You may have heard people say that the town of Interlaken is not very spectacular.
For the most part, I would agree. But on the other hand, Interlaken's redeeming value is the superb location at the foot of the Bernese Alps, nested in between two gorgeous lakes. We were about to find out just how many exciting things can be done from Interlaken when we spent a weekend there recently.
If you need a place to eat, do not miss "Truly Asia" just a short walk from the station. Their lunch menu is fairly priced and includes some of the best Asian foods we have found in Switzerland so far...
The decision among Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Korean food was not easy, which is why we went back a second time! And yes, that is a Ferrari showcased next to the restaurant!
Brienz is a short train ride away and is a great little town with an exquisite lake view of the surrounding mountains.
Get off at "Brienz West" and take a stroll along the lake promenade. You could walk all the way back to Interlaken, but the many cutesy houses prevented us from ever leaving the town. In fact, we took quite a long nap on one of the lakeside park benches and finally returned to the same train station we got off from...
Plan on a two hour transfer from your Interlaken hotel to the top of the Grindelwald First ski resort. We had sent our skiing equipment to Grindelwald ahead of time, taking advantage of a convenient and inexpensive service by SBB: For only 10 Francs, a huge bag filled with two pairs of skies, boots, and helmets was shipped from our home to there!
Needless to say, the views of surrounding mountains (and most of all, Eiger's North Face) was exquisite!
The following day, we hopped on the train again and went deep into the valley to the town of Lauterbrunnen. This excursion would turn out to be the best bang for the buck ever!
As we boarded the cable car to Grütschalp, we noticed a teaser waterfall in the distance: It felt like a teaser because this is just one of the 10 Trümmelbach waterfalls in this valley, and we definitively want to see them all some day!
Once at the top, a romantic little train would take us to the village of Mürren, which is probably one of the most picturesque places we have seen in a while!
After you have strolled around enough, you really want to swing by Hotel Bellevue. Both overlooking the town and looking out to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, this is the outdoor restaurant to be at!
I truly enjoyed the free use of a giant pair of binoculars, which revealed dozens of deep blue glaciers, a rising moon next to Eiger, and possibly even a couple of mountain climbers!
But once you have had enough of mountain vistas and you miss city life, Switzerland's de facto capital of Bern is just 40 minutes from Interlaken. It has a beautiful medieval town center and is well known for its arcade shopping streets...
Either way, if you are visiting from abroad, the best way to travel Switzerland is by train. Check the SBB website to find out the most suitable ticket option for your needs. Either way, I would recommend the monthly "Swiss Pass", which provides a 50% discount on any ticket purchase!
What are your favorite things to do in or around Interlaken?
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