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SWISS ALPS Interlaken


Interlaken, meaning “the city between lakes,” is settled between the glacial waters of alpine lakes Thun and Brienz.


I n the spring and summer months,


Interlaken becomes a green haven with beautiful panoramic views from lake to mountains to village. Its charming bridges and colorful boats refl ect off the shining waters while paragliders driſt down against a bright blue sky. During the winter season, visitors


enjoy central access to all the top winter sport destinations in the Jungfrau region. Interlaken off ers a little something


for everyone, from shopping and nightlife to hiking and amazing views. One stroll down the central streets


of Interlaken will pull visitors into a world of high-end souvenir and retail shopping


amongst the cobbled streets charming


architecture of the village. Explore the


between half-


timbered houses, spire-topped chapels and Venetian-esque footbridges. T e plethora of cafés, pubs and restaurants off er relief for the weary traveler. T e historic Schynige Platte railway near Wilderswil off ers some of the best views of the Alpengarten: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. Be sure to check out the scientifi c research center and nature conservatory, which features over 600 species of plants and fl owers thriving in their natural alpine environments. Tours


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Story by Jordan Staggs Photos by Alden Jones and Alison Smith


of the gardens are available from May through October and admission is included with cost of a train ticket. Adventurous visitors might be


interested in the St. Beatus Caves, which can be reached by boat, bike, train or foot along the Pilgrim’s Route. T e caves feature exhibitions of pre- historic


settlements while visitors trek


through gorgeous lit caverns past waterfalls and stalactites. T e surrounding area also off ers a cave museum, children’s park and restaurant. St. Beatus Caves are open from March to October with guided tours every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For history buff s and romantics


alike, the Interlaken Lake and Castle Cruise is a must. Sail across shining Lake T un to visit beautiful castles exemplifying medieval and Baroque architecture. Each of the castles — Spiex, Oberhofen, T un and Hünegg


— off ers a unique museum or tour. A cruise that runs from April 2 to Oct. 17 stops at each one so visitors get the full experience. Other off erings in the Interlaken area include a health spa and


resort, Jungfrau tourism museum, annual events such as a yodeling festival and an alpine animal park. For more information, or to plan your Interlaken excursion, visit interlaken.ch online.


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