Interlaken is a perfect showcase of all the things that Switzerland has to offer. Here are 6 reasons why you should visit it.
1. The Glacial Lakes Of Interlaken
Interlaken is set between two gorgeous blue colored lakes – Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Just taking a walk around Interlaken will give you brilliant views of Lake Brienz. If you want a more immersive experience, take a cruise on the lake. You can also view the lakes, as shown in the picture, from Harder Kulm.
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Fans of the Lord of the Rings will instantly draw a parallel between this town and Rivendale. This is a land of 72 waterfalls with the most famous waterfall, Staubbach Falls, cascading down as shown in the picture. This gorgeous valley is a short drive from Interlaken.
Travel to the highest point in Europe and enjoy the Swiss Alps up-close. To get to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, either take a train or drive to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. Then, ride the Wengernalp cable car to Kleine Scheidegg. The train to Jungfraujoch goes directly from there. The trip is definitely worth the effort.
4. Harder Kulm
Go to the top of Harder Kulm and get a gorgeous panoramic view of Interlaken sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
5. Adventure Activities
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Adventure Junkies this is the place for you! Enjoy a range of activities from Skydiving, paragliding, Kayaking, rappelling and sliding down waterfalls, bungee jumping etc. If you are not into extreme adrenaline adventures, you can still have fun here: enjoy electric bike tours, horse-back riding, canoeing or hiking.
6. Picturesque Town
If you only have a day or two to visit and don’t have the time for all the activities on offer in Interlaken, then just stroll around this town. The swiss chalets and the fairy-tale like town is a memorable experience in itself.
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