Interlaken Travel Guide
Interlaken Local History
Interlaken Ski Resort
- Nearest town: Grindelwald Interlaken Murren Wengen
- Resort Altitude (metres): 1035m - 1650m
- Ski Season: December - April
- Mountain Range: Eiger
- Number of Lifts: 80
- Highest Lift (metres): 2970m
- Lowest Lift (metres): 1050m
- Number of Slopes: 110
- Snowboarding: yes: parks and half-pipes
- Cross Country (km): 75km
Interlaken Ski Information
The Jungfrau region has a number of tourist attractions worth visiting on the days when you feel like taking a break from skiing. The Museum of Local History, in Grindelwald, is a great place to start off sightseeing, with many interesting exhibits on the history of the town. One of the best things to do other than skiing, is to go to the Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, which has the most spectacular and breathtaking views over the Alps. The Museum of the Valley of Lauterbrunnen is another great place for an outing, on display are many exhibitions about the history of the valley and its towns. The Trummelbach Falls are another breathtaking sight not to be missed, and are well worth the trip.
- Languages: German French Italian Romansch
- Temperatures: 6°C
- Driving: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road
- Emergency contact numbers: Police: 117
- Population: 6810
- Religion: 49% Roman Catholic 48% Protestant
Apres Ski in the Jungfrau region is mostly laid back and quiet, with a couple of the resorts having a more lively nightlife. All the resorts have a number of excellent restaurants, which serve a range of traditional; Swiss; and international cuisine. They also have a number of shops that sells a wide range of products and offer equipment for hire. A range of non-ski activities and facilities are also on offer, including bowling alleys; a sports centres; gyms; indoor swimming pools; ice rinks; saunas; and hot tubs. Each resort has a different Apres Ski scene, so it would be a good idea to check the resort's profile beforehand.
The Jungfrau region in Switzerland is one of the most famous ski regions in Europe, and it contains the Grindelwald; Interlaken; Murren; and Wengen ski resorts. It is located in the Bernese Oberland and is the place to go for winter sports enthusiasts. There are a wide variety of runs catering to all levels of ability and experience. There are a large number of runs for beginners and intermediates, and experts and snow boarders have some of the best black runs and off-pistes. All the resorts are outstandingly linked, and the train system is reliable and efficient. Apres Ski in the region is generaly quiet and laid back in most of the resorts, with limited nightlife scenes. The Jungfrau region is a must for anyone wanting to have an unforgettable skiing holiday.
Kursaal The Kursaal which was built in 1859 is the combination of an Oberland chalet and Victorian style. It's considered by many to be the social focal point of the city, with plays and concerts being presented here and on special occasions folklore evenings are also held. There is also a casino here where you can gamble nightly, but bets are limited to 5 SF.
Schlosskriche Once the chapel for the Augustinian monastery, most of the Schlosskriche has now been converted into a private castle which provides office space to the community. All that's left of the original buildings is a 14th century chancel and a branch of the cloister. Although it still is a great way to see some of the historical buildings of Switzerland.
Touristik-Museum der Jungfrau Region The Museum of Tourism of the Jungfrau Region traces the history of tourism and excursions in the Jungfrau region. It does this through the use of models of early transportation and examples of primitive mountain climbing and skinning equipment. (Obere Gasse 26) (Tel: 036-229839)
ChasDorfli In this model cheese dairy, located in a reconstructed herdsman's hut, you will be able to see how they make Swiss-style cheese over a wood fire. Once you finished watching you can purchase various cheeses and paraphernalia which are for sale. (Centralstrasse 3) (Tel: 036-223012)
The Babajaga Bar This is a cosy little bar a stones throw from the main drag. Great drinks, good sound, charming hostess, international crowd of all ages. Great Little Bar-Lounge
Have a look here: www.bar-babajaga-interlaken.ch
submitted by Fred, 02/07/08
The best souvenirs that you'll find in Switzerland are of the practical kind, such as watches, clocks, and Swiss Army knives. The watches and clocks are made mostly in the western French speaking part of Switzerland but really they can be found just about anywhere. Their prices are factory standardized, so the chance of getting a better deal else where is slim.
The Swiss Army knives are of high quality but the real deal, which is given to the Swiss soldiers, is grey without the corkscrew and scissors. Cuckoo clocks are associated with Switzerland, but are in fact of Bavarian origin. These too can be found all over Switzerland.
Interlaken Restaurants and Bars
Schuh This sweet shop and café-restaurants serves everything from tea to hot meals, I recommend though that you save space for some showcase pastries which can be bought from the shop next door. It has a stunning shady terrace which, in summer, spills out into the Hohematte. (Hohneweg 56) (Tel: 036 -229441)
Stella For vegetarians try the hotel dining room, Stella. They have a huge variety of organically grown ingredients and their 'surprise' menu is five courses of unexpected delights served on mismatched china. (Waldeggstrasse 10) (Tel: 036-228871)
Krebs This family owned restaurants has been in Interlaken since 1875. You can enjoy upscale Swiss classics and homey daily plates in the glassed in dining room which opens up out to the main promenade. (Bahnhofstrasse 4) (Tel: 036-227161)
Laterne This local favorite is located east of the city center. Although a bit off the usual tourist track this restaurant is definitely worth finding as it offers great Swiss specialties such as Rosti, mixed salads, and fondue in a rustic, woody setting. (Obere Bonigstrasse 4) (Tel: 036-221141)
Interlaken Bars & Clubs
Bararella - Bararella is probably the most popular climb in all of Interlaken, it features some good live bands on certain evenings and is a really stunning spot for an evening out. Enjoy the music while enjoying their large range of drinks at decent prices. (Victoria-Jungfrau) (Tel: 036-212171)
Buddy's Pub Just like most of the other nightlife venues in Switzerland, Buddy's Pub is located in a hotel, namely the Hotel Splendid. The draw card here is that it's a popular conversation spot where the locals and tourists actually mingle. Therefore it's great place to go if you enjoy meeting new people. (Hotel Splendid) (Tel: 036-227612)
Interlaken Casino For those of you who enjoy gambling head over to the Interlaken Casino in the Kursaal. It now has 120 new slot machines among the other usual tables. The bets are limited by the federal government to 5 SF. (Tel 036-222521)
Interlaken children's activities
- Landhotel Golf Hotel 31 Lehnweg Interlaken 24 Rooms
- Alp Horn and Eiger Hotel 8 Rugenaustrasse Interlaken 27 Rooms
- Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and SPA 41 Höheweg Interlaken 212 Rooms
- Goldey Swiss Q Hotel Obere Goldey 85 Interlaken 42 Rooms
- Bellevue Hotel 59 Marktgasse Interlaken 38 Rooms
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