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Interlaken - Blaze of Glory in Switzerland   by Travel Guy

Featured Interlaken Hotels

Interlaken is a stunning holiday destination in Switzerland. It is the main tourism hub for the Bernese Oberland region in Switzerland and one of the top tourist resorts in Europe. Interlaken means 'between the lakes' which is appropriate as it is situated between lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

Interlaken is one of the oldest tourist resorts in Switzerland and it remains one of the most popular spot where yearly visitors far outnumber its permanent inhabitants. The main attraction is probably the magnificent Jungfrau Mountain. However, it also has some other attractions which you could very easily surpass. While the Castle may not be that easy to miss, you should also visit the castle church, the ancient monastery and the variety of fascinating old buildings in the area.

Another attraction that comes highly recommended is the open air Tell play. This show tells the story of Schiller's William Tell and is performed each year in the Rugen wood at Interlaken. It has been taking place since 1912 and in the decades that have passed since the first performance, hundreds of thousands of spectators have been entertained by this unique attraction.

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The tourist city is best known for the multitude of adventure sports. If you are looking for a little intense sporting, then you are in the right place. You can enjoy backpack, horseback ride, parasail and many more freaky sports. To really take in the majesty of the Alps, It is recommended you pay the money for a go at skydiving. You may have gone ski diving before, but nothing compares to free falling down through the mountains of Switzerland.

You can enjoy fairly stable and mild climate with simply beautiful surroundings on your Interlaken tour. It attracts a large number of tourists who enjoy Switzerland holidays in the summer with concerts, equestrian events, tennis, hiking excursions and water sports. The surrounding countryside of the Bernese Oberland is filled with mountain chalets, ski lodges, hilly pastures, mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls, Alphorn blowers, yodelers and horse-drawn sleighs.

The town offers tourists a peaceful base to explore the surrounding areas by train or bus. Make your Interlaken tour more exciting with a ride on the train to the scenic mountains of nearby Jungfrau region, Kleine Scheidegg or to the top of Jungfraujoch. Many Interlaken hotels are located along the Höheweg Avenue which offers good views of the mountains.

