Interlaken is a resort town on the Aare River, between lakes Thun and Brienz in central SWITZERLAND and gateway to the Bernese Oberland. The Aare River flows between the two lakes. In a dramatic setting with vistas of the Alpine peaks, it is one of the oldest Swiss tourist resorts and remains one of the most popular. It is an area of natural beauty. The town takes its name from its geographical position between the lakes (in Latin, inter lacus). From Lucerne by train the distance is 69 km (43 miles) and takes two hours – a memorable picturesque journey viewed through large panoramic windows.
Harder Kulm (1,322 m (4,336 ft.) The journey from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm, Interlaken’s local mountain, takes ten minutes by cable car. The traditional Swiss Panorama Restaurant is a special vantage point for fine views of Interlaken, the crystal clear lakes and much of the Jungfrau region. The lunch was amazing too and even more special when shared with our friends from Zurich.
Höheweg is the main street in Interlaken and it stretches in an easterly direction from the central square. Of particular note is the 150-year-old Victoria Jungfrau Hotel.
Höhematte is the meadow found in the middle of Interlaken along Höheweg. It covers around 14 hectares and from here there are stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It is always filled with seasonal flowers and is a favourite place for various sporting activities including the landing spot for many paragliders. This was once the property of Augustinian monks but it was acquired in the mid-19th century by the hotel keepers of Interlaken who turned it into a park.
Casino Kursaal Interlaken – the Kursaal with its elegant gardens and much admired flower clock has been renovated several times since it was first built in 1859. The setting for this casino and convention centre is just stunning with its beautiful gardens, fountain and magnificent mountain backdrop.
Garden of Friendship (photographed during a visit in Autumn) This small garden is found on Höheweg. The Garden of Friendship is the first Japanese garden in Switzerland and it symbolises friendly relationships between the cities of Interlaken and Otsu and represents traditional Japanese gardens with plenty of water, koi (an ornamental variety of carp) and flora. A restful place.
Autumn views of Jungfrau from Höhematte