High in the Bernese Alps, in a shadow of the three snow-capped peaks of Mönch, Jungfrau and the Eiger, Interlaken is often deemed the adventure capital of Switzerland. Surrounded by glittering alpine lakes and home to a host of alfresco activities, from hiking and paragliding to white water rafting and glacier trekking, Interlaken is an outdoor-lover’s paradise.
Gateway to the adventure-laden Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland, Interlaken was once the chosen destination for refined Victorian travelers seeking a quintessential alpine escape. Today, this charming town perched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz is famous for its high-octane adventure activities and spectacular alpine hiking. Visit the old town with its gothic monastery, take the funicular up to Harder Kulm for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains, or take a boat along the Aare River to discover the dramatic caverns of St Beatus Caves.