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 be listing 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 alike. Here are five things that should be on your to-do list for a perfect fun-filled trip to Interlaken.
BEST TIME TO VISIT INTERLAKEN
- June to August – Pleasant weather with an average of 18 deg C to 20 deg C (Peak tourist season).
- September to November – Tourist flow get thinner and 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 perfectly located for a skiing holiday. With such dramatic scenery, the Jungfrau region offers skiers a unique experience as well as 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.
Whilst it’s hoped you’ll be perfectly safe on the slopes, it’s important to take out travel insurance. Hospital stays in Switzerland are among the most expensive in the world 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 in around 1200AD, the castle has undergone several renovations with original features now surrounded by baroque and romantic influenced structures. A tower set within the lake was added, it is estimated, in around 1423. To the south of the castle 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 all 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 that had been completely wiped out within the Swiss Alps in the early twentieth century. In an effort 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 being released back into their natural habitat. Today, the park houses several freely accessible Ibex enclosures in addition to a colony of marmots.
Lake Thun & Lake Brienz | Best 5 things to do in Interlaken Tour
These turquoise lakes lie either side of Interlaken and provide a host of activities for tourists and locals to enjoy. On both Thun and Brienz you can enjoy a fine dining lake cruise, sipping at your wine whilst 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 around 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 really does feel 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 perfect holiday snaps.
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 SWITZERLAND
- Check for Swiss Travel Pass as it has access to free travel in train, bus, and boat. Also, you can reserve some Panaorma Trains within this pass and has free admission to more than 500 museums.
- Download SBB App which is a great app to plan you Swiss Trip, with interactive train journeys, train time-table, stops, city tours and many other offers.
- Free Public Transport in various Swiss cities. Just ask for Public Transport ticket on the reception of your hotel
- Go for one of the Boat Cruise to nearby towns or villages in your itinerary.
- Enjoying in city-center of medieval town centers of Swiss cities are 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 in the city center or near 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 not a language problem.
- On Sunday, many shops are generally closed. Also, watch out timings during the 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.
ITINERARY FOR MY SWITZERLAND TRIP
I reached Zurich International Airport and after that, I took a train to Interlaken. The train stations are beside the Airport. And I stayed in Interlaken and did day trips to Bern, Basel, Luzern, Geneva, Thun, Jungfraujoch(Top of Europe) and then return back to Zurich and had a night stay there. I stayed here for 8 days. There are many other itineraries where you can have stay in Geneva to cover Laussane and Lugano on Italy border.
Due to Bollywood’s love for 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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