A quaint little swiss town straddling between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz with the picturesque JungFrau mountains looming in the backdrop has captured the hearts of travellers globally, making it one of the top tourist hubs in the world. Residing in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, this holiday resort is often used as a base point to visit the surrounding mountains, valleys and lakes. Whether you visit for some winter-sporting fun or a summer hiking trip, any point - high or low, can be comfortably reached thanks to the town's fabulous infrastructure.
One of the most popular tourist attraction that Interlaken offers is taking a trip to the famous Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses almost all of the Benese High Alps. Tourists can reach the picturesque landscape by taking a train ride on the Jungfraubahn cog-wheel railway which passes through the spectacular Eiger and Monch mountains and delivers splendid view from it's characteristic big windows. Some sightseeing points that travellers can consider visiting are located on southern side of the Monch which comprises of a renowned ski school, an observatory, a cinema and several carved ice sculptures at the 'Ice Palace'.
When vacationing at a scenic town, the opportunities to capture spectacular panoramic shots multiply. Don't forget to take your camera while visiting the Hohematte Park that offers arresting and majestic glimpses of the Jungfrau mountain. Tour around the Hoheweg boulevard in traditional horse-drawn carriages that is brimming with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. If relaxation is on the agenda then the shading tress around the promenade is the ideal spot. A special tourist haunt is the Garden of Friendship, a Japanese garden that stands for friendly ties between the town of Interlaken and Otsu in Japan.
Families with kids can take the vintage funicular atop the Heimwehfluh mountain that offers mind-numbing scenery. On the return opt for an open-air model railway, a bobsled that travels from top to the base station of the town which is great fun for the children. The Interlaken Castle is a major sightseeing point because of it's famous Tin figure exhibition that accommodates roughly 100,000 individual tin figures. Old-world, rustic and pure, take a stroll around the tiny town of Unterseen to get the authentic Switzerland experience with it's charming wooden buildings that are true representation of the typical Swiss chalet. Several shops and bakeries can be found in this quaint little town that features a Coop supermarket comprising of a wide variety of groceries and chocolates.
When it comes to sporting fun, Interlaken offers several activities in both the summer as well as the winter months. Get the adrenalin rush by indulging in paragliding, hang gliding, sky diving, bungee jumping, canyoning, river rafting, rock climbing and so forth. Take a swim in the lakes of Brienz and Thun or rent boats to go sailing. Hire sturdy mountain bikes to ride around the lake of Brienz and stop by at the Giessbach waterfalls on the way to capture the breathtaking scenery unfolding before you. For awesome winter fun, the mountains around the Interlaken are conducive for skiing, toboggan rides, snowboarding, sledging and cross-country skiing.
Interlaken houses a large number of souvenir shops that are scattered around the resort town. An array of outlets sell Swiss Army Knives, cheap Swiss-made watches and a wide variety of chocolates. Other interesting goods to look out for are Cow bells, Swiss Music Boxes, cuckoo clocks, leather wallets and purses, Swiss embroideries and so forth. One cannot visit Interlaken and leave without tasting their local delicacies such as Raclette, Fondue and Rosti. Visit the Bebbi's restaurant, the only eating joint in this quirky little town that serves mouth-watering delicious chocolate fondue.
Interlaken is a backpacker-friendly destination that offers a plethora of budget hotel stay options and apartments that are modest, cheap and comfortable. But at the same time, wealthy tourists wanting to book the best luxury hotels can also do so for the city boasts of plenty that are lavish are extravagant. The opulent 150-year old Victoria-JungFrau Grand Hotel and Spa is a tourist destination in itself.
The best time to holiday in Interlaken is during the summer months from June to September as the weather is pleasant and conducive for a vacation. However, skiing enthusiasts hit the town during the winter months for their adventure-sporting fun.