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Interlaken : your gateway to adventure

Interlaken : your gateway to adventure

Interlaken, from Latin “Inter Lacus” (Between lakes), is small city in the Bernese Oberland region and located near the center of Switzerland. The town began as a convent of the Augustinians back in 1130 and lasted over 300 years. Today the town is a well known tourist destination and gateway to year-round adventures.
Don’t think because you’re high in the mountains that it never warms up. In summer, the temperature can reach up into the 70s. Swim in Lake Thun, hike harder mountains, bike around lake Brienz on your wait to Giessbach waterfall. Looking for more rugged adventure ? Bungee jump, rock climb or paraglide down from jagged cliffs.

Winter is…cold. Perfect for snowy pursuits. Skiing and snowboarding are found all over the region. Grindewald First and Murren-Schilthorn are two of the most popular places to get your shuss on.

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Things to do and see Whatever the weather, it’s always “peak” season at nearby Jungfroujoch. Imagine feeling on top of the world and being there too. At over 11,000 feet above sea level, Jungfroujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. Leaving from Kleine Scheidegg, you ascend nearly 1400 meters and cover a distance of more than four miles up to the top – also known as the “Sphinx.” When you arrive at the Eiger Glacier station, sit a while. Take it all in. Have a bite at the “Top of Europe” restaurant. It really is a taste of Heaven.

Back down in Interlaken, there are two rail stations. Interlaken Ost (East) and Interlaken West. With a distance of one mile between the two, they simply serve different destinations. To get to the mountains and Lucerne – take the East. To arrive from major cities like Zurich, Geneva and Bern, hop on the West (or the East, either will do).

Your railpass for Switzerland also includes boat services. In spring, summer and fall, take off to Lake Thun or Lake Brienz. Wind in your hair, mountains majesty as your backdrop. From Interlaken, you can get on board the panoramic Golden Pass train that trails through the Bernese Oberland to Lucerne. This route is among the finest railway experiences to be had anywhere in the world – thanks to the breathtaking views.

Interlaken is more than mountains. During the summer, the annual Greenfield Festival brings together modern rock acts from around the world. Every September, 4000-plus runners from over 50 countries take part in the world’s most beautiful marathon, The Jungfrau Marathon.

You don’t need to breathlessly run 26.2 miles to see the city. Just come with your Swiss Travel Pass. The views alone will take your breath away.

In the restaurants of Interlaken, everything is fresh. Head to Restaurant Laterne to try the local specialities, such as Cheese Fondue or Rosti.

Head to Höheweg, the heart of Interlaken. There you will find souvenir shops, cafés, fashion, watch and jewellery stores for a pleasant shopping experience. Don’t forget to try the true Swiss chocolate at Confiserie Schuh, Merkur, Confiserie Rieder or Swiss Chocolate Chalet.

_ Interlaken Tourismus
Höheweg 37, 3800 Interlaken
Tel: +41 (0)33 826 53 00

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Interlaken station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Interlaken.

Interlaken city guide

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From our travel community

Station - luggage lockers I would like travel to a city for a short visit, then travel to another city on the same day. Are there secure lockers to store luggage at the station while you see the city?

Michael McPhearson | 12 July 2023 complete | 50 Comments
Reservation booked/tickets received transfer times are 5 min! Hi, I reserved and booked train tickets on rail europe already and found a few reservations I made with 5-6 min transfer! Is this enough time? What happens if I miss a transfer, can I just jump on the next one without buying another ticket? (...)

mlo878 | 15 February 2011 complete | 54 Comments
Seat reservations traveling from como to interlaken with swiss half fare card We four adults will be traveling from Como to Interlaken on May 18 and then plan to spend 4 days exploring the Bernese Oberland. We have bought Swiss Rail Half Fare cards. We understand the trip from Como to Interlaken is quite scenic and were (...)

Ann St. Clair | 18 January 2007 complete | 3 Comments
Eurail pass or swiss pass We are visiting Switzerland & France. We want to be able to take all swiss trains (Zurich to Interlaken, Interlaken to Bern etc) and then also possibly get discounts on mountain trains like Jungfraouch. Then we will be taking a train to France. (...)

Sushant Satyen Jain | 17 December 2025 | 3 Comments
Need a extra day for my global pass (options to make it cheaper). I have a Global Pass and a Jungfraujoch pass. Finally I realized I'll need an extra day (8 travel day) to reach Interlaken from Zürich, What can I do to make cheaper that extra travel? Thanks in (...)

Ivan | 17 December 2018 complete | 1 Comments

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    "I lost my tickets from Paris to Swiss, and no one in Paris station can help me to do re-print, except I had to pay for the same fee for my tickets again ! So strange that English can print for me (when I was in London to Paris and I lost those tickets as well), but French staff refused to do so. Also, it would be more convenient for customer who buy the tickets in Rail Europe that they can be in "E-Ticket" instead in paper, like my case, it could be solved easily if using Internet and print in Hotel. "

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    "I have travelled from Paris to Interlaken Ost, it was the best travel of my life,the comfort of seats, dinning in the train compartment is a very good experience, and the behavior of staff is very polite and very cooperative. I would like to travel again and again. "

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    "The cabin has almost everything we need (toiletries,etc), firm bed, good scenery and breakfast was ok (hot drink, croissant and orange juice). However, I think its overprice, though it was a good first-time experience to travel an overnight train. "

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    "Took TGV Lyria from Paris to Interlaken. Traveling through TGV is fast, very comfortable and very convenient. I travelled through first class with Eurail Global Pass which is proved to be value for money and time saving instead of taking point to point tickets. Only thing which I didn't like is wifi was not working even though was mentioned in First class benefits. "

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    "move from city by train in Europe is something amazing, however the trip was good but I was expect more. "