Interlaken is a rich historical region approximately 130 kilometers from Zurich. It is a small heaven on earth making it the capital destination for all tourists and visitors that has been in existence for the past three centuries. The region has a lot of attraction sites around. Popular places, historical sites and villages surround it. It is located between lakes Brienz and Thun. The best way to experience its magical sites and scenes would be by taking a walk around its major attractions on foot. A map guide can be got from a tourist office to guide you more on what to do, see, where to go, eat, and when to do so.
The town is surrounded by mountains, a clean nature, beautiful gardens, International hotels, cafes, horses and fiasces. Historical sites and buildings include Unterseen-built in 1280, a 1471 church tower and the museums. Touristik-Museums are non-miss sceneries that capture the evolvement of tourism in Interlaken for the past 2 centuries. At the train station, you will get a thrill experience of having to ride on a horseback as you do the touring in Matten, Interlaken and Unterseen. Other attractions that you have to see while at Interlaken are the great lakes of Thun and Brienz, the animal parks and the special live concerts.
The land of Interlaken was first owned by Monks for centuries before being bought by hoteliers. In the whole of Europe, it marks the highest station at an elevation of 3,400 meters. Its altitude may however make you a bit tired, but the fun you get here will wipe that off. At the Ice place are the caverns that were carved in 1934, in a very slow moving glacier. They are located below the glacier at a dept of 19 meters. Some still carry the sculptors that they used to be decorated with. The chaplains and cars in it are all made of snow. If you are looking forward to watching the peaks of Monch and Jungfrau, a visit to Sphinx Terraces will make that dream come true. From there, you can enjoy a view of Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s greatest glacier. A presentation and exhibition is shown at the astronomical and meteorological research station.
The attraction site got its name from Beatus; a missionary in the area killed the dragon at the area in the 6th Century. He then turned the dragon’s cave into his own residence. The area is easy to access via boat, car, and bus or on foot. The caves are very long and most people will have difficulty going beyond 990 meters. A reproduction of the ancient settlements is shown by the lit area including Beatus cells and other stalagmites and stalactites. All tours are guided from the months of April to October. A few meters from the caves terraces, mouth watering lunch is served at the restaurant. To get here, board bus No. 21, take route N8 if you are traveling on a car, or take a boat ride to the historic site.
The site is located only 3 kilometers away from Interlaken and lies between the two great lakes of Thun and Brienz. It is adjacent to the mountains of Jungfrau and has several accommodation options. It only takes 6 minutes to get to Wilderswil when using a train and to get to the Platte, take a cogwheel. It has an elevation of 1,936 meters and railway to this place is a bit slow and steep. Tourism to the site occurs during the months of June all the way to October. From here you can visit the alpine garden which has over 500 plant species and has a pleasant view of Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger.
Lake Thunersee, commonly known as Lake Thun lies on the glacier basin that was initially part of Lake Brienz. These two lakes separated as a result of the sediments that were deposited by River Lutschine. It is 3 and 21 kilometers wide and long respectfully. It presents great sites for windsurfing and yachting. There are also old caves and wonderful tennis and golf courts as well as swimming pools. A resort around the lake-Thun Resort is a great place to relax and have your meals after the excursion.
Initially referred to as Lake Brienzersee, Lake Brienz is much smaller than Lake Thun in both length and depth. This had made it to become neglected by the Americans, but all Europeans highly acknowledge it. Just across the lake’s shore is a resort that accommodates and serves the tourists. From there you can get a splendid view of the different faces of Giessbach falls. It is as well a great place to relax and get souvenirs from the master violin makers and the woodcarvers who are renowned throughout Switzerland. The resort can be directly accessed via a train from the train station at Interlaken.
The falls provide a very unique, natural and beautiful view. They are very popular within the region of Bernese Oberland. You can easily get here by a funicular from Lake Brienz. From the Brienz Lake, you can get a boat that will get you to the funicular.
The Gorge is one place that is surrounded by lots of caves, arches and grottoes made from the River Aare waters. Aare Gorge is 195 meters deep and 1,371 meters long. It is carved to resemble a Kirchet which acts as a barrier of ice age. Some of the gorge’s walls are very narrow. It is a place that is easy to reach using a car or a bus. This great phenomenon of Interlaken only remains open from the May to October. If visiting by car, drive through the Grimsel-Susten road which is along the Kirchet.
Other attractions that will complete your vacation in Interlaken, Switzerland are the Reinchenbach falls, Meiringen, Harder Kulm, Rosenlaui Valley and the Heimwhfluh. Taking a travel guide from the tourist office will add more to your sightseeing, attractions and activities that will make your time in Interlaken memorable.