Our Guide To The Swiss Alps


The majestic Alpine heart of Switzerland, located south of Bern and Luzern and east of Lake Geneva, is a tremendously beautiful region of typical Swiss landscape – high peaks, precipitous valleys, and chilly lakes – that is ideal for summer trekking and world-class winter sports.

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There Are Many Great Places To Visit In This Region

Interlaken’s main boulevard, Höheweg, is lined with cafés and hotels and has a train station at each end, though the easiest way to get there is by boat. The town is located on a narrow strip of land between two of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes, and it serves primarily to entertain visitors on their route to the Alps.

Interlaken Ost station serves as a hub for both main-line and mountain trains departing from Luzern. You could get off in Brienz and take the boat the rest of the way to Interlaken Ost. Similarly, you could take a boat from Thun to Interlaken West from the Bern/Zürich route.


Eating, Drinking And Nightlife

Most backpackers meet in the evenings at one of the larger hostel bars: Balmer’s is the most popular and offers inexpensive beer; Funny Farm (Hauptstr. 36, Matten) is a daring hostel that attracts party-goers with DJs at its Club Caverne until 1.30am.

Balmers Bar – Official Website

Extreme Sports

Interlaken is a mecca for extreme sports, with paragliders soaring above the town and landing right in the heart of it. Skywings (033 266 8228, skywings.ch) will take you paragliding for Fr.160; agencies like Alpin Raft (Hauptstr. 7, Matten; 033 823 41 00, alpinraft.com) will arrange everything from rafting to ice climbing or canyon leaping, and can be booked directly or through hostels.

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