Interlaken Pocket Guide

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Buried deep in the Swiss Alps, and nestled neatly in between two lakes, Interlaken is a tale of two cities. First there's Interlaken in the winter, quieter than the summer months but one of the best places in Europe to engage in adrenalin-pumping outdoor winter sports. Then there's Interlaken in the summer, a livelier city with even more outdoor sports and some great hiking. If you're not the outdoorsy type, don't fret. Thanks to the surrounding mountains and lakes, it's worth visiting for the scenery alone.

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  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Interlaken.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Interlaken... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Interlaken.

Interlaken City Reviews

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    Interlaken, Switzerland

    Interlaken is a tourist town if I've seen one. When walking the streets, you'll hear English, Korean, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, basically every language out there! So if you are looking for a quiet town in the alps, this place is not for you. It is the adventure capital of central Europe: you can hangglide, paraglide, skydive, canyon, kayak, white water raft, bike. And close-by (two train stops away) is the UNESCO-sponsored Jungfraujoch peak (the highest point in Europe!)

    Insider Tip:To get to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken OST or Lautrobrunnen, it costs about 150 euros on top of an interrail or eurail pass so be prepared to spend a lot of money!

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    Lots of outdoor activties available. Lots of hiking trails, and a tram to the highest point of Interlaken.

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    In Love!

    Interlaken is an amazing place to visit. The town is small and takes you away from the commotion of the city. It is only of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There are tons of activities that are perfect for someone who loves the outdoors. You can hike up to other small towns and enjoy the fantastic views. There are also great outdoor sports to experience. I was visiting before many places opened up for the tourist season which made many places very quiet.

    Insider Tip:The Avocado Bar in Grindelwald is a great place to stop in for a drink and hang out with some music. The Happy Inn Lodge is a great place to stay with a fantastic bar as well. Alpin Raft is an amazing place to book for white water rafting. The staff is so fun and nice.

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    Come in summer will be better!

    A silent small town. Good place to have a rest, but if you are not coming for ski, then prefer summer rather that winter!

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    Exploring Interlaken

    Its a small town in a very pristine part of the world. It caters almost exclusively to tourists though so don't be suprised at the thin number of locals. The locals are friendly and helpful and English is widely spoken. There are a ton of things to do here in the outdoors. Lots of adrenaline seeking activities especially. The whole place is particularly expensive though. More so than the rest of Switzerland. Hope you get good weather and enjoy.

    Insider Tip:If your regularly fit than the hiking trails are plenty and also free. They offer amazingly good views and it is quite a sense of achievement when you reach the top of the trail. If your not so active then take a cable cars. I would recommend catching the train from Interlaken Ost down South to Lauterbrunnen and exploring the myriad of hiking and biking trails here. If you catch the cable car, there a few trails which are mostly flat whilst offering breathtaking views.

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