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Interlaken City Guide

Located among the scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps, Interlaken is a town in the Bernese Oberland. With the Brienz lake to its east and the Thun lake to its west, the city is positioned as if it were a painting. A settlement since the stone age and the bronze age, this city lies a witness to the evolution of mankind through ages. Settlements are often discovered around the area. Donning a very old schoolish aura, Interlaken is home to a mere five thousand people. With its old timber houses amid the high mountains and thick forests, the city replicates one of the old times. The mountains and snow around make the place great for skiing and hiking. Tourism being a major attraction of the place, Interlaken attracts tourists, travel enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world. 

St. Peter’s Basilica
Lake Brienz,Interlaken       |        Image by Lukas Bieri from Pixabay 
 

The history of this city speaks richly of engaging access to the place due to the development of transport and its possibility. Though the picturesque mountains and the emerald coloured lakes are the major sources of attraction, Interlaken is home to numerous other locations, making this place nothing less than a paradise. The Touristik-Museum or the Museum of tourism in the Jungfrau region, the Unspunnen castle and the St. Beatus Cave and waterfalls speak volumes about the rich history of this beautiful city. The waterfalls at the St. Beatus cave are absolutely breathtaking and are bound to keep one hooked on to them. The mountain village also has specimens from the 12th and 14th-century gothic architecture in the Unterseen, lying at the foot of Mt. Harder.

 

Steets of Interlaken       |        Image by AlexiUeltzen from flickr 
 

Surrounded by the ethereal lakes Brienz and Thun, the city of Interlaken offers the view of a lifetime of these exquisite lakes. The view of these lakes is no less than a painting from history. Exhibiting bright hues of green, the view is extremely soothing. Entertaining tourists since the 19th century, this place has never disappointed them. Though the first world war caused obstacles in the tourism industry, the hamlet established itself with the services speaking for themselves. This city is also home to Niederhorn, a location comprising diverse natural habitat and wildlife. Home to numerous species, Niederhorn particularly resides in the rare cuckoo, ibexes, marmots and countless others. With its weekly wildlife tours, Niederhorn provides a great view of spectacular viewpoints around the area.

Best time to visit

With the temperatures being a comfortable 18 C to 20 C, the months of summer between June and August are the best time to visit Interlaken. The winters here are rough with temperatures reaching unbearable lows. The temperature and climate of summer offer for calming walks and to soak in the ethereal beauty of the city. Often a commonly chosen tourist place, Interlaken is in great demand during the summer months. The period between the end of May and the last week of September is ideal for touring. Expenses of visiting would rise during the months of peak summer during July and August. Planning the trip early and making required arrangements would be benefitting and easily fits in the budget.  

 

Interlaken Taxi Transfers

Being a small hamlet in Switzerland, Interlaken has lesser but efficient modes of transport. Travelling in this picturesque city is witnessing beautiful sceneries all along. Transportation facilities are present in various modes in limited numbers. The numerous modes of transportation can be used as follows. 

Bus,Interlaken
Bus,Interlaken     |    Image by James E. Petts from flickr 
 

Bus

Interlaken has a close-knit and efficient bus transportation system. Buses in the city often travel to most places in the region. Hotels here give their visitors a visitors’ travel card, allowing the tourists to travel for free on the buses. This city also has a huge number of railway stations providing for travel into the deep alleys. The visitors’ travel card provided by the hotels can be used during train journeys too to avail free travel in the city. These virtually free journeys reduce the cost, effectively. These buses and trains are available to deport frequently. 

 

Train,Interlaken
Train, Interlaken Image by othree from flickr 
 

Taxi

Taxi service is another mode of transfer here. Taxis are one of the Interlaken Private Transfers apart from car hire. Taxi prices are estimated with respect to the distance travelled. As an approximation, the taxi rates are around 12.60 CHF for 3 km and 20.60 CHF for 6km in this city. Taxi services are available for travel in and out of the city with a similar frequency. The taxis can be pre-booked or asked for instantaneously depending on feasibility. Certain services provide virtually free service based on the credibility of the visitors’ travel card. 

Apart from taxis, private car rentals in Interlaken are available, which are often  booked for prior to visiting the city. There are numerous ways to hire a private car to go from or to the city. Private cars are often chosen for travel by tourists planning to travel out of Interlaken to the nearby cities in Switzerland. The Switzerland metro system offers partial travel until Interlaken. Named as one of the most reliable and cheapest metro systems, the swiss metro offers free travel to children under 5 years while children aged 6-16 pay half fare. Adult fare varies from 8.60 SFR for a day pass or 4.30 SFR for an hour pass. The deviations in these prices are often negligible. 

