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Interlaken, Switzerland

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Swiss lake steamer in Interlaken

ABOVE: Boats offer excursions and point-to-point transportation on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

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Tourism

Interlaken Tourism
The city's official tourist site has a plethora of information on accommodations, activities, excursions, and more.

Transportation

Schilthorn (Piz Gloria)
This revolving restaurant and observation deck was featured in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It offers spectacular views and is reached by cablecar from Stechelberg, near Lauterbrunnen.

Schynige Platte
Great mountain views, and not too outrageously expensive. Accessible by cogwheel railway from Wilderswil. The Berg-Hotel Schynige Platte offers rooms and meals with a view.

Attractions and activities

Kursaal Interlaken
The Interlaken Casino has been entertaining tourists with low-stakes gambling, restaurants, dancing, concerts, and other activities since 1859. The historic building is famous for its flower clock.

Alpinraft
This company's activities range from mild-mannered river excursions and horse trekking to bungee jumping, canyoning (sliding down "natural waterslides" in wet suits), and "houserunning," where you go head first down the side of a building.

Hotels

Venere: Interlaken our partner
Our Europe-based booking partner offers negotiated discount rates at more than three dozen hotels in Interlaken, along with hotels in Grindelwald, Wengen, and Bern.

Hostel/rooms/apartments

Backpacker's Villa Sonnenhof
Rooms at this centrally located chalet include doubles, triples, quads, dorms (4-7 beds), and private family-size rooms. Rates include a small breakfast, linens, a personal locker, and use of the full kitchen.

Balmer's Hostel
The oldest privately owned hostel in Switzerland offers rooms, dormitory beds, and tents. Breakfast and a shuttle service are included in the rates.

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