The picture-perfect town of Interlaken can be found in the Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland. This popular alpine resort speaks for itself in terms of location. In a valley 566m above sea level, Interlaken is situated between the idyllic Lakes Thun and Brienz. In this article, I will list Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour.
With baroque architecture, dramatic scenery, and fantastic slopes, Interlaken has long been a haven for photographers, skiers, and tourists. Here are five things that should be on your to-do list for a perfect fun-filled trip to Interlaken with some fun facts about Switzerland too.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT INTERLAKEN – Best 5 Things To Do In Interlaken Tour
- June to August – Pleasant weather with an average of 18 to 20 deg C (Peak tourist season).
- September to November – Tourist flow gets thinner and the weather are still pleasant with some rainfall.
- December to March – Freezing weather and ideal for snow lovers. Very less crowd. You can find good deals on hotels.
- April to May – Start of Warmer and long days with the flow of increase in tourists. Many cable car starts operating. The temperature varies from 7 deg C to 17 deg C.
- Basically, all seasons of this charming Swiss city are beautiful and worth visiting. So it depends on what you like and in off-shoulder season, you can save some money.
Skiing | Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
Known as the gateway town to the Jungfrau Ski Region, Interlaken is ideally located for a skiing holiday. With such dramatic scenery, the Jungfrau region offers skiers a unique experience and fantastic skiing conditions. With 214km of slopes to suit a variety of abilities, Interlaken really is a skier’s paradise. These pistes tend to remain relatively uncrowded, with lifts having a total capacity to transport 45,000 passengers per hour. Skiing is a fantastic thing to do in winter Interlaken itinerary. Jungfrau region is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland and hence tops the list of Interlaken things to do.
While it’s hoped you’ll be perfectly safe on the slopes, taking out travel insurance is essential. Hospital stays in Switzerland are among the most expensive at £6,127 a day.
The Oberhofen Castle| Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
Lying on the banks of Lake Thun, this pretty little castle looks like it’s been plucked straight from a fairy tale. First built around 1200AD, the castle has undergone several renovations, with original features now surrounded by baroque and romantic-influenced structures. It is estimated that a tower set within the lake was added around 1423. To the castle’s south is a magnificent 6.2-acre garden park featuring exotic wood plants and colorful flowers. Take a stroll around here to get some fantastic photographs, or head inside and learn about the former residents.
Alpine Wildlife Park | Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
Head to the Alpine Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with the Alpine Ibex, a species completely wiped out within the Swiss Alps in the early twentieth century. To reintroduce Ibex to the wild, the park was built in 1914 with the purpose of breeding. This proved to be a success, and just a few years later, Alpine Ibex were released back into their natural habitat. Today, the park houses several freely accessible Ibex enclosures and a colony of marmots.
Lake Thun & Lake Brienz | Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
These turquoise lakes lie on either side of Interlaken and provide a host of activities for tourists and locals. On both Thun and Brienz, you can enjoy a fine dining lake cruise, sipping at your wine while taking in the magnificent mountainous backdrop. Both lakes are also used by steamship ferries between Interlaken and their respective towns, providing a scenic and efficient mode of transport. Kayaking in Swiss lakes is the perfect way to explore Swiss natural beauty of Lake Brienz. Go for kayaking Interlaken to Giessbach falls.
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Thun Old Town | Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
The picturesque old town of Thun is as charming as they come. With its medieval castle and flower-decked terraces, a walk through Thun feels like you’ve stepped inside a storybook. Not a brick looks out of place in this sweet area of town, and although it can become quite busy with tourists, Thun Old Town is the perfect place to get some ideal holiday snaps. Thun is one of the best places to visit in Interlaken.
Also don’t miss to visit Lauterbrunnen village, Höheweg Park, Augustinian monastery, Unterseen, Harder Kulm and Jungfrau.
- Interlaken can be reached by
Train – Public Swiss rail system is very well developed, and there are several connections from major Swiss cities to reach this place. There are two stations, Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West (closer to city center)
Bus – Many companies like Bus2Alps, FlorenceforFun, and mystery tour runs buses from major cities.
Car – Drive through Autoroute A8.
- How to commute inside Interlaken?
You can walk or bike around as this is a cute little city or can also hire the taxis.
- What to buy in Interlaken?
Swiss souvenirs, Watches, Swiss chocolates, cuckoo clocks, Swiss embroidered blouses, and cowbells.
- Where I stayed in Interlaken?
I stayed in Hotel Du Nord and click here to book your stay.
USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW FOR FIRST-TIME TRAVEL TO Interlaken SWITZERLAND
- Check for Swiss Travel Pass, as it has access to free travel by train, bus, and boat. Also, you can reserve some Panaorma Trains with this pass, and it has free admission to more than 500 museums.
- Download SBB App, a great app to plan your Swiss Trip, with interactive train journeys, train timetables, stops, city tours, and many other offers.
- Free Public Transport in various Swiss cities. Just ask for a Public Transport ticket at the reception of your hotel.
- Go for one of the Boat Cruises to nearby towns or villages in your itinerary.
- Enjoying in city-center of medieval town centers of Swiss cities is very much recommended as they have wonderful and lively city centers.
- Some Panoramic trains or International Trains require reservations in advance but for general commuting to nearby cities in trains, just board the train with Swiss rail pass or valid tickets.
- Taxis are expensive in this country, and therefore public transport is recommended. The railway stations are always located near the city center or the tourist attraction.
- Hike some enchanting mountains nearby and for this download special mountain hike app which guides you throughout the hike.
- The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc.
- Though there are 4 official languages – German, Italian, French & Roman spoken and understood here, but here English is also understood by everyone, and there is no language problem.
- On Sunday, many shops are generally closed. Also, watch out timings during noon and after 6:00 P.M. for small-town/cities shopping areas.
- A very safe country with some general precautions to be taken. People here are very friendly and welcoming to tourists.
- Try famous Cheese fondue and other Swiss milk products.
- Tipping in eating joints is not compulsory.
- Water from taps/fountains is safe for drinking.
I reached Zurich International Airport, and I took a train to Interlaken. The train stations are beside the Airport. And I stayed in Interlaken and made day trips to Bern, Basel, Luzern, Geneva, Thun, Jungfraujoch(Top of Europe), and then returned back to Zurich and had a night stay there. I stayed here for 8 days. There are many other itineraries where you can stay in Geneva to cover Laussane and Lugano on the Italy border.
Due to Bollywood’s love for the Swiss city Interlaken, a 350 kg statue of popular Indian producer-direction – Mr. Yash Chopra has been installed at Kursaal Garden, which is done by Interlaken Tourism and Jungfrau Railways.
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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