hotels in Switzerland.
  • The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa is set in a picturesque location with stunning views.
Both of these hotels are pet friendly.  Photos by
Interlaken Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel

The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Beautiful setting in Interlaken Switzerland

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International airport

Zurich Airport (ZRH) is the nearest International Airport, serving Zurich and with links to pretty much everywhere in Switzerland.  From Zurich Airport you can take a train to Interlaken or hire a car.

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