Nestled into the Swiss Alps is a small town called Interlaken, close to Bern, Switzerland. Interlaken is a charming historic town that serves as the central entry point into the Swiss Alps Bernese Oberland Region. Although Interlaken is a small town, it is a popular tourist destination due to its central location to the Alps and its picturesque mountain views, making it the perfect winter getaway for snow sports fans and cold weather lovers alike.

 

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The most wonderful thing about Interlaken is the range of things to see and do. Whether its a daytrip into the Alps or a scenic stroll through town, Interlaken truly has something for everyone. Its antique, European charm is something that can only be felt in the flesh as you are walking the small streets alongside traditional Swiss architecture, making you feel as if you are on a movie set. While this time of year is considered off season in Interlaken, we find it the perfect winter destination due to its smaller tourist crowds and larger than life mountains kissed with freshly fallen snow.

With Interlaken’s gateway to the Bernese Oberland Region of the Swiss Alps, day trips from Interlaken to mountain terrains such as Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen Valley, The Top of Europe, Piz Gloria, and more, are a breeze to get to via the Interlaken Ost train station, with trains to the Alps departing every hour. Whether you wish to hike, ski, or simply take in the breathtaking mountain views, public transport makes it very easy to do so.

 

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Aside from daytrips to the Alps, Interlaken offers excellent food and shopping options for the less outdoorsy traveler. There are many restaurants offering traditional Swiss fare such as fondue, Swiss beer and wines, Älplermagronen, and delicious breads. The shopping scene is vibrant, and ranges from popular Swiss-made watches and high end shops to hand carved wood and crafts, luscious chocolates, cold weather accessories, clothing and shoes, and most importantly- around the holidays, authentic Christmas Markets filled with Swiss made treasures and mulled wine!

With the vast selection of businesses in Interlaken, we have chosen a few top favorites to add to your list of things to do and where to stay when visiting.

 

Where to Stay:

1. Hotel Interlaken

Close to the Interlaken Ost train station, this top notch hotel has beautiful décor and one of the best restaurants in town.

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2. Victoria Jungfrau Hotel

This 5-star hotel and spa offers elegance and opulence. 

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3. Hotel Blume

For more of a bed-and-breakfast feel, this casual hotel is great for travelers on a budget, and is located in a great area of Interlaken by shops and restaurants.

 

Where to Eat:

1. Restaurant Taverne

For the Swiss Fondue and unique dishes.

 

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2. Husi Bierhaus

A large selection of local beers and traditional Swiss fare set in a warm atmosphere, this restaurant is truly a local favorite.

 

3. Lade Lokai

A coffee shop with light eats and everything for sale in the shop, this is by far the cutest spot in town! The shop does not have a website, but is located right on the river in the Unterseen side of town.

 

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Where to Shop:

1. Läederach

For chocolate goodness and amazing truffles.

 

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2. Woodpecker

Traditional Swiss wood carvings and gifts, it doesn’t get more local than this.

3. The watch shops along Höheweg.

 

Where to Wander:

1. Lauterbrunnen Valley

Take the train from Interlaken Ost to the valley and take in the majestic views of this small valley village surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. 

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2. Grindelwald

This town is a top favorite for winter sports and offers phenomenal views of the trio of mountains- Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

 

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3. Top of Europe

Trek to the highest point of the Alps, The Top of Europe for a once in a lifetime experience.

 

All photos courtesy of Blonde in the District.

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