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

  • 50%


    I love Interlaken

    Set in the beautiful Swiss Alps, it is a great place to try out a lot of adeventure activities or explore the highest accessible peaks by gondola etc by a short train journey. Trummelbach falls in nearby Lauterbrunnen definitely worth a visit. Who can ask for more than 10 waterfalls inside a mountain? The walk back to Lauterbrunnen was also amazing. 1 hr on an injured toe! No need to book activities, all can be booked on arrival in town!

    Insider Tip:Schuh. Eat there. It's a lovely cafe just off the main public green. They have chocolate workshops everyday at 1700 if you have an evening spare, just but a ticket from the patisserie inside and you get credit to buy chocolate later! Their passion fruit tart topped with raspberries may be the most delicious cake I've eaten in my life. Also whilst in the Alps try to eat some Rosti if you get a chance. Delicious potato dinner which is a good Swiss specialty.

  • 70%



    Really beautiful place and it's a good starting point for some hikes and such. So many action adventures to be had in Interlaken!!

    Insider Tip:Buy a Swiss rail pass because you will definitely use it

  • 80%



    There are so many outdoor activities to partake in. I wish the weather was better because Interlaken is breathtakingly gorgeous.

    Insider Tip:To go to Jungfrau, the Swiss pass covers to Grindelwald. The discount for Jungfrau is NOT 50% like the other mountain railroads. Only go up to the top on a very clear day. Otherwise, the day is much better spent hiking the valley below.

  • 70%


    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!

  • 40%


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

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