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ABOVE: Lake steamer "Stadt Bern" arriving in
The city's official tourist site has a plethora of information on accommodations,
activities, excursions, and more.
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.
Great mountain views, and not too outrageously expensive. Accessible by
cogwheel railway from Wilderswil.
The affordable 12-minute funicular ride starts near Interlaken Ost station. From the upper
platform at 4,337 feet, you can go hiking and enjoy the views of Lake Brienz and Lake
Attractions and activities
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.
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 - luxury
Along with the Beau Rivage, this is one of the two grande dames of Interlaken
hotels. (Unlike its more traditional rival, the Victoria Jungfrau has had at least one
radical facelift during the last 130 years.)
This modern 18-story hotel may be Interlaken's ugliest and most obtrusive
building. The only way to avoid seeing it is to stay there and enjoy a view of the
Jungfrau from a room with a balcony facing south.
Hotels - moderate
The Alpina is in Matten, about ten minutes from the center of Interlaken. A large
parking lot makes it handy for tourists with cars.
The style is modern, and the riverside location is a short walk or drive away from the
high-season tourist crowds.
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.
The oldest privately owned hostel in Switzerland offers rooms, dormitory beds, and tents.
Breakfast and a shuttle service are included in the rates.
This site has a handful of pictures from in and around Interlaken.
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