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Interlaken – The base for a trip to Jungfrau




Interlaken is a small city in the Bernese Highlands Region of central Switzerland. Located between two Alpine Lakes (Thun and Brienz), at the foot of the towering trio of the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau, Interlaken is a popular base camp for outdoor sports and travel in the surrounding Bernese Oberland. In addition to the German language many locals speak English and French.
Interlaken is the tourist capital of the Bernese Oberland. Cableways and cog railways designed for steeply inclined mountains connect it with most of the region’s villages and dazzling sights, including the snowy heights of the Jungfrau, which rises a short distance to the south. There are Excursion possibilities from Interlaken.
The different activities during summer are Walks, Hiking Adventure, sports, Swimming, Sailing, Take a boat trip, Biking, Skydiving in Interlaken and many more. In winter Ski/Snowboard, Sledging, Night sledding, Cross-country skiing, Ice-skating, Swimming/Wellness and other snow games are worth taking.

Places to see
• Hang Gliding Interlaken specializes in Tandem flights above Interlaken. If one is seeking for the adventure and a smooth gliding flight, or a heart stopping thrill ride with Dives, Stalls and Wingovers their expert Pilots ensure you of it.
• Jungfraujoch – This Mountain is the highest point in all of Europe. In order to get to the top, you must take a series of trains that take about 4 hours. The ride to the top is extremely breathtaking. There are a couple of stops where you have to get out and switch trains. The visibility at the top is best in the earlier part of the day. The towns are worth exploring.
• Lake Thun – Take Steamers that depart Interlaken, from the dock behind the Interlaken West station. Swiss or Eurail Pass is valid for transit on Lake Thun, which is about 10 miles long. Lake Thun is surrounded by rolling hills dotted with quaint Swiss chalets, and majestic mountain panoramas. Ferries are a wonderful form of transportation. One can combine train and ferry travel. From Interlaken, it’s about a 1.5-hour ferry, with stops at charming little villages along the way. One can just get off the ship, explore the town, enjoy a drink waterside, and catch the next ferry. You’ll enjoy a marvelous well-preserved old town featuring cobblestone streets and buildings that date back to the Middle Ages. One of the highlights is Schloss Thun, a castle built in 1200 featuring a historical museum with five floors of exhibits. Schloss Thun is located on the lake, up a hill, with wonderful views in all directions.
• Oberhofen is a 13th-century castle right next to the boat docks. Schloss Oberhofen hosts a collection of artifacts documenting life in the Bernese Oberlands from the 16th to 19th century. The medieval chapel and gorgeous gardens are definitely worth a visit.
• Jungfraujoch Railway: One should go for the 2½ hour ride to the top. The Oeschinensee, near the end of the road at the top of the Kander Valley, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps. The lake is noted for its clear blue water and its setting at the foot of the steep gray rock cliffs of the Blumlisalp.
At Kandersteg, descend to the lake shore, and from there you can climb the Blumlisalp. The road ends at Kandersteg, where there is a car train through a nine mile long tunnel to the other side of the main range of the Alps, from where you can drive down to the Rhone Valley. Kandersteg is a small, quiet all season resort in a fine mountain setting. The platform at the train station is a great viewpoint. Some of the old houses in Kandersteg and the 16th Century church are attractive.
The cable car at the edge of Mulenen to the summit of the Niesen from which there is a vast panorama of the Alps is well worth seeing.
• Thunersee and Brienzersee Boat Tours: Each lake is a blue green color that comes from the fact that the lakes are glacial feed. The mountains that surround them are resplendent and offer spectacular photo opportunities. On each voyage you are given several opportunities to disembark and see the sites of a particular village or town. A stop at Geisbach See to view the rugged waterfall and at Thun to explore this charming town is enjoyable.
• St. Beatus-Hohlen Caves the caves are open to the public and can be reached by bus, boat, and car or by foot. it is a visually stunning hike (it was too beautiful for words). Once at the caves, tours start each half hour in a variety of languages. You explore caves to a depth of 3300 feet and see remarkable cascading waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Other Beatus related displays are also on hand. A cave museum and restaurant are available as well. The admission is 14SF=9USD.
• Open-Air Museum Ballenberg: Ballenberg is an open-air museum. There are many different outlooks of farmhouses being presented in the museum. They were built in different ages, owned by different people before, and now they are all gathered in this museum.
• Heimwehfluh Observation Point: The Heimwehfluh is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the Interlaken West train station. From the base you can either take the funicular to the top or walk along the hiking trail. At the top, there is a kiddie’s play area with swings and teeter totters and other apparatus. Also, a child’s coaster is available as well. A small kiosk with snacks and a restaurant with a terrace are available as well. The lookout tower affords you remarkable views of both the panorama that is Interlaken and also the majesty of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains.
• Waterfall (in Lauterbrunnen): About 13 miles by hike, one can reach Lauterbrunnen and waterfall.
The other places are Beden Perlen Specialty shop, Harder Kulm Hiking trail, flying wheel guided tours, Alpin Center Interlaken and Alpin Raft: River rafting, Zorbing down the hill where you are strapped inside a clear plastic ball and you roll down the hill. A big net stops you at the bottom, Swiss-raft activity Canyon: Cannoning was so FUN! Basically, you are in a wetsuit and helmet, etc. and you walk through rapids, rappel off of cliffs, and slide down natural waterslides.

