Interlaken is situated on the Aare River between the Brienz and Thun lakes, in the Bernese Oberland region at the foot of the three wold famous mountains Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. The town of 15,000 inhabitants features many special events, ranging from traditional folklore festivals to contemporary culture. There is the Open Air William Tell Theatre, for example, or the Interlaken Music Festival.
Thanks to its location and infrastructure Interlaken also is the ideal base for excursions into its surroundings.
Even though the climate is subalpine it is still mild, sudden temperature changes, fog and rough winds are seldom. The temperature fluctuates between -8 °C and +11.5 °C in January and +10 °C and +31.5 °C in July.
Interlaken can be reached by train or by car from Zurich via Berne-Spiez or from Geneva via Fribourg-Berne-Spiez. Distance from Zurich is 198 km/ 59 miles; from Berne 69 km/ 43 miles; from Geneva 226 km / 140 miles.
Places to visit in and around Interlaken
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
A trip to the Jungfraujoch, at 3454 m/ 11,333 feet is a must for every visitor in the region, for it is the highest railway station in Europe. At the first stop - the Eiger North Wall - you have the same magnificent view as a mountaineer. Then comes the Sea of Ice. And finally the Jungfraujoch itself, from where the scenic sights are quite literally breathtaking. Eternal snow, glaciers stretching for miles, an ice palace and a panoramic view that gives you the feeling of having the world at your feet.
Eye to eye with the three mighty peaks of Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. Europe's longest aerial cableway lifts you up from Grindelwald to this viewpoint over 2225 m/ 7,300 feet above sea level. A magnificent walking area and a spectacular view.
Schilthorn/Piz Gloria - in the footsteps of 007
The Interlaken region is a mecca for visitors who never have enough of spectacular scenery. By funicular and aerial cable way, you can take countless trips to the wonderful world of the Swiss Alps. You can follow in the footsteps of secret agent James Bond up to the Schilthorn with its famous Piz Gloria revolving restaurant and enjoy the view of more than 200 peaks.
William Tell Open-Air Theatre
Since 1912 the magnificent drama of Schiller's "William Tell" is performed each summer in the open-air theatre in the Rugen wood at Interlaken. It tells of the hardship and suffering of the Swiss people over 700 years ago when their land was under the tyrannical rule of Austria, and of their heroic struggle for freedom. The stage is framed by authentic wooden houses built true to the style of the 13th century and towering up behind them grow the tall trees of the wood. Troops in historical costumes, a cast of 180 and the historical setting guarantee for a memorable journey through Swiss history. The play is in German language.
St. Beatus Caves
The famous dripstone caves are located on the historic Pilgrims' Path, and can be reached by public transport or on foot. The site also features a Cave Museum providing an insight into the history and development of cave exploration in Switzerland. The wide variety of exhibits offer a fascinating glimpse into this magical underground world.
The little vintage trains for the Schynige Platte leave from Wilderswil, snaking their way across the Alp Breitlauenen to the summit. This popular destination for hiking and day trips offers a breathtaking panorama, especially of the imposing Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau group. Equally unmissable is the Alpine Garden, with over 500 different species of plant.