Being a small city, Interlaken can be explored by foot too. The serene place provides for a calm surrounding, paired with beautiful viewpoints all around. Moving around the city, one can also visit the miniature restaurants around which often get neglected in the other modes of transport. Distanced from concrete jungles, disturbed and polluted environments, the city has the kind of environment to enjoy and appreciate walks. The other mode of transfer is horse riding. Moving around in the city painted with gothic architecture and history on a horse is an experience of a lifetime. The crowd in Interlaken is comparatively minuscule providing the ethereal experience of travelling by horse amidst the beautiful, tall standing mountains. 

Though several modes of transfer from and inside Interlaken are in use, efficient travelling modes must be chosen depending on the distance and remoteness of the place being visited.

 

Interlaken Airport Transfers and Taxis

To reach the artistic city of Interlaken, the Bern airport is the preferred route. The journey from Bern airport to Interlaken can be done through different modes of transfer. Preferably, trains, local buses and hired cars are chosen. A dedicated train route from the Bern airport to Interlaken runs round the year. The journey takes around 1 hour and 38 minutes, covering a route surrounded by lush green elements. Train in the route line 44 travels continuously from Bern to Interlaken and costs around Rs. 1400 - Rs. 2500. Alternatively, trains on route line 44 and local bus on route 21 can be used collectively. This method of transportation would cost around Rs. 800 combined. 

Train, Interlaken        |       Image by othree from flickr 
 

 

How to reach the city centre via bus? 

Apart from the local trains and buses, Interlaken city taxis can also be chosen. This mode of transportation is quite expensive but consumes less time. The 51 km journey from Bern airport to Interlaken city is covered in under 40 minutes. This mode of transfer costs around Rs. 19000 - Rs. 23000. Those looking for reduced travel time and can spend the excess can easily choose this mode of transfer. The frequency of taxi services varies during the season months between June- August and the off-season months, being lesser in the offseason. 

 

Taxi services from the Airport to the city centre

The other mode of transfer, which also happens to be the cheapest, is drive-through. The private car hire services to Interlaken are frequently available and can usually be hired before reaching the city. This mode of transfer costs around Rs. 490 - Rs. 800 and can be covered in 40 minutes. The road route from Bern airport to Interlaken is smooth and does not have many obstacles along the route. Modes of transport can be chosen depending on the budget and time availability. 

Rydeu helps you sort your travel plans, suggesting the best alternatives to choose from, fitting every budget. Ensuring a hassle-free trip to your dream destination, Rydeu helps save your waiting time during peak hours. Instead of standing in long queues and struggling with your baggage, contact Rydeu to get travel facilities at your convenience.   

 

What is a trip even without visiting the best places around? Interlaken offers a plethora of options in the lap of nature. Surrounded by luscious and breathtaking mountains, the city is a paradise in itself. Of the numerous options, the following are the places not to be missed while on a trip to Interlaken.

Harder Kulm, Interlaken
Image by  kBandara from flickr 
 

Harder Kulm

Located at an altitude of 1322 meters and a 64-degree gradient, the Harder Kulm is a spectacular viewpoint. It provides alluring views of the Jungfrau region, the Harder Alpine wildlife park and the city of Interlaken completely. Walking back from the Harder Kulm, visit the Harder Alpine Wildlife park to wander amidst the lush green nature. This wildlife park is also home to marmots and ibexes, also being successful in increasing the number of the once-endangered ibexes. 

 

Lake Brienz
Lake Breinz, Interlaken
Image by DHuiz from flickr 
 

 

Lake Brienz and Lake Thun

On the west side of Interlaken, lies the narrow lake, Thun. This lake can be explored in cruise boats operating all year or the paddle steamers, especially during the summer. On its western end, lake Thun has a small valley by the same name. This valley is home to ancient Roman artefacts, armour, tapestries and furniture. Several churches and castles are present along the shore of this lake, usually Romanesque. 

On the east side of Interlaken, is the emerald green Lake Brienz. This is higher in altitude than Lake Thun and can be visited in the same way. Apart from the usual paddle steamers and cruises, kayaks, rowboats and pedalos can be rented for self-exploration of the lake.

 

 

 

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