Once Interlaken made the Victorians swoon with mountain vistas from the chandelier-lit confines of grand hotels; today it makes daredevils scream with adrenalin-loaded adventures. Straddling the glittering Lakes Thun and Brienz and dazzled by the pearly whites of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the scenery here is mind-blowing. Particularly, some say, if you’re abseiling waterfalls, thrashing white water or gliding soundlessly above 4000m peaks.
Though the streets are filled with enough yodelling kitsch to make Heidi cringe, Interlaken still makes a terrific base for exploring the Bernese Oberland. Its adventure capital status has spawned a breed of funky bars, party-mad hostels and restaurants serving flavours more imaginative than fondue.
Best places to stay in Interlaken
The craziest events in the Alps
Whether pig racing, playing golf with cowpats or boulder throwing, the folk of the Swiss Alps certainly know how to enjoy themselves as Mother Nature intended. These are just some of the weird and wonderful events I've come across on my travels...
Interlaken destination guides
London to Rome Adventure
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