Located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, on the Bödeli, and near the Aare River that flows between the lakes, Interlaken, Switzerland has been a favourite pole of attraction since the early 1800’s, when people would visit to partake of spa and wellness treatments and to breathe in the refreshing mountain air.
By the early 1900’s, Interlaken was already a renowned resort in the Bernese Oberland Region for its magnificent mountain landscape. However, it was the completion of the Bernese Oberland Railway and the Jungfrau Railway, in 1980 and 1912 respectively, which put Interlaken on the map as a vacation destination and convention location of global significance. Now, Interlaken comprises a favourite tourist destination in the Swiss Alps and a significant gateway to the lakes and mountains of the Bernese Oberland region. Numerous excursions, cable cars, mountain railways, ski lifts, and chair lifts start from Interlaken and take tourists all the way up to the 200-kilometre pistes and hiking trails while nostalgic ships (e.g. paddle steamers) ply the waters of the two lakes. Speaking of hiking trails, the rack railway of Schynige Platte offers several hiking options and a breath-taking view of Jungfrau, Monch, Eiger, and the Alpine Garden.
HEALTH & SPA TREATMENTS
At Interlaken, you will realise that the 5-star spa industry is thriving. Here, you have a plethora of options, from grand spa resorts to selected and hospitable mountain hideaways and self-catered chalets, providing services of the highest standards. Home to a broad range of luxury spa hotels, Switzerland is well-known for its many independent establishments that try to reinvent tradition for the modern traveller, which make its regions renowned as the most favourite health, wellness, and spa destinations across the world. You can allow yourself the pleasures of wellness treatments in tranquil and picturesque surroundings. To give you a small taste of the services provided, you can retreat at the prestigious, award-winning Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, where you will be treated with thermal waters in high-end medical wellness facilities while enjoying the relaxing views, the pristine mountain air, alongside plenty of outdoor activities.
In winter, tourists have the opportunity to choose their favourite Jungfrau Top Ski Region (First, Kleine Scheidegg/Männlichen, and Mürren/Schilthorn) and pick a convenient transportation means, from the many available, to get there. If you are on a ski holiday with your family, the ski regions of Axalp-Brienz and Beatenberg are ideal. There are more than 45 mountain railways, daily ski buses, lifts, and aerial cableways that take keen athletes, toboggan riders, and cross-country skiers to the 200km pistes and the over 220km of walking trails in the Jungfrau, Interlaken, Wilderswill, Axalp-Brienz, and Habkern region. Moreover, Interlaken transforms into an ice-skating wonderland from around mid-December to late February.
In the summer months, trains depart from Interlaken and take tourists to a number of scenic destinations while historic paddle steamers and ships cruise the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, offering a unique and relaxing experience. What is more, just a few kilometres away, lies every paraglider’s heaven, Beatenberg-Niederhorn. The one-kilometre lit limestone St. Beatus Caves are full of stalagmites, impressive waterfalls, and profound halls on the historic pilgrims’ way, that can be accessible by bus, car, boat, or on foot. Finally, the Alpine wild animal park is an ideal experience for families with children.