While it’s not one of Switzerland’s busiest area, this place is full of adventure. Interlaken is a great place for mountain-related sports. The beautiful scenery and number of pubs make this a popular backpacker destination during the summertime. If you come here during the winter, expect snowy roads, ice-topped mountains, and lots of fondue cafes with outdoor seating that comes fully-equipped with warm blankets to keep you warm.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Interlaken
1. Go caving
2. See waterfalls
3. Visit the lakes
4. Ride the Jungfrau Railway
5. Try an adventure sport
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Get outside
Basically, this is a place you visit to get in touch with nature. Hike, sit in the sun, relax on the lake, whatever! Get into the mountains and enjoy yourself! Just don’t sit inside!
2. Take a boat trip
Boats traveling the Thunersee allow you to see many of the surrounding towns and the epic countryside. A boat trip makes for a beautiful day. Plus, the boat is free if you have the Swiss rail pass.
3. Enjoy the nightlife
Interlaken is a big destination for backpackers to enjoy nature, relax, and drink big steins of beer. During the summer, this place is booked far in advance, and people spend their days exploring the mountains and their nights exploring how much they can drink.
4. Visit Bönigen
This tiny village is quiet and has some great bakeries and chocolate shops. Stop by the museum to see exhibits with household items and furnishings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
5. Watch a folk music concert
If you’re in town during the summer, head down to the lakeside to catch a concert. Choirs dressed in traditional clothing sing or perform music, and are sometimes even accompanied by alphorns and yodelers.
6. Go night sledding
For something fun and different, book a night sledding excursion. At 90 CHF, prices aren’t cheap, but the excursion includes a fondue dinner at a restaurant after the dinner. Have fun and unleash your inner child. If you need a more budget option, simply rent a wooden sled for about 7 CHF, and head out on your own.