nterlaken is an old community previously named Aarmühle - mill on the Aare - but renamed to reflect the settlement's growing span between the two lakes, Brienz and Thun, through which the Aare runs. With a beautiful setting on the lakes, with the mighty mountains that tower over it and with its excellent rail, boat and bus services, Interlaken has a long history as a tourist centre. The resort has no downhill pistes, but it is a large winter sports centre with a wide range of activities in the town and a good range of accommodation, including several backpacker hostels. It is also very easy to get to Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and Mürren by skibus or train, plus there are a number of smaller winter sports destinations a short distance away by bus.
By Public Transport
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Interlaken Ost. There are onward trains to the Jungfrau resorts.
- From Zurich the least travel time is 1 hr 55 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Bern.
- From Basel the least travel time is 1 hrs 57 mins with as few as zero changes.
Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.
- The road distance from Zurich is around 117 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 30 mins.
- The road distance from Basel is around 156 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 30 mins.
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- $ Interlaken-Bonigen Youth Hostel, Bonigen (Hostel)
- $$$$$ Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken Ranked #2 in Interlaken by TripAdvisor.
- $$$$ Hotel Royal St Georges, Interlaken (4*) Rated a historic hotel by the Swiss Tourist Board.
- $$$ Hotel Bellevue, Interlaken Ranked #1 in Interlaken by TripAdvisor.
- $$$ Stella Hotel Interlaken, Interlaken Ranked #3 in Interlaken by TripAdvisor.
- $$$ Mattenhof Resort, Interlaken Rated a historic hotel by the Swiss Tourist Board.
- $ Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338267171 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $ Happy Inn Lodge, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338223225 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $ Balmers Herberge, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338221961 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $ River Lodge, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338224424 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $ The Lazy Falken Backpacker Hotel, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338223043 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $ Koreahof, Interlaken (Hostel)
+41 338212150 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
- $$$ Hotel Goldey, Unterseen Ranked #1 in Unterseen by TripAdvisor.
Interlaken is located in Bern