Interlaken is a small city in the Bernese Highlands region of central Switzerland. Located between two alpine lakes (Lake Brienz (Brienzersee) and Lake Thun (Thunersee)), Interlaken is a popular base camp for outdoor sports and travel in the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps. Interlaken itself is a superb holiday destination.

Get in

Interlaken between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.

By train

Trains arrive frequently from Berne and Basel. An hourly connection to Lucerne and a half hourly connection to Meiringen is also available. Connection at Spiez provides access to the canton Valais, to Zürich and to Italy via Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels.

There are two stations: Interlaken Ost (east) and Interlaken West, the latter is closer to the city centre. Most trains stop at both stations, except for trains to Lucerne and the trains to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald which stop only at Ost station.

By car

Follow Autoroute A8 (former N8) into the city center.

By bus

Get around

Interlaken is small enough to get around on foot or bike. Taxis are available from either train station and most hotels. With the guest card from your hotel, you can travel around Interlaken for free (it also gives discounts to local tourist attractions). Buses around town and to Thun are available.


Hoheweg Green Area


All year round: Shopping in Interlaken's souvenir shops.

Summer activities

Jungfrau Winter Sport Region

Winter activities


Interlaken has the highest concentration of souvenir shops in Switzerland.




Reservations are a must during the busy summer season. Note that not all hotels are open all year round.





x-Port Pizzeria GmbH, Hauptstrasse 21, high speed Internet access, terminals and notebook connection through LAN available, laserprinting facilities, try the kitchen while surfing the net (sFr. 9 per hour).

McDonald's (150 m from the train station) offers 30 minutes of free WLAN internet access.


Go next

Trains up into the Jungfrau region leave from Interlaken East station. Nearby destinations include:

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