How to get there:

Trains arrive frequently from Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne and Luzern. Connection at Spiez provides access to canton Valais and to Italy via Lotschberg and Simplon tunnels. There are two stations: Interlaken Ost (east) and Interlaken West, the latter is closer to the city centre. Most trains stop at both stations, except for trains to Luzern and the trains to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald which stop only at Ost station.
By car: Follow Autoroute A8 (former N8) into the city center. Rental: car, bus, van, minibus rental.
By bus. Bus2alps operates direct private buses from Florence, Rome, Paris and Munich to Interlaken. Timetables do vary but are busiest in February and March to cater for winter sport activities. Travel and accommodation packages are available and small and big groups are catered for.
Interlaken is small enough to get around on foot or bike. Taxis are available from either train station or most hotels. With the guest card from your hotel, you can travel around Interlaken for free.

Best time to visit / climate:
Interlaken charges low-season prices in January and February, when smaller resorts at higher altitudes are charging their highest rates of the year. The most expensive time to visit Interlaken is during midsummer, when high-altitude and snow less ski resorts often charge their lowest rates.
Each season has its own benefit like in winter snow and associated snow rides etc., and in summer view of lakes etc.

High Season: Summer months June – September as well as Christmas/New Year’s. These are the most expensive and most crowded.

Mid Season: Springtime and fall, April, May and October.

Low Season: from November until March.

Location on Google Maps:


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http://www.google.ca/maps?ll=46.716798,7.859001&spn=0.115338,0.220757&z=12&iwloc=lyrftr:com.panoramio.all,4766338300058157564,46.687448,7.859012&lci=com.panoramio.all

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

On booking.com (list of hotels with prices)
• http://www.tripadvisor.in/SmartDeals-g188081-Interlaken_Bernese_Oberland_Swiss_Alps-Hotel-Deals.html (hotels)
• http://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurants-g188081-Interlaken_Bernese_Oberland_Swiss_Alps.html (list of restaraunts)

Blogs / Sites about Interlaken:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlaken
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Interlaken

Images and photos of Interlaken:

• http://www.google.co.in/images?rlz=1T4GPCK_enIN389&q=Interlaken&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=oA9QTPqjHYy0rAfwjuXiDQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=5&ved=0CFwQsAQwBA
• http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/West/Bern/Interlaken/
• http://photos.igougo.com/pictures-l2068-Interlaken_photos.html

Videos of Interlaken (link)




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