Featured Interlaken Hotels
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Best Western Hotel Bernerhof Interlaken
The Hotel Bernerhof is a modern hotel lined with yellow balconies, located in the centre of Interlaken, opposite Interlaken West Station, which links with the Jungfrau ski area. Guests can pamper themselves in the hair salon and beauty shop, relax with a cocktail in the hotel lounge bar and enjoy Swiss specialties in the Bebbis restaurant with its terrace area. The hotel also houses a roof terrace which affords panoramic views of the region, and those arriving by car will find garage parking onsite (fee). Practical amenities include ski storage, laundry services and a safe-deposit box at the front desk. Interlaken is a town set between two lakes at the foot of the Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau mountains. From here it is a short train ride to Lauterbrunnen where cable cars run to Murren or trains run to Wengen and Grindelward, all approximately 30 kilometres away. Murren is served by 12 lifts over 53 kilometres of ski pistes, Wengen is served by 19 lifts over 112 kilometres of ski pistes and Grindelward has 20 lifts covering 213 kilometres of pistes. 
City Swiss Q Hotel Oberland Interlaken
The City Swiss Q Hotel Oberland is located in central Interlaken in the Swiss Alps, five kilometres from the Schynige Platte ski area. The hotel features two bars, Internet access (surcharge), and three different restaurants to choose from, including a traditional Swiss restaurant, an Italian trattoria and an Indian restaurant. Room service is available for those who prefer to dine in the privacy of their own rooms. The multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can always advise on sightseeing opportunities. The hotel's location allows guests to visit Interlaken's sites, including the Tourist Museum 600 metres away and the Höheweg Promenade 900 metres away. Further out, there is the Niederhorn / Cow Mountain (summit) which is seven kilometres away and the Jungfrau Region (skiing area) which is 30 kilometres away. Zurich International Airport is 180 kilometres away with an approximate driving time of two hours.
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg Interlaken
The Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg is located 3.5 kilometres from the town of Beatenberg, Switzerland. Located at an altitude of 1,200 metres with spectacular views over the Alps and the Thunersee Lake, the city of Interlaken is 12 kilometres away.  This 14-storey hotel has contemporary architecture, and features an indoor swimming pool with picture windows; there is also a sauna and Turkish bath, and massage treatments are available. Concierge services are available, and there is a kids' club. Complimentary parking is available.  Both Restaurant Bluemlisalp and Restaurant Stubli serve regional specialities and international dishes. The hotel has two bars and a daily complimentary buffet breakfast is provided.  A ski school, volleyball, and a running track are all available nearby. The 130 apartments have light decor, modern furnishings, and sliding glass doors leading to balconies with Alpine views. All are equipped with satellite television, direct-dial phones, and safes. With its arcaded shops, flowers, and narrow streets, the town of Thun, 12 kilometres from the hotel, offers an authentic taste of old Switzerland. 
Hotel Baeren - The Bear Inn Interlaken
The Hotel Baeren - The Bear Inn is a modern, chalet-style property located in the center of Wilderswil, 3 kilometers from the vast Interlaken ski area. The hotel offers a number of dining options: the Rustica Restaurant serves a range of traditional Swiss dishes in an intimate, rustic setting, the relaxed, informal Baeren Pub offers international and local dishes and a range of drinks, and Boccalino is a pizzeria with a garden and terrace area. Guests can work up a sweat in the fully equipped fitness room, sun themselves in the solarium and enjoy some relaxation time in the sauna and massage-treatment room. Ski equipment can be stored on site, and the hotel runs a shuttle-bus service to and from the slopes. Interlaken is a town set between two lakes at the foot of the Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau mountains. From here it is a short train ride to Lauterbrunnen, where cable cars run to Murren and trains run to Wengen and Grindelwald. Murren is served by 12 lifts over 53 kilometers of pistes, Wengen is served by 19 lifts over 112 kilometers of pistes and Grindelwald has 20 lifts covering 213 kilometers of pistes. All three resorts cater for skiers of all abilities and are within 17 kilometers of the hotel.
Hotel Beausite Interlaken
The family-run Hotel Beausite is characterised by a cream facade and green shutters, and is set in private grounds located in the centre of Interlaken, 60 kilometres from Bern. After a day on the slopes guests can brush off the snow and relax with a drink in the bar or top up their tans on the terrace. Children can enjoy the playground and explore the spacious gardens. The Veranda Restaurant serves a wide selection of la carte dishes in an informal setting with polished wooden floors, white linen tablecloths and large windows overlooking the garden, while the Stubli Restaurant offers traditional Swiss specialities. Other amenities include complimentary onsite parking, 24-hour room service and ski storage. The ski resort of Interlaken reaches an altitude of 2,468 metres and offers 48 ski lifts, including two gondolas. Slopes are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, and snowboarders can enjoy the two half pipes. The ski-bus stop is located directly outside the hotel.
Metropole Swiss Q Hotel Interlaken
The Metropole Hotel is located in Interlaken, Switzerland. The Hotel offers Swiss cuisine with mountain views in the brightly lit Bellini and the Top o'Met restaurants. The Metro-Bar serves snacks and cocktails in a piano bar environment. Dancing is available in the Black and White disco. The hotel provides a sauna and includes an indoor pool and sundeck. Massage services are offered. Ski shuttles are provided by the hotel. The majority of the 96 guestrooms at the Metropole Hotel offer views of the Jungfrau mountain range. Broad windows illuminate the cream and butterscotch fabrics and emerald patterned carpeting in each room. Rooms include satellite television and high-speed Internet access. Minibars are provided in each room. The Metropole Hotel is two blocks from the Congress Center Casino Interlaken. This Interlaken, Switzerland, attraction offers additional entertainment and banquet facilities accommodating up to 2,000 people. 
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