Interlaken is situated 'between the lakes' and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. This is a lively resort, with visitors enjoying the lake cruises and taking rail journeys into the mountains, including the famous Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe.
Interlaken offers a different experience from the villages we feature; it has a buzz about it with plenty of shops offering everything from luxury watches, jewellery and designer clothes to the iconic cow bells. The Höhematte Park is a great place to relax and cast your gaze up to the mountains and during late December-February the park transforms to Ice Magic - an exciting winter wonderland and skating venue. In the evenings you will find a wide variety of restaurants and bars to enjoy. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Interlaken Visitor's Card, allowing you to hop on and off the local buses and trains.
Interlaken really has a charm all of its own, with its sparkling lakes and glorious views up to the snow-capped trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Many visitors return year after year, as there is always more to enjoy. Please click here for an Interlaken holiday suggestion including a travel pass, or call us on 0800 619 1200 for our tailor made service to Switzerland.
NB For those who would prefer a stay in a quieter village with access to all the amenities and transport network of Interlaken, we recommend nearby Bönigen and Wilderswil.
Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Interlaken hotels
What to see and do
Interlaken lies at the centre of the Bernese Oberland transport network so you can easily embark on any of the lakes and mountains excursions; please click here for a summary of the best the region has to offer.
Lake cruises are a must while you are in Interlaken. The lake steamers proceed at a leisurely pace, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of mountains and lakeside villages - where you may like to alight for lunch before continuing your journey. Your journeys into the mountains are a joy in themselves, travelling on a variety of cable cars, funiculars and the Jungfrau mountain railways. Harder Kulm and Heimwehfluh are local mountains close to Interlaken and offer lovely views, restaurants and walking opportunities. Higher walking trails and alpine views can be enjoyed at Männlichen or Schynige Platte, or you can head straight to the 'Top of Europe' on the Jungfraujoch at 3,454m. A journey on the Brienzer Rothorn steam train is also a delight. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Interlaken walking tours
All Interlaken visitors can enjoy a FREE guided walking tour around the town with local guides to show you Interlaken's hidden secrets.
Swiss Holiday Company guests also receive a 10% discount voucher for two other pre-bookable guided walking tours: 'The Swiss Food and Culture Tour' and 'The Story of Switzerland'.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also easily reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Interlaken. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! Other passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass and the Jungfrau Travel Pass are also available. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Interlaken
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Interlaken is on the route of the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Montreux or Lucerne). From Lucerne you can pick up the scenic boat and rail journey of the Gotthard Panorama Express to the Ticino region. Interlaken also has easy connections to the Lötschberg Regio Express (for Brig) and on to the famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz.
If you prefer to be based solely in Interlaken, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally, especially on the Jungfrau Railways. Why not try our 8 days in Interlaken holiday suggestion. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.