Why Interlaken is the perfect base town for your Swiss vacation?

Surrounded by the magnificent Alps and sandwiched between crystal clear lakes, Interlaken is an astounding town in the Bernese Alps. Surrounded by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, it is a convenient location for numerous tourist activities also. From adventurous mountains sports such as paragliding, hiking, cogwheel train, tramways and gondola rides, Interlaken has a lot to offer. You will have so much to do, plenty to see and absolutely no room for a dull moment. Check out Top things to do in Interlaken in 3 days  and Things to do in and around Interlaken on a cloudy day for more details.

Paragliding activity in Interlaken

How to Reach Interlaken?

You can easily reach Interlaken by train from Zurich as well as Bern. Book your train tickets in advance to get good offers and discounts. I highly recommend buying Swiss travel pass, if you are in the area for 3 or more days. It’s a great way to save on travel expenses and gives you flexibility to explore some off beaten paths. It may seem expensive at first but it certainly pays off. Check out  Top things to do in Interlaken in 3 days for details on the locations you can visit for free or at a discounted price with a Swiss travel pass. For more details on Swiss travel pass, check out this link.

Tour of the town of Interlaken on the Wheels!

Where to stay in Interlaken?

If you are on a fairly tight budget, you can stay in Balmers hostel or Youth hostel which are both centrally located. Airbnbs are also available at comparatively affordable rates in the area (~100$/day). With an amazing view from the window and soothing background sound of the river, our studio apartment (booked on airbnb.com) was a perfect abode. Staying in an Airbnb also provides you an option to cook, especially when you crave for homemade and healthy food. It would be easy on your pockets too, given the high food prices in the area.

Location wise, you can stay anywhere in the town if you don’t mind walking amid the lush green Alps. The city is also very well connected by local bus service. Although I enjoy walking around, I always find it more convenient to stay in close proximity of public transportation. If you are like me, you can stay near either of the two train stations (Interlaken east or ost). Trains to the mountains depart from Interlaken ost and the ones arriving from the southern side first arrive at Interlaken east. However, the two stations are just 5 min away and you can always find a train running between the two stations.

Lake Brienz in the backdrop